I almost laughed at the irony of all this. I was asked before the "big" announcement by many journalists about my opinion of the iPad. While I could not say anything for sure one thing I could warn them about was about limited functionality in our region. For example, while we love the USA, the relevancy of the New York Times to our daily influx of news rates lower than residents of the USA (no offence, but there is obvious truth in that). Not to mention iBook club will almost unquestionably not accept payment methods from non-USA residents.
The other dilemma, which is intentionally being referenced in this email, is just how difficult it is to certify electrical goods in AU/NZ therefore presenting another potential hiccup on the road ahead for Australia and new Zealand iPad lovers. I think it also adds weight to what I was suggesting in my post yesterday, i.e. how everyone missed the point of the iPad.
Here is the lengthy disclaimer. Given it made up 80% over the text content of the email I would say AU and NZ residents are in for some hurt.
Some features and applications are not available in all areas. Application availability and pricing are subject to change.
This is the email:
(which links to this page)