For the earliest of the early adopters, today was a big day. Apple began accepting preorders for its much-hyped iPad, limiting initial orders to two per customer as supplies could be limited.
Meanwhile, the blogosphere has dived into the great parlor game of trying to guess early sales figures. Datamation has the story on the debut of the Apple iPad, along with pricing details of 3G service and the accessories.
Apple opened up its online store for preorders of the iPad at 5:30 am Friday morning, and other than a brief service outage, the first day of orders has gone smoothly. Customers are limited to only two pre-orders per person.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is taking orders for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models, although only the Wi-Fi model will ship on the April 3 launch date, a Saturday. Apple noted on the store’s iPad page that if Saturday delivery is not available in a customer’s area, the iPad will be delivered the following Monday, April 5. Or, as Apple notes, customers can pick up the device at a local Apple store.
The iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity only. The Wi-Fi-only 32GB model is $599 and the 64GB model is $699. The 3G versions add $120 to the Wi-Fi price at all three storage capacities. The 3G version will ship shortly after the Wi-Fi version.
The iPad comes with 90 days of free telephone technical support. The hardware, including the rechargeable battery and all accessories, carries a one-year warranty. Customers can buy an extended AppleCare warranty to add two years of coverage for $99.