Apple has just announced that select versions of its upcoming iPad tablet device will be available in the US as of Saturday, April 3. Customers will be able to purchase the Wi-Fi only models on this date, with WiFi+3G models available before the end of April. Both versions will be available for pre-order beginning March 12 through Apple’s online store or any Apple retail location.

Customers outside of the US won’t have long to wait either, with all models of the iPad becoming available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK before the end of April.

As a device that is capable of playing all iPhone games and exclusive iPad games, you can bet that the iPad is definitely on our radar here at Gamezebo. Back in January we looked at the iPad’s gaming potential, and more recently we’ve sat down with PopCap’s director of mobile business development Andrew Stein to discuss their early impressions of Apple’s new tablet. Be sure to check back with Gamezebo for more coverage of the iPad’s gaming capabilities.