Apple Offers iPad Tours

Free workshops will help consumers learn more about Cupertinos's new tablet-style computing device.

Apple retail stores around the country are planning a number of special events to mark Saturday's debut of the iPad.

Most stores are offering to take customers on free "iPad tours" to celebrate the launch. The tours promise a close look "at the most amazing features of iPad," according to Apple.

"You'll see why it's the best way to experience the Web, email, and photos. Discover how extraordinary your videos look on iPad. Learn about the iBooks—a great new way to buy and read books—and so much more," the company said on its Web site. "iPad experts will be available to answer all your questions," Apple added.

Apple stores this weekend are also offering seminars called, "Meet Your New iPad".

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"You're up and running on your new iPad and ready to go further," Apple said. "Bring your iPad to this hands-on workshop and we'll show you the tips anhd tricks, like organizing and displaying your photos in a slideshow, navigating Safari with new features, and discovering new ways to see and touch your email like never before," said Apple.

Additionally, Apple is promising free setup services for customers who purchase an iPad at one of its Apple Stores. The services includes e-mail configuration, application loading, "and more," Apple said.

The iPad weighs in at just .5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds. Apple has said the unit's internal batteries should be good for up to ten hours without recharging.

Pricing for the Wi-Fi only version, which features 802.11 connectivity and is available April 3rd, starts at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB version.

The Wi-Fi + 3G versions, available later in April, are priced somewhat higher. The 16GB model is $629, the 32GB model is $729, and the 64GB version is $829.

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