Apr 07, 2010 - 7:54 PM - by iJake
Ok, so living an hour a way from The biggest apple store in London, i thought i would take a trip to see if i could find out a bit more info, first hand.
I asked about 5 men and women in blue tops for about 10 minutes each trying to get at least a cheeky 'I know something' smile out of them, but, i got nothing.
I then saw a few men in black shirts, with ipo shaped name tags who seemed a bit more higher up in the stores employees, but them being very busy, they did not have time to even notice a customer trying to get some info. Not expecting to get any information at all, i thought i would try one more person and leave it. As i asked away for at least an idea on the uk pricing or release date, I began to bribe the man with money, obviously, I 99.99999% knew i wouldn't get anything out of him, he replied with, "It's not like we have a secret newsletter or anything, we have been told Late April, and have been kept in the dark as much as you".
I even asked them if there was any black out days this month, where the staff were not allowed holiday, but they strongly informed me they did not have any days like that ( as if I can believe that!) As genuine as they all seemed, I don't think my £20 would be a match to their iPad discount they would probably get if they kept it quiet..
I tried, had a bit of fun along the way, but failed!!, as frustrated as i am for wanting to know the UK info, mabye I've had more fun learning spec to spec about the iPad, and once i finally hold one, all the fun will be over, actually, I don't think that will happen
How long must I wait for a simple release date and pricing!!
Apr 07, 2010 - 4:03 PM - by iDan
While the majority of pundits on the web seem to be predicting that the iPad will be released in the UK on Saturday April 24th, CNET UKís Crave gadget blog is reporting that the release date could well be Monday, April 26th. According to Crave, CNET UK has received information that a particular publisherís app team has been told to have their app ready for the 26th. Crave seems pretty certain about it too, even urging their readers to book that day off!
Apple, of course, declined to comment on either the release date or when they would actually be releasing the release date, which is really going overboard on the secrecy!
Itís getting so close to the end of April now that Iím starting to wonder if Apple wonít just release it suddenly as a surprise without telling anyone, kind of like they do with big apps in the app store sometimes. Put it on the UK shelves and websites and see if anyone notices!
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net
The iPad is not an iPhone. People have to make a specific case to buy the iPad, where as 99.9% of us need an iPhone. For that reason the sales and uptake of the device won't be nearly as fast.. and it will take a bit of time to develop those "killer apps" that really drive sales of the device.
Some people out there though seem to be a bit impatient and expect the App sales numbers to be on par with the iPhone. It's a stretch, that device has been out for years and has a huge consumer base. The iPad however has only been available for a few days.
This article by the SFGate talks a bit about some disappoint app sales numbers on release and goes into some detail about it:
The Reason No One Is Bragging About iPad App Sales: The Numbers Are Too Small (AAPL)
Apr 07, 2010 - 11:26 AM - by iDan
I just love all these little stories that are emerging about the impact the iPad is having on different areas of life. Take this story from the AP, for example, which says that the iPad is ďfriendlier than a traditional laptopĒ as far as airport security is concerned. According to the report, the Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday that generally speaking, passengers would not have to remove their iPad from their bag, mainly due to the fact that itís reasonably small, and also because an iPad owner is less likely to be carrying laptop-type accessories such as plugs and external drives that get in the way of the screening image. Thatís not to say that you wonít be asked to take your iPad out of your bag when travelling, but itís just more likely that you wonít.
The AP report adds that the TSA is currently briefing airport security officers about how to treat the iPad when it comes to screening procedures, so it will be interesting hearing what sort of experiences iPad owners have when travelling through airports with the device.
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT4EbM7dCMs]YouTube - A 2.5 Year-Old Has A First Encounter with An iPad[/ame]
The iPad has already been a success by any normal standard as far as technology devices and numbers sold, but Apple isn't happy with just a normal standard. They set the bar high, and they have a way of changing our culture and what we expect in a device.
What will the future be like for our children down the road? Who can say, but what we can say is that right now our children are already vastly more technologically advanced then we were at the same age.
This youtube video of an iPhone savvy child's first time using the iPad is an amazing example of how powerful the human species can be... and how quickly we can learn and adapt to a new way of life. Just for reference, the child in this video is only 2.5!
Watch the video and be as amazed as I am at how quickly the child can pick up how to navigate!
For those of us who dabble in the stock market there is a burning question: Apple stock is up huge this year, is it too late to cash in?
My personal opinion is no, it's not yet too late even with the meteoric rise of AAPL stock.
I'm not the only one either, Jim Cramer as well as a number of other notable investors seem to think there is still plenty of room for the stock to go up as well. The following link is a great collection of some news stories that discuss the issue in more detail:
Apr 06, 2010 - 12:34 PM - by iDan
If thereís one gaming series thatís every bit the match of the iPad when it comes to innovation and style, it would have to be the Metal Gear Solid series. Those fans wondering just how good the Metal Gear Solid world would look on the iPad havenít had to wait too long to find out, as Konami has today announced that the iPad version of Metal Gear Solid Touch is now available from the Apple App Store for $7.99.
Although Meta Gear Solid Touch has previously been available for the iPhone, the iPad version now features gameplay that capitalizes on the iPadís larger screen and innovative Multi-Touch user interface.
The Metal Gear Solid Touch App for iPad is a fast-paced touch- shooting action title that uses settings and elements from the best-selling Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Users guide hero Snake by sliding their fingers across the screen to swiftly zoom in and out, target enemies, and execute rapid fire attacks with quick taps on the screen, not forgetting to take cover when necessary, of course! The app makes full use of the iPadís Multi-Touch user interface and intuitive controls to offer a different type of MGS gaming experience. Hereís Joe Morris, Konamiís Vice President of Mobile Content and Social Networking talking about the game:
ďAs a trailblazer in digital content development, Konami prides itself on providing consumers with the best in interactive entertainment. Proven Konami franchises like Metal Gear Solid are sure to thrill iPad users.Ē
Ever wonder what the actual CPU inside the Apple iPad looks like? No no, I'm not talking about the external packaging, I'm talking about the very innards of it, the internal die and actual silicon?
Well, the iFixit guy's have done the 'tear down' procedure again but this time they actually had the Apple A4 CPU professionally dissected and disassembled.
If you are interested in that type of stuff be sure to check out this link: Apple A4 Teardown - iFixit
Today Readdle announces the release of ReaddleDocs for iPad, powerful file manager, document reader and attachment viewer for iPad, based on its popular iPhone application. ReaddleDocs for iPad spotlights new user interface redesigned for a large screen, powerful PDF viewer that supports text reflow mode and embedded links, email browser to access and save email attachments, built-in text files editor and hundreds of other features.
ReaddleDocs for iPad has carefully redesigned user interface which takes advantage of the large device screen and is superior to any similar product on the App Store. It combines desktop class file manager, several document viewers, web browser and email client within one application while keeping perfect balance between functionality and ease of use.
Outstanding built-in PDF reader has all the functions missing in the standard iPad PDF viewer. It supports large PDF files, full text search within the document, password protected documents, navigation through embedded links and PDF bookmarks. In addition, ReaddleDocs for iPad has PDF text reflow mode that extracts text from the PDF document and fits it into the iPad screen. In this mode user may adjust font size and easily read PDFs with small text.
ReaddleDocs is well known for its attachment saving capability, and iPad edition of the application fully supports it. User can browse their email accounts from ReaddleDocs and save attachments directly to his iPad. It's fast, secure and suitable even for sensible business information. Moreover, ReaddleDocs for iPad opens email attachments that cannot be read by the iPad Mail application like password protected PDF files and ZIP archives.
Connectivity to the most popular online storages is another key component of ReadleDocs for iPad. It lets download and upload files from MobileMe iDisk, Dropbox, GoogleDocs and other services, and some home NAS drives. Also, application has a built-in web browser to find and save files from the Internet directly to the iPad. It can even save whole webpages with images to read them offline.
For more information visit: ReaddleDocs for iPad for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
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