Showing posts with label Apple iPad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple iPad. Show all posts

Monday, May 31, 2010

iPad: 2 million sold in less than 60 days

Apple announced on Monday that in less than two months 2 million iPads have been sold. On May 28th the iPad had it's international launch in  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Large queues were reported in Australia, Japan and the UK with people waiting for up to 30 hours before they got their hands on their beloved iPads. 

Steve Jobs had this to say “Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

When the iPad first launched we had written an article which said that the iPad could be a boon for third world countries and could be used for education in distant and remote areas. Places that are hard to reach for medical aid could also benefit from the iPad it is easy to cart around and comes with great battery life. In addition it does not cost too much and can be easily transported. 

The Apps available are amazing and there is at least one App available for every user's needs.   Apple we bet would like to make one iPad for every individual in the world and the success of this would depend entirely on the Apps as this is what makes the iPad a success. Since high end computing is quiet limited on the iPad the Apps make up for whatever short comings critics throw at the iPad. It is selling and it is here to stay.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010


BREAKING NEWS APPLE MAGICALLY REVERSES NO-CASH POLICY AND NO EMBRACES CASH STRATEGY MODEL said it would allow cash at any of its stores as long as customers agreed to setup their Apple IDs at the store. Senior VP for retail Ron Johnson said he called Campbell personally he also promised Apple deliver her iPad for free with case, for her trouble.
Apple Store No-Cash Policy on iPad Magical Experience No Cash Credit Card or Debit Card Required. pple no-cash policy for iPad make sure to bring credit card to Apple Store they don't take cash and they swipe the card on their iPhone and if you want a receipt they pull it out from under the table at the end like magic limit 2 ipads per customer. It was a revolutionary and magical experience, Best Buy, they take cash

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

iPad what can it do

This is just a quick round up and things you can do using the ipad.

1. You can make calls on the iPad and the applications of choice is Skype there is also Vonage and Truphone

2. You can work on Word Docs, Spread sheets and Power Point Presentations.

3. You can connect a camera and memory card directly to the iPad

4. Automatically access photos from your iPhone or iPod Touch

5. download movies from iTunes and other sites and watch when your offline

6. Download attachments like videos, photos and songs

7. Download ebooks for iBooks and enjoy a good read.

8. Games and more games, the iPad is good for games and you can download games it is excellent for games.

9. Browse the web. Supports HTML5 and java Script.

10. Photos look really beautiful on the iPad upload photos and organize them in albums.
12. Read newspapers and magazines on the ipad

13. WiFi connectivity

14. Apps, the iPad runs all iPhone apps and therefore makes it all the more valuable with the choice of apps that fit every users needs.

15.Supports iWork software

16. Touchscreen QWERTY keyboard or use a physical keyboard

17. 10 inch touchscreen

Something we missed please do let us know

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Google to develop a Tablet computer to rival the iPad

Verizon Wireless's CE Lowell McAdam spoke with the WSJ saying that they were working with Google Inc to develop a device to rival the iPad. 

With it's international growth and staggering sales figures it seems that every company in the hardware space wants a device to rival the iPad. Google whose core business is internet search has made it's foray into hardware and software related markets. The latest move is going to further the rivalry between Apple and Google.

Apple's standpoint has always been we did not get into the search business but Google got into the mobile business. HP is also releasing a device called the 'Hurricane'  to take on Apple's iPad. Features missing on the iPad can be found on the Hurricane like a camera and USB ports.

 A Google spokesman did not address the specific rumor about a Google-Verizon tablet, and said that its Android platform could be used for a variety of things.

"Android is a free, open source mobile platform. This means that anyone can take the Android platform and add code or download it to create a mobile device without restrictions," he said in a statement. "The Android smartphone platform was designed from the beginning to scale downward to feature phones and upward to MID and netbook-style devices. We look forward to seeing what contributions are made and how an open platform spurs innovation, but we have nothing to announce at this time."

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

iPad's cannibalization of the Netbook market.

With all the predictions that abounded in regards to the iPad. No one guessed that the iPad could grow to become a Netbook killer. Netbooks known for their affordability and easy net access combined with the ability to easily work on Word and Spreadsheets seemed that they could not be touched. The iPad on the other hand is fine if you want to sit and catch up on email in between sharing photos with your friends and watching a TV show.

The Netbook was more for work and the iPad seemed more for after work. But this is all set to change. With it's ability to run only one application at a time and all it's drawbacks the iPad is taking over or at least this is what is seen from graphs released  by Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

It seems that the iPad is doing to the Netbook what the Netbook did to the laptop. The iPad is easy to carry around especially for business travelers and if your work involves mainly catching up on email then this is the preferred device.

Check out the stats for the graph below. 

Does this mean that the iPad is all set to cannibalize the Netbook market?

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Friday, May 7, 2010

iPad to go international on May 28

Apple today announced the iPad will be available to customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. on May 28. Customers in those countries will be able to pre-order all six iPad models from Apple beginning this coming Monday, May 10. In addition, in July, the iPad will come to Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore. Prices and pre-ordering details will be available for those countries closer to their availability.

In the U.K., the Wi-Fi-only iPads will sell for £429, £499, and £599 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB respectively. The 3G models will go for  £529, £599, and £699 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. All prices include the U.K.'s Value Added Tax (VAT); the iPads will be available through brick-and-mortar and online Apple Stores, as well as select Apple resellers. 

Pricing & Availability 
iPad is available in the UK for a suggested retail price of £429 (inc. VAT) for 16GB, £499 (inc. VAT) for 32GB, £599 (inc. VAT) for 64GB for Wi-Fi models and £529 (inc. VAT) for 16GB, £599 (inc. VAT) for 32GB and £699 (inc. VAT) for 64GB for Wi-Fi + 3G models. iPad will be sold through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store on May 28th.

Apple plans to release iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. Apple will announce availability, local pricing and pre-order plans for these nine additional countries at a later date.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How to test your website's iPad readiness

The iPad is finally here and in the hands of 300,000 people already. Given it's popularity and growth website owners will want to make sure their websites are ready for the iPad. Also remember there is no flash support on the iPad and videos are played using HTML5 format.

iPad Peek is a tool for you to view your site on an iPad without actually owning one. The problem with this little tool is that flash works on it but technically it should not. 

To fully test your website's iPad readiness you need to.

Step 1: Start your Firefox (or Safari) browser and change the user agent string to that of the Apple iPad. You may use Google Chrome as well but it just takes lot of effort  to change the user agents in Chrome.

Step 2: Disable the Adobe Flash plug-in from your browser settings.

Step 3: Open and type the URL of any website in the built-in Safari browser of the “virtual” iPad.

This tool will render websites in landscape mode by default but you can click the top edge of the iPad image to switch the page orientation from landscape to portrait mode and back.

The screen resolution of your current desktop is probably much higher than a iPad (which is 1024-by-768 pixels) so this tool may not exactly simulate iPad’s web browser but its as close as you can get without the real thing.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

300,000 iPads sold on the first day and who bought them

Apple announced that 300,000 devices were sold on the first day a figure which included preorders. Meeting the expectations of financial analysts who were keeping a track on tabs on the company's highly anticipated tablet computer. With Apple CE Steve Jobs saying "It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world".

Now you may be wondering who bought these devices. The version that went on sale on Saturday can connect to the internet only via a Wi-Fi connection. The question is how many people are committing to buy only when the 3G version is released.

According to a survey by Piper Jaffray he breaks down the iPad buyers into these categories listed below.

  • 74% were Mac users (26% owned another kind of PC). 96% planned to continue using their computers.

  • 66% owned iPhones. Only four or five respondents (1%) thought they could replace their iPhone with an iPad.

  • 13% owned Amazon (AMZN) Kindles and 58% of those planned to replace it with the iPad.

  • The $499 16GB iPad was the most popular (39%) followed by the 32 GB (32%) and 64GB (28%). When the iPhone first launched, only 5% bought the low-end 4GB model.

  • 74% planned to use their iPads to surf the Web; 38% to read books; 32% to e-mail; 26% to watch video; 18% to play games and other apps; 8% to listen to music.

  • 78% said they didn't consider any other gadget before buying an iPad. 10% were thinking about buying a Kindle, 6% a netbook, 4% a laptop, 1% an iPhone, 1% an iPod touch.

Apps for the iPad are one of the major factors that has boosted sales and keep it alive. App are now available for just about anything. With new ones being added everyday.

Apple also said iPad users had downloaded more than one million apps from the company’s App Store and more than 250,000 electronic books from its iBookstore on Saturday. Some of the most popular applications include a word processing application made by Apple called Pages, an air-traffic control game called Flight Control, andNational Public Radio’s application.

Photo by Jim Wilson/NY Times

Video: First Look at the Apple iPad

You have two main models one that connects to the web using Wi-Fi and one that uses a combination of Wi-Fi and 3G wireless from AT&T.

Wi-Fi models come in three capacities starting $499 for 16 GB, $599 for 32 GB and $699 for 64GB. The 3G equipped models come in the same capacity but sell for a 130$ more. Apple promises a 10 hour battery life including web and video and about a month of standby time. The highlight of the iPad in the long run is definitely going to be the Apps made by third-parties. There is already the video streaming App from NetFlix and the comic App from Marvel.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Videos: Collection of videos on the iPad release

Massachusetts Apple Store opens to iPad customers
The Apple Store in Holyoke, Mass., greets iPad customers.

Apple iPad hits stores in the US

 Lines formed outside the Apple store in New York with customers eager to purchase the product, which is one of the most hotly anticipated devices since the iPhone was launched in 2007.

iPad launch

Apple fans camp out at Apple Stores in Pasadena and at the Grove in Los Angeles. The occasion? Apple will release the iPad, its new tablet computer.

Apple's iPad Hits Hub Store Shelves

Apple's iPad Hits Hub Store Shelves

Apple iPad Store Introduction and Official Release at Carlsbad (San Diego)

Here's the official opening of the Apple Store Carlsbad on Saturday April 3rd for the new Apple iPad. The store, along with hundreds of other Apple stores throughout the U.S. opened at 9am this morning to hordes of customers all lined up for the opportunity to purchase the revolutionary Apple iPad.

The first person in the iPad line

 New York, Apple Store Fifth Avenue questions: Zuzana Kaprinay 

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Video: The iPad is Here

People waiting to get their iPad started camping outside from Thursday 11:30 pm. One serious fan from Germany flew in the buy the iPad because he could not wait till the end of April when the iPad debuts in Germany. Greg Parker was in front of the line at the Apple store on 5th Avenue, No 1 in the line and started standing there on Tuesday 11 am. People started coming and standing behind him only on Thursday 11:30. The iPad fever is griping people and fans of Apple.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Is your website Apple iPad ready?

Apple has made it's stance very clear. They believe Flash is an outdated standard. And have been urging web developers to use HTML5 rather than flash for video playback.

Apple have launched their list of iPad ready websites which include CNN, Reuters and the New York Times. Web site developers are also urged by Apple to get their websites iPad ready. 

CBS and ABC are reportedly preparing television episodes to be viewed on the iPad -- CBS shows through HTML5 in the browser and ABC shows through a native iPad app. Hulu, a video site own by NBC Universal, News Corporation, and Walt Disney Company, is said to be preparing an iPad application.
And Netflix, the video rental service, appears to be preparing an iPad app that will allow subscribers to stream a limited selection of movies on Apple's eagerly anticipated device.
A company spokesperson declined to confirm this report and said, "Let's wait and see what Saturday brings."
YouTube, the most popular online video site, is not among those cited by Apple as iPad-ready, despite the fact that it does offer an HTML5 video player that works in Apple's Safari browser.
It's possible that YouTube wasn't mentioned because it's owned by Google, a company that has aggravated Apple by moving into the mobile phone business. But it could also be that YouTube's HTML5 player remains an experiment and that the bulk of its videos continue to be served in a Flash player.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Video: iPad: Bigger Than The iPhone?

Apple's new tablet will get off to a faster start than Apple's Smartphone did 2 years ago.  

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Video: iPad Ad debuts during 2010 Oscars

Due on on the 3rd of April 2010 the iPad hype reached the Oscars. Their new Ad which is fairly simple seeks to show users the usefulness and simplicity of the iPad. Showing how easy it is it from surfing the internet to viewing pictures to playing games. The device will be out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. in late April, the company said last week.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Apple to cut iPad price.

Yeah that's right Apple is seriously considering cutting the price of the iPad. The launch was good and people were satisfied with the product but the price was too high. Let me explain the iPad is good but seriously lacking some features once the price is dropped it suddenly begins to make more sense.

After all, 16GB iPad for $449 (a $50 cut) is the sort of pricing to which even a jaded tech columnist might succumb.

The iPad is I believe a device from Apple that needs to be sold to every users. It is not supposed to be a device that only some can afford. If that is the case then I believe that this device is a total failure.

It is an internet utility device and when I first heard about the iTablet, iPad, MosesTablet and what not, the feeling I got was this was a device finally coming from Apple that was for the masses. So if a Tech company wants to bring out an iPad like device I feel they need to understand that the subtle message of such a device is that it is for the masses and not for a select few. Apple better understand that. There are many columnist's out there that a debating the price cut. Might be good might be a bad move. But on  one thing most people would agree the price was wrong. Or let me put it like this. 

You do not position such a device adn then put a heavy price tag. The positing is that it is to hold the internet in your hands. Well if that is the case the internet belongs to everyone and therefore everyone should be able to have one. Get it right Apple.

I also things if the price is low enough enough of these devices could be shipped to poorer countries and using for computer education. Since it is so portable and easy to carry with great internet functionality it can be a gift to people living in remote villages.

All in all it is a great device with amazing potential. Get the price right let everyone have one and the Apple magic will begin to happen. I know that Apple wants this but you cannot get it by being greedy and try to make a huge profit.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Amazon buys Touch-Screen startup.

The New York Times has reported that Amazon has bought a Small New York start-up Tech company called Tuchco. It is a small company and does not have a large number of employees, they have not even produced a product on the market so far. What they do have however is a technology for touch-screens that is far advanced and costs less than the technology Apple uses on the iPad.

What this means is this. Apple has released the iPad which immediately rivals Amazon's kindle. With the iPad you can read and download e-books and is so much more flashy that the Kindle. Amazon though is not giving up without a fight and we can now see the competition heating up with Amazon investing in tweaking the Kindle.

Kindle is Amazon's e-book reader that enjoyed huge sales during the last holiday season. So it seems now that Amazon is not willing to give up that easily. With the acquisition of Touchco they will take the fight to the iPad.

After the debut of the iPad last month Amazon announced that  its customers can read and sync their Kindle books on iPhones, iPod touches, PCs, and soon Blackberrys, Macs, and iPads.

Touchco's website states that as of January 2010, the company had ceased to do business.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

From iPad to iTampon.

That is how the Apple iPad's story is panning out an Twitter. The Tweeps of Twitter have somehow gotten amused with the name iPad. I guess when Apple first thought of the name they did not have any female marketing executives. Because the first thing that comes to mind when you hear iPad will make one half of the population cringe. Anyways that was a reaction that should have been expected but was it overlooked?. Did the name iPad for this device fit so well that the other aspect of the name which kind of relates to that part of the drug store where most of us males just walk by. 

So anyway the Tweeps on Twitter have gone all the way with calling the next device iTampon. The updated version of the iPad will probably come with wings. 

#iTampon is now trending on Twitter and will keep you updated if the idea's get more creative.

What are your thoughts on the name Apple choose to name their internet device?. 

Check out Steve Jobs unveiling the iPad video.

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After all the speculation Apple's iPad is finally here. We have videos of it.

So now let take a look at this new device before we go there let's just look at the pricing. the iPad would start at just $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model. Of course, if you want to spend more, you can: $599 for a 32GB iPad or $699 for a 64GB model. And you can tack on $130 to any model to get 3G wireless support.

Ok, so with the iPad you can browse the web. Touch screen so you can move around any webpage with your fingers. You can also turn it any way round and the screen adjusts itself. Access your e-mail and if you would like to compose a message a keyboard pops up right on your screen that is almost life-size. Yes, you can use an external keyboard if you would want to. Store all your cool photos and access them anytime. So when your visiting a friend all you need to carry is your iPad to show of your recent vacation pics. 

You have your personal calendar to sort out your events. An address book, a maps application which works with Google's Map's. You can store and play music on it. With access to the iTune's store built right into the iPad. So you can surf and discover movies, TV shows, Podcasts, with complete access to iTune's university built right into the device. You can watch YouTube on it and yes YouTube in High Definition. 

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