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Apple iPad to arrive in U.S. on April 3, preorders begin March 12

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Apple has announced that its long-awaited iPad will be available for purchase for consumers starting on Saturday, April 3, while pre-orders for the multi-touch device will begin on March 12.

While the Wi-Fi model will be the only available at first, the 3G-capable iPad is expected to arrive in late April. In addition, all versions of the hardware will be available in the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, Span and Switzerland in late April.

Preorders for the iPad will begin on March 12, with both the Wi-Fi and 3G models available for reserve from apple.com. The Wi-Fi model will be available in-store as well on Saturday, April 3. That date is just a few days later than the 60-day launch window Apple announced at the device's unveiling in late January.

"iPad is something completely new," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "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."

A pair of recent rumors have suggested that the initial availability of the iPad could be limited. However, while the launch shipments could be restricted, reports have suggested that supply constraints will not last long.

Friday's announcement from Apple also disproves a rumor of an earlier launch date, which also brings into question the report's claims that Apple store employees would receive training on March 10, and TV commercials for the iPad would begin to air on March 15. The inaccurate report came from The Examiner.

Analyst predictions for first-year iPad sales are varied, with Wall Street forecasting between one million and five million shipments. The market for the iPad is expected to grow as developers find new, unique uses for the device through the App Store.

Starting at $499 for 16GB of storage, the iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more. The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, making it thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. It also delivers battery life of up to 10 hours.



Apple said the iPad's multi-touch interface makes surfing the web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. Users can read and send email on iPad's large screen and almost full-size "soft" keyboard or import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad's slideshows. iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an e-book you downloaded from Apple's new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

The App Store on iPad lets users wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the world's largest app store. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 150,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for the iPhone or iPod touch.



The new iBooks app for iPad includes Apple's new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product. The iBookstore will feature books from the New York Times Best Seller list from both major and independent publishers, including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster.



The iTunes Store gives iPad users access to the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 12 million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 films including over 2,500 in stunning high definition. All the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer.

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*just* $499?! That's 5 meals out for me *burp*
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AI, I realize you had to make a story out of it, but one line of 'news,' and the rest just cut-and-paste of corporate-speak from Apple!?
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The key question is: How many can one person pre-order? I have a family of 6. And, everyone wants one.
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Bagsy one one them
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The key question is: How many can one person pre-order? I have a family of 6. And, everyone wants one.

I doubt Apple will limit how much money you can send to them.
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They finally announced the date. Good.

Now let the pre-order and launch date frenzy begin!

How many rumors of new production estimates before launch? I'm thinking another 5 or 6.
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post #8 of 186
So it's late then.
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I can't wait to pre-order mine.

Can we also pre-order the WiFi + 3G model on March 12th?

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iPod nano 5th Gen 8GB Orange, iPad 3rd Gen WiFi 32GB White
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Should I wait till the bugs are out first....hmmm....
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"While the Wi-Fi model will be the only available at first, the 3G-capable iPad is expected to arrive in late April. In addition, all versions of the hardware will be available in the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, Span and Switzerland in late April."

Thats a fuzzy announcement. What does it mean for me living in Germany? Do I have to wait until later of April even if I want to buy only the wifi version or will this one also arrive in Germany on April 3??

Peter
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Right from the horses mouth:
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CUPERTINO, California—March 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/03/05ipad.html
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So it's late then.

Was there ever an official launch date? March X was somehow an expected launch date, but googling 'ipad release date' yields April also.

Good devices take time!
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Good luck to those who purchase one. I am sure it will fit your needs well.
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Excellent that you can reserve one at an Apple store. I will be doing just that come March 12, and then driving to Buffalo (from Toronto) to pick my WiFi 64GB version up April 3rd.
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Good luck to those who purchase one. I am sure it will fit your needs well.

Thank you for you wishes. For me, need is not really an issue, I simply want one (or two). At least one will sit in the family room, next to the TV etc. and be convenient for family to use & browse, while maintaining some social connection, & one will become my latest business travel companion.
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Right from the horses mouth:

Didn't really help much to get a quote.

But if the thing isn't operator locked (is it?) I can go to any of the mentioned countries and purchase a Wifi or later on a Wifi + 3G and carry home to Sweden. Or?

I am still wondering about one thing: tethering your iPhone to a Wifi-only iPad? Will work?
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Now if only Apple would announce or release the MBP updates. The wait on this is really killing me.
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I am still wondering about one thing: tethering your iPhone to a Wifi-only iPad? Will work?

That is an excellent question, one which Apple hasn't provided any info on as far as I can tell.

Me personally, I plan to use PDAnet to tether over wifi, as AT&T has yet to officially sanction tethering in the US AFAIK.
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Apple has announced that its long-awaited iPad will be available for purchase for consumers starting on Saturday, April 3, while pre-orders for the multi-touch device will begin on March 12 ....

This kind of makes me wonder what all that junk about "sign up to be notified when it's available for order" was about though.

I signed up multiple times on both Canadian and USA Apple stores, and I have to hear about it on the web?
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i wonder if pre orders will ship on Friday April 2nd....
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Thank you for you wishes. For me, need is not really an issue, I simply want one (or two). At least one will sit in the family room, next to the TV etc. and be convenient for family to use & browse, while maintaining some social connection, & one will become my latest business travel companion.

I think ghostface might have been being sarcastic, but I'm with you. At that price, I am going to buy one just to fool around with and it is more of a want than a need.

One of the things I think Apple is doing here and perhaps counting on, is that the low end model is so damed cheap that many many folks will pick one up just out of curiosity. At least a part of the reason tablets haven't sold before is they represent a "weird" way of computing for the average person, yet they typically cost several thousand dollars.

With the barrier to purchase so low, many more people will be tempted to try out the new way of doing things and buy an iPad.
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Didn't really help much to get a quote.

But if the thing isn't operator locked (is it?) I can go to any of the mentioned countries and purchase a Wifi or later on a Wifi + 3G and carry home to Sweden. Or?

I am still wondering about one thing: tethering your iPhone to a Wifi-only iPad? Will work?

Just to make sure, I would rather get it from the horse's mouth. In this case, I quoted in part from Apple's Official press release.

Why wouldn't it if your wireless service features it.? My MacBook Pro does.

BTW, since Rogers allows tethering does the following work-around function in the U.S? Or anywhere else for that matter.
How to activate tethering on any iPhone without jailbreaking http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-10265889-233.html
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I'm buying stock in Tide, for many pants will be shat in around launch.
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I'll be pre-ordering mine next week. I can't wait.
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My hat gets tipped to anyone and everyone who buys a $500 16Gb Wifi iDevice.
May you not complain in 6 months when the price drops.
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I'm buying stock in Tide, for many pants will be shat in around launch.

More like Kraft Foods, the maker of Kool-Aid.
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Didn't really help much to get a quote.

But if the thing isn't operator locked (is it?) I can go to any of the mentioned countries and purchase a Wifi or later on a Wifi + 3G and carry home to Sweden. Or?

I am still wondering about one thing: tethering your iPhone to a Wifi-only iPad? Will work?

The iPad 3G (or WiFi+3G as Apple calls it) is unlocked. So yes, you can buy it from anywhere and use it with any carrier that uses MicroSIM.

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i wonder if pre orders will ship on Friday April 2nd....

In the past, when Apple accepted pre-orders, you get your product by Fedex/UPS on release date if you order it early enough. Apple usually sent pre-orders few days early but ask carriers to not deliver them until the release date so people don't get them early.
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I am still wondering about one thing: tethering your iPhone to a Wifi-only iPad? Will work?

Definitely. Probably the best way is to use MyWi. This requires jailbreaking and Rock or Cydia. It seems complex but the sn0w guys have made it pretty painless. I don't see any reason to get the 3G iPad if tools like this are available.

I use tethering on my iPhone to my netbook but there seems to always be wifi access available, so my tethering usage is so tiny that it is almost not even needed. I know I could get by with just the wifi version.

But I can see the 3G version being a perfect device for Grandma or people without a computer that just need email.
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I stood in line for the iPhone and iPhone 3G, and I waited a week to get my hands on a 3GS. I'd like to have an iPad for reading the morning paper, books, and traveling, but this one I won't buy until they put the forward facing camera in it so I can also use it for Skype teleconferences.
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Hmmm..... Apple up over $6.50 on the announcement, with overall portfolio value up quite handsomely. Planning to sell 10 shares of the company (to allow for capital gains taxes and some accessories), and my order for two 64GB w/3G is pretty much all set!

Magical -- paid for itself!
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But I can see the 3G version being a perfect device for Grandma or people without a computer that just need email.

Defintely a Granny device, I will order one just GrandPa .
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My hat gets tipped to anyone and everyone who buys a $500 16Gb Wifi iDevice.
May you not complain in 6 months when the price drops.

Heh! What computing device's price doesn't drop over time? In this case my guess is that Apple will be selling all they can manufacture through Christmas, though, then drop the price next year.
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My hat gets tipped to anyone and everyone who buys a $500 16Gb Wifi iDevice.
May you not complain in 6 months when the price drops.

Hehehe... oh no kidding & maybe sooner. Right around the school shopping season, I can imagine the 16 gig model being discontinued & the 32 gig unit in at $399. Also, look for the 3G option to get less and less expensive as AT&T pushes Apple to push this out the door in more volume. I mean, it's a $5 chip and a $1 antenna, so c'mon...

But seriously, what would us conservative implementers & wait and see buyers do without the early adopters to drive the price down, juice up the specs & work all the bugs out? We need these guys to keep our wallets fat!
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They're releasing it on Easter weekend? That's a pain for people who will be traveling out of town.

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In the past, when Apple accepted pre-orders, you get your product by Fedex/UPS on release date if you order it early enough. Apple usually sent pre-orders few days early but ask carriers to not deliver them until the release date so people don't get them early.

But in this case release date is a Saturday. That complicates things considerably.
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Defintely a Granny device, I will order one just GrandPa .

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I stood in line for the iPhone and iPhone 3G, and I waited a week to get my hands on a 3GS. I'd like to have an iPad for reading the morning paper, books, and traveling, but this one I won't buy until they put the forward facing camera in it so I can also use it for Skype teleconferences.

it would be nice but isn't a deal breaker for me. I think that the next version will have one, maybe by this christmas.

You sound like someone I know that says the same thing, but I know for sure when they get their hands on one in the Apple Store they'll walk out with one the same day!!
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Also, look for the 3G option to get less and less expensive as AT&T pushes Apple to push this out the door in more volume. I mean, it's a $5 chip and a $1 antenna, so c'mon...

They have to reserve money for the unpaid GSM royalties and of course, Nokia.
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