For those of you looking for something
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
“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.
quote: If at some point you want to buy another brand of device—some newer, faster, cooler gadget we can't yet imagine—you won't be able to take your Apple content with you. Apple could also decide to block the applications of rival technology—as happened last year, when the company wouldn't approve Google Voice, a telecommunications application, for the iPhone.It's a dangerous path, according to Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School and cofounder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. "The price is you are giving up the freedom to choose what code you run and what content you see or experience," on a device you own, he says. "The fear is that we could be charmed by platforms that turn out to be not very good for us."Of course, bacon isn't good for us, either, but it's pretty tempting.
quote: The main thing to know about the iPad is that right now nobody, not even Steve Jobs himself, really knows how this device will be used.
quote: The few developers who did get iPads have to keep the devices in secret rooms, chained to a desk. These folks all live in fear of Apple.