Monday, April 19, 2010

iPad 3G Shipping May 7th

Apple has just updated its online store, listing the shipping date for the iPad 3G.

When will you be able to hold one in your greedy little hands? If you ordered an iPad 3G, prepare for it to be delivered on May 7th, hopefully hand-delivered by UPS as opposed to being smashed through your mail slot.

For Europeans like me, this is something of a bitter pill: it means you damn cowboys will be browsing the mobile web on the iPad a full three days before Apple even announces the European pricing and release dates. The only solace? This hopefully indicates that the WiFi and 3G models will be available simultaneously in Europe.

Apple is assuring existing pre-order customers that their existing iPad 3G orders are still coming in late April. The May 7th date only applies to new orders.

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.

Pricing: $629 for the 16GB iPad 3G, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model (these 3G iPads are Wi-Fi-enabled as well, which is why Apple calls them “iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G”). Or you could just tether your iPad instead!

Data plans: $14.99 for 250MB per month or $29.99 for unlimited data (with AT&T). Here’s Apple’s new, dedicated iPad 3G page.

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