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April 3. About that iPad…

Posted in geeksquad, News by msdisdain on March 5, 2010

It’s time for every apple-worshiping Geek to hold with breaths abated as Apple announced today that the iPad will be on shelves on April 3rd with online pre-ordering beginning next Friday, March 12th.  I probably will not end up purchasing one, at least not the first-gen, but I do see a market for which the iPad has a niche:  seniors who want the iPhone but do not want to squint their eyes while reading.  So brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen, this may either be one elaborate April Fools joke  or the extra electronic non-commodity toy called the iPad will be on shelves at your nearest Apple store or online in time for spring.  I wonder how many bugs will come with it?

The iPad – Be in the Know:

  • It’s set to be on shelves 3 April 2010 in the United States
  • iPad will be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G models in late April in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, with more countries added later this year.
  • Prices start at $499.
  • Full pricing scheme:
    • $499 for 16GB (WiFi only)
    • $599 for 32GB (WiFi only)
    • $699 for 64GB (WiFi only)
    • $629 for 16GB (WiFi + ATT 3G)
    • $729 for 32GB (WiFi + ATT 3G)
    • $829 for 64GB (WiFi + ATT 3G)
  • Note:  This are wi-fi only models. Wi-fi + 3G models should be available in late April 2010.
  • Adobe Flash plug-ins will be left out
  • The iPad is expected to ship with 12 new applications designed specifically for it.
  • Most of the 150,000 apps that currently run on iPhones will run on the iPad
  • iPad vs. Kindle battle:  iBooks to include Apple’s iBookstore will be a free updated app available for download April 3.
  • Pre-orders and reserves for pick up begin 12 March 2010 via the Apple Online Store

Note the fineprint found on Apple’s website 3/5/10: This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

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