UPDATE 2-IPad’s international launch slated for May 28

* Tablet to be available in 9 more countries

* Initial demand has been strong

* UK pricing 429 stg to 699 stg

(Adds UK pricing, updates Apple shares)

By Gabriel Madway

SAN FRANCISCO, May 7 (BestGrowthStock) – Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ) said on
Friday it will launch the iPad tablet computer in nine
international markets on May 28, following a strong debut in the
United States last month.

The iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain.
Pre-ordering for those markets will start on May 10.

The international launch was originally scheduled for late
April, but Apple delayed it by a month due to what it called
higher-than-expected demand.

In Britain, the iPad will sell for between 429 pounds and
699 pounds ($664 to $1,081), depending on the model. In the
United States, the most expensive iPad costs $829.

Apple also said the iPad will expand to Austria, Belgium,
Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand
and Singapore in July.

Separately, France Telecom (FTE.PA: ) announced pricing plans
for iPad connections and said it would not subsidise the device.
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The iPad, a 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet intended primarily
for games, Web browsing and digital media of all sorts, went on
sale in the United States on April 3.

The company has already sold more than 1 million iPads.
Analysts expect the company to sell roughly 5 million this year.

Shares of Cupertino, California-based Apple fell 3.9 percent
to $237 in midday trading on the Nasdaq. The broader Nasdaq
market was down 1.8 percent.

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(Additional reporting by Georgina Prodhan in London; Editing by
Derek Caney and David Holmes)
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UPDATE 2-IPad’s international launch slated for May 28