Apple have just announced that the iPad will be hitting UK shores in late April. The news means that the iPad will miss its initial late-March launch date. Both Wi-Fi and 3G models will be available at this slightly delayed date.
If you’re lucky enough to be an American reader however, you’ll be able to pick up a Wi-Fi-only model from as early as April 3rd, providing you pre-order a the tablet from March 12th. The 3G enabled models will follow shortly afterwards in the month.
It’s unusual for Apple to miss a release date (and the press release issued carefully skirts around admitting this delayed release). Still, at least it’s only a few weeks later than expected, and if you were holding out for a 3G model in the first place, it probably wont make much difference anyway.
Apple’s full press release follows:
Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be
available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late
April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be
available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain,
Switzerland and the UK in late April.
Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order
both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store
(www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April
3, at an Apple retail store.
“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 and fun way than ever before.”
Starting at just $499, iPad lets users browse the web, read and send
email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play
games, read ebooks and much more. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and
weighs just 1.5 pounds-thinner and lighter than any laptop or
netbook-and delivers battery life of up to 10 hours.*
iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface makes surfing the web an
entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate
than on a computer. You can read and send email on iPad’s large screen
and almost full-size “soft” keyboard or import photos from a Mac®, PC
or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share
them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. iPad makes it easy to watch
movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of
an ebook you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to
your music collection.
The App Store on iPad lets you wirelessly browse, buy and download new
apps from the world’s largest app store. iPad includes 12 new
innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all
of the more than 150,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already
purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®. Developers are already
creating exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of
its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.
The new iBooks app for iPad includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best
way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product. The iBookstore
will feature books from the New York Times Best Seller list from both
major and independent publishers, including Hachette Book Group,
HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group and
Simon & Schuster.
The iTunes® Store gives iPad users access to the world’s most popular
online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 12 million
songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 films including over
2,500 in stunning high definition. All the apps and content you
download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will
be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you
connect with your computer.
Pricing & Availability
iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the US for a
suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB.
The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested
retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad
will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com),
Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
iPad will be available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models in late
April in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain,
Switzerland and the UK. International pricing will be announced in
April. iPad will ship in additional countries later this year.
The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available
as a free download from the App Store in the US on April 3, with
additional countries added later this year.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors.
Actual results vary.
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