Apple in the United States begain accepting pre-orders for its new touch-screen iPad device today. The device will be released on April 3rd in that country.

U.S. customers who pre-order the device can choose to have it delivered on April 3rd or have one reserved for pick-up at their nearest Apple retail store.

Apple has yet to announce when pre-orders for the iPad will be taken in Canada and has only said that the device would be available in this country in "late April".

In the United States, the Wi-Fi version of the iPad can be pre-ordered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models for $499, $599, $699 US. 3G versions are selling for a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi version.

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