This week, we have some great news about the highly successful iPad making its debut outside of the United States, a dating website exclusive to Apple users, and more legal news out of the Apple camp.
Apple Set to Unleash the iPad to the World
Because of supply problems, Apple wasn’t able to release the iPad outside of the United States when it had originally slated to do so. Now, the iPad will debut to the world on May 28th and likely deeply cut in to netbook sales overseas as it has done in the United States. Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will be the first set of countries to see the iPad. The computer has already sold one million units in the first 28 days of its public life. Publication Business Insider is predicting that iPad revenue could exceed $1 billion in first quarter sales.
The official news ditty from Apple’s PR department reads, “Apple today announced that iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. on Friday, May 28. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple’s online store in all nine countries beginning on Monday, May 10. In the U.S., Apple has already sold over one million iPads and customers have downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store, as well as over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore”.
The UK is seeing an iPad price of £429/£499/£599 including VAT. Apple also announced that the next round of international releases will happen in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore.
Mr. Spock, Set Phasers to Lonely
Are you an incredibly lonely person who loves Apple? Today just might be your lucky day! Cupidtino.com is a dating site for people looking for iLove in all the right places. It’s a dating site created for fans of Apple products. Right now, the site is in beta and when registering, people check off which Apple products they own. For you Windows people out there, you might be out of luck. The co-founder of the site says you won’t even be able to register unless you are using Safari on a Mac or iPhone.
WWDC10 Sells Out in Eight Days
Apple has sold out its upcoming WWDC conference in only eight days. This year’s WWDC will take place from June 7th to 11th and focus heavily on the iPhone. Everyone on planet Earth is expecting Apple to announce a new “HD” edition of the iPhone. This is the third straight year that the conference has sold out.
Nokia Sues Apple Again
Nokia has filed a new lawsuit against Apple claiming, once again, that patent infringement has occurred through the iPhone and 3G-capable iPad. Nokia first sued Apple in October 2009 and broadened their case. Apple fired back with lawsuits and complaints to the International Trade Commission.
Nintendo Thinks Apple is an Enemy of the Future
Times Online is reporting that Nintendo is facing the fact that Apple’s mobile devices are biting into its mobile gaming platform market share. Some analysts are warning that Nintendo should not turn its back on Sony during this battle (Gameboy vs PSP / Wii vs PS3); however, Nintendo is gearing up to face Apple head-on in a marketing battle.