The company announces its WiFi version will hit store on April 3, 3G version in late April when device comes to Canada

iPad Apple release date April 3 2010

iPad Apple release date April 3 2010

From the Globe and Mail, full article here.

Apple Inc. said the first iPads will be in U.S. stores on April 3 and hit nine international markets later in the month, easing concerns that manufacturing constraints could delay launch.

The news sent shares of Apple surging as much as 4.3 per cent to an all-time high of $219.70 (U.S.) on the Nasdaq, as analysts said the speedy international rollout could help build sales momentum.

The 9.7-inch touchscreen iPad, which is designed to surf the Web, play video and games, and read digital books, is the most anticipated product launch from Apple since the iPhone in 2007.

Chief Executive Steve Jobs unveiled the tablet in late January, but the company did not announce any international markets until Friday, when it said the tablet will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. The U.S. launch date for the iPad model with short-range Wi-Fi wireless links, starting at a price tag of $499, is slightly later than the previously expected late March launch.

And of somewhat related interested, check out these iPhone Icon coasters (from Mashable, click here for more geeky decorations for around the office).

iPhone Icon Coasters set Meninos Apple

iPhone Icon Coasters set Meninos Apple

These Meninos coasters are styled after the iPhone’s icons giving Apple fans somewhere cool to stick their cups. Made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with a durable vinyl finish and a rubber bottom to stop slips, they can be arrangedon the coffee table as precisely as they appear on the phone’s homescreen.

The coasters are available from Meninos for $59.99 a set, available here.

-Jessie W.