Apple begins taking iPad orders in US

Mar 12, 2010
A worker holds the new Apple iPad during an Apple Special Event on January 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple fans flocked online Friday to be among the first to order iPad tablet computers slated to begin shipping in the United States on April 3.

Apple fans flocked online Friday to be among the first to order iPad tablet computers slated to begin shipping in the United States on April 3.

Apple was offering free shipping on pre-orders but limited buyers to no more than two iPads each in a sign that supplies will be tight when the iconic company's latest creation hits the market.

Apple chief executive unveiled the in San Francisco on January 27, billing it as a "revolutionary" device that will carve out a home between smartphones and laptop computers.

The iPad allow users to watch video, listen to music, play games, surf the Web or read electronic books.

The iPad also runs most of the 150,000 applications made for the iPod and the . Apple has promised that the device would come with "12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad."

The iPad model featuring Wi-Fi will be available in Apple's US stores from April 3 and the model that offers both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity in late April, Apple said.

The company said both the Wi-Fi and 3G models will be available in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland in late April and in additional countries later this year.

Apple said international pricing will be announced in April.

"We're excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before," Jobs said in statement last week.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty forecast iPad sales of six million units this year, a figure she acknowledged was above the "consensus" of between three and four million units.

The iPad has a 9.7-inch (24.6-centimeter) color screen and resembles an oversized iPhone. It is 0.5 inches (1.3 centimeters) thick, weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7 kilos) and comes with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of memory.

Apple has been pushing the iPad's abilities as an e-book reader and analysts have described the color screen device as a potential rival to Amazon's Kindle.

Apple said its new iBookstore will include books from the New York Times best-seller list and a number of publishers including Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster.

The cheapest iPad model, with Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB of memory, is 499 dollars while the most expensive -- which includes 3G connectivity and 64GB of memory -- costs 829 dollars.

Reviewers have been mixed on whether the iPad will be a smash hit like the iPod, which controls over 70 percent of the market for MP3 players, or the iPhone, which completely transformed the arena.

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vantomic
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
"We're excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before,"

lol, magical? revolutionary? Hardly. That doesn't mean it isn't a nice product, but it is the same old technology used in ways we've seen many times.
John_balls
3 / 5 (2) Mar 12, 2010
I agree with Vantomic, nice but it's the same old sh..

I'm sure the 3rd generation will be worth a look, wake me up when it gets here.
dcap78
3 / 5 (2) Mar 12, 2010
I agree. just an giant ipod. If it actually ran OSX or at least supported flash it might be worth looking into. It still doesn't compete with the battery life of other e-book readers that last for weeks, compared to apple's 8 hours. My laptop gets 8 hours and can do so much more that the Ipad. and my laptop cost less than an ipad, has an optical drive, card reader, HDMI port, and doesn't need any crummy adapters to plug into anything.
Jeswin
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
Not very revolutionary.. It is still first generation maybe in the future they will have holograms and image recognition software..
Yelmurc
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
I'm very tempted to get one but I will wait until I have a chance to hold one in my hands and really get a feel of it. Its a shame so many people are willing to pre order a item from Apple before they even get a chance to use it. I'm a big fan or Apples products but I would never buy something without using it first. Even if I only use it in the store at least I have a good feeling on what I'm about to buy.

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