Apple's "Magical" iPad Available on April 3, Pre-orders Begin March 12

Paul Lilly

The wait is almost over folks, and in less than a month, the iPad frenzy will begin. Apple announced today that its "magical and revolutionary" tablet will be available in the U.S. on Saturday, April 3, for the Wi-Fi models. You'll have to wait until late April for 3G.

"iPad is something completely new," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "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, an fun way than ever before."

Starting next week on March 12, U.S. customers will be able to place pre-orders for both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models through Apple's online store, or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on April 3 at an Apple retail store.

As a reminder, the pricing breaks down as follows:

  • 16GB (Wi-Fi) - $499
  • 32GB (Wi-Fi) - $599
  • 64GB (Wi-Fi) - $699
  • 16GB (Wi-Fi + 3G) - $629
  • 32GB (Wi-Fi + 3G) - $729
  • 64GB (Wi-Fi + 3G) - $829
Apple also said it will make its iBooks app for iPad available as a free downloading in the U.S. on April 3.

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