Apple's much-hyped iPad tablet device will retail for between £389 and £489 when it finally goes on sale in the UK, according to tech site Geeky Gadgets.
The 16GB Wi-Fi iPad will be available for £389, the 32GB Wi-Fi model for £439 and the 64GB Wi-Fi model for £489, according to a "tip" received by the site.
"One thing they did reveal is that we are more likely to get the iPad in the UK in April as opposed to March which is currently being quoted on Apple's web site," the site reported.
"We can't confirm 100 per cent that these prices are correct, but we are pretty sure from the information our source provided that these will be the prices when the Apple iPad goes on sale in the UK."
If the report is accurate, it would follow the pattern of UK Apple products being more expensive than their American counterparts. At current exchange rates, the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad would be just £327 if bought in the US, over £60 cheaper than the UK version, while the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models would come in at £392 and £458 respectively.
Given the tremendous loyalty Apple customers show to the firm, it remains to be seen whether these prices will make a serious dent in the vendor's sales figures in the UK, although a recent V3.co.uk poll may make uncomfortable reading for Apple.
An overwhelming 39 per cent of respondents labelled it 'just an overpriced, oversized iPod Touch'. In total, 55 per cent of V3.co.uk readers who responded had bad news for Apple, while 43 per cent spoke up in its favour.
Perhaps more disappoint is the finding that 26 per cent of these 'supporters' were cynical in their response, selecting the 'Yes, it's got the Apple logo so people will buy it' option.
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