But "Early Show" contributor and CNET Senior Editor Natali Del Conte shared an early look at Apple's latest gadget on the broadcast Thursday, two days before the official release of the coveted tech device.
Del Conte showed how you can take the iPad into the kitchen and use an application by Epicurious for recipes. Your iPad can also replace your Kindle with its reader application.
"Early Show" News Achor Betty Nguyen added the iPad cuts down on the bag tech clutter. She said you no longer have to take a laptop, an iPhone or iPod.
"Early Show" Weather Anchor and Features Reporter Dave Price pointed out the iPad currently lacks a camera. He pointed out Apple's trend toward making changes after the initial debuts of products. Will the iPad be any different?
Del Conte said she anticipates some changes probably within a year.
She said, "You don't really need it. People are getting along just fine right now without it, but once you have it, I don't think that you're going to be OK without it. ... Once you have it, you're not going to want to give it back."
Presale iPads have sold out for the April 3 release. However, Del Conte said Apple stores and some Best Buy locations will also have iPads for sale.
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