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Apple to Start iPad Pre-Orders This Week

When Steve Jobs revealed to the world his beloved Apple iPad last month, he said that consumers will have it in their hands in sixty days. That makes its initial debut sometime around March 29th for the first wave of Wi-Fi models.

App Advice now reports that pre-orders for the first wave will begin this week here in the States, perhaps as early as February 25th. Although App Advice didn't name its source, the preorder is currently only taking place in the USA.

Given that neither Steve Jobs or Apple have released official announcements regarding a solid ship date, we'll have to chalk this one up as speculation. However, Apple has provided pre-orders in the past, roughly the same amount of time after a product launch, that has now passed with the iPad. If the pre-orders do begin this month, then that means consumers waiting out on the 3G models may be able to pre-order next month, as these are expected to ship one month after the wave of Wi-Fi models.

As we reported earlier, the pricing for the iPad starts at $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model--prices climb up as high as $829 for the Wi-Fi / 3G model--although still lower than the $1000 originally thought by most.

  • deadlockedworld
    Not until the OS supports multitasking!
  • flurrball
    I suspect there will be a decline in Kool-Aid sales for about 20 minutes after the pre-orders are available, while the Apple fanboys are preoccupied with pre-ordering their iPads.
  • zoemayne
    let the sheeple begin
  • anamaniac
    Neat, but really, does the iPad bring anything new to the tablet game? (Other than looking better than most.)
  • JohnnyLucky
    No thank you!
  • the_krasno
    So, what justifies the 300 price difference to have 3G? Thanks but no thanks. I'll stick with everything but apple.
  • cekasone
    Finally, just in time because my girlfriend is on her period.
  • obiown77
    I was gonna go ipad, however no flash? no multitasking?, I have an iphone and an ipod touch, why bother.

    The HP Slate however has my complete interest.
  • worst 3
    for 130$ more then the top of the line i pad you can get a lenovo hybrid with a real computer and 1 16gb ssd and 1 128ssd. I think i will go with the lenovo hybrid.
  • Can't wait to get mine. Not a fan-boy at all but love the idea of a giant iTouch.
    It would be nice if it did a few extra things, but bashers just pointing out the negative are being short-sited. There's nothing else out there with this form-factor and huge base of applications providing such a flexible and adaptable platform.
    I see it as a great coffee-table device as well as for traveling.