Apple Inc said on Friday it will launch the iPad tablet computer in nine international markets on May 28, following a strong debut in the United States last month. The iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain. Pre-ordering for those markets will start on May 10. The international launch was originally scheduled for late April, but Apple delayed it by a month due to what it called higher-than-expected demand.

In Britain, the iPad will sell for between 429 pounds and 699 pounds ($664 to $1,081), depending on the model. In the United States, the most expensive iPad costs $829. Apple also said the iPad will expand to Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

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