Apple announces UK release date for iPad

Apple will launch the iPad in the UK at the end of April, a month after its US launch.

iPad
iPad

Both the Wi-Fi amd 3G models will be available and customers will be able to pre-order these from Apple’s online store or reserve to pick up at an Apple retail store from next month.

Starting at $499 (£332), the iPad will let users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books and much more.

The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. It is designed to be thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook, and aims to deliver battery life of up to 10 hours.

It will include 12 new innovative apps designed especially for iPad and will run almost all of the more than 150,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for iPhones or iPod touch devices.

Apple says developers are already creating exciting new apps designed for iPad that take advantage of its multi-touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

The new iBooks app for iPad includes Apple’s new iBookstore, which will feature books from the New York Times Best Seller list from both major and independent publishers, including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster.

“iPad is something completely new,” says 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.”

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