The new iPad up for preorder today, starting at $499

The new iPad

Eager to pick up the newly-announced (and oddly under-named) iPad? Well, preorders are available right now, following some online store downtime. Pricing starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi-only model ($599 for 32 GB, $699 for 64 GB), going up to $829 for the full-blown 64 GB LTE model ($729 for 32 GB, $629 for 16 GB). Carrier support in the U.S. will be  provided by AT&T and Verizon.  Canada's three major carriers, Rogers, Bell and Telus feature prominently, so expect the new iPad up north soon as well. Launch date is March 16, which is just a little over a week away.

If you haven't been following, the new iPad has a 2048 x 1536 display, 4G LTE connectivity, a quad-core graphics processor, and an upgraded 5 megapixel camera with similar gubbins as the iPhone 4. It's under a millimeter thicker than the iPad 2, but otherwise has the same form factor as before.

Right now, the only Apple Store is understandably having a rough time loading, but keep hitting it, since stock is bound to run out quickly. Be sure to check carrier sites if you're in the market for the LTE model. Anyone chomping at the bit to get one of these?

 

Simon Sage

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Got halfway through ordering and the store crashed on me and now I just see the "We'll be back soon." screen:(

Yes ... I was just teased with a message "delivers on Mar 16" next to the buttons before the store crashed on me. Who knows if I'll see that again :-)

Apple builds a billion dollar server and the system still crashes what a joke you would think they would learn this has happen with every iPhone and iPad that have come out

It's interesting that Apple is just calling the new iPad an iPad, rather than an iPad 3 or iPad HD. I realize they don't call the Macbook Air a Macbook Air 3 (or 4 or whatever version they're on). I wonder if this signals a change in future iPad development. More incremental updates, perhaps? Less major ones?
Will the next iPhone just be an iPhone, not an iPhone 5?

Because its not a new iPad its a refreshed iPad...
Can't call it an iPad HD because its not HD its still a 4:3 display, not 16:9

Apple is currently selling 3 different iPhones so they need to keep the number/letter for ease of identification. As for the iPad, I guess we can use the year to help us identify the models like we do with the MacBook Pro, Air, etc.

Now I'm just trying to decide whether or not i want to spend the extra money on the LTE version since I'm probably not going to use it more than one or two months out of the year. Decisions, decisions.

At least a lot of you made it to the payment Screen, I can't even make it to the actual pre-order screen. All I'm getting is the "We'll be back soon" sticky and a list of phone numbers.

Interestingly, when trying to order Mets tickets on Monday, they actually have a queue on their website and every 30 seconds, anyone on hold is randomly picked to order. Why can't apple do something similar?

Just ordered a Black 64GB Verizon LTE iPad ... it supposedly will deliver on March 16 :-)

Got mine ordered, says March 16. It will be interesting to see if it will be delivered then and also what the estimated delivery date will be for people who order later.

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