Apple's iPad UK release date revealed

Tablet-hungry shoppers won't have long to wait
Written by Tim Ferguson, Contributor on

Tablet-hungry shoppers won't have long to wait

Apple has announced that its newly launched iPad tablet will be coming to the UK soon.

On the Apple site, the company revealed the wi-fi only version of the iPad will be available in the UK from March. The more expensive 3G version will follow in April.

In the US, Apple has struck a deal with mobile operator AT&T to provide two monthly data plans for the 3G iPad. While UK operators have expressed interest in the device, none have yet committed to carrying it.

UK pricing for the device has yet to be announced although US prices range from $499 for the 16GB model up to $699 for the 64GB version for the wi-fi only version. For an iPad equipped with 3G, buyers will have to stump up an additional $130.

Apple's keenly anticipated tablet device was unveiled by Steve Jobs last week after months of speculation.


Apple's iPad will be hitting UK shelves in March
(photo credit: James Martin/CNET)

Resembling an oversized iPhone, the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and is designed for web browsing, reading e-books and playing games. Apple claims it has a battery life of up to 10 hours.

The iPad comes with 12 bespoke apps and is able to run almost all of the 140,000 apps in Apple's App Store. Apple has also released a software development kit to encourage developers to build more apps for the device.

Reaction to the device has been mixed however with many stressing the importance of the ecosystem.

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