Apple today announced that the iPad would be available from April 3rd (not the March 26th that’d been speculated) and late April for the 3G models in the US.  Global availability (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK) won’t be until Late April as well.

Pre-orders wil be available from March 12 either at the online store or at an Apple retail store in the US.  Apple also announced the iBookstore would be ready for action on the April 3rd launch and available in additional countries later this year.

Apple’s stock surpassed  all time highs on the news.

 Apple’s press release below:

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