Some information on the iPad's launch Friday:
MODELS AND PRICES:
There are nine different configurations in the U.S., with different access capabilities and storage amounts:
_ Wi-Fi only, 16 gigabytes of storage, $499
_ Wi-Fi only, 32GB, $599
_ Wi-Fi only, 64GB, $699
_ Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 16GB, $629 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)
_ Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 32GB, $729 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)
_ Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 64GB, $829 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)
The prices are the same as the iPad 2's at launch.
Apple is cutting the older version's prices by $100. It's now $399 for the basic W-Fi model and $529 with cellular connection on the older 3G network. Both versions have 16GB of storage. Apple discontinued iPad 2 models with more storage.
Besides the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the new iPad went on sale Friday in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Countries getting it on March 23 are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.