Online Pre-Orders For The New iPad Now Live

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Apple has made the new iPad available for pre-order on its online store. As Phil Schiller noted during today’s keynote, the tablet will become available in stores on Friday, March 16th, with international availability occurring the following week.

The new iPad starts at $499 and features many new features, including a Retina display and 4G LTE networking.

The pre-order process is basically the same as it has been for previous Apple products. You select your model, whether you want a 4G flavor, and buy.

Apple’s site is getting hammered right now, so it may be awhile before you can actually get through to make your purchase. We’ll keep you updated as the bottleneck loosens. In the meantime, let us know if you have any luck in the comments!