Apple has secretly launched the App Store for its iPad Tablet PC in the Netherlands. This allows people who already imported an iPad from the U.S., to purchase apps directly on iPad using your their iTunes account.
Previously one could only log on with the American iTunes store profile, however, users needed a U.S. credit card to purchase apps. As a result many were limited to downloading free applications.
It is striking that the store has already launched. The iPad is expected to launch in the Netherlands in July. Perhaps it has to do with the launch of the device in some other European countries like Britain and Germany on May 28.
The Wi-Fi version of the iPad hit the the U.S. on April 3, while models offering Wi-Fi + 3G are supposed to be available the end of April. But customers were able to pre-order the tablet starting March 12.
Both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions were initially cleared to launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. at the end of this month.
The iPad’s Wi-Fi-only version costs $499 for 16GB of memory, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G edition will cost $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
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