Apple on Wednesday made an official announcement that the third-generation iPad will arrive at Apple's retail stores and its online store on Friday in the United States and nine additional countries and regions.

According to the company, the new iPad will hit the store on Friday at 8:00 a.m. local time in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, China's Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Britain, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Customers who buy a new iPad at an Apple retail store will be offered free personal setup service, said Apple. Customers in the U.S. could shop and buy the device anywhere they are and pick up their purchase at any Apple retail store.

In the U.S., the new iPad will also be available at Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart, Apple said.
同时,在美国的顾客也可以从Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sam's Club, Target 和Walmart等商家购买到Ipad。

Starting March 23, the new device will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, China 's Macau, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Last Wednesday, Apple introduced the new iPad featuring Retina display, A5X chip and improved camera which can shoot high-definition videos. The 4G model will support 4G LTE networks in the U.S. and Canada, making it Apple's first 4G device. Meanwhile, iPad 2 is still available at a reduced price.
上周三,苹果公司召开了新一代Ipad的发布会。Ipad3搭载了高清Retina显示屏和A5X芯片,也提升了摄像头的性能,可以拍摄高分辨率的视频。Ipad3是苹果产品中第一台支持4G网络的产品,它将会支持美国和加拿大的LTE 4G网络。同时,Ipad2将会降价并继续销售。

Market research firm Gartner estimated that 103.5 million tablet devices will be sold in 2012 with Apple accounting for two-thirds.