Apple has confirmed that its recently announced touch screen tablet PC – the iPad – will become internationally available on the 3rd of April.
Pre orders for the device will open in Apple’s online store on March the 12th.
In late January, after much speculation within the media, Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed that the company had been working on a tablet PC which would bridge the gap between mobile devices and netbooks.
According to Jobs the iPad will be “so much more intimate than a laptop, [is] so much more capable than a smartphone” and will offer “the best browsing experience you’ve ever had”.
The iPad will feature a touchscreen interface with virtual keyboard and multitouch, iTunes support and a Google Maps application featuring Street View. The device is also capable of high definition video and movie playback.
It features a 9.7 inch capacitive IPS display, will run on Apple’s newly developed 1GHz A4 processor and will offer 802.11n wireless connectivity, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The iPad will also offer up to ten hours of battery life with active use and has an accelerometer, compass, speaker, microphone and 30 pin connector.
Consumers will have a choice between 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash solid state storage.
iPad buyers will also have a choice between WiFi or WiFi and 3G enabled devices. It is currently unclear whether any local mobile operators will offer 3G support for the device.
At this stage local Apple distributors Core Group are uncertain as to when the iPad will be made available in South Africa or at what price.