The highly anticipated Apple iPad will finally be released on Saturday 3 April, but sadly this is only for US consumers. Australians will still have to wait until the end of April to get their hands on the new tablet device.
According to Apple, the iPad will be available in all 221 US Apple retail stores and most Best Buy stores from 9am on Saturday 3 April.
The revolutionary tablet computing device will let users browse the web, read and send email, view photos, watch HD movies, listen to music, play games, and read ebooks.
The iPad will feature Apple’s Multi-Touch user interface, measures in at just 1.27 centimetres thick, weighs 680 grams and has a battery life of up to 10 hours.
“iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple CEO.
“We can’t wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend.”
At the US launch, Apple will offer a free Personal Setup service for every customer who buys an iPad. The purpose of this is to help consumers customise their iPad by setting up their email account and loading their favourite apps from the App Store.
Special iPad workshops will also kick off on Saturday morning across all US Apple retail stores.
Pricing has only been confirmed for the US market at this stage. The 16GB model will be available for US $499, $599 for the 32GB and $699 for the 64GB.
Wi-Fi + 3G models of the iPad will retail for US $629 (16BG), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB).
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