Today, Apple began telling customers who place new pre-orders the version of the iPad with support for AT&T’s 3G network that it won’t be available until May 7.
The announcement doesn’t affect previously placed orders; they will ship by the end of April.
A Two-Phased Approach
The version of the Apple iPad that debuted early this month needs Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. As mentioned earlier, the version that can access AT&T’s 3G network will launch in the next week or so.
The Wi-Fi-only models include 16 GB of storage capacity for $500, a 32 GB one for $600 or a 64 GB version for $700. Apple iPads with 3G capabilities cost an additional $130 along with a monthly fee.
The iPad can be pre-ordered from Apple’s website.
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 will run the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor and come 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.