No problem, as soon as I hear from him, I will let you know what advice he was given.
Incidentally I also contacted another family member who bought an iPad in Boston last year, for use in Scotland. They confirmed to me that they have had absolutely no issues using it in the UK and it has worked fine.
Apologies for not getting back sooner, but I managed to catch up with my boyfriend late last night (UK time).
He initially purchased an iPad 3 with retina and wifi.
He exchanged it for an iPad 3 with retina, wifi AND cellular. The staff in the Apple store confirmed that the cellular model will work in the UK and this iPad will also work on 4G.
The model that he bought was MC773LL/A. Once back in the UK he can exchange the SIM that's currently in it for a UK SIM.
I did send him the link that you had received from another post, and he took those models with him to the Apple store.....but the staff had no idea what those models were.
I hope this helps!
Please remind him that if he is bringing home more than £390 of goods (in total, not per item) that he needs to declare it all at customs so that he is not breaking the law. He will need to pay VAT and Import Duty on everything above £390.
If he does not declare and he is caught (a common occurence), he will have to pay the Taxes and a fine.
The info is here:
The other thing to consider is that Apple may not honour the US Warranty in the UK.
The Warranty page on the Apple website clearly states:
"Service will be limited to the options available in the country where service is requested. Service options, parts availability and response times may vary according to country. You may be responsible for shipping and handling charges if the Apple Product cannot be serviced in the country it is in. If you seek service in a country that is not the original country of purchase, you will comply with all applicable import and export laws and regulations and be responsible for all custom duties, V.A.T. and other associated taxes and charges. Where international service is available, Apple may repair or replace Apple Products and parts with comparable Apple Product and parts that comply with local standards."
You can read the USA Warranty which will apply in this case here:
Also remember it will not be covered by UK Sales of Goods Act.
In relation to the new Ipad with retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular version
After doing some research and speaking with various apple customer care representatives here in the UK the following is what I could find:
UK will be getting the A1460 model Ipad sold in the US (different mains adaptor).
Part number for the Ipad: MD522B/A
I also found the following IPAD A1460 models on the web from a website which seems to be written with Japanese characters
■Apple iPad with RD 16GB MD525xx/A
■Apple iPad with RD 16GB MD522xx/A
■Apple iPad with RD 32GB MD526xx/A
■Apple iPad with RD 32GB MD523xx/A
■Apple iPad with RD 64GB MD527xx/A
■Apple iPad with RD 64GB MD524xx/A
So you can see that the part number MD522B/A given to me by Apple UK tallies up with A1460 16GB cellular version.
Since you can use Ipad internationally with a local sim of the local country then Ipad A1460 bought from the US will work just fine in the UK. At the moment A1460 in the US is the Verizon/Sprint version if you don't know the model number. (So to clarify It is not locked to Sprint/Verizon (contrary to what I have been told by all the apple reps I spoke to here in the UK - Apple should at least train/inform their reps to say the right things)).
If you want data connection in the UK just get a sim card for Ipad from
EE for 4g LTE connection
T-mobile, Vodafone, 3, and etc for 3G+ connection.
The warranty is only relevant if the Ipad bough inthe US is different to what is sold in the UK. But from what I could find the parts are the same, i.e. screen, cover, battery, camera, etc. So if anything goes wrong you can go to Apple UK and they should fix it for you under warranty.
If you can get away with not paying customs charges then for example 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version comes to about about £490 ($720 + lets say 8.5% sales tax if bought in LA and dividing the total by 1.589 conversion rate between $ and £ ). That is around £89 cheaper than the £579 for the same model sold in the UK.
Customs limit for importing without customs charge of a single item is £135 and it seems £390 collectively as pointed above. So anything above that in theory you should declare. But obviously that is not practical and customs don't question many of the items. So add up the shoes, jeans, and that digital camera you bought and do the maths.