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Apple iPad pre-orders start in US

Apple iPad launch UK late April, in US on April 3

Apple iPad

Apple has started taking pre-orders for its iPad tablet PC, with customers able to get the iPad delivered on April 3 – but only in the US.

UK customers of the Apple iPad can’t place pre-orders from the UK. Apple says that the iPad will go on sale in the UK in late April. The consumer electronics company has not revealed UK pricing, although it will cost from $499 in the US for the basic model.

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The Apple iPad is available in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions. The basic iPad with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage costs $499 – around £330 – up to $699 (£460) for a 64GB version.

A version that can access a 3G network for mobile broadband access costs from $629 (£415) for the 16GB iPad, and up to $829 (£550) for a 64GB iPad with 3G. Apple iPad customers will need to pay extra to a network operator to access the 3G network.

The 9.7-inch, backlit LED touchscreen iPad has a 4:3 aspect ratio and a built-in accelerometer, which will allow content to rotate depending on how you hold the device.

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The iPad weighs around 0.7kg and, like the iPhone, has built-in access to the iTunes store. It boasts 10 hours worth of battery life, or a claimed month on standby. According to Apple, the iPad is the same thickness as the iPhone.

Apple is taking orders for US customers on its Apple website.

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