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iPad on task in CNY

Tom Lawyer, of Daytona Beach, Fla., just picked up his preordered iPad at the Apple Store in Carousel Center mall Saturday. Lawyer, 67 and retired, said he plans to use the iPad for everything it has to offer including its portability.

"I don't have to carry my laptop everywhere I go," Lawyer said. "Its an additional resource for travel. I don't like to be strapped down to a computer."

The iPad is currently sold out in the Apple Store at the Carousel Center mall, said an Apple sales representative there, who would not release her name. That is good news for Apple since the iPad was not selling out as expected in major Apple stores at launch.

"People have been preordering them, and for two weeks people have not been able to walk in and buy one," the representative said.

Launch prices

Apple is selling the iPad starting at $499 and $100 or more for the higher end versions; the iPad 3G, available at the end of April, will cost at least $629, and $100 or more for the versions with hard drives. The 3G cellular network plan from AT&T, which is required for iPad 3G, is sold separately and costs about $14.99 monthly.

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