Apple’s iPad is all set to hit US stores soon with price tag ranging from $499 to $829. But, those who are ready to spend more can have their hands on the iPad Supreme for £129,995.
The pimped-out Apple tablet is the work of UK-based designer Stuart Hughes, who specialises in ultra-expensive blinged-up gadgetry – he’s previously been responsible for diamond-covered BlackBerries, and a gold-plated Nintendo Wii ‘Supreme’ that will set you back a cool £300,000.
The golden iPad is covered in 22 carat gold and 53 individual diamonds. The diamonds are set into the shape of the Apple logo on the back of the iPad, and the tablet’s rear casing is made of solid gold, with more gold trim on the front.
Stuart Hughes, who owns Goldstriker International, said that the iPad Supreme is a combination of the top of industry technology and unparalleled craftsmanship. However, it will not be that much easy to carry because it is around three times heavier than the regular iPads as it weighs 2.1Kg.
Hughes describes the golden iPad described as ‘outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful harmonious appearance’, which suggests he’s got a good line in Jobsian hyperbole.
Hughes’ previous work, the iPhone 3GS Supreme, was launched with a whopping price tag of £1.92 million. The iPad Supreme will not go for mass production. According to Stuart Hughes, they would create just 10 such iPads.
For those of you planning on putting down £129,995 for the device, you don’t need to worry about the specs. Naturally, it’s the top of the line 64GB WiFi + 3G version – which would normally cost you $829. So, just a £129,296 mark-up, then.