Apple iPad to become available on April 3, pre-orders start March 12

News Zach Epstein 09:37, Mar 05 2010

The Wi-Fi version of Apple's iPad will launch on April 3; 3G version to follow in late April

Apple announced this morning that its highly anticipated Apple iPad will become available online and in stores on April 3rd, with pre-orders starting on March 12th.

The April 3rd launch applies to the Wi-Fi version of the iPad, which will be available in three models: a 16GB version for $499, a 32GB version for $599 and a 64GB version for $699.

The 3G-enabled version, compatible with AT&T's 3G networks, will follow in late April. Apple's 3G iPad is also available in three builds: 16GB for $629, 32GB for $729 and 64GB for $829.

While no contract is required, Apple will require $14.99 per month (250MB of data) or $29.99 ("unlimited data") per month from customers wishing to utilize 3G connectivity.

While many view the iPad as an answer without a question, Apple is still expected to quickly climb to the top of the still miniscule consumer tablet market.

With an entry-level price point that comes in at half of early analyst expectations, the iPad is accessible to a much wider range of consumers than initially expected.

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