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Wi-Fi iPad to launch on April 3rd

updated 08:55 am EST, Fri March 5, 2010

Slight delay past original claims

Apple has at last set a formal release date for the first iPad models. Wi-Fi only iPads will go on sale in the US on April 3rd, in an unusual Saturday launch. Online pre-orders however are set to begin March 12th, for both Wi-Fi- and 3G-ready tablets. Sales in other countries -- namely Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK -- will only begin in late April, but all regions will have access to 3G models at that point.

The date of the Wi-Fi iPad marks a slight delay past original plans, which called for a debut in late March. The company's manufacturers may in fact be suffering production problems, preventing them from churning out desired numbers. Current levels are allegedy closer to 200,000 to 250,000 units per month, far below the 800,000 to 1 million they may ramp up to. Other sources say that at least 600,000 to 700,000 iPads will be ready before launch.






by MacNN Staff

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  1. PatriSolo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    With or Without Camera

    Won't be getting one without a video capable camera and iChat. Still waiting for an official spec sheet.

  1. mskati

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    There is an official spec sheet

    at http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it go away. Doesn't get much more official than that. If they had waited one more day, they could have released the Jesus Tablet on Easter.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Shipping Method/Carrier?

    Anyone know for sure if units ordered for delivery will actually be delivered on Saturday April 3rd - or will folks end up waiting until Monday?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: Shipping method

    Like other things apple releases, you'll probably get it on Friday. Unless Apple is trying to be all "Oh, the iPad is so great we need to make sure no one gets it until Saturday!".

    And are they doing this on Saturday because they know there's enough fools out there who'll stand in line to get one of these things (just as they'd stand in line if Apple were releasing iPad socks), so they want to make sure they can get as many people as possible? Because if that's it, they should have waited to release it on Monday, since no one watches the news over the weekend.

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