Apple will begin selling the iPad in nine more countries on May 28, and will begin taking pre-orders on May 10. The countries Apple will be adding to its iPad list include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.
The company’s staggered iPad rollout will add in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. Currently, the iPad is officially available only in the United States.
The iPad is Apple’s new multimedia tablet device. It includes a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, runs iPhone OS, supports most iPhone apps, includes movie and music playback along with an ebook reader, offers built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, and some models are available with 3G wireless data access, too.
Apple also said that iPad customers have downloaded over 12 million app from the iTunes-based App Store since the tablet was released on April 3 in the U.S.