Apple announced on March 5 that the Wi-Fi versions of its long-awaited iPad will arrive April 3 in stores in the United States, reports the New York Times. The models that can tap into AT&T’s 3G wireless data network will be available in late April. Customers can pre-order the iPad on Apple’s web site beginning March 12. Apple’s tablet computer is expected to ship with 12 new applications designed specifically for the device, and it will run almost all of the more than 150,000 applications available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple has been aiming the iPad squarely at e-book readers like Amazon.com’s Kindle. And in its March 5 news release, Apple said that an updated version of its iBooks app that will include Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download on April 3 in the United States, with additional countries to be added later…

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