iPad 3G will be available on April 30, says Apple

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A high-speed mobile version of Apple’s iPad will hit store shelves in the US on April 30, and international pricing for the tablet computer will be spelled out on May 10, Apple said on Tuesday.

The popular touchscreen device has sold more than 500,000 units of its Wi-Fi model in the U.S. in the week after its April 3 launch. Demand is expected to remain high with the launch of the version that connects to AT&T’s third generation , or 3G,  wireless network.

The 3G model, which also operates via Wi-Fi, will cost an additional $130, meaning that the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models will cost $629, $729 and $829, respectively. The Wi-Fi devices are currently priced on Amazon as follows: 16GB – $619, 32GB – $765 and 64GB – $845. Local retailers in Dubai are offering the device at double prices now, with the 16GB starting at AED 3999 ($1086), while the 64 GB is offered for AED5600 ($1521). Amazon offers the best deals, only iPad’s fans should know how to shop on Amazon from Dubai.

Apple said the iPad will be available at the end of May with the official distributors in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

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