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Apple’s iPad to hit US market on April 3‎

Apple’s iPad, which was unveiled at the end of January, will be available in US retail on Saturday April 3, the company announced today; and pre-orders will begin on March 12.

The first iPads available will not be equipped with 3G radios, and will be Wi-Fi only, these models go for $499 for 16 GB, $599 for 32 GB, $699 for 64 GB. The AT&T 3G-enabled models will be available in late April for $629 for 16 GB, $729 for 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. At that time, the device will also launch internationally in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. More countries are expected to follow later this year.

Featuring a 9.7-inch touch screen, iPad can let users perform various tasks including browsing the web, watching videos, playing games and reading eBooks.

The launch of iPad has created much discussion regarding market opportunities for traditional tablet computers and next-generation tablet devices such as the iPad, research firm Gartner said Thursday in a report.

Gartner predicted that worldwide shipments of traditional tablet computers and next-generation tablet devices could reach as many as 10.5 million units in 2010.