Saturday, April 30, 2011

iPad 2 a hit in Singapore

The iPad 2 debuted in Singapore yesterday to lines around the island at the various Apple resellers.

The EpiCentre outlet at ION Orchard had a queue that was estimated to be 100 strong. Their outlet at Wheelock Place had about 120 people waiting. Over at iStudio at Orchard Central, about 80 people were spotted in line. Other outlets around Singapore saw shorter queues.

Some of the people in the queue came early to ensure that they would get their unit of choice. Among them was Chong Sui Siang, who started queuing up at the NuBox outlet in Tampines from 11.30pm on Thursday night.

If you weren't among those in line yesterday, we have bad news. The iPad 2s have sold out at EpiCentre, Best Denki, NuBox and Challenger outlets, according to the Straits Times. It's unlikely the smaller retailers will have anything either. One rumour puts new stock as arriving in about a week at the earliest.

If you want to get your hands on a specific model, one solution is to order from the online Apple Store in Singapore. The shipping time is estimated to be between one and two weeks.

Those looking to save money should consider buying their iPad 2s from across the Causeway where the unit is a little cheaper. You can save up to S$76 by buying the iPad 2 in Malaysia.

Here are the prices in Singapore (including GST), compared to prices in Malaysia.

iPad 2 WiFi model

16GB = S$668 / RM1,499 (S$619) A difference of S$49
32GB = S$798 / RM1,799 (S$743) A difference of S$55
64GB = S$928 /RM2,099 (S$867) A difference of S$61

iPad 2 WiFi + 3G model

16GB = S$848 / RM1,899 (S$784) A difference of S$64
32GB = S$978 / RM 2,199 (S$908) A difference of S$70
64GB = S$1,108 / RM 2,499 (S$1,032) A difference of S$76

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