Australian iPad Debut Promises Fewer Bugs and Problems.

The iPad showed some early bugs in the U.S. and Europe. Will Australia benefit from a delayed release?

When the iPad finally makes it debut on 28 May in Australia, it will have been nearly four months to the day that Steve Jobs publicly announced the newest addition to Apple’s innovative line-up of mobile gadgets. Ever since the advent of the iMac in the 90s, Apple has built up a cult-like following of dévoteés who religiously purchase the company’s newest inventions as well as look to the future for what Apple might dreaming up for them down the line.

For quite a few years, Apple prophets had predicted a tablet device, and it has finally materialised in the form of the new iPad.

Although Australian Apple enthusiasts have had to wait in the wings while the western world has had almost two extra months of playing with the new iPad, there is a benefit to the wait: as with all of Apple’s new devices, the iPad has seen its share of early bugs, particularly with home Wi-Fi networks, which some users reported having weak signals and connectivity. In addition, the iPad 3G debut in the U.S. on April 30th exposed some problems with the 3G side of the new device as well (the iPhone 3G experienced similar problems in the U.S.).

These sorts of problems have become routine for Apple in the U.S., however, because they have been able to hype their products so effectively, the little bit of damage control that the company has to do in comparison to its sales volume (they sold 300,000 iPads on the first day in the U.S.) has been well worth it.

In Australia, we’ll see the release of both the Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi + 3G iPads on May 28th, and because many of the early issues have already been exposed and dealt with in the U.S. and European markets, Australia is well-positioned to have a smoother iPad launch country-wide.

This means that iPad users will have fewer frustrations with their new gizmo and more time to enjoy its groundbreaking features.

There is, however, one difference between the iPad 3G release in Australia versus the U.S. that could prove to be complicating. As opposed to the U.S. release of the iPad’s 3Gs network, which is carried exclusively by AT&T, Australia’s iPad 3G network is covered by Optus, Telstra, 3, and Vodaphone. This “composite” of 3G service providers could potentially quadruple any 3G bugs, giving Apple four separate networks with four separate sets of problems.

On the brighter side, however, Australians seeking out the iPad’s 3G capabilities will have the advantage of researching which company has the best track record with the iPad from the outset, giving Australian iPad customers a choice in the service provider they choose.

In any case, even short-term problems with the iPad won’t quench the excitement that exists about its long-awaited debut on May 28th. The iPad’s revolutionary features and functionality will most certainly overshadow the minor glitches that always come with a groundbreaking new product.

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