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Best Buy Getting Apple iPads For April 3 Launch

3/29/2010 01:31:29 PM Eastern

Cupertino, Calif. - Apple said the Wi-Fi version of its iPad
will be available in all of its 221 Apple retail stores, its Web site and in
most Best Buy stores beginning Saturday.

Previously,
the company said the device would be available April 3 through its stores and
online site but declined
to disclose
whether any of its authorized retailers would have it in store
on that day. Apple, however, said it always planned to offer the iPad through
authorized resellers.

Apple
also announced that it will offer free iPad setup for every customer who buys
an iPad at the Apple stores, helping purchasers set up email accounts, load
their favorite apps from the App Store and more.

All
U.S. Apple stores beginning Saturday will also host iPad workshops to help
customers learn more about the product.

Suggested
retails for the Wi-Fi-only iPads on sale April 3 are $499 for a 16GB model,
$599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in
late April at a suggested $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

All versions will be sold
through Apple's stores, most Best Buy stores, other select authorized resellers
and campus bookstores. The iBooks app for the iPad will be available as a free
download from the App Store in the U.S. on April 3.

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