iPad to debut in 9 more countries on May 28

Apple's tablet is set to launch in Canada, Japan, and a gaggle of European countries in late May, with preorders starting Monday.

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The iPad will soon go international. Apple

The iPad will soon be hitting more of the world.

Apple's tablet is set to launch in nine countries outside the U.S., starting May 28. Customers will be able to pick one up in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. Preordering starts Monday, at which time the international prices will be revealed.

People in those nine countries will be able to buy any model iPad--either Wi-Fi only or the Wi-Fi/3G edition, in three memory configurations: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

The tablet debuted in the U.S. in early April and was initially slated to make its international debut in late April. But U.S. demand that was higher than expected and a large number of preorders in the U.S. led Apple to push back the global launch date by a month. Apple has sold more than 1 million iPads in the United States, according to recently released figures.

In the U.S., 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 costs $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.

Continuing its world tour, the iPad is next scheduled to launch in July in another nine places: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore.