Despite postponing the iPad's international launch, Apple will honor its promise to release 3G-enabled versions of the device this month. The Mac maker has officially announced that the "Wi-Fi + 3G models of its magical iPad" will become available in Apple stores on April 30 at 5:00 PM. Folks who pre-ordered the devices online will get their orders shipped out the same day, as well.
In case you missed the launch buzz, Apple has whipped up two iPad product lines: one with only Wi-Fi connectivity and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of the device with just Wi-Fi cost $499, $599, and $699, respectively. Those prices climb up to $629, $729, and $829 if users want 3G connectivity on top of that.
AT&T will offer two wireless plans especially for iPad 3G users, as well: one with a 250MB data transfer quota for $14.99 a month and another with "unlimited" data for $29.99 a month. Both plans will come without contracts or tie-ins, so users should be able to cancel them anytime they wish.
Speaking of the delayed international launch, Apple reminds folks in Canada, Australia, Japan, and parts of western Europe that they'll be able to place pre-orders for the iPad on May 10—at which time Apple will, of course, announce pricing. However, international customers will only get their iPads "at the end of May."