helped us all get over everything we had just seen at CES by
introducing an all new product in their notoriously tight product line,
but few details
were available at the event for consumers who were
ready to buy now. We broke down the pros and cons of the iPad
, which is
the first major tablet PC to garner mainstream attention in the new
decade, and now Apple is ready to break down some numbers themselves.
According to a new press release from the California-based company, the
iPad will be available in the United States starting on Saturday, April
3rd. That's only for the Wi-Fi models though; the 3G (AT&T) + Wi-Fi
models will not ship until "late April." We're actually kind of
perplexed by the ship date. A Saturday seems like a strange day to make
a flagship product available given that it would receive far more
coverage during the week, but we're guessing that Apple either knows
that the media will cancel their weekend plans to cover the launch or
that April 3rd is the absolute earliest that the first batch of iPad
units will be available. Given the buzz around the product, we doubt
that Apple is keen on shipping them any later than they have to.
Starting a week from now, on March 12, U.S. customers can pre-order
both the Wi-Fi and 3G + Wi-Fi models from Apple.com, or they can
reserve a Wi-Fi model at an Apple retail store. Will you be one of
those who commits before even getting the chance to play with one? Or
are you taking things more slowly to see if it is really worth the hype?