Camera Connection Kit for IPad Now Available for Pre-order

The Case of the Missing iPad Camera Connection Kit has been unraveled, with the much-awaited kit for Apple's new tablet becoming available for pre-order over the weekend.

You may remember how earlier this month the iPad Camera Connection Kit was missing in action, as Apple started to allow customers to order iPad accessories. Even as those accessory shipping dates were set and adjusted, the Camera Connection Kit remained stubbornly unavailable.

There's still no explanation for the kit's earlier omission, but at least the most critical part of the mystery has been solved: Apple is finally offering the much-awaited kit for pre-order.

Amidst all the hubbub about iPad ship dates and store availability and all the refreshing of the UPS Website for updates on the iPad shipping notifications that began trickling out Monday, you may have forgotten just what the Camera Connection Kit does--even if you already know you want one. Or seven.

As a quick refresher, the kit contains two iPad dock connectors: one that can read SD cards, and another that connects directly to your camera's USB port. When you use the connectors, Apple says the iPad will automatically launch its Photos app and let you choose which images to import. According to Apple, the "iPad and the Camera Connection Kit support standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW."

The Camera Connection Kit costs $29, and ships in late April.

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