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Wi-Fi versions of the iPad will be available this Saturday

For those of you looking for something "magical" in the words of Steve Jobs, Apple will begin selling its much hyped iPad this Saturday in its retail locations starting at 9 AM. Those that pre-ordered the devices early from Apple's website will receive their units by Saturday. Those that waited a while longer to pre-order online will have to wait until April 12 for their iPads to arrive if they don't feel like heading down to one of 221 Apple retail stores or "most Best Buy stores" which will stock the device.

“iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before,” said Jobs. “We can’t wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend.”

For those that come into Apple stores to purchase an iPad, a "free Personal Setup service" will be made available. Apple Geniuses will help setup your email or download apps to your iPad. Just don't expect the same service from Best Buy without some kind of Geek Squad fee attached.

The only units available this Saturday will be the WiFi-only iPads. IPads which feature 3G connectivity will not be available until later this month. The iPad features a 9.7" screen, 16GB to 64GB of NAND flash storage, a 1GHz Apple A4 ARM processor, Bluetooth 2.1, and 802.11n. Interestingly, those wishing for a camera will have to purchase a $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit.

Wi-Fi-only iPads are priced at $499, $599, and $699 respectively for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.



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Oh look.
By dark matter on 3/29/2010 9:26:03 AM , Rating: 5
More iPad news. Can't wait to see this fall flat on its face. There are going to be a lot of iPad users looking rather foolish in a few months. Hopefully they will realise they have been Apples 'new clothes' all along.




RE: Oh look.
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 10:05:01 AM , Rating: 1
I hate to say it, but I may buy one of these if the price falls at all after launch. While it would be of little use to me in its stock form, I can definitely see myself using something like this if it were jailbroken.

I've been holding off on a netbook for a while, and I'm not really looking for something that will leave my house, its pretty much for in front my of TV. I'm really turned off by the lack of peripheral support, but once again, for what I would be using it for this is a non issue.

To me this is not a netbook replacement, but it is definitely suitable for my needs, as even if i bought a netbook it would not be going anywhere (which kind of defeats the purpose), nor will I be using it to type up documents (my fingers are fat, while I am a fast typer, my accuracy drops so much it is not even worth it on a netbook).

Moral of the story, I don't want to admit it, but I think the iPad will be a moderate success. Especially if the price is lowered at all any time soon.


RE: Oh look.
By Spivonious on 3/29/2010 10:17:09 AM , Rating: 2
Why not get a $400 laptop? You'd get a lot more functionality from that than the iPad or a netbook, and since it's staying in your house, the slightly larger size of a 14" laptop isn't a concern.


RE: Oh look.
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 10:36:44 AM , Rating: 2
Well simply put, I would have to buy a ULV for it to make sense. I already have a 14" thinkpad, but my GF hates when I clutter up the floor and leave cords on the ground (i.e battery is not sufficient for my needs). I will basically pay the same for a ULV as the iPad(at current pricing within 30$ or so) for a device that is only slightly smaller than my current laptop (although much better battery life).

I'm just saying the iPad could make sense for a lot of people, so I really doubt it will be a flop. At the same time, I think anyone that expects this to be as successful as the iPhone is crazy. Cell phones have become necessity these days(well at least people seem to believe that), I find it very unlikely that a tablet will go in the same direction.


RE: Oh look.
By Spivonious on 3/29/2010 2:38:14 PM , Rating: 4
Easy solution there, omni: new GF. ;)


RE: Oh look.
By Abrahmm on 3/29/2010 10:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
Do like I'm doing, and wait for one of the many upcoming Android tablets to come out. There look to be a range of devices from ASUS, the Adam, and that $99 one from Marvell. All of these are going to come with a far superior Android OS and you won't have to deal with any of Apple's BS, no jail breaking needed.


RE: Oh look.
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 11:29:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, I am also looking into an Android based device for sure.. I'm actually hoping that competition from android will help lower pricing of both devices and I will go from there. I also want to see how apps evolve, Android may have a little advantage here considering they already have WVGA devices in which devs have already been programming with the higher resolution in mind. Apple is going to have to rely on scaling their current HVGA lineup, until devs make the switch.

That being said, I'm still very disappointed with Google and the android team for not mandating certain buttons and such similar to what MS is doing. Having an inconsistent platform that varies by hardware manufacturers could hurt them and their app store in the near future, especially with devices like these.

For this reason until I see how android tablets will work with the appstore, I will not buy one.


RE: Oh look.
By Abrahmm on 3/29/2010 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
Android already has standard buttons. Back, menu, home, search. Any other vendor specific hardware buttons probably wont be supported by developers. I do agree with you about seeing before you buy, which is why these ipad pre orders kill me.


RE: Oh look.
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 1:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Android already has standard buttons. Back, menu, home, search. Any other vendor specific hardware buttons probably wont be supported by developers
Not even close to the same though, Apple is obviously apple and has had the same layout throughout all iPhoneOS devices. MS has taken the stance of mandating certain buttons, but also limiting manufactures from adding their own custom ones, at least on the main screen. You will not be able to say add a required hardware button to the pull out keyboard.

This way every single phone will act in fundementally the same way, developers won't have to worry about a certain phones button position.

With android, each device has a different layout and buttons. Nexus one has a trackpad on the display, the magic has 2 more buttons, Droid has no trackpad on the front at all. This is going to have major implications going forward..


RE: Oh look.
By Abrahmm on 3/29/2010 2:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said, the Android standard is 4 buttons and a touch screen. The vast majority of developers are going to be making apps using the 4 standard buttons, and the touch screen. If companies want to add on to that with their own special OS functionality, that is fine. But it doesn't change the fact that underneath any modifications, there is a standard by which all apps will go by. If you don't want any extra buttons, or a track pad, or if you do want those features, then you can CHOOSE the specific phone with the features you want. The choice offers minimal drawback, but gives people a choice in customization. The ability for hardware makers to customize their designs is a benefit, not an implication.


RE: Oh look.
By vailr on 3/29/2010 11:02:23 AM , Rating: 2
Might also dual-function as a super TV/HTPC/DVR remote control, except that AFAIK, it doesn't have an IR emitter port.


RE: Oh look.
By omnicronx on 3/29/2010 11:38:23 AM , Rating: 2
My friend has a nice setup all controlled by his iPhone.

Can't remember the names but he has gone through two solutions, the first being an IR adaptor that fits into the 3.5mm audio jack, the second that is part of an iPhone case (which he ended up staying with). The later should work just fine with the iPad if you really wanted, and already comes with an app..

Of course there are better solutions, but it is possible..


RE: Oh look.
By Sonikku13 on 3/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Oh look.
By crystal clear on 3/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Oh look.
By crystal clear on 3/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Oh look.
By Alexstarfire on 3/29/2010 10:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
No offense, but this is basically the epitome of hype. Won't know if they product actually fails until a few months to a year later. I'm predicting the former.


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