New Pre-orders for 3G-enabled iPads Won’t Ship Until May

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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.

Apple iPadApple has apparently run out iPads that will be in its first shipment from the factory, so future orders will be delayed.

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.

iPad Scavenger HuntIt’s also going to be able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as apps created specifically for the device.

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.

Source: Apple

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