03/14/2012 05:17 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

25 countries to get Apple iPad on March 23 after Friday's launch in Canada/US

CUPERTINO, Calif. - After the new iPad goes on sale Friday in the U.S. and nine other countries, Apple will make the tablet computer available in 25 additional countries a week later.

The new iPad is Apple's third version and sports a faster processing chip and a sharper screen. It works with a faster broadband network called 4G. U.S. prices start at $499.

Countries getting it March 23 are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Besides the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, countries getting it Friday are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Sales begin at 8 a.m. local time.