Whoa. Didn't even bother to read this as I would never have guessed it matters. iPad requires OS X 10.5. I knew it would need the latest version of iTunes but the latest OS? I haven't bothered to install 10.5 for my mini as it runs fine on 10.4 with all the software I need. And it just raised the price for an iPad substantially. And, sadly, may actually encourage me to buy a new mini (how's that for a somewhat unintuitive response to a price increase - choose to pay MORE?).
Thanks to the consumer reports review for noting this.