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Apple iPad shipping date delayed till June

New iPad pre-orders won't be sent until 7th June

Apple iPad

Apple has told wannabe iPad owners who haven’t yet placed a pre-order that they won’t receive their iPads until 7th June at the earliest. 

Apple had previously advertised the delivery date for pre-orders as 28th May – the day the UK version of the iPad is due to launch. 

This date has now changed on the Apple website, so if you place a pre-order now you’ll have to wait even longer to get your hands on arguably the most hyped tech device of all time. 

Find out what all the fuss is about in the Which? hands-on first look of the Apple iPad. 

Huge US demand for iPad

It’s believed that the delay in shipping new pre-orders of the iPad is down to continued huge demand for the iPad. Apple was originally due to launch its iPad in the UK in late April but had to push back this date due to an unexpected volume of orders from US customers. 

If you’ve missed your opportunity to pre-order in time for launch date, all may not be lost if you’re prepared to face huge queues – it’s expected that Apple will keep a few first-launch iPads in reserve to sell direct in Apple stores on 28th May. 

Apple iPad price plans

The wi-fi only version of the iPad will cost from £429 when it goes on sale in the UK – for a wi-fi plus 3G iPad you’ll have to pay at least £100 more. 

Mobile networks O2, Orange and Vodafone have all released details of their iPad 3G price plans, with prices starting from £2 for a single day’s access to the 3G mobile broadband network. 

Industry experts expect 2010 to be the year of the tablet, with between 50 and 100 rivals to the iPad expected to launch this year, including the mysteriously named JooJoo. 

Keep an eye on Which.co.uk for news and first looks on all new tablets as they launch. 

In the meantime for the best in portable computing take a look at the Which? reviews of Ebooks and netbooks. 

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