Put all the rumors of shortages and massive production delays to rest, the iPad will indeed cometh, if a few days later than originally announced.
Cupertino today said that both versions of the iPad – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+3G – will be up for pre-order beginning March 13. The Wi-Fi only version will be available in the United States on Saturday, April 3. Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April. The company had originally said the iPad would be available by the end of March.
Additionally, the company said all models of the iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. in late April.
Beginning a week from today, on March 12, U.S. customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.
“iPad is something completely new,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “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.”
No change on pricing for the device was announced. According to a press release, the iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the U.S. through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers.