MATT Ottaviani of Harvey Norman with the Apple stand, and iPad accessories, but he doesn’t know when he will have the real thing available for sale.
MATT Ottaviani of Harvey Norman with the Apple stand, and iPad accessories, but he doesn’t know when he will have the real thing available for sale.

Clarence to wait for iPad

CLARENCE Valley tech-heads will have to travel to the Gold Coast to get their hands on what is being touted as the most revolutionary IT device since the personal computer, the Apple iPad, as local stores are yet to see one.

Similar in size to an exercise book, and just over one centimetre thick, the iPad gives users the capability to surf the web, check emails, listen to music, connect to TV and video devices, and on the Wi-Fi + 3G model, GPS, and mobile phone.

Harvey Norman Grafton franchisee, John Stewart, said Apple Australia currently only had enough stock of iPads to supply their Domayne stores in metropolitan areas.

“As Apple gets more stock they will talk to Harvey Norman regarding distribution to more stores,” he said.

Mr Stewart said he had received many inquiries about the iPad and had been directing customers to the Apple website for store locations.

“Between Apple and Harvey Norman, they haven’t worked on a distribution date as yet,” he said.

Mr Stewart said the store had experienced a similar situation when the iPod was released in 2001.

And if the popularity of the iPod is anything to go by, (more than 260 million units sold worldwide) when stores in the Clarence get their hands on the iPad, they will sell like hot cakes.

Dick Smith Grafton manager, Sandra Hall, said due to the limited supply of iPads in Australia only the chains’ larger stores had been allocated stock.

“The stores in the capital cities had iPads in stock this morning; they don’t give them to us country guys,” she said.

Mrs Hall said the Dick Smith Store at Springwood on the Gold Coast was the closest to have the iPad in stock, but they could transfer one to the Grafton store if they weren’t sold out.

“If someone really, really wanted one we could get them one in if our other stores have the stock,” she said.

The 16GB iPad Wi-Fi retails for $629 and the 16GB iPad Wi-Fi + 3G $799.

The full model range is available on the Apple website www.apple.com.au/ipad.



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