posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Mar 2010 15:29 UTC
IconBack in late January, Apple unveiled its iPad (in case you missed it), an iPhone OS-powered tablet device which it said would ship later this year. Well, the Cupertino company is holding true to its promise, and has unveiled the pre-order and shipping dates of the iPad.

In a press release, Apple announced that the WiFi-only models of the iPad will become available Saturday, April 3, for customers in the United States only. The models with both WiFi and 3G will become available late April in the US. Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be able to get their hands on all iPad models late April. As usual with 3G-equipped devices (Nexus One, iPhone, Pre, etc.) the rest of the world will have to wait for now.

US-based customers can pre-order Both the WiFi-only as well as the WiFi+3G models starting March 12, either through Apple's online store, or at an Apple Store. No pre-orders have been announced for the rest of the world, so I guess all we poor non-US schmucks can do is queue in line on launch day.

In case you're curious how fat your wallet needs to be:

  • 16GB WiFi only - $499
  • 32GB WiFi only - $599
  • 64GB WiFi only - $699
  • 16GB WiFi + 3G - $629
  • 32GB WiFi + 3G - $729
  • 64GB WiFi + 3G - $829

"iPad is something completely new," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in the press release, "We're excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before."

Will you be buying one?

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