Wi-Fi models of the tablet-style computer will go on sale that Saturday, while ones with Wi-Fi and 3G networks will be released later in the month.
“iPad is something completely new,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a Friday post on the company’s Web site. “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.”
Moreover, the iPad is designed to act as a sort of “missing link” between the smart phone and the laptop computer.
Regardless what concerns its features is important to mention that it has a nearly 10-inch screen, runs existing apps from the Apple apps store and is available in 16-gigabyte, 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte versions. It’s a half-inch thick and weighs a pound-and-a-half.
Prices start at $499 for the 16-gigabyte version, $599 for the 32-gig version and $699 for the 64.
In countries as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, the iPad will be released in late April and the prices will be announced later this year.