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Customers warned off ‘grey market’ iPads
Retailers say devices bought unofficially have no warranty, and buyers should wait for the official regional launch.
May 15, 2010 1:21 by Sam Potter
Official retailers of Apple products in the UAE are urging customers to wait a little longer to purchase iPads, reports Gulf News.
No specific date has been set by Apple for the official UAE release of the device, but it is hoped they will be available at authorized retailers in late summer.
The paper says that the iSTYLE chain of stores is advising customers to be patient and wait for the official launch of the iPad in the Middle East.
It quotes Hani Nehme, business development manager of iSTYLE Middle East, who said: “Since the launch of the iPad in the US, a significant number of units have become available for purchase in the region, ahead of the product’s official launch in the Middle East.
“While we understand consumers’ desire to purchase an iPad ahead of the official launch, we want to make sure that they understand that the help, support and assistance that they are used to receiving from iSTYLE will not be available to them if they have not purchased their iPad from our store.”