Pre-orders for the iPad start Friday, March 12, and at least two analysts are predicting the new device will fly off the shelves.
“I expect a surge going out the door,” Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research told “Computerworld” (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9166958/Apple_s_iPad_Will_it_sell_?source=rss_news). “There’s a group of Apple advocates that will queue up no matter what. Apple has the most effective branding in the industry, and these people think of themselves as acolytes, they do think of themselves as the ‘Mac’ in Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’ ads.”
Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech added that the iPad “will definitely sell out in a matter of hours.” Saturday, April 3 is when the iPad will go on sale in the U.S. At least the Wi-Fi only version will; the Wi-Fi + 3G model will hit US store sleeves in late April.
In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (http://www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.
The Wi-Fi iPad will set for a suggested retail price of US$499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB models. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.