Apple confirms April 3rd iPad launch date

Apple today officially announced that the iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models.

All models will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK at the same time in late April.

The delay to the European roll-out is more likely to do with securing complicated multi-national airtime contracts than rumoured production problems.

Pre orders will begin on March 12th in the US on the devices which range from $500 for the the 16GB wifi-only model up to a 64GB wifi and 3G equipped version for $830.

UK prices have yet to be officially announced.