IPad Available for Pre-order at 5:30 Pacific, 8:30 Eastern

If you're looking to be first in line to pre-order Apple's new iPad, then set your alarm, because Steve Jobs's latest creation is available for pre-order in the U.S. early on Friday, March 12: 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time or 8:30 a.m. for those of us on the East coast.

While details are still scarce, TidBits managed to snag the elusive details from Apple about the timing of the pre-order. As of Friday morning, you'll be able to log on to Apple online store and place your order for the device, which goes on sale on April 3-assuming the company's site manages to withstand the possible onslaught of excited customers. Pre-ordering allows you to have an iPad delivered to your door or reserve one for pick up at your local Apple Store location on launch day.

Only the Wi-Fi model will be available for pre-order-the 3G-equipped version won't be available until late April. The Wi-FI models run $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. International customers will also have to wait until later in April to order their iPads.

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