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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: Have to admit
By rs1 on 3/29/2010 3:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
No, the iPad is just a glorified Tablet PC. You know, those things they tried a few years back that nobody wanted. I very much doubt that the outcome will be any different this time. There will be the initial run of people who get excited about it because it's "cool" and "different", followed by a relatively quick fade into obscurity as people realize they really have no use for such a device.

And as for the initial subject of bathroom reading material, why not just get a kindle? E-ink is a lot more comfortable to read than an LCD display. I can't imagine why anyone looking for an e-reader would choose an iPad for that purpose.


RE: Have to admit
By mellomonk on 3/29/2010 6:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
The tablet PC was pushed to niche status for there just wasn't that many applications that took advantage of it's added abilities. Certain vertical markets have found it useful. Sure it could be a nice laptop as well, but equal PC laptops can be had for far cheaper.

The iPad is fully committed to the touch interface. No way around it. The market and developers are ready for this due to the iPhone's success. The ability to use all the current iPhone apps as well as new expanded iPad apps from day 1 is a winning strategy. It's not a glorified Tablet PC, but rather a sensibly pared down one.

E-ink is great, but color and embeded videos will appeal more to the average magazine/website reader.


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