∞ Apple accepting iPad pre-orders at 5:30 am PT on Friday

If you’ve been following iPad news since it was introduced, tomorrow will be a big day. Apple on Friday will begin accepting pre-orders for the Wi-Fi iPad on Friday morning at 5:30 am Pacific Time. You can get more details in an email Apple is sending out to those that signed up to be notified of pre-order news.

The iPad 3G model will be available in the U.S. in late April, which fits the timeframe Apple set out at its launch in January. The company said all models of the iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

Apple introduced the iPad on January 27 at a special event in San Francisco. The iPad will be available in three capacities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with or without 3G data connection capabilities. Without 3G, the iPad is priced at $499, $599 and $699; with 3G, the iPad costs $629, $729 and $829.

  • $499 version here I come.

  • Sue

    Going for the 64 myself. More power….. er…… space.

    • I'm guessing there will be a LOT of streaming capabilities coming to the iPad (both Apple and 3rd-party) …I think we'll see that extra space isn't as important as it has been in the past.

  • I'd like the 32gb with 3G, but I think I'll start with the 16gb and see how it all works, what shakes up for the next version and 3g/4g/whatever-g is coming. I'm sure a family member won't mind the hand-me-down iPad if and when I upgrade.

  • Ansel

    Ordering $499 job for starters – will pass down to kids than to grandkids ….. we will next get the 3g when available … Our company will wait for the 3g but we are buying 4 for presentation purposes …. when you sell products that cost tens of thousands of dollars you need every advantage you can have and at $800 or so each for company ones it is a drop in the bucket as far as expenses and our customers will get a "wow factor" when they view our work in photos and video …..

  • Michael

    Yup, same here – $499 to try it out, and then hand it down to an increasing list of friends which I didn't know I had and who are all waiting for me to buy the next iteration…

  • bccb

    64 GB because … it seemed that was what they used at the announcement event.

  • bccb

    Done … pre-ordered 64 GB + case + dock + VGA adapter + power cord + wireless keyboard.

  • bccb

    My new super low energy green solution: iPad for everyday email, browsing, etc (10 watts?) to Mac mini for heavier work … math sims (15 watts?) sync everything through Mobile Me and maybe use a VNC/screen sharing app to run cases remotely on the Mac mini!

  • It seems to be only for the US but when it becomes available for Australia I will go and throw down my cash for the 64GB WiFi iPad, mind you being that I am in Australia it will probably be over $1000.

    • you bet, i will also throw down my pants if my cash ain't enough to purchase the iPad. I wish they would have 512GB by now. How can i store thousands of videos and music. Ain't enough!!

      • bccb

        I think it relates to availability of that static memory … I would have gone for a 128 GB iPad but I suspect 64 GB was economic knee on the curve. They have to balance a lot of things … could Apple get enough memory for what their estimated sales, etc. … maybe next year the 128 GB version plus the camera? Apple is going to throw their weight around in the pad or tablet category. I only have one question … how will this affect the MacBook Air sales??

  • pbGuy

    WiFi 16 GB $499 ordered. …I view this model as a good v1 Starter. And, I’m looking forward to having in hand on April 3.

  • I ordered mine. 64 GB. Can't wait 'til the 3rd!

  • Great i will get the best one

  • Fantastic im so excited cant wait to have one

  • I need one urgently for my portfolio ….the prices are ok