Although Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced that he will reveal Apple's next " revolutionary new product" next week on April 7th (rumored to be  be iAd, a mobile advertising platform), this week's huge news is that the new Apple iPad will be released this Saturday, April 3rd, in all 221 US Apple retail stores and at most Best Buy locations, beginning at 9 AM.  (WiFi version only, with 3G version coming a few weeks later)

This truly revolutionary device will allow for Apple to enhance many of their iPhone and iPod applications for a much richer user experience on the iPad. Quoting Steve Jobs: "iPad connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before, we can't wait for users to get their hands and fingers on it this weekend."

Everyone buying a new iPad in an Apple retail store will receive a free personal setup service, which includes assistance from Apple staff with setting up e-mail accounts on the device, loading applications, and other tasks. Apple stores will also begin hosting iPad workshops this Saturday, so customers can more quickie begin to get more out of their devices.

This afternoon, Apple posted a series of guided tours for the iPad in its efforts to gear up for the device's US launch, which cover basic features such as Safari, Mail, Photos, and iPod, all of which should be familiar in at least basic concept to those of you who are iPhone or iPod touch users.

Among the iPad's unique offerings is the exciting new iBookstore for eBook content, which is described in their guided tours.

The Apple website is prominently featuring its new guided tour section, here, offering users a wonderful perspective on what they can expect from Apple's long anticipated tablet device even before they get their hands on one.

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