According to the commercial, Apple’s iPad device will launch on April 3. Pre-orders for the iPad will start on March 12 for the Wi-Fi only version in the U.S., and 3G enabled versions will come out later in April.
The iPad ad (embedded below) uses an upbeat song in the background (The Blue Van – There Goes My Love) and was aired immediately after the motion picture “Up” from Disney/Pixar won the Best Animated Film award. Jobs is on Disney’s board of directors and used to be Pixar’s Chairman before Disney bought it in 2006.
The ad shows a man using the iPad on his lap, going through various features of the devices, such as photos, videos, e-books, and Pages. The ad matches in style previous iPhone and iPod TV spots. Time will tell whether Apple enlists the “Get a Mac” duo of John Hodgman and Justin Long for a “Get an iPad” ad campaign. Maybe we’ll see one of those ads if (or when) Microsoft launches its Courier tablet PC.