If you’re in India and haven’t bought Apple’s iPad 2 from the grey market and still waiting for the official launch then you might have to wait longer than you thought.
Apple hasn’t announced any official launch date for its second gen tablet in the Indian markets and the first gen tablet which was released in early January this year, continues to sell at reduced prices. The Cupertino company is expected to ship iPad 2 in Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea later this month however India is still not on the list.
We have been tracking the Indian website and noticed some interesting changes on the iPad page. On April 07, exactly one week back, the iPad page on Indian website had an active ‘Buy Now’ link however, if you visit the same page today it has changed back to ‘Notify Me’.
Usually, when the Notify Me option changes to Buy Now it’s a sure indication that the new product is now available for sale but, in this case it went from Notify Me to Buy Now and then back to Notify Me.
When we contacted Apple India sales department, they had no knowledge about the ‘Buy Now’ option on Apple’s website and said that they expected the tablet to go on sale in mid June or July.
It’s clear that India is not a top priority market for Apple as new products are often delayed and launched almost 9 to 10 months after release in the US. The lack of interest is also highlighted by some parts of the website which have poor layout.