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March 12, 2010

Apple Limiting iPad Pre-orders to Two per Customer

By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet


Apple (News - Alert) is now accepting pre-orders for the iPad but customers are being limited to a maximum of two per order.

 
The iPad, Apple’s first tablet computer, runs a modified version its iPhone (News - Alert) operating system and sports a 9.7-inch touch screen. It is a cross between a smartphone and laptop computer. Many people refer to it as an “oversized” version of Apple’s iPhone or iPod touch.

The device comes in three models: A 16GB model; a 32GB model; and a 64GB model. Each model is available with WiFi (News - Alert) only – or with both WiFi and 3G capabilities.

Apple is promising that all iPads pre-ordered on the Apple online store will be delivered by April 3 (April 5 in areas with no Saturday mail delivery). In addition the iPad will be available for in-store pickup starting on April 3.

The iPad comes with complimentary telephone technical support for the first 90 days. The hardware, including the rechargeable battery and all accessories, carries a one year warranty. Coverage can be extended to two years with a $99 AppleCare protection plan.

Apple is limiting the number of pre-orders to ensure it has enough iPads to go around with its first shipments. With so many people -- analysts included -- taking 'shot in the dark' guesses as to how popular the device will be it will be interesting to see how many pre-orders Apple receives and how many iPads are sold within the first week of its release.

For more information, check out this article.

Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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