The Apple iPad will go on sale in the UK in late April, a few weeks after it goes on sale in the US.
The Wi-Fi model will go on sale in the US on April 3, with the Wi-Fi and 3G model going on sale later in the month. From March 12 US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and 3G models from Apple’s online store or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on April 3 at an Apple retail store.
The Wi-Fi model will be priced at around $499 (£332) for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi and 3G model will be available for around $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. The iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple online store, its retail stores and selected authorised resellers.
In addition, all models of the iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland in late April.
The iPad is 0.5-inches thick, lighter and thinner than a netbook and has a 10-hour battery life. It comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and between 16GB to 64GB internal memory. It integrates its own-branded Apple A4 1GHz processor.
It is an ebook reader with an ebook store also integrated with books available from publishers including Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette priced between $7.99 to $14.99.
The iPad also has a calendar application which can be flicked through like a book, the full version of iTunes and YouTube videos can be watched in HD.
The iPad can be connected to iTunes account for existing applications to be transferred.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: “iPad is something completely new. We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”