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Apple says it will start selling the Wi-Fi versions of the iPad on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. Apple says it will start taking pre-orders for both models on March 12.

If you’re a fan of the iPad, like I am, here’s some good news. Apple says it will start selling the Wi-Fi versions of the iPad on Saturday, April 3. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will arrive in late April. From a company press release:

“iPad is something completely new,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

Apple says it will start taking pre-orders for both models on March 12. The iPad costs $499 and up. It’s 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds and has a theoretical battery life of up to 10 hours. The Wi-Fi + 3G models start at $629. You can reserve a Wi-Fi model and pick it pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store, according to the company. All models of the iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

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  1. There really should be a 4th category for voting. The “I want to hold it and play with it first, but I am very intrigued” category. Should slot right in between the “Apple die hard” and the “I want nothing more to do with this brand” categories.

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  2. And India?

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    1. Not anytime soon which is a shame because it would just work so well there in my opinion.

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      1. Disappointed.

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      2. Unfortunately, we still have a very limited market for such devices here in India & whatever exists is fulfilled by the grey market. India has never been a very great market for Apple- Macs or official iPhone. We are still a mass market for cheap, value for money devices like Dell or HP laptops & Nokia/Samsung/ Sony Ericcson phones.

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      3. Apple can only be successful in the USA. The Jobsian personality cult and the “it’s very expensive, so it must be better” value judgment can only hold gullible people in the USA.

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      4. @Om
        The top 0.1% of population in India that are interested in Apple products typically get people to buy it in the U.S. and bring it to India.

        @MGriscom
        iPad is not expensive. Not at all:
        http://obamapacman.com/2010/02/think-apple-ipad-costs-too-much-think-again-chart/

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      5. The iPad is very expensive when you consider that for less money, you could buy a netbook with a real, multitasking OS, running Windows 7, and a real keyboard for faster typing. I know I’m in enemy territory here, but Windows 7 is a more powerful and more secure OS.

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      6. And like always we have to outsource iPad for us.. This is really disappointing for us. :|

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  3. I wonder how well this will sell after all the sneering when it was released.

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    1. Expect a great opening weekend with the faithful.
      Expect a massive slowdown after that as people try to experience the device and figure out what it is good for and how it fits in their life.

      If the buzz is good, expect a steady graph going up as word of mouth marketing increases.

      To me its another apple tv. But lets see how it goes.

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  4. Jacob Varghese Friday, March 5, 2010

    This is the ultimate thin client. If Apple is able to deliver on the printing and network server access updates, corporate purchases will be huge.

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    1. According to Jim Cramer of Mad Money, that thing will be huge in the corporate world…

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      1. No effin’ way. Why would I permit such a thing – with a huge security hole of the lies from Apple – on my intranet? I certainly would never pay for such an overpriced unix bos.

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      2. Where would be if not for the US Monday, March 8, 2010

        Remind me to stop listening to Jim kramer. No Flash…no multitask. Apple is getting hacked and attacked. Itunes went down…Iphones are getting hacked into and personal information stolen. 10,000+ KNOWN viruses for the mac. Yeah.. you have fun with that.

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    2. Where would be if not for the US Sunday, March 7, 2010

      That would be true IF it could multitask. And I hope your companies web site is not flash based. If it is.. you are out of luck. This is just a Apple Newton.

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  5. I’m definitely getting one, and not just for books/movies. I plan on getting pretty comfortable with typing well on it, just like I have on the iPhone, and using it as a MacBook substitute on days with light work. Short blog posts, customer service emails… can’t wait to turn on the 3G plan and try working in the middle of a park for the morning. Definitely a better view than my home office.

    Of course, wireless carriers are going to have to do something about this “pay for a data plan per device” thing. We’re already dropping $60 on two iPhones between my wife and I. I won’t leave 3G on my iPad all the time, but there’s no way we’re paying a total of $120/month just for data on two iPhones and two iPads when my wife eventually gets one. No way.

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    1. What a loser.

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      1. I concur with Erica. Why are you throwing all that money away? Because you have a deep-seated need to feel good about yourself? Do you really believe all that sophomoric Jobsian hype? Get an effin’ life, dude.

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    2. Where would be if not for the US Monday, March 8, 2010

      You are good to go, just as long as you dont need flash and you are fine with running one app at a time. And if you plan on porting your apps from your iphone.. Good luck with that because it will not be full screen.

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    3. Stop living in an Apple only bubble and get a MiFi. Your bank balance will thank you !

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  6. You should have a category, Yes, I’m planning to buy one, but I never buy the first edition of anything Apple because they are usually kinda broken.

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  7. What about Adam for India and the rest of the world?

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  8. Subhash Bose Friday, March 5, 2010

    ipad price to benifit is pure bs .. but so is bmw’s

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    1. I think the price is the primary selling point. A WiFi, app enabled media player and computing device, with the Apple brand, for under $500. That would be like a BMW for $15,000 (which is almost their Mini price).

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      1. Where would be if not for the US Sunday, March 7, 2010

        Keep in mind that the $799 model cost under $300 to make.

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  9. I’d like one but I a)don’t “need” one and b)have been too broke since buying my wife an iMac for Christmas.

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    1. I’m sorry for your financial situation. With Windows 7, you’d get a) a more secure OS b) two computers for the price of one Apple computer, so your needs would be taken care of.

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      1. And an upgrade in 2 to 3 years… I’m running a 5 year old mac that works as good as my ‘nice’ dell laptop running Win7 at work. You talk about Apple cool-aid. Stop worshiping at the Alter of MS.

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  10. I am getting one or two as soon as we have it this side of the world, hopefully July this year.

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