Friday, April 30, 2010

iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. Available today. Ships May 7th.

The wait is over. Today the 3G iPad is finally shipping today. If you have pre-ordered the 3G iPad early enough you will have it in the mail today. Online orders of the 3G iPad are shipping now on May 7th.

The 3G iPad will be in stock today at Apple retail stores and at the Apple Store equipped Best Buy locations. Sales of the 3G iPad will start at 5pm, so no since skipping work today; you can leave early (Tell your boss I said it's OK).

The Wi-Fi + 3G iPad have a price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

To use 3G on the iPad you can choose between two special data plans from AT&T that can be signed-up and cancel anytime.

For $14.99 you get 250MB/month and the monthly unlimited plan goes for $29.99.

Some Questions to Consider

Will we be able to use Netflix or ABC (or any other streaming app) over 3G?
Updated (5/4/2010): Initially the ABC app didn't work on 3G, but a quick updated fixed that. Netflix worked day one (quality degrades based on download speeds).
Will we see a release of Skype that we can use over 3G?
Updated (5/4/2010): Only works on WiFi.

How will 3G affect battery life?
Updated (5/4/2010): 9+ hours with 3G compared to the 10+ with the WiFi only.
Can ATT give us the network speed we want?
Updated (5/4/2010): This is still up in the air.
iPad order limit: two per customer. While supplies last.
Some features and applications are not available in all areas. Application availability and pricing are subject to change.

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