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Friday Is iPad2 Day In Detroit

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The iPad 2 will go on sale Friday at 5 p.m. local time across the United States. Included in the Detroit area will be Apple stores, and select  AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon and Wal-Mart stores.

In Michigan, Apple has stores in Ann Arbor at Briarwood; in Clinton Township at Partridge Creek; in Grand Rapids at Woodland; in Novi at  Twelve Oaks; and in Troy, at Somerset.

The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. 

iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for fast performance and graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. 

Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life that users have come to expect.

Verizon Wireless will offer three iPad 2 models: $629.99 for the 16 GB model, $729.99 for the 32 GB model and $829.99 for the 64 GB model, available in black or white. Verizon Wireless offers several data plans for iPad 2, beginning at $20 per month. All data plans will be available without a contract, providing the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time.

A plan for one gigabit per month will cost $20; three gigabits will cost $35; five gigabits will cost $50; and 10 gigabits wil cost $80.

More at www.verizonwireless.com/iPad2.

Apple said that every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up e-mail, loading new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad 2 before they leave the store.

At Apple stores, the iPad 2 will be $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the U.S. only for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

AT&T, for its part, offers several data plans, none of which require a long-term contract. Customers can choose between AT&T’s prepaid billing options, which are charged to a credit card account, or recently announced postpaid plans that can be added to customers’ existing monthly wireless statements. For a limited time, customers who activate a new postpaid $25-a-month, two gigabit plan will receive the first month free.

Customers may choose from the following options.

* Monthly statements: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB.  Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment will be billed $14.99 for another 250MB on the $14.99 plan or $10 per 1 GB of overage on the 2 GB plan.
* Credit card billing:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB.  Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase another 250 MB on the $14.99 plan or purchase an additional 2 GB for $25 on the 2 GB plan. 

Both options are month-to-month and do not require a long-term commitment.

The Personal Hotspot feature being introduced with iOS 4.3 is also available to customers who choose the $25 plan plus a $20 tethering option that provides an extra 2 GB of data.

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