Apple iPad pre-orders start March 12; Available in US on April 3; ‘Late April’ for Wi-Fi+3G models

Apple today announced that its 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 or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.

“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.”

Starting at just US$499, 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. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook — and delivers battery life of up to 10 hours.

iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You 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 elegant slideshows. iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an ebook you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

The App Store on iPad lets you 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 your iPhone or iPod touch. Developers are already creating exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

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 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.

iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB.

The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad will be available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models in late April in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. International pricing will be announced in April. iPad will ship in additional countries later this year.

The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store in the US on April 3, with additional countries added later this year.

MacDailyNews Note: In the press release accompanying the iPad’s unveiling, Apple had stated: “iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch.

Source: Apple Inc.

64 Comments

  1. Before I read this story, I assumed that today’s $5 pop in aapl’s share price was due to the Zune phone announcement (on Gizmodo, Apple Insider, and elsewhere).

  2. @twat

    I’m guessing that they are the 3 flavors of iWorks that were demoed at the announcement. They are $9.99 each, but Apple probably preloaded them to allow you to demo them for a while before purchasing. Pretty smart.

  3. @phxdoc

    oh, you’re going to wait in line alright, depending where you live, you could be stuck in line for hours just waiting for the store to open.

    I’m saving for the 3G entry-level model.

  4. Attention Apps Developers:

    1. Develop an iPad app which allows us to use the iPad as an external monitor for our DSLRs, and you’ll sell millions.
    Heck, make it work for video cameras too, and substantially increase your market.

    2. Sell a higher-priced version of your app which makes the iPad also able to control the camera.
    You’ll take over the pro photography market.

    3. Sell a higher-level app that allows one to monitor, control the camera, and shoot and store the photos directly to the iPad.
    You’ve now become the de facto standard for pro and pro-sumer photography (and video, if you so desire).

    Pro (and non-Pro) uses of this app;
    1. Put the camera on a tripod, the ground, fastened to a ladder, exterior of vehicle, etc., but with the iPad, control the camera as if it’s comfortably in your hands.

    2. Set up the iPad as an external monitor, so clients on location can see what your composing, or just use the iPad to quickly review shots for yourself, and/or clients and models.

    3. Fasten your camera in a tree.
    When the Red-Throated Balinese Warbler lands in it’s usual spot, the camera will be there to take its picture, but you’ll be on the ground (NOT scaring away the Warbler), watching your iPad in TTL view, and taking the Warbler’s portrait as never before!

    Anyone with a speck of imagination can see that the range of potential uses for this device is almost endless.

    The Wow really does start now. Only, the real Wow is with the company that didn’t pay for that advertising slogan.

  5. i wonder if Apple retail had any influence on the date. that is a light week for spring break and apple collge retail employees would be back in town by the 4/3. also, the lines should fly by since there is no activation required and all those iPod touch credit card readers that the employees use.

  6. Nice news….but I’ll wait for the version with the built-in video camera. Otherwise I can’t justify the purchase at this time.

    BTW…..I’m confused on the 3G version. Can one buy one, but not activate the 3G at purchase. Maybe come back later and do it? Or is this like the iPhone where it is all or nothing?

  7. @ Rich Cam Apple —

    Those are AMAZING ideas for iPad apps! I’m 100% serious. With imaginations like that, there truly is no limit to what this device could do. I only wish I knew anything about programming code so I could make these pro photography apps myself.

  8. I just noticed on the Apple web page for the iPad that they say the FCC still hasn’t authorized the device. Yet they’re confirming the release dates…

  9. “I’m confused on the 3G version. Can one buy one, but not activate the 3G at purchase. Maybe come back later and do it?”
    @SaleenDriver: Yes — Apple says: “3G data plan sold separately.” …So until you buy a 3G data plan, you can use the WiFi to connect.

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