iPad 2: Apple Sets Online Orders Time, Releases GarageBand

A day before the iPad 2's launch, Apple has announced online order details for its latest tablet.

Customers who want to order the iPad 2 from Apple's website can do so starting at 1 a.m. Pacific (4 p.m. Eastern) on Friday, March 11.

The iPad 2 goes on sale in Apple stores, AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart and select authorized Apple resellers at 5 p.m. Friday. Buyers can get free personal setup service, including e-mail setup and app installation, at Apple stores.

The iPad 2 is lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessor, and includes cameras on the front and back of the device. Pricing for Wi-Fi models is $499 for 16 GB, $599 for 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB. Tack on an extra $130 for 3G capabilities from either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

We've done more than our fair share of coverage since last week's announcement, including a visual tour of the iPad 2, a launch primer, an analysis of the announcement itself, a list of missing features found in Google's Android Honeycomb OS and some things to consider before buying.

For existing iPad owners, Apple also brought some good news: GarageBand for iPad will arrive in the iOS App Store today, one day ahead of schedule. The iPad version of iMovie is also launching in the App Store today, but according to Apple's website, it won't work on the original iPad.

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