By Claire West

Apple’s magical new iPad was available for the first time in all 221 US Apple stores this week-end but we’ll have to wait until late April for it to cross the Atlantic.

Although the iPad won’t allow you to do anything that you couldn’t already do with a lap top it heralds the dawn of a new type of computing.

iPad is something completely new,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Starting at just $499, iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more.

iPad will be available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models in late April in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. International pricing will be announced in April. iPad will ship in additional countries later this year.