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Friday, March 5, 2010

iPAD is coming...April 3rd

Today Apple announced that the first version of the iPad will go on sale Saturday, April 3 in the U.S., with other versions becoming available globally later in the month. The initial U.S. version, costing $499, can connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi networks, with later models available over wireless-phone networks (read AT&T!). You can preorder the iPad in the U.S. starting on March 12 or reserve the right to pick one up at an Apple store on April 3. Get ready for the media scrum, pictures of thousands standing in line through the night at Apple Stores. The best bet is simply preorder - I know I am. It is going to be fascinating once the device is actually out to see how this impacts content and print (see below!). Amazon, Sony, Barnes & Noble with their own iBook readers must be ready for a dramatic fall off in sales - I admit I haven't seen the actual iPAD, but Jobs hasn't missed a beat for years. (fair warning - I bought a Newton!)

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