Apple has already announced that the iPad will be available in the US on April 3.
The multi-touch iPad with a just under 10 inch touch screen has created a stir since it was unveiled earlier this year. Detractors say that it is just an oversized iPhone and will have little practical value. However, its supporters believe it will revolutionise tablet computing and already a raft of competitors are racing to follow Apple's lead.
Initial thoughts, also promoted by Apple, is that the iPad will be primarily an entertainment device, enabling applications on the go such as e-reader, portable movies and web surfing.
With a purported 10 hours of battery time and weighing just 680 grams, the iPad is clearly designed to suit the needs of travellers.
While a major criticism has been the lack of a physical keyboard, the same criticism was levelled at the massively successful iPhone. Apple clearly believes that consumers want something different than a small underpowered notebook computer and the iPad is obviously designed more for entertainment than work.