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Apple has announced that the 3G model of the iPad will be made available on May 7. News of the launch comes following an update to the Apple online store, which finally details the U.S. availability of the 3G capable device.

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Apple has announced that the 3G model of the iPad will be made available on May 7.

News of the launch comes following an update to the Apple online store, which finally details the U.S. availability of the 3G capable device. Of course, the listed release date applies only to the U.S. and does not involve the unfortunate delayed international launch.

For those interested in the 3G model of Apple’s tablet, it starts at $629 for a 16GB device, with the top-of-the-line 64GB model coming in at $829. However those who do choose to plump for the 3G device, just like our very own Patrick Hunt, will have to sign up for an AT&T data plan. AT&T is currently offering 3G iPad owners two contract-free options — $14.99 a month for 250MB, and an unlimited plan for $30 per month.

When the iPad does eventually launch internationally this coming May it is hoped that both the Wi-Fi and 3G capable models will be available from day one, and many European carriers have already announced intentions to carry Apple’s device.

Interestingly Apple’s website lists the shipping date as “by May 7th,” hinting that for those who have already ordered there device could be sent out a few days before.

So if you live outside the U.S. the wait for the iPad continues. But for those within the U.S., the wait for the 3G is now only a few weeks away, unless you’re Steve Wozniak that is.

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  1. Pre-orders are still going out in late-April as formerly listed. When I got up this morning I had this email in my inbox .

    To Our Valued Apple Customer:

    Thank you for your recent order of the magical and revolutionary
    iPad 3G.

    We would like to confirm that your order will be shipped in late
    April as communicated at the time you placed your order. You will
    receive a confirmation notice when your order has shipped.

    You can get up-to-date information about your order, including
    shipping status and tracking number, at http://www.apple.com/orderstatus

    Thank you for choosing Apple.

    Sincerely,
    The Apple Store Team

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    1. when did you pre-order yours? mine was pre-ordered on march30 but I still have not received anything from Apple….GRRRRR

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      1. I pre-ordered on March 25, I’m pretty sure you are safe.

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  2. frigginregan Monday, April 19, 2010

    Correction. You don’t “HAVE TO” sign up for an ATT data plan if you don’t want to. I mean, your article makes it sound like you have to sign up immediately to activate your 3G ipad. Not true. Sure, if you buy a 3G ipad, you WANT the ability to use 3G, but you are under no obligation to activate it. Yes, it’s “no contract”, but you can start and stop whenever you choose.

    Plus it’s “open” so even tho the “micro sim” card will keep people using ATT and not swapping out their iphone sim card…..you are by no means LOCKED in to using ATT’s service. I am sure other companies will come out with micro sim cards, and even if they don’t, there are already instructions online on how to “shave down” the plastic on a sim card to make it fit into a micro sim slot no problem. :-)

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    1. Exactly, I was surprised by that sentence, too.

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  3. I got the same email this morning, I’m glad I pre-ordered:

    “Thank you for your recent order of the magical and revolutionary
    iPad 3G.

    We would like to confirm that your order will be shipped in late
    April as communicated at the time you placed your order. You will
    receive a confirmation notice when your order has shipped.”

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    1. I also pre-ordered a 3g iPad (march 30th) but have not gotten that email as of yet? When did you order yours, if you don’t mind me asking? Thanks in advance…

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      1. April 14th

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  4. @ Rob

    I pre-ordered mine on March 22 and haven’t received this email from Apple either, so I’m guessing the others put their pre-orders in early on! ;o)

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  5. Is there a reason you guys haven’t posted anything about Gizmodo’s huge story this morning? They got a hold of the next iphone…pics, video, major info.

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  6. Scratch that, I just now got my “magical” email! LOL

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  7. I pre-ordered mine March 18th and received and email from Apple today that said IT IS shipping late April! I guess new orders won’t ship until May 7th. My order status still shows late April too. I assume the email was sent because they posted the new shipping date on the store.

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  8. [...] excited about the iPhone 4G than I am about the iPad, which, thanks to delays internationally and at home, I may never get my hands on [...]

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  9. hinting that for those who have already ordered there device could be sent out a few days before.

    Don’t you mean ‘their’ device?

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  10. I just called my local apple store around the Boston area and they said it is coming out Friday, April 30th, 2010. I checked to see if I could reserve one and they said no because the date is subject to change.

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