Apple this morning announced that the third generation of its massively popular tablet computer, the powerful, Retina display-sporting ‘new iPad’ as they call it, will hit 12 new countries next Friday, and 9 more next week.

On April 20, the new iPad (here’s what it looks like under a microscope) will go on sale in South Korea, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela.

A week after that, on April 27, Apple will also start selling the device in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.

No word about a China launch yet, but that’s only a matter of time.

Conveniently, the news was announced a week before Apple will hold its second-quarter financial conference call (on April 24).

The news about the expansion to 21 new markets comes nearly a month after the new iPad hit stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.

The company later said it sold 3 million iPads in a matter of days after its debut.

We’re eagerly awaiting updated sales numbers.

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Here’s the full press release:

New iPad Arrives in South Korea & 11 Additional Countries This Week

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced the new iPad®, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, will arrive in South Korea and 11 additional countries on Friday, April 20.

The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. The new iPad still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light.

In addition to South Korea, the new iPad also will be available beginning on Friday, April 20 in Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela. Beginning on Friday, April 27, the new iPad will be available in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.**

The new iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at a more affordable price starting at just $399.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

**4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the U.S. and on Bell, Rogers and Telus networks in Canada. Data plans sold separately.