06/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

iPad 3G Release Date: Shipping By May 7

UPDATE 4/30/2010 3:08PM ET: Today is the day the iPad 3G hits stores.

When you can get the iPad?

Apple Stores all over the US will be closing on Friday, April 30 between 4 and 5PM (local time) to "prepare for the arrival of iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G." The doors will open at 5PM, when the iPad 3G will be available for purchase.

Wondering whether you should spring for the more expensive iPad 3G? (3G adds $130 to the iPad's price) Here's a guide to help you choose the iPad that's right for you.

UPDATE 4/20/2010 9:09AM ET:Apple has gotten even more specific about when the iPad 3G will hit stores.

The iPad 3G will be available in retail stores starting at 5PM on April 30, 2010. Customers who preordered the iPad 3G will have it delivered by April 30.

The initial iPad release was limited to Wifi-only versions of the iPad, so for everyone who was holding out for the iPad 3G good news: it's shipping soon.

According to new information posted to the Apple Store website, the iPad 3G will be shipping by Friday, May 7th.

A message from Apple to people who pre-ordered the iPad 3G indicates that these early adopters could receive their iPads slightly sooner, around the end of April,

CNET republished the note Apple emailed to customers who pre-order the tablet:

To Our Valued Apple Customer:

Thank you for your recent order of the magical and revolutionary iPad 3G. We would like to confirm that your order will be shipped in late April as communicated at the time you placed your order. You will receive a confirmation notice when your order has shipped.

You can get up-to-date information about your order, including shipping status and tracking number, at Apple Order Status.

Thank you for choosing Apple.

The Apple Store Team

Wondering whether to spring for the iPad 3G? Check out this guide to the iPad 3G, which includes everything you need to know about choosing between the iPad options, pricing, service plans, and more.