By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Apple has confirmed the iPad 2 prices published on yesterday afternoon were correct. The iPad 2, which goes on sale from 1AM Friday morning from Apple's direct online site and from 5PM at Apple Stores and through resellers, will start at RRP $579 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.

Here is the full price list:

16GB Wi-Fi: RRP $579
16GB Wi-Fi & 3G: RRP $729
32GB Wi-Fi: RRP $689
32GB Wi-Fi & 3G: $839
64GB Wi-Fi: $799
64GB Wi-Fi & 3G: $949

Click here to read the original iPad 2 price leak story.

Apple revealed these details late last night, with the local PR bots confirming the original Whirlpooler's leaked pricing. This pricing is particurlarly competitive, especially when compare to the original iPad's launch pricing and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1v, which was also launched today with some ambush activity at Sydney's Circular Quay.

Apple will tomorrow hold a briefing in its Sydney offices for selected journalists. Suffice to say was not selected. So, instead, here are some boilerplate/motherhood/meaningless quotes supplied by Apple.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We're experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

Amusingly, in the official press release for the iPad 2, the device is described as being Apple's "third post-PC device". Funny then that as soon as you turn it on it will ask you to connect it to a computer.

All times quoted in this story are from Apple, and are described by them as "local time".