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  • EXCLUSIVE: iPad Will Be Available for Pre-Order

    In a piece of news I haven't seen anywhere yet, a contact of ours who works at a retail outlet says that iPad pre-ordering is definitely in the works. Though Apple could likely rack up enormous sales by putting the device on the market today, seven weeks or so ahead of its launch date, they have not done so, with one observer opining that the delay is likely due to the lack of FCC authorization for the new device.

    Our contact (who wishes to remain anonymous for continuing-to-be-employed reasons), passed on some information he got at a meeting about the iPad:

    My store manager gave our store a little briefing on the upcoming iPad launch, and he said that customers WILL be able to pre-order and reserve iPad devices. Apple has not announced this yet, or put it in motion. They are waiting until all the correct systems are in place.
    Apple says that the WiFi only models will be available sixty days after its announcement last week, which would have the devices hitting stores on the last weekend in March of this year. The manufacturing process is obviously still ramping up, but a reason for the delay in the ability to pre-order the iPad was found by Eliot Van Buskirk of WIRED Magazine's Epicenter blog.

    Van Buskirk noted the almost undreadable, very fine print at the bottom of the "Introducing iPad" email many of us got this week:

    Some features and applications are not available in all areas. Application availability and pricing are subject to change. This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
    The Federal Communications Commission is the US Government agency charged with regulating the airwaves, and any electronic devices offered for sale in the United States must show that they don't produce harmful emissions or interfere with wireless transmissions. The FCC approved the original iPhone about a month after Apple announced it in 2007.

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    Comments 29 Comments
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ^ dont you mean an oversized iphone3G? ipods dont get 3G connection. i will be getting the 64GB 3G when its released.
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      I was also thinking that now the music applications(the ones for composing music) are going to be off the hook on this thing! An iPad version of GarageBand will be insane! This will be so much fun, as the iPhone versions of these music creators are cool and have so much potential, but lack the screen space to allow you to really interact with them... I can see this changing everything! I dont think people really realize what this little machine is going to be capable of... but I think eventually they will come around.

      then imagine being able to tether devices together?! I use my MacBook for photoshop as I have said before... now we all know there are apps that allow you to control your computers mouse pointer via the iPhone... now lets imagine the same thing for the iPad? I can now use my iPad as a sketch pad in conjunction with my PhotoShop on my MacBook! Not only that but we will be able to remotely control our home computers and PC's from the iPad in full screen resolution! How sick will that be! Leave your computer at home yet access everything remotely via wifi or 3G..
      So you will virtually have Leopard on your device(if you have a Mac at home) or Windows(if you have a PC).

      You people arent seeing the big picture... this thing doesnt need to have OSX installed if you can control your OSX powered computer remotely from it... and now you will have flash as well via this remote connection. I CAN NOT WAIT! Now I dont see myself doing that, as I will want to utilize the OS as intended as it was designed with touch in mind, as remotely controlling your PC or Mac will provide an experience that was made for an external keyboard and mouse... But Im just stating the possibilities and potential of growth.
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      I think of the ipad as the ipod touch for the older population. On the lines of the Jitterbug phone.
      Having the netbook and any ipod or iphone I find this a fantastic combo. I just can see having another device dependent on a standalone computer.
      I am sure there is a niche for the ipad but for me this gadget doesn't really my needs.
      If it was a stand alone device that would act as a base stations (if you will) for my ipod/iphone gadgets then it may possibly make the short list.
      A slightly larger iphone that is able to fit in my pocket would be a definite sell for me.
      We shall see if this takes off
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Yeah I'd like to know WHEN i can Pre-Order one. Since I went to the Apple store too have them Notify Me when Pre-order was Available
    1. bckane's Avatar
      bckane -
      Ive had one on pre-order for a few days
    1. ascendant's Avatar
      ascendant -
      I'm on a "Wish list" at my local "Apple Authorized Reseller" that my friend owns. Been on it since it was announced.
    1. bckane's Avatar
      bckane -
      Ive already pre-ordered check post #26
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      yep macbook air gone and iphone 3g gone, ipad will b in my hands as soon as it lands then the new iphone. does anyone know if we can get a student discount on the ipad??????
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Maybe you should not spam our site