Apple iPad coming to Australia in late April

3G and Wi-Fi versions of the tablet will go on sale at the same time

Apple's iPad tablet will go on sale in Australia in late April. Both the 3G-capable and Wi-Fi only versions of the tablet will be available at the same time, according to an announcement from the company over the weekend.

The tablet will be available in the US from April 3. Other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and UK, will be able to buy the tablet at the end of the month.

Several Apple rumour Web sites suggested the tablet would go on sale beginning March 26.

The 3G version of the iPad will go on sale without a data contract in the US. Australian telcos are yet to reveal whether they will sell the tablet at all, let alone outright or with a contract. Virgin, VHA and Telstra, however, all told Computerworld that they were interested in bringing the iPad to their networks.

Despite the delay between US and local launches, Australian users will get all of the features of their US counterparts, including iBooks.

"iPad is something completely new,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before."

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