Well, we asked how much it would be, and when we could have it, and Steve Jobs answered rather definitively: The new Apple iPad will be shipping worldwide in 60 days, and the lowest-end model will retail for $499. That model will have 16GB of storage, and will contain WiFi only, whereas a WiFi + 3G model will cost more and won’t be out for another 30 days after that.
Apple’s press release has the full details on price and release:
iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.
And there you have it. Would you like to head out and set up camp in front of the Apple Store now, or wait for the rain to let up?