It's hard to think of a more anticipated piece of technology in the last few years than the iPad--excluding the iPhone, of course.
Initial reports have listed the number of preorders in the "hundreds of thousands," and tech industry analysts are forecasting that Apple could sell 6 million iPads within a year.
The iPad goes on sale in the U.S. at 9 a.m. Saturday in all time zones at Apple Stores and most Best Buy stores. If you're thinking about buying one, here are a few things you should know ahead of time--from apps and accessories to when you should line up.
However, for anyone hoping that a cloud-based music service will launch with the iPad, disappointment is lurking. Music industry sources told CNET this week Apple has informed label managers that a streaming music service is unlikely to be ready before the third quarter.
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Apple is also reportedly prepping an iPhone that is compatible with Verizon's network. The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources in a story Monday who say one of Apple's contract manufacturers--the companies that build the hardware according to Apple's specifications--is working on an iPhone that runs on a CDMA network. That's the cellular network that Verizon uses in the U.S. The sources said the CDMA-compatible iPhones will go into mass production in September, though when Apple would start selling them wasn't mentioned.
So what should Verizon iPhone users expect when the device finally comes to the nation's largest wireless network? Not much is known about the new CDMA iPhone or when exactly it will come to market. But here is a glimpse of what potential Verizon iPhone customers might expect, based on rumors gathered from around the Web as well as information known about Verizon's network and strategy.
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