Apple iPad Now Available for Pre-Order in the US

Apple Inc. made the iPad available for online pre-order yesterday, meaning you must now once again reset your countdown clock timer for the device’s ship date of April 3.

Apple Inc. made the iPad available for online pre-order yesterday, meaning you must now once again reset your countdown clock timer for the device’s ship date of April 3.

All models of the iPad can be pre-ordered, but the versions with the optional 3G radio won’t ship until late April. There are three Wi-Fi configurations: the $499 16GB version, the $599 32GB version, or the $699 64GB version. The three 3G models will cost $130 more than their respective Wi-Fi counterparts: $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB. Of course, getting 3G service will require a 3G data plan from AT&T at an additional cost.

If you pre-order the iPad for delivery, Apple says it will arrive on April 3 unless your area doesn’t have Saturday delivery, in which case it will show up on Monday April 5.

In addition, Apple’s also allowing you to order the iPad accessories, announced in January: the $39 iPad case, $29 dock, $69 dock with keyboard, $29 USB power adapter (one is included in the box), and $29 dollar VGA adapter. The accessories, however, are listed as having a ship time of “by April 3,” suggesting they probably will arrive later. [Apple via ComputerWorld]

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