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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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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.


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