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Orange offers to acquire Spanish carrier Jazztel for 3.4B euro

09/16, 12:44pm

Completed acquisition of Jazztel would make Orange second-place carrier in Spain

European carrier Orange has offered to acquire another telecoms company in Spain, Jazztel. The deal, said to be worth 3.4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) or 13 euro per share in cash, would help Orange increase its standing in the country, and could help it overtake the current second-place carrier in the country, Vodafone, shortly after completion.

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Sept. 26 to mark second wave of international iPhone 6 launches

09/11, 11:50am

Countries include Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Italy

The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27.

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Amazon's mobile ad network comes to iOS

07/17, 11:45am

Reach extending to Fire phone on July 25th

Amazon's Mobile Ads API supports iOS devices as of today, the company has announced. The change means that developers will be able to use banner and interstitial ads from Amazon's network on iPhones and iPads, in addition to the Android and Fire OS devices already supported. Support for the Fire phone is due on July 25th, the same day that product launches.

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Apple announces slate of 2014 summer Apple Camps

06/17, 9:18am

Includes separate iMovie, iBooks workshops

Apple has opened registration for the 2014 edition of its annual Apple Camps. The program is aimed at teaching creative projects to kids aged 8 to 12 while simultaneously promoting Apple products. This year, two sets of three-day workshops are available: one is dedicated to creating a short film using iMovie and the iPad version of GarageBand, while the other involves producing an interactive book using iBooks Author and illustrations done on an iPad.

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2013 Mac Pro shipping times drop to 1-2 weeks in Europe

05/15, 10:46am

US, other regions still at 2-3 weeks

Apple's official shipping times for the 2013 Mac Pro have shrunk to one to two weeks in several European nations including the UK, France, Spain, and Germany, checks show. Other online storefronts -- including the US -- are still showing times in the two- to three-week range. If historical trends persist, times in the US should improve in short order.

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8GB iPhone 5c reaches 14 more countries

04/16, 9:24am

Model still not available in US

The 8GB iPhone 5c is now on sale in 14 more countries, checks show. When the 8GB option first became available last month, it launched in just a handful of regions. The model is newly available in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland.

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Briefly: Samsung's LeBron Twitter issue, EE offers 4G in France

03/13, 6:22am

LeBron James reveals phone issue in Samsung Twitter mistake

Despite Samsung recently enjoying success with marketing on Twitter as part of the Oscars, the company has suffered a social media misstep. Brand ambassador and Basketball star LeBron James posted a message claiming his phone, a Galaxy Note, "just erased everything it had in it and rebooted," and though Apple Insider notes the tweet was subsequently deleted, it was not removed before a contingent of the star's near-12 million followers retweeted the message. The Twitter account has since claimed data has been restored on the device, but did not detail if there was any intervention by Samsung.

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Two-step Apple ID verification reaches several new countries

02/20, 12:25pm

Supporting regions still under a dozen

Apple has brought its two-step verification process to several more countries, the company's support pages show. Until today, only the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand were supported. Now however the list also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

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Google to pay $1.23 million over Spanish data collection flap

12/19, 6:42pm

Spain data protection agency claims Google improperly informed citizens of practices

Google has been fined 900,000 euro ($1.23 million) for violating Spain's data protection law. Google was accused of combining personal information from its various online offerings such as Google Mail and Google+, and not informing Spanish users on the search engine giant's plans for the data collection. The fine is approximately half the amount the company earns in profits per day from advertising.

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Apple's European online stores offering zero-percent financing promo

12/02, 9:39am

Most countries participating

Most of Apple's online storefronts for Europe have announced zero-percent financing deals, available today through January 10th. Some participating countries include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The deals are only eligible on hardware purchases worth over €400, or £449, but let shoppers spread costs over time without incurring the interest Apple normally charges. Depending on the country, payments can be spread over 10 or 12 months.

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Vodafone Wallet payment app out in Spain, rest of Europe to follow

11/22, 10:39am

Android app allows NFC payments, offers sticker for non-NFC devices

Vodafone has launched a mobile payments system in Spain, one which will be making its way to other areas of Europe in the future. The Vodafone Wallet, and first accompanying payment app Vodafone SmartPass, will be able to make payments using their Android smartphones, with funds being transferred from a nominated bank account.

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iPhone 5s, 5c to launch in over 28 more countries starting Oct. 25th

10/09, 9:25am

Subsequent rollout phase set for November 1st

The iPhone 5s and 5c will launch in over 28 more countries on October 25th, Apple has announced. Italy, Russia, and Spain have been identified as the main launch regions that day, but the list also includes countries like Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. On November 1st, still another 12-plus countries will be added, including India, Mexico, and Turkey.

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European AppleCare+ expansion narrowed to six countries

08/30, 3:31pm

Apple partnering with AIG

Apple's rumored European expansion of AppleCare+ will initially reach just six countries, sources say. A launch is reportedly "imminent" in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the UK, although no exact dates are available. Apple is said to be partnering with AIG on the service; local AppleCare and Genius Bar workers started training for AppleCare+ earlier this week.

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15-century hospital wall discovered during Madrid Apple Store build

07/10, 9:43am

New store expected to adapt to archaelogical discovery

The remains of a 15th-century hospital wall have been uncovered during the construction of a new Apple Store in Madrid, a local report says. Apple is currently renovating 1 Puerta del Sol, formerly the Paris Hotel. The ruins are those of the Buen Suceso hospital, which along with a church of the same name (pictured) was demolished in 1854 to make space for the current city square. The church was rediscovered during the construction of the Sol Metro and Cercanas light rail station in June 2009, and delayed that project for 10 months.

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Amazon Cloud Drive hits Spain and Italy, gets iPhoto hooks

10/04, 3:54pm

Amazon finishes bringing service to major European markets

Amazon has expanded its Cloud Drive online storage service to two more countries in Europe, Spain and Italy, according to an announcement. As elsewhere, the service includes a free 5GB of storage; in the new regions, adding 20GB costs 8 euros per year. The expansion completes Amazon's coverage of the major European markets, following the UK, France, and Germany.

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Five new Apple Stores to open in advance of iPhone 5

09/18, 11:54am

California, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy getting new shops

Apple is preparing to open five new Apple Stores this week. The first is the Rio Shopping outlet, based in Valladolid, Spain. That shop will launch at 10AM local time on Thursday, likely in anticipation of the iPhone 5's debut on Friday. Three stores elsewhere will in fact launch at 8AM on Friday, an unusually early hour reserved for iPhone rollouts.

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Facebook offers free ad credits to European companies

05/29, 3:33pm

Facebook ad credits offered despite polled click-rate

Facebook is offering free advertising to small businesses in an effort to encourage more advertisement sales in Europe. Qualifying companies operating in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain can receive a free advertising credit on the social network through its Small Business Boost promotion. This comes at a time when the effectiveness of advertizing on Facebook is questioned, with General Motors dropping paid Facebook ads altogether.

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New Spanish Apple Store to open Sat.; four more rumored

05/10, 3:25pm

Spain site of rapid Apple expansion

Apple is opening a seventh store in Spain this Saturday at 10AM, the company has announced. The shop will be located in the Nuva Condomina mall, in the southern city of Murcia near Cartagena and the Mediterranean coastline. Although it's scheduled to be closed on Sundays, the outlet will otherwise be open from 10AM to 10PM every day.

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Third Madrid-area Apple Store to open on Saturday

04/24, 9:45am

Just sixth store in Spain

Apple is opening a third store in the Madrid area this Saturday, the company has announced. The Gran Plaza 2 outlet will launch in its namesake mall in Majadahonda, a town to the northwest of Madrid proper. The mall is in fact debuting on the same day, and the Apple Store will be open at 10AM. Unlike many Apple locations, the Gran Plaza 2 shop will be closed on Sundays.

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New Apple Stores identified across Europe, Australia

03/26, 1:45pm

Three more German locations planned

Plans for several new international Apple Store have been discovered, notes ifoAppleStore. In Germany Apple has posted jobs for two new outlets, located in Stuttgart and Cologne. A third store, in Hanover, is said to be under construction at Bahnhofstrae 5; iFun.de remarks that windows have been blacked out for construction.

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Third-gen iPad goes on sale in 25 more countries

03/23, 10:40am

Italy, Spain, Sweden among prominent regions

The third-generation iPad is now on sale in an additional 25 countries. The emphasis is mostly on Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden are included. The only non-European countries are in fact Macau, Mexico, and New Zealand.

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Carrier subsidies crippling iPhone sales in parts of Europe

02/27, 10:50am

Android secures grip in Greece, Portugal

Apple's dependence on high carrier subsidies for the iPhone is giving Android devices an advantage in parts of Europe, especially the south, suggests research firm IDC. The group notes that Apple had over 20 percent of the US and UK smartphone markets last year. But in Greece and Portugal, two of the countries hardest hit by European economic problems, the iPhone claimed just 5 and 9 percent shares, respectively. Shipments of smartphones costing over $300 before subsidies dipped below 50 percent in those countries.

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Madrid approves reno needed for Puerta del Sol Apple Store

12/29, 3:25pm

No opening likely until late 2012

Officials in Madrid have approved renovations for the building where Apple will establish the city's third Apple Store, reports say. The city's deputy mayor, Manuel Cobo, has announced at a press conference that 1 Puerta del Sol will keep its exterior -- which dates back to the 1860s -- while making some important technical improvements. "It is one more link in the process of downtown revitalization, which will contribute to increasing commercial and tourist attractions of Madrid," Cobo is quoted as saying in translation.

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iTunes Match makes official debut in Canada, UK, other areas

12/15, 5:10pm

More expansions may be imminent

Following a botched rollout on Wednesday, Apple has today officially expanded iTunes Match to Canada and the UK. In Canada the service costs $28 a year, while in the UK annual pricing is set at 22. Unlike regular iCloud options, iTunes Match allows a person to mirror and remotely access their entire music library, regardless of whether the content is on iTunes.

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BBC iPlayer coming to iPhone, iPod touch on December 8th

12/06, 12:05pm

Goes beyond web, iPad, set-tops

Global iPlayer will make it to the iPhone and iPod touch on December 8th, the BBC has announced. The paid video-on-demand service has been available on the iPad for about five months. A list of countries getting the iPhone app on the 8th includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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Marbella to host Apple's fourth Spanish retail store

11/21, 11:25am

Valencia store still waiting in wings

A new Spanish Apple Store is opening this Friday, November 25th, the company has announced. The outlet is based in the La Caada shopping mall in the southern coastal town of Marbella. While the area has a native population of just 125,000, it is also a important international tourist destination, which Apple is likely depending on for visitors.

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Spanish tablet maker wins defense against Apple patent suit

11/02, 2:45pm

Countersuit calls Apple anti-competitive

A Spanish Android tablet maker, Nuevas Tecnologias y Energias Catala -- also known as NT-K -- has won its defense in a patent infringement suit directed against it by Apple, says FOSS Patents. In November 2010 Apple accused NT-K of copying the design of the original iPad, and asked a court for a customs ban, which resulted in NT-K tablets being seized after they arrived from China. In December Apple attempted to press criminal charges, but these were tossed out for an absence of "sufficient justification."

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iPhone 4S ships to 22 new countries, sold out in Singapore

10/28, 1:20pm

Shipping times still averaging 1-2 weeks

The iPhone 4S is now formally on sale in 22 more countries, following an expansion of preorders exactly a week ago. For the time being Apple has adopted a European focus; new regions include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. More regions should be added over the course of the next several months.

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New iPhone 4S preorders open in 22 countries

10/21, 9:30am

Ireland, Spain, Sweden among major regions

Apple has opened up iPhone 4S preorders to 22 previously unserved countries. The phone is now available in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Shipping times are typically listed at one to two weeks, a delay consistent with the US online store.

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iTunes music reaches 12 European nations, iBookstore hits 26

09/29, 10:55am

Apple adds bulletpoints for upcoming iPhone event

Apple has dramatically expanded the presence of iTunes in Europe, reports say. In addition to Poland, the iTunes Music Store is now accessible in 11 more European countries. The remainder of the list includes Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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Apple to open Berkeley, Basingstoke, Madrid stores on Sat.

08/16, 12:25pm

Expansion plans pick up pace

Apple is planning three major Apple Store openings for this Saturday, reports note. In the US Apple will finally be opening its long-awaited Berkeley store, located at 1823 4th Street. The outlet was greeted with some mild controversy before its construction, since plans called for it to swallow up an outdoor plaza frequently used by animal adoption agencies to showcase pets. As is usual with Apple Stores, the grand opening is scheduled for 10AM local time.

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Nokia closes online stores in France and Spain

05/31, 8:35pm

Move likely follows lackluster sales

Nokia has reportedly shuttered two of its online stores in international markets, as visitors to the company's web-based portals in France and Spain are greeted with notices pointing to the closures. The cellphone maker blamed the decision on lackluster sales performance, mostly driven by subsidies offered from carriers in both regions.

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Plans for Sarasota, Florence, Madrid, Omaha stores emerge

05/26, 11:05am

Apple to take over historic Spanish building

Plans for four more Apple Stores are progressing in the US and in Europe. In Sarasota, Florida, management at the Westfield Southgate mall has acknowledged being in talks for an Apple location. When the store would open is uncertain, but it may reportedly arrive by the end of 2011, and fill a gap in Apple Stores between Tampa and Naples.

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Shipping times stretch for European white iPhones

04/29, 9:35am

US, Canadian times continue to hold at 3-5 days

Online shipping times for the white iPhone 4 are stretching out in a number European countries. Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and the UK are some of the major countries now listing a delay of a flat five days. Black iPhones are more readily available, shipping in the space of a day or two.

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New Madrid, Hamburg Apple Stores solidify

03/01, 10:45am

Wauwatosa, NYC SoHo stores evolve

Two more Apple Stores are confirmed for Europe, reports say. The first is coming to Madrid, Spain, where a shop will open by the end of the year in the Parquesur mall, located within the city's southern suburbs. The mall is said to be one of the largest in Europe, with over 230 vendors. The new outlet will be roughly 10 miles away from the Xanadu Apple Store, and only 7 miles away from the upcoming Puerta del Sol location downtown.

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Apple settles on location for new Madrid Apple Store

01/18, 1:20pm

Conditions helped scare away other tenants

Apple has settled on the location of another Madrid Apple Store, a local publication reports. The building is a historic one at 1 Puerta del Sol, which Apple is said to have finally agreed to lease after scouting the city for roughly two years. It has five levels in total, and is described as having elaborate stonework on the ground floor, and above that rows of tall windows and wrought-iron railings. An electric sign on the top serves as a local landmark for visitors to the Puerta del Sol Plaza.

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Roster of new Apple Stores to open worldwide in 2011

01/12, 12:15pm

Includes more German, Italian, American shops

A bevy of new Apple Stores are in the works for 2011, a report says. At least several of these are forecast to open in Italy by the middle of the year, including one in Bologna, a previously unexpected outlet in Florence, and a second Milan location. Possible addresses for the Milan and Florence stores remain unknown.

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Apple TV now in Austria, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland

11/11, 3:10pm

More launches expected soon

Apple has greatly expanded the international reach of the new Apple TV, bringing it to Mexico and Japan, as well as several European countries including Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Some sample prices include a cost of 119 in Italy, and 129 CHF in Switzerland. Both of those regions should now have HD movie rentals via the iTunes Store.

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Movies coming to Swiss, Italian, Spanish stores?

11/08, 1:55pm

Video lags well behind music, app availability

Apple may be on the verge of making movies officially available in several more European countries, an Italian site claims. Macity notes that the option is, for instance, appearing for some iTunes and Apple TV users in Italy, although only by roundabout means; the option doesn't yet show in the iTunes Store's drop-down menus. A selection of movies is already present, such as Aliens, Avatar and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief .

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Apple's European online stores temporarily offline

11/04, 11:50am

Other stores unaffected

At least several of Apple's European online stores are offline, investigation shows. The UK, French, German, Spanish and Swedish stores are all down as of about noon Eastern time, with no indication of when they might return other than "soon." Countries in other continents, such as Canada and the United States, are notably unaffected.

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Spanish paper identifies second Barcelona store location

09/29, 4:40pm

Could cost Apple $5.1 million per year

A Spanish newspaper, La Vanguardia, says it has confirmed the location of a second Apple Store to be built in Barcelona. A lease has reportedly been signed for a 27,000 square-foot space at 1 Paseo de Grcia, located within the city's center. The building was founded in the late 1800s, and features apartments on its upper levels. One corner is noted to face Catalunya Square, making the structure extremely visible.

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Madrid, Barcelona Apple Stores get opening dates

08/26, 3:10pm

Company spent 'years' looking for locations

Following a long wait, Apple has at last scheduled grand openings for the first two Apple Stores in Spain. Launching on September 4th at 10AM is the La Maquinista outlet, situated in Barcelona. Normal operating hours are scheduled for 10AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday.

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Apple confirms 17 iPhone 4 launches for Friday

07/26, 10:50am

Prominent launches include Australia, Canada

Apple has confirmed plans to release the iPhone 4 in 17 more regions on Friday. In North America, Canada will finally get the device; the bulk of additional launches are in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Elsewhere, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will begin sales.

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Madrid, Barcelona, Chicago Apple Stores take steps forward

06/29, 5:10pm

Lincoln Park outlet waiting on outside work

Progress has been made in the development of three upcoming Apple Stores, reports say. Two of them are located in Spain; a Madrid outlet will be situated in the Xanad shopping center next to Nike Madrid, and has already had a black construction facade erected. In Barcelona, meanwhile, a similar facade has been put in place inside the La Maquinista mall. No opening dates have been set, but construction is unlikely to go on any longer than the fall.

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Telefonica Spain pulls all iPhones from catalog

05/31, 10:00am

Solidifies imminent iPhone update

Telefonica has pulled both the iPhone 3G and 3GS from sale in its home country of Spain, reports say. Though reasons are unclear, it is believed that the carrier may simply be running out of stock of the phones, without any plans to order more. Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone at the WWDC keynote on June 7th.

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Shipping times extend for international iPad pre-orders

05/12, 9:25am

Launch-day stock quickly evaporates

Apple is already pushing out the shipping times for international iPad pre-orders, checks show. The first wave of tablets is set to ship on May 28th, to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. All of Apple's online storefronts in those countries now display a June 7th shipping date for new customers.

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Prices emerge for UK, Euro iPads, Orange UK 3G support

05/07, 12:40pm

Substantially more expensive than in US, Canada

Apple has confirmed pricing for the UK versions of the iPad, launching on May 28th. The base 16GB Wi-Fi model will cost 429, with VAT included. Prices rise to 499 for 32GB, and 599 for 64GB. A 100 premium applies to each capacity when choosing a 3G edition of the tablet.

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International iBookstores to launch in tandem with iPads

05/07, 11:45am

Not all countries confirmed

Most or all countries getting the iPad on May 28th will also get iBooks and access to the iBookstore at the same time, Apple has disclosed. So far confirmed are Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK. France, Germany and Switzerland are likely to have iBooks support as well, but this has yet to be mentioned by Apple.

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First international iPads to ship on May 28th

05/07, 8:55am

Second wave of countries due in July

Clearing up a formerly ambiguous timetable, Apple has announced that the international launch of the iPad is now set for May 28th. Nine regions will get the tablet initially: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. A second wave is only expected in July, including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

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Vodafone, Orange, O2 tip international iPad plans

04/14, 11:55am

Exact details stay hidden following delay

Three international phone carriers have announced new plans for the iPad, a report observes. Vodafone says it will carry the 3G version of tablet in at least five countries: Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Pricing details should be available towards the end of May, even though Apple has said international pricing should first become available on May 10th.

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