Apple has just announced that the 3G-enabled iPad will debut on Friday, April 30. This meets Apple’s promise that this version of its tablet computer will be on the market by the end of this month.
Several weeks ago, Apple introduced a version of the iPad that can access the Internet over a Wi-Fi connection. The upcoming one will have Wi-Fi and support for AT&T’s AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps mobile broadband network.
Those who have already ordered this version of the iPad will receive it on April 30, and the product will be in Apple stores after 5:00 pm on that day. Those who place pre-orders now won’t get their purchase until May 7.
Cost: Device and Service
The 3G-enabled iPad will come in several configurations: one with 16 GB of storage capacity will sell for $630, a 32 GB one will go for $730 and the a 64 GB version will sell for $830. Customers can reduce these costs $130 by forgoing 3G access.
Those who want access to AT&T’s network will have the option of paying $14.99 for 250 MB of data or $29.99 for a month of unlimited data. This will be pre-paid directly on the slate, and no contract will be required. During the time customers have purchased 3G service, they will also have access to all of AT&T’s Wi-Fi hotspots.
While this device will have support for the cellular-wireless data standard HSPA, it will not be able to make voice calls.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel capacitive touchscreen. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing and the iPad can support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer runs the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor and comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
In addition, it is able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app lets users buy and read books.
The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, and according to Apple has a battery life of up to 10 hours.