On top of all the controversy caused by the fourth generation iPhone being dissected and reviewed a wee bit too early by Gizmodo, Apple found time to deliver on a promise. The Apple iPad 3G hit the store shelves of Apple retails stores and most Best Buy stores on Friday at 5 p.m. local time. Apple stores closed at 4 p.m. to prep for the start of sales, according to a feature on ComputerWorld.
The 3G enabled iPad is more expensive than its Wi-Fi counterpart, which was released early this month. The device will have the ability to connect to the Internet using the data network of AT&T. Users can choose from two data plans: a $15, 250MB plan and a $30 unlimited data plan.
iFixIt dissected the iPad 3G, and Apple Insider shared the following “inside info,” so to speak. A distinct difference that can be noted is the black plastic RF window on top of the iPad, which is there for better antenna reception. The device features five antennas: two that handle cell reception, one located in the RF window on top and another attached to the LCD frame; a GPS antenna that is also housed in the RF window; and two antennas that handle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, one located in the Apple logo and the other to the left of the dock connector.
The same 3G baseband processor is used in both the iPhone 3GS and the iPad 3G.
And it seemed that people did not mind the 5 p.m., Friday release of the device, as lines formed outside stores; some people stood in line as early as noon, according to a report on CNET News.
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