Apple May Start iPad Pre-Orders this Week

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The Apple iPad won’t hit store shelves for another month, but those who are eager to be among the very first to get their hands on this tablet computer could be able to reserve one in a couple of days.

Apple iPadAccording to an unconfirmed report, Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPad this Thursday.

On Feb. 25, customers will supposedly be able to put down their money for the Wi-Fi-only versions of this device, which Apple has promised to release in late March.

The versions with built-in 3G connectivity are scheduled for release in late April. It is not known when pre-orders for these will begin.

It would hardly be unprecedented for Apple to take pre-orders for one of its models — it has done this before for devices it announced before they were released.

A Cost Breakout
If this report is correct, those who wish to pre-order an iPad next week will be able to choose from one with 16 GB of storage capacity for $500, a 32 GB one for $600, or a 64 GB version for $700.

Those who chose to add AT&T’s 3G capabilities will have to add $130 to these prices, and wait another 30 days for the release.

An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the popularity of netbooks. It’s a device for someone who wants more functionality than a smartphone, but also wants a device that’s more portable than a laptop.

Apple iPadAs there is no built-in physical keyboard, when on the go, users will enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024-by-768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen.

Apple will also offer a Keyboard Dock for typing (see image at right), and the iPad will also support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.

This tablet computer will run the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and come with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging e-mail, and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.

It will also be able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as apps created specifically for this device.

There will be versions of the Apple iPad with a range of built-in storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.

All versions will sport Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth, plus customers will have the option to add AT&T 3G service to their tablet for an addition up-front cost and monthly fee.

Pricing for the iPad will start at $500 for the version with 16 GB of capacity and no 3G access, and go up to the 64 GB version with 3G that will sell for $830. Apple will start selling this model in late March.

Source: App Advice



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