Apple confirms: iPad ships US April 3, internationals late April, no UK price – yet…

iPad will be available for pre-order on March 12, and will ship in the US on Saturday April 3 for WiFi models and in late April for WiFi and 3G models.

As expected, servicing the product into international markets will lag the US launch, but not by long – all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK by late April, the company has announced.

Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.

“iPad is something completely new,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store in the US on April 3, with additional countries added later this year.

Apple has still refrained from announcing international pricing on the product, but does tell us the iPad “starts at $499” in the US. International pricing will be announced in April, the company said.

iPad will ship in additional countries later this year.

PS: Little personal this, but this is what I predicted quite some time ago. And at least one Apple watcher out there may recall the fall-out that accurate prediction created.

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