Apple iPad To Launch In US On April 3, Now Available For Pre-Orders In The US

Apple iPad launching on April 3

The launch date for the Apple iPad has just been announced. In a media statement released today, Apple has announced that the Wi-Fi model of iPad will hit the stores in US on April 3. 

However, customers wishing to purchase a 3G supported version will have to wait a little longer till late April. 

Update:

Apple's iPad is now available for pre-orders in the US.

According to the release, pre-orders for all models of the device will start from next week. Customers wishing to pre-order an iPad can do so either online or from one of the Apple retail stores starting March 12 today. Apple has also revealed that the device will launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. We are not sure if this shall be a concurrent release with iPad 3G in US. 

As announced already, the basic version of the iPad – a 16GB Wi-Fi only model will cost $499. Here are the prices of all versions of Apple's tablet device

Wi-Fi only models

  • 16GB : $499
  • 32GB : $599
  • 64GB : $699

Wi-Fi + 3G models

  • 16GB : $629
  • 32GB : $729
  • 64GB : $829

Apple's media statement does not make any mention of the speculated subsidies on the 3G version of iPad. However, like announced earlier, the launch of iPad will also bring 12 new iPhone apps to the App Store that have been specially built for iPad users. Apple's iBookstore can be accessed via the free iBooks app downloadable from the US App Store from April 3. 

The announcement finally lays to rest speculations that have been doing the rounds lately over possible delays in launch of the iPad. With the dates announced, will you be pre-ordering your iPad? Which model are you going for? Let us know in the comments.

Update:

Apple's iPad is now available for pre-orders in the US.

[PR Newswire via TechCrunch]