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Apple iPad UK pricing and release date confirmed: Americans get it cheaper

Apple has confirmed UK pricing and availability for the iPad, with prices ranging from £429 up to a whopping £699 for the most advanced model

Apple has confirmed the pricing and release date of the iPad in the UK. It'll go on sale here from 28 May, with prices ranging from £429, for the entry-level model, up to a whopping £699, for the most advanced version.

Apple says the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models will sell for £429, £499 and £599 respectively. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi and 3G models will sell for £100 more -- £529, £599 and £699 respectively.

How does this compare to US pricing? Not too badly, actually. Across the pond, Apple sells the entry-level 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi for $499 minus sales tax, which varies from state to state. If you detract VAT (our equivalent of US sales tax) from the cost of the same iPad in the UK, the £429 price tag is lowered to £365. That £365 works out as around $536, which is $37 (£25) more than the actual US pricing for this iPad model.

There's a greater price difference in the case of the range-topping 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G. In the US, it sells for $829 (£564) without sales tax. Here in Blighty, that same iPad -- minus VAT -- sells for £595 ($873). Again, that makes the US model approximately $44 (£30) cheaper than the equivalent system in the UK.

What do you think of these prices? Has the slight price premium put your nose out of joint? Are you booking a ticket to New York right now, just to get the iPad for less moolah? Are you going to buy a UK model? Do you even care? Let us know in the comments section below.