The new iPad's march around the world continues this week as the iPad is set to hit stores in 12 more countries on Friday, April 20th. This latest release rounds out the iPad's availability in Europe and Asia, while also bringing the device to the Caribbean, Latin America, and more. Here's the full list of countries: South Korea, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St. Maarten, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The new iPad launched in the U.S. on Friday, March 16th. As usual, the launch drew massive crowds to Apple stores, though this time around Apple did a much better job of meeting demand. In addition to the U.S., the iPad also hit stores in nine other countries - the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Switzerland, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A week later, the iPad landed in 25 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Friday's launch will bring the new iPad to a total of 47 countries around the world. The following Friday, April 27th, will see the iPad hit an additional nine countries, bringing the total to 56: Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa, and Thailand.
Unfortunately, however, most of them will not be able to access one of the iPad's flagship features. As Apple reiterates in today's announcement, "4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the U.S. and on Bell, Rogers and Telus networks in Canada." Confusion on that point has gotten Apple into some trouble in countries where the iPad is not compatible with local 4G networks. The company even had to issue refunds in Australia to customers who felt they'd been deceived by advertising that emphasized the iPad's 4G capabilities.