I’m convinced I need an iPad

iPad magazine.I’ve been undeniably impressed with the iPad since its launch, but I wasn’t convinced I needed one, until now. I’ve spent the last week at my parents’ house in Ohio. I’m lucky enough to work from anywhere, but it’s my recreational web use that’s convinced me I need an iPad.

There have been so many times throughout the week where I’ve wanted to look something up or show something to my brother, or just browse the web while we trade off on games of League of Legends, but my laptop felt too cumbersome and my iPhone just isn’t big enough. Kicking back with my feet on a desk and my laptop across my thighs leaves my knees aching. Carrying my laptop to the cement deck out back feels cumbersome, mostly because of the weight.

In the end, it’s about convenience for me. I want a device that feels big enough to browse on and watch videos and share things with the people near me. The iPhone is great as a one-man device, but it doesn’t hold up in a social setting. An iPad, though, would do just the trick.

Apple begins international iPad pre-orders

iPad 3 shot.The Apple Store went down today, which almost always means something new is coming. In this case it was international iPad pre-orders.

If you haven’t been keeping up, the iPad launched in the US back in April, and though some countries haven’t had access to it, many of their citizens have been paying top dollar to get an iPad just a month early. Crazy early adopters. Seriously, I’m a geek/nerd/freak all the way and I struggle to understand that logic. But hey, more power to the people making bank off that iPad.

If you reside outside the US you can finally head over and order your new tablet today. Launch is May 28th.

iPad 3G available at the end of the month

iPad shots.If you pre-ordered a 3G-capable iPad you’re in for a pleasant April 30th. That’s when the device should be arriving, both for orders from the online store and at individual Apple retail locations. The device won’t be there until 5PM for you pick-ups, but I suppose that’s for the best. You can actually go to work and get things done. Or, you know, pre-download all your apps and iBooks so they’re ready to go when you get home.

Here’s the full text from Apple’s press release:

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of its magical iPad™ will be delivered to US customers who’ve pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.
iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds-thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook-and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.*
Apple retail stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. US Apple retail stores are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.
Pricing & Availability
iPad is available in Wi-Fi models in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available on April 30 in the US for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad is sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, most Best Buy stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and campus bookstores. AT&T is offering breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.
iPad will be available at the end of May in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Apple will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders for iPad on May 10.
*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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iPad international launch delayed by a month

Steve Jobs with the iPad.The iPad didn’t sell the whopping 700,000 units some estimated on Day One, but that didn’t stop it from moving 500,000 in the first week. That’s a nice figure for a device that is essentially pioneering an entire market sector. It’s so nice that Apple has had to delay the device’s launch overseas by an entire month. Apple is anticipating that demand will outpace supply for at least the next several weeks (bleeding into the 3G launch period for those keeping track at home).

Here’s the official word:
Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.

Source: Apple

Apple stores still have the iPad in stock

Apple's iPad in hand.You waited for hours in that line. It was hot, cold, rainy, snowing, windy, sunny, exhausting, tiring, irritating, lonely, funny, strange, whatever. It was unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, I love standing in line for nerdy stuff as much as the next guy or gal. There’s a certain camaraderie you just don’t get anywhere else. It’s pretty damn frustrating, though, when you find out it wasn’t necessary.

It seems that despite rumors of a day one sellout, most Apple stores across the country still have the iPad in stock. Some have even received second shipments. It’s a good position for Apple to be in, as you can bet there will be those who just had to play with one before they bought it (I’ll admit, I didn’t give two hoots about the iPhone until I spent about an hour with one).

Most of the major retailers seem to have sold out (meaning all of the Best Buy locations) but you don’t have to overpay just to get your new tablet. Head to your local Apple store and your troubles are over.

Sorry film nerds, a widescreen iPad doesn’t make sense

Apple's iPad.When the iPad was first announced there was a lot of crying about the screen size. If the thing was meant for watching video why wouldn’t it have a 16:9 aspect ratio? I mean, who wants black bars on the size of an already smaller screen than you might be used to.

I do, actually. Why? The iPad is about more than just visual media consumption. Yes, movies are going to look great on that pretty little screen, but it needs to do more than that. From everything we’ve seen about the iPad (and everything you probably know if you’ve held one) it’s meant to be wielded a lot like a book. Imagine that book on a 16:9 aspect ratio. It would be ridiculously awkward to hold.

That says nothing of actually viewing content either. Reading websites, ebooks, and browsing content like photos makes much more sense with a 4:3 screen. The iPad is not a purpose-built device; it’s designed for all sorts of content.

If you’re really that concerned about a 16:9 screen, get yourself a JooJoo. I hear that company is doing very well.

iPad has already been jailbroken

Jailbroken iPad.Well that was certainly quick. I’d heard that George Hotz had potentially jailbroken Apple’s new tablet but he wasn’t talking. Another Dev-Team member, MuscleNerd, said it took him just 24 hours to get the crack right. May the unauthorized app installation/piracy/warranty-voiding fun begin!

The break is apparently a variation on the “Spirit,” jailbreak used for iPhones running iPhone OS 3.1.3. The crack uses a browser to achieve root access and allows you to run whatever apps you’d like on the iPad, authorized or no. For now, the crack remains in that “only if you know what you’re doing” range of hacks. Come on, though, it only took 24 hours. I’m sure you can find a way to automate this little process, MuscleNerd.

Source: MacNN

Actually, the iPad sold just 300,000 units

iPad is here.The initial estimates for iPad day one sales were somewhere around 700,000. I was hugely impressed by the number, especially in the context of iPhone day one sales and the Kindle installed base. As it turns out, the official sales figures are “over 300,000,” a far cry from that whopping estimate. While 300K is good it’s hard not to feel a little underwhelmed.

Technically the iPad is a new frontier. There hasn’t been a tablet device like it, and it’s certainly the sleekest of the slew of tablets that have released of late. But the iPhone OS and the App Store that make up the iPad are old hat. Millions and millions of people know and love the system, so why such middling sales?

Part of it could be that this is the first of two iPad launch days. A lot of people probably want the assurance of a 3G connection, especially since it doesn’t require a contract. The more likely reason is that no one knows just how good the iPad can be. The device has a ton of potential for media consumption but the content providers need to be on board. iPad versions of newspapers and other media are ridiculously expensive, especially considering that news and other media are freely accessible by other means. As great as browsing on the iPad must be, browsing on my laptop doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require any app other than my browser, and is only marginally less convenient than toting around an iPad.

It seems the world is convinced that the iPad justifies the existence of expensive, tailored content when in reality it’s the reverse. The content needs to justify the existence of the iPad. If I can stream video, read books, read my news sources, browse the web and listen to music for reasonable rates then of course I want a comfortable, portable device for doing it. If that device is going to send the price of all those content streams through the roof then screw it, I’m fine with regular TV, books, DVDs that I can rip to digital formats for free, and relatively cheap music downloads on a conventional device.

Gizmodo’s 8 great iPad wallpapers

iPad background.Apple product launches are always a little bittersweet. The products are usually great, and if not they’re called Apple TV. But along with the products you have to put up with Apple fanatics talking about how this thing you don’t have will revolutionize the world. To some extent I believe the hype but there is that intense feeling that it’s a bunch of bullshit. Ray Bradbury gets along just fine without technology, doesn’t he?

While I’m not ready to write off technology, I do like to keep things in perspective with little pranks like this. Gizmodo has 8 great false backgrounds for your crazy friends’ iPads. Drop one of these bad boys on that pristine new tablet and watch the horror cross the owner’s face when it lights up.

Source: Gizmodo

Steve Jobs shows up for estimated 700,000 iPad day one

Steve Jobs iPad.It was a big day for Apple. It was a big day for fanboys (and fangirls). It was a big day for publishers. Alright, it was a big day for just about everyone. Yes, even you haters, because like it or not the iPad is here and it’s a pretty big deal. It’s the first ultra-portable device that’s capable of handling all of your day to day tasks, be it business or entertainment.

The iPad is such a big release that Steve Jobs himself showed up at the Palo Alto location to survey the damage for just under an hour. Analysts are setting estimates for day one sales around 700,000 units, a huge chunk of the supposed couple million Kindles in the wild. By comparison, the iPhone sold just 270,000 units when it launched.

The iPad does have a leg up in that it has access to the iPhone OS App Store. Along with iPhone apps, the iPad will have its own set of apps designed to take advantage of a larger screen size.