Apple devotees count down to iPad launch Apple's newest gadget, the iPad tablet computer, falls into a category that's foreign to most people. And yet it is clear that plenty of people have already happily dropped $US500 ($544) or more for a device they've never seen, in the hopes it will be some previously unidentified missing link in their digital lifestyles. The timing of the device's launch - around Easter - begs mention of the almost religious zeal with which Apple devotees treat a new release from their oracle. It's that zeal which so frustrates those unconvinced that the company's gadgets are worth the hype each launch generates Nike Free Employee Store Outlet
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. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. Apple won't say how many iPads it has sold in advance of their debut tomorrow and it's hard to predict how many enthusiasts will camp overnight and swamp Apple stores when the doors open, as they did for last summer's launch of the most recent version of the iPhone. That happened even though people could "pre-order" the device, just as they can for the iPad. Rice won't be ripping open any boxes tomorrow but only because he chose to wait a few extra weeks for an $US829 ($902) iPad with a 3G data connection, which won't ship until late April. He has owned four iPhones and just about every model of iPod ever produced. He uses an iMac computer at home and a MacBook Air laptop on the road. He jokes about giving Apple his credit card number and having the company just ship new products as they are released. And despite his near-complete catalogue of Apple goods, Rice can still find holes for the iPad to fill - mainly in reading PDF files and collating photo albums to show friends. Will Zich, an 11-year-old, started saving money late last year for a new iPod Touch but changed his mind when the iPad was unveiled in January. He can rattle off all his reasons for wanting one, such as the e-book store, plus a bigger screen and faster processor than his iPod Touch. He says the iPad will be useful on road trips, and for playing games and surfing the web early in the morning when the rest of the family is still sleeping Nike Free Employee Store
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