Those who are eager to get their hands on an Apple iPad can now put in a pre-order, insuring that they will be among the first to receive this tablet computer with a 9.7-inch touchscreen running the iPhone OS.
Apple is giving customers two options: they can put in a pre-order and have the iPad shipped to their house, or they can reserve a unit and pick it up at an Apple Store.
Versions that can access AT&T’s 3G are scheduled for release in late April — exactly when is not yet known.
Consumers are able to choose from a version with 16 GB of storage capacity for $500, a 32 GB one for $600, or a 64 GB version for $700. Those who chose to add 3G capabilities will have to add $130 to these prices, plus a monthly fee.
Pre-orders for all of these versions can be placed now.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the popularity of netbooks. It’s a device for someone who wants more functionality than a smartphone, but also wants a device that’s more portable than a laptop.
As there is no built-in physical keyboard, when on the go, users will enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024-by-768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen. Apple will also offer a Keyboard Dock for typing, plus the iPad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
This tablet computer will run the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and come with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging e-mail, and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
It will also be able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as apps created specifically for this device.
In addition, it will be able to access the iTunes store to buy music, TV shows and movies, and games. A new iBooks app will let users buy and read books. This will feature titles from the New York Times Best Seller list.
The iPad is going to be 0.5 inches thick and weigh 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.