A somewhat inevitable question has arrived via the question machine:
Can i buy an ipad in usa and expect it to work in new zealand? any tech specs i have to look out for?
Yes, you can buy an iPad in the USA, and yes it will work fine in New Zealand. In fact, I’m writing this very post on an iPad.
Things you will want to look out for:
- You can purchase and use almost any iPad app through a standard New Zealand iTunes account. However: the official Apple apps, including iBooks and the iWork suite are currently only available in the US store. There is a fairly straightforward way to get around this limitation.
- No one has tested the 3G models yet. They use micro SIM cards which are not currently available in New Zealand. Vodafone promises they will be available if and when the iPad 3G is officially available in New Zealand. If you get desperate, you could make your own.
So yes, there are really no problems with using an iPad in New Zealand. The question is: do you really need one? I’ve been using mine for a week now, and am really struggling to find a true purpose for it. If I get a spare second I’ll expand on this opinion in a followup post later.