Although Apple sends their statements this hasn’t stop John Gruber to claim that the slight delay was due to software issue (polishing iPhone 3.2 and companion apps in time for a release) rather than hardware issue brought up earlier by Cannaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek. Meanwhile, there is an update on Gruber’s post where he supposed a possible hardware delay too.
“Some readers are arguing that it must be a hardware delay, because sales outside the U.S. don’t start for another month. Could be that there are manufacturing delays, too, I suppose.” Gruber added.
Although there is delay, beginning on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store. It will be available with a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB for the Wi-Fi models. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.
“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.”
It is completely new, I believe then let’s not hurry and wait for a next version which is I’m sure much polish and less buggy. But if you want to ride the Apple iPad fever and you already set to camp out on Apple retail store then go grab one.