iPad News – February 2010

February 27, 2010
Mike Elgan: 15 iPad mysteries remain

Mike Elgan: 15 iPad mysteries remainSteve Jobs is such a great salesman that he can actually give us a sense of familiarity with something we don’t know anything about. Apple’s iPad is a perfect example. But huge, fundamental questions about the device remain unanswered.

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February 27, 2010
Why Can’t You Pre-Order an iPad?

Why Can’t You Pre-Order an iPad?We all know that you cannot get your hands on an iPad for a while longer, but why did Apple not accept pre-orders? One Reason: Apple has not yet obtained the necessary Federal Communications Commission approval to sell the device to the public.

The specs on the iPad Page feature very tiny print which mentions the lack of FCC approval. So why doesn’t Apple just get the approval? They don’t trust the government. While Apple has very good relations with the FCC, Apple is afraid that the government would have leaked information on the iPad.

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February 26, 2010
The Associated Press Announces Subscription App for iPad

The Associated Press Announces Subscription App for iPadThe Associated Press has announced plans for a paid subscription app for Apple’s iPad platform, an app that will deliver AP content directly to consumers. The project will be one of the first products rolled out under a new business division at called AP Gateway that targets Web and mobile delivery of AP content.

"AP Gateway will serve as the launching pad for new products and services from AP and other interested news publishers," Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press, said in a statement. "It will allow the news industry to deliver the news directly to the consumer in a variety of exciting new ways."

Read more about the AP’s iPad app from The Mac Observer »
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February 26, 2010
Morgan Stanley: Apple Should Bounce on iPad Debut

Morgan Stanley: Apple Should Bounce on iPad DebutDespite the deafening buzz surrounding the launch of the iPad last month, Apple’s faithful throngs of fan/shareholders have to face a fact. The shares have underperformed the market this year. (Down about 3% versus about 1% for the S&P.) The slippage mostly seems to be due to a selloff after the iPad’s launch as well as disappointment that there’s still no hard timeline for an iPhone for Verizon. But take heart, say analysts from Morgan Stanley, for we see catalysts on the horizon.

"We see two product related fundamental catalysts over the next 60 days: 1) the iPad launch in late March which will exceed low investor expectations, in our view and 2) growing investor anticipation of the next generation iPhone launch expected in June which will lower the total cost of ownership and introduce new innovative functionality. We estimate that there is about a 70% to 80% or “very likely” probability for the scenario."

Read more about iPad’s future from the Wall Street Journal Blog »


February 26, 2010
High-margin accessory makers have high hopes for Apple’s iPad

High-margin accessory makers have high hopes for Apple's iPadThird party accessory companies have profited immensely from Apple’s iPod and iPhone lines of products, and now they are preparing for next month’s launch of the iPad with an assortment of products, including cases, chargers and more.

Analysts expect Apple to sell between 1 million and 5 million iPads in the product’s first year, which is well below what the hardware maker ships each year in iPhones and iPods. However, some believe iPad owners will spend more on accessories because of the device’s larger form factor and higher price point.

Read more about iPad accessories from AppleInsider.com »
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February 25, 2010
Steve Jobs says Apple’s $40 billion in cash provides security

Steve Jobs says Apple's $40 billion in cash provides securityApple co-founder Steve Jobs told investors at Thursday’s shareholder meeting that his company’s massive war chest of $40 billion gives them security and flexibility.

The CEO did not, however, indicate how Apple intends to use its stockpile of cash and securities. According to Reuters, Jobs told investors that he believed putting the money into a dividend or share buyback would not influence the price of AAPL stock. The meeting was held Thursday at Apple’s corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif.

Read more about what Steve Jobs said to Apple shareholders from AppleInsider.com »
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February 25, 2010
Survey: 16 Percent of iPhone Owners Will Buy iPad

Survey: 16 Percent of iPhone Owners Will Buy iPadOne in six iPhone owners surveyed by mobile ad company AdMob said they were planning to buy an Apple iPad this year.

Published Thursday, AdMob’s mobile metric survey polled 960 participants. 16 percent of iPhone owners said they “intend to purchase” an iPad in the next six months. Unsurprisingly, interest is less strong among Palm or Android users: 11 percent of webOS (Palm Pre) and 6 percent of Android users said they were likely to buy an iPad.

Read more about iPad user statistics from Wired.com »


February 25, 2010
Stockholders to quiz Apple boss Steve Jobs on his plans for the iPad & iPhone

Stockholders to quiz Apple boss Steve Jobs on his plans for the iPad & iPhoneApple CEO Steve Jobs has his annual face-to-face meeting with shareholders today, and there will be no shortage of questions for a company famously stingy with information.

Apple fans and shareholders want to know more about what Jobs has planned for the iPad, the device set to be launched in about a month. They also are focused on whether the iPhone can sustain its growth momentum amid greater competition, and what the company will do with its eye-popping $40 billion cash balance.

Read more about the Apple shareholders meeting from NYDailyNews.com »


February 24, 2010
iPad simulator shows new wallpaper options

iPad simulator shows new wallpaper optionsThe new iPhone SDK beta, meant to support iPad development, has revealed another small but noticeable interface change. In the current iPad simulator, users can now set separate lock- and homescreen wallpapers, reflecting the iPad’s ability to keep wallpaper active while navigating icons. In case the difference doesn’t matter, another button applies the same wallpaper to both screens.

Buried in the SDK are said to be references to camera technologies such as flash, zoom, video conferencing and even a front-facing model. None of these are present on current Apple hardware, and unless a sudden production switch is made, they should be absent from the first-generation iPad. They may be integrated into 2010 iPhone models, which have been widely rumored to be gaining a more advanced camera.

Read more about iPad wallpaper and camera information from Macnn.com »


February 24, 2010
iPad SDK Support for Front Facing Camera, Camera Flash, Zoom and Video Conferencing

iPad SDK Support for Front Facing Camera, Camera Flash, Zoom and Video ConferencingUnfortunately, we already know how this story ends. Apple introduced the iPad in late January and made no mention of a camera – either on the front or back of the device. So that means no video conferencing or even photos are possible on the first generation device…. and yet, it seems like they had everything in place for it already. For example, the enclosure has an empty space for the camera and the SDK has accept/decline video chat references.

Here are some even more tantalizing pieces of information found in the latest Beta 3 iPad SDK. We’ve been told that if you go digging into Apple’s private framework which controls the camera, the iPad SDK tests for 3 additional camera characteristics that are not found in the iPhone 3.x SDK. For comparison, Erica Sadun has a code listing of iPhone 3.x PLCameraController.h on her site. The Beta 3 iPad SDK version adds these additional test conditions for the device’s capabilities.

Read more about the latest iPad camera and video conferencing rumors from MacRumors.com »


February 23, 2010
Apple COO Cook on buying companies large and small, iPads coming to Best Buy, Apple TV, and more

Apple COO Cook on buying companies large and small, iPads coming to Best Buy, Apple TV, and more"Apple is preparing to launch its newest device, the iPad tablet computer, in the coming weeks. Cook said the iPad will be sold directly by Apple, and in some indirect channels with ‘assisted sales,’ such as Best Buy," Madway reports. "Cook praised the iPad data pricing plan to be offered in the United States by carrier AT&T Inc. as ‘revolutionary,’ and brushed aside a question about what others would have to do become a carrier for the product. ‘I wouldn’t want to speculate about what else somebody would have to do to join the party.’"

"Cook conceded that [Apple TV] was ‘still a hobby’ but said the company believes in it and will continue to invest," Madway reports. "The COO said Apple plans to open around 50 retail stores this year, at the top of its expected range."

Read more about the latest iPad news from MacDailyNews.com »


February 23, 2010
Apple to sell iPad at Best Buy and other assisted locations

Apple to sell iPad at Best Buy and other assisted locationsApple said Tuesday that sales of its upcoming iPad device will follow a model similar to that of the iPhone during its onset, with availability limited to the company’s direct sales channels and select other retail locations that receive Apple assistance.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, spoke at the Goldman Sachs annual tech conference in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon. He said the iPad will launch in retail, online education and other direct sales from Apple, but will also include the company’s assisted sales from partners like Best Buy.

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February 23, 2010
Apple Releases iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for iPad

Apple Releases iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for iPadApple today released an update to its iPhone SDK 3.2 for developers looking to create applications for the company’s forthcoming iPad tablet device. The new update is the third beta version of the SDK, and there is no word yet on changes included in the update.

The initial version of the SDK was released late last month alongside the iPad introduction, and was last updated two weeks ago.

Read more about iPad Development from MacRumors.com »
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February 23, 2010
Apple iPad demand exceeding pre-launch iPhone buzz?

Apple iPad demand exceeding pre-launch iPhone buzz?A new survey has found that 13 percent of respondents are likely to buy Apple’s forthcoming iPad, a number greater than the 9 percent who planned to purchase an iPhone before its launch in 2007.

Details of the survey from RBC/ChangeWave were released Tuesday by RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky. He said the responses from 3,200 participants show strong pent-up consumer demand for the iPad, which could bode well for Apple’s new product.

Read more about iPad’s buzz from AppleInsider.com »


February 23, 2010
NYT: Chips like the A4 could cost $1 billion to design

NYT: Chips like the A4 could cost $1 billion to designApple may have finally gotten the chip they wanted with the iPad’s A4, but a little freedom from contracting with other chip makers didn’t come cheap. In a piece about how to make silicon chips, the New York Times estimates the cost to put a chip like the A4 together at a whopping $1 billion. And that’s just for a design — actually making a state-of-the-art factory to create the chips will run you a cool $3 billion. The NYT is just estimating for all companies here — especially with Apple’s purchase of PA Semi, they probably got the design for a relative song, and they’re working with contractors to actually make the chips, rather than building their own factories. So $1 billion is a higher estimate than evidence would make you suspect.

Read more about iPad’s $1Billion chip from TUAW.com »


February 22, 2010
iPhones and iPads of the future to come sporting video chatting features

iPhones and iPads of the future to come sporting video chatting featuresVideo chatting on iPhones and iPads? Likely, or say the info we stumbled upon. According to some definitive graphical representation, it is almost sure that future Apple iPhone OS products will sport capabilities that aid video chatting.

What we see from the icons on the 3.2 SDK, there is definitive indication that video calling on a future Apple device. What we get to understand is that if video chatting enabled Apple devices debut, they could well come with front facing cameras.

Read more about iChat video features from DeviceMag.com »
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February 22, 2010
Pricing of TV Shows on iTunes Prompts a Debate

Pricing of TV Shows on iTunes Prompts a DebateBy BRIAN STELTER – In Monday’s New York Times, I reported about Apple’s pitch for lower TV prices on iTunes. Apple apparently believes that if TV episodes were sold for 99 cents, rather than $1.99, the increased sales volume would offset the lower price.

Some TV networks are wary about devaluing their content but are willing to experiment by making some older TV episodes available for 99 cents.

Read more about iTunes TV show prices from The New York Times Blog »


February 20, 2010
Apple iPad Pre-Orders to Begin February 25th?

Apple iPad Pre-Orders to Begin February 25th?AppAdvice claims that the iPad pre-orders could start as early as February 25th. The pre-orders are said to be for the U.S. Wi-Fi model initially. It’s really not much to go on, but Apple hasn’t given any indication about their launch plans for the iPad. During their press event, Jobs simply said that the Wi-Fi version would be shipping in 60 days, which places it into the last week of March.

While Apple did allow for pre-orders for the iPhone 3GS, the original iPhone launch was on a first-come first-serve basis at retail stores. The Wi-Fi iPad, however, does not require any long term contracts to be set up, making pre-orders more likely a possibility. Apple would have to get FCC approval for the device before being able to place it on sale. AppAdvice, however, isn’t a particularly reliable source of rumors as they previously claimed the iPhone 3GS would have an OLED screen and FM transmitter (both of which were not true).

Read more about the possible iPad pre-order date from MacRumors.com »
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February 20, 2010
Beatles Apps Coming to the iPhone, iTouch & iPad This Spring

Beatles Apps Coming to the iPhone, iTouch & iPad This SpringA deal has been struck between the existing members of the Beatles, along with the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, and the internet holding company Metatron Inc. What this means for fans of the Fab Four is that there will be five new Beatles-related video applications that will be available for download in the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad platforms later this spring.

Amongst the titles are "The Journey", which is a look at the band’s beginnings; "Big Beat Box", a documentary about the rise of Beatlemania; and a five-part documentary on the history of the band called "The Long & Winding Road." The apps also feature rare footage of John Lennon at work and play, as well as a documentary about George Harrison.

Read more about the Beatles iPad application from The Cleveland Leader »


February 20, 2010
Apple shows no sign of reversing course on Adobe Flash for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Apple shows no sign of reversing course on Adobe Flash for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad"Apple’s new iPad is being criticized for lacking the capacity to render interactive content built using Adobe’s Flash platform, but the company shows no sign of reversing course," Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

"Since the iPhone debuted in 2007 without any support for Flash, Adobe has begun a revitalized campaign to breathe interest in Flash," Dilger reports. "This includes the announcement of a new series of Flash 10.1 runtimes for Windows Mobile, Nokia S60/Symbian, Palm WebOS, and Android phones (but not RIM’s Blackberry). This suggests not having Flash will be a problem for the iPad."

Read more about no Flash in the iPad from MacDailyNews.com »


February 19, 2010
Home Automation Support for iPad

Home Automation Support for iPadHome automation systems are awesome, at least that’s what we hear (the best we can afford is a Roomba). In that industry, Crestron has been one of the leading companies cranking out high-end setups that make life even easier on technophiles. They have their own iPhone app already, and now they’ve just announced that the upcoming Apple iPad will also have the ability to support their home systems.

The Creston app on iTunes currently lets users control different parts of the home automation setup they have including lighting, room temperatures, AV systems and more. All of this functionality will transition over to the iPad, which will also be able to interact with Creston systems over Wi-Fi, 3G and Edge.

Read more about an interesting iPad App from IGN.com »


February 19, 2010
iPad SDK hints at new widget, URL, and dictionary features

iPad SDK hints at new widget, URL, and dictionary featuresiPhone OS 3.2 includes some changes that offer a possible look at new, unannounced features of the iPad.

According to an individual familiar with the latest version of the iPhone OS simulator in the iPad’s software development kit, there are a number of changes over previous versions of the iPhone/iPod touch SDK that suggest new features yet to be announced for the iPad.

Read more about new iPad features from AppleInsider »


February 19, 2010
Before bashing, check the facts: The iPad has what really matters

Before bashing, check the facts: The iPad has what really mattersWe’ve all heard the jokes: Apple just announced a much-hyped product named more appropriately for monthly use by women than for the average Joe’s daily computing. And we’ve all heard the complaints: no Flash, no physical keyboard, no multitasking, no camera. Sound familiar?

It should, because the same things were said about the iPhone when it was first released in 2007. Or, if you’ve been listening to the ramblings of your techie friends, you might think that the iPad’s limited set of features is dooming it to failure – something said about another Apple product upon its 2001 introduction. It was called the iPod. Heard of it?

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February 18, 2010
Apple iPad Could Debut with iPhone OS 4.0

Apple iPad Could Debut with iPhone OS 4.0It is far from definite, but some unconfirmed reports suggest that when the Apple iPad debuts next month, it will be running iPhone OS 4.0. At the very least, the next version of this OS will supposedly be demoed in a few weeks.

Before Apple unveiled its tablet computer, there were several reports that it would come with iPhone OS 4.0, but when the wraps came off late last month, it was running OS 3.2. Nevertheless, there is speculation that when the iPad hits the market in late March, it will be running the next version of this operating system.

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February 18, 2010
iPad book deals leaving room for lower prices?

iPad book deals leaving room for lower prices?Titles sold through iBooks may be cheaper than previously expected, say three sources said to be familiar with Apple’s publisher negotiations. Apple currently has deals with five major publishers, under which most adult new-release fiction and non-fiction titles will sell for $13 to $15. From this Apple is set to take a 30 percent cut, as it does at the App Store.

The sources claim however that there are provisions in Apple’s deals that require publishers to discount bestsellers. The $13 to $15 range would thus be more of an upper limit, driving prices as low as $10 in some cases. The barometer is expected to be the New York Times bestsellers list, which often drives retail book prices down as well.

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February 17, 2010
Video: Wired Shows Off iPad Demo

iPad book deals leaving room for lower prices?Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson is no stranger to dramatic pronouncements about technology, and his magazine has never been shy about embracing the next new thing. And so it comes as no surprise that Anderson says of the upcoming touch-based tablet platforms like the Apple iPad, “This is what we have been waiting for for 15 years. We have been waiting for an opportunity to use all of these visual tools that are at our disposal, tell these stories in a way that is efficient, that is multi-dimensional.”

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February 17, 2010
Best Buy expecting new Apple products in mid-March?

Best Buy expecting new Apple products in mid-March?Updated stock information from within Best Buy’s computer systems shows the electronics retailer receiving new hardware from from Apple — potentially MacBook Pros or iPads — on March 14.

A picture sent to AppleInsider shows the hardware in Best Buy’s mobile department, suggesting the device could be the iPad’s Wi-Fi model, due to arrive by the end of March, or perhaps an updated MacBook Pro. Apple is expected to refresh its MacBook Pro notebooks this quarter.

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February 16, 2010
What Should News Apps On The iPad Look Like?

What should news apps on the iPad look like?When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad last month, there were immediate debates over what kind of impact it would have on both the news habits of consumers and the bottom lines of news organizations. But one thing seemed obvious: that the iPad would be a glorious playground for user-interface designers, information architects, and others who think about how information should be found, structured, consumed, and designed. That 9.7-inch screen, combined with the iPhone’s multitouch interface, will inspire some innovative new ways to present news. At the unveiling, the only taste we got of these new ideas was The New York Times’ iPad app, which brought a bit of the typography and layout DNA of the print newspaper onto the device.

Read more and watch video from NiemanJournalismLab.org »


February 16, 2010
Apple’s iPad E-Book Store to Use DRM

Apple's iPad E-Book Store to Use DRMThe iBook store, the marketplace for electronic books on Apple’s forthcoming iPad, will sell e-books wrapped in digital rights management software, according to sources quoted in the L.A. Times. Apple phased out DRM songs from the iTunes store a year ago, but a majority of publishers are expected to use FairPlay copy protection software for their e-books.

E-books for the iPad have been the subject of debate since Steve Jobs announced the tablet in late January. First, there was the spat over e-book prices, with Apple’s agency model taking Amazon by storm. Many said that Amazon’s DRM was a drawback, but now reports say Apple will use similar technology for its iBook store.

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February 15, 2010
Wired Hooks Up With Apple’s iPad By Summer

Wired Hooks Up With Apple's iPad By SummerWired magazine will be on the Apple iPad by summer, according to editor-in-chief Chris Anderson.

"We think this is a game changer,” Anderson told the crowd at the TED conference on Friday, Wired’s Epicenter blog reports.

As we learned earlier this year, Wired has been working with Adobe to build the next revolution in magazine content. Creative director Scott Dadich partnered with Adobe’s Jeremy Clark for the last six months.

Read more from BusinessInsider.com »


February 14, 2010
Apple iPad May Be Causing Spike in App Development

Apple iPad May Be Causing Spike in App DevelopmentApple’s iPad tablet PC may be causing a spike in third-party developers building apps for the iPhone OS, according to mobile analytics company Flurry, although the iPhone and Android appear evenly matched in terms of user retention, session frequency and session lengths for their respective applications. Apple has predicted that some 140,000 applications will be available for the iPad upon the device’s release in two months, and is pushing the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta into the developer ecosystem to encourage further building of new programs.

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February 12, 2010
Gaming on iPad

Gaming on an iPadApple’s new iPad tablet has already captured the hearts of nerds all over the globe, but one of the big questions we at IGN have is, "what about the games?" The iPhone has been a revolution for the gaming market with a huge spread of titles in any and every genre. Casual gamers have been given more cool games than they ever knew they needed, while hardcore gamers have had access to some killer apps that feed their hunger while away from the home entertainment system. Will iPad do the same?

Read more and view pictures from IGN.com »


February 11, 2010
Apple move to sell US TV shows for $1

Apple move to sell US TV shows for $1Apple could begin selling US television shows for $1, half of its charge on its iTunes digital media store, when the computer maker’s iPad tablet computer hits the stores.

The test, expected to coincide with the April consumer debut of the iPad, will offer some shows at the lower price as a way to test whether reducing the cost of video programming will ignite sales, people familiar with the discussions said.

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February 10, 2010
Doctors interested in Apple’s iPad; 1 in 5 plan to buy one

Doctors interested in Apple's iPad; 1 in 5 plan to buy oneAccording to one medical software vendor, physicians are already warming up to Apple’s coming tablet, the iPad, with 22 percent of clinicians in a survey saying they plan to purchase the device within a year.

San Mateo, Calif.-based Epocrates Inc. surveyed 350 clinicians a few days after Apple announced the iPad. The company claims more than 275,000 physicians subscribe to its free or paid software, which provides access to clinical information from smartphones like the iPhone, Blackberries and Palm devices.

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February 10, 2010
Hulu coming to the iPad?

Hulu coming to the iPad?Popular (US-only, grumble) television site Hulu is a name that comes up in just about every conversation about the iPad’s lack of Flash support. Second only to YouTube’s popularity, Hulu streams TV shows from several US networks, allowing for free (albeit ad-supported) access to shows that Apple’s iTunes Store charges $1.99 and up to download. When people bash the iPad and claim "No Flash, no sale," a lot of them are probably really saying, "No Hulu, no sale."

All that could be about to change.

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February 10, 2010
Norway Halts Apple iPad Pre-Orders

Norway Halts Apple iPad Pre-OrdersCould enthusiasm for the iPad be even greater overseas than it is in the U.S.?

Exhibit A: Two Apple (AAPL) resellers in Norway have been overwhelmed by eager buyers whose pre-orders exceeded expected supply in less than a week.

"It’s been a crazy interest and demand for Apple’s latest creation, iPad," reads the website of Eplehuset (Apple House), a "premium reseller" with stores in Norway and Denmark. "Price and delivery for Europe will be ready in a short time, but in the meantime, we have chosen not to receive more pre-orders for now."

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February 10, 2010
Disney CEO calls iPad "a game changer"

Disney CEO calls iPad a game changerWhile discussing the iPad with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted at his company’s plans for the iPad, and called it "a game changer."

He gave brief examples of ideas they’re throwing around for the iPad, including ESPN ScoreCenter and an interactive app for the ABC drama "Lost." ESPN ScoreCenter is currently an iPhone and iPod touch app that provides real-time scores and updates from the world of sports. Iger says that the iPad gives them an opportunity to "…really make the scores come to life." I think of the demo of Major League Baseball’s At Bat for the iPad and see how the ESPN app could do the same — provide gorgeous, full-screen video and stats plus chat and trash talk with other fans during the game of your choice. Multiple camera angles, locker room interviews, fantasy leagues, and so on, could all enhance the fun of watching the big game.

Read more from TUAW.com »


February 10, 2010
Apple Job Posting Suggests Video Recording Coming to Future iPad Models

Apple Job Posting Hints at Webcam in Future iPadA new job posting on Apple’s site suggests that the company is preparing to add still and video camera capabilities to its iPad tablet device in the future. The position is for a quality assurance engineer in the Media Systems division of Apple’s broader Interactive Media Group and is specifically focused on the "iPad Media" segment of the division.

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February 9, 2010
Analysts See iPad Success, Challenges

Analysts See iPad Success, ChallengesApple is trying to create a new product category by launching the iPad media tablet, and although the device will likely be a financial success for Apple, it’s not certain whether it will be the game changer that the iPod and iPhone were, multiple analysts said.

The iPad faces the same challenges that any multifunction device encounters when entering a market populated by less-expensive single-function devices, including e-readers, portable media players (PMPs) and handheld game players, some analysts said. But Apple’s user interface, wealth of downloadable applications and retail partners guarantees substantial success, as do the legions of Apple acolytes, they said.

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February 9, 2010
iPad musings – How big is the market for this anyway?

iPad musings - How big is the market for this anyway?Back in my college days, I worked with a fellow at an auto parts warehouse. He asked me “Man, how many books do you read in a year?” I gave a number in the dozens. That produced a scoff from my co-worker and the following comment “I haven’t read a book since I left high school!” He was, incidentally, a man in his 40’s and he was dead serious.

I kept thinking about that comment as I read my daily dose of fawning comments about the iPad. Everyone out there seems to unquestionably think this device is a great thing. If they have any criticism it’s usually the name of the product.

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February 9, 2010
University Plans iPad Student Paper

University Plans iPad Student PaperPerhaps in a bid to become the world’s leading iCollege, Abilene Christian University will publish an edition of the school paper designed for iPad.

The Texas institution — where the IT studies department was rechristened iSchool — started equipping freshmen with iPhones and iPod Touches back in 2008. The iSchool also started prepping iPhone devs of the future with a 2009 programming course.

Read more from CultOfMac.com »


February 8, 2010
Apple Management: iPad Prices Could Change

Apple Management: iPad Prices Could ChangeApple intends to stay “nimble” on pricing of the iPad, possibly lowering prices if the newly unveiled tablet device fails to gain traction among consumers.

That was just one of the items in a note out Sunday night from Credit Suisse recounting meetings with Apple executives. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Apple officials who met with CS analyst Bill Shope seemed to downplay the potential for some cannibalization of other Apple lines, which analysts have noted.

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February 8, 2010
Four Reasons Apple iPad Can’t Miss

Four Reasons Apple iPad Can't MissHere are four reasons why the Apple iPad is a guaranteed success.

1. The stores. The stores are Apple’s main weapon. Anyone else can make a tablet for Web surfing, book reading, movie viewing, whatever: Dell, H-P, Acer, Google, Amazon, Microsoft or Lenovo. But none of those companies have the stores. There are two reasons why this is important.

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February 8, 2010
Apple’s iPad: A Blessing and Curse for Publishing

Apple's iPad: A Blessing and Curse for PublishingThe publishing industry was drooling over the Apple iPad long before the product was actually announced. What it saw in the rumored device was the potential for a powerful delivery platform for a new generation of books, magazines, and newspapers. Publishers hoped the color screen, speedy processor, and intuitive interface would help them innovate content and create new business models.

Now that the iPad is a reality, the publishing industry has begun to gear up to create publications that integrate images, video, and audio into text, dramatically enhancing the storytelling process. In this sense, the iPad is a blessing. It gives publishers a new palette to work with, and, if they’re smart, new methods for charging directly for that content. They could, for example, offer new subscription models or position individual publications as standalone apps.

Read more from the PCmag.com »


February 8, 2010
What The Apple iPad Really Is

What The Apple iPad Really IsAs with the launch of every new Apple product, detractors and enthusiasts have dug in, with one side proclaiming the iPad an instant failure and the other vigrorously defending all that is Apple.

Lost in this nonsense is a clear notion of what the iPad really is. Certainly it’s not a laptop or a netbook. It’s not even a tablet PC. It’s a media consumption device — nothing more, nothing less.

Read more from the InfoWorld.com »


February 7, 2010
Evidence Seen For iPad Camera

Evidence Seen For iPad CameraApple introduced the iPad nearly a week ago, yet that has done little to temper speculation on future versions of the tablet computer.

The latest bit of speculation to surface is whether Apple plans to add a built-in camera to the iPad. Chief executive Steve Jobs did not mention a camera in the iPad’s unveiling at a Jan. 27 San Francisco news conference. If a camera existed in the current model, which is scheduled to be available in late March, then it’s hard to believe Jobs would have skipped the feature.

Read more from the InformationWeek.com »


February 7, 2010
Apple iPad could change the game again

Apple iPad could change the game againWith all the chatter about Apple’s iPad, you’d think it was the first tablet computer ever available, although tablet computing has been around awhile.

Bill Gates in 2001 predicted tablet computing would overtake traditional computers by 2006, and Apple itself noodled around with its Newton PDA tablet for almost a decade. I have been writing my columns for several years on a small, lightweight tablet computer. If you don’t have a tablet PC, Wacom offers a whole line of separate tablet cursor controls that attach to PCs via USB.

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February 6, 2010
Charlie Rose loves the Apple iPad

Charlie Rose loves the Apple iPadIn a segment that aired Friday night, the Charlie Rose Show invited three A-list tech commentators — the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, the New York Times’ David Carr and TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington — to gush about (and find a few faults with) Apple’s (AAPL) iPad.

Mossberg was the most viewer-friendly, taking time to define Flash and HTML5 and to explain to the PBS audience how the iPod touch is different from the iPhone.

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February 6, 2010
IPad likely to be popular among business travelers and the middle-aged

IPad likely to be popular among business travelers and the middle-agedIts iPods and iPhones wooed the young and tech savvy. But with its iPad, Apple may reach a new demographic: the middle-aged.

The sleek, soon-to-launch multimedia tablet is expected to find traction among those looking for something light to carry and easy to operate. Consumers most likely to spend $499 to $829 for the iPad — at least in the beginning — are business executives weary from lugging around heavy laptops and parents in need of digital pacifiers to soothe fidgety children in restaurants and airplanes, experts say.

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February 5, 2010
Report: Apple Talks Shop With The Times

Report: Apple Talks Shop With The TimesNEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple(AAPL Quote) CEO Steve Jobs is said to have held a secret meeting with top executives from the The New York Times(NYT Quote), where he apparently gave executives an iPad demonstration and talked about how the device will "serve the future of media."

New York Magazine reports that Apple recently booked the cellar dining room at the tony Pranna restaurant on Madison Avenue for a talk with 50 executives from The Times. Steve Jobs was a surprise VIP guest. Citing an unnamed source, the magazine says that the Apple supremo walked into the restaurant wearing "a very funny hat — a big top hat kind of thing."

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February 5, 2010
Apple’s iPad deal gives Hachette pricing leverage against Amazon

Apple's iPad deal gives Hachette pricing leverage against AmazonJoining the other publishers who, after striking content deals for Apple’s iPad, have looked to increase standard e-book prices beyond $9.99 will be Hachette Book Group, the company announced this week.

While the letter from Hachette CEO David Young did not specifically mention Amazon or changing prices of new books to between $12.99 and $14.99, it did state the company intends to transition e-book sales to an "agency model." That model allows the company serving the content to take a cut — in Apple’s case with the App Store, 30 percent of all sales.

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February 5, 2010
iPad Developers: Someone Wants To Give You Money

iPad Developers: Someone Wants To Give You MoneyA pair of media entrepreneurs said Thursday they want to invest in new applications for Apple’s iPad and other tablet applications.

The pair, CNET and E! Online co-founder Kevin Wendle and Music Nation and Original Signal co-founder Daniel Klaus are calling their venture the AppFund. The AppFund will invest between $5000 and $500,000 in applications.

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February 4, 2010
Apple iPad To Jumpstart Tablet PC Sales

Apple iPad To Jumpstart Tablet PC SalesApple’s splashy launch of the iPad marks the start of the media tablet market that will see shipments reach 4 million units this year, a research firm says.

By 2015, shipments will reach about 57 million units annually, ABI Research predicted Wednesday. While the iPad is not the first media tablet, its high-profile introduction last week at a San Francisco news conference is expected to help redefine the category of devices with a focus on entertainment.

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February 4, 2010
Top 30 iPad games we’d like to see

Top 30 iPad games we'd like to seeThe iPad may not have a built-in camera, multitasking capabilities, or support for Flash, but it does have a 9.7-inch high-resolution touch screen that many expect will be conducive for gaming. And though Apple only showed off a couple of games at the iPad launch event, the company made it clear that all iPhone apps–including games–would run on the iPad and that it expected many developers to create updated versions of their games that would take advantage of the device’s larger display.

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February 4, 2010
Apple iPad mania will grow as release nears

Apple iPad mania will grow as release nearsA ridiculous amount of coverage has already been devoted to the iPad, and you know what? This is just the beginning.

As incredible as it may seem, we’re just on the cusp of iPad mania. That’s because Apple’s introduction of the iPad last week signaled the start of a nebulous period of roughly 60 days before the iPad is actually available in late March. Though you might reasonably assume there would be a lull in iPad coverage, just the opposite is the case. The mania seems to reach new heights each day, stoked by Apple’s secrecy, the fervor of Apple fanboys (and detractors), the questions and uncertainties raised by Apple’s announcement and the anticipation over actually being able to purchase an iPad.

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February 3, 2010
Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPad

Textbook Firms Ink E-Deals For iPadMajor textbook publishers have struck deals with software company ScrollMotion Inc. to adapt their textbooks for the electronic page, as the industry embraces a hope that digital devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPad will transform the classroom.

The publishers are tapping the know-how of ScrollMotion Inc. to develop textbook applications and test-prep and study guides for the iPad.

"People have been talking about the impact of technology on education for 25 years. It feels like it is really going to happen in 2010," said Rik Kranenburg, group president of higher education for the education unit of McGraw-Hill Cos. and one of the publishers involved in the project.

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February 3, 2010
Apple iPad Set to Trigger Huge Tablet Market, say ABI Research

Apple iPad Set to Trigger Huge Tablet Market, say ABI ResearchApple’s iPad launch marks the start of a new market segment for media tablets that – according to analysts at ABI Research – will see four million units shipped this year. By 2015, shipments are forecast to reach about 57 million annually."Apple’s iPad is not the first media tablet," says senior analyst Jeff Orr.

"But it does help define this new device category. The main focus of media tablets is entertainment. A tablet will not replace a laptop, netbook or mobile phone, but will remain an additional premium or luxury product for wealthy industrialized markets for at least several years."

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February 3, 2010
Pearlstein: How the iPad impacts new media business models

Pearlstein: How the iPad impacts new media business modelsWashington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein will be online Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss how the arrival of the iPad has been a case study of the radical transformation taking place all across the economy as a result of the digital revolution.

Pearlstein won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and is co-moderator of the On Leadership discussion site.

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February 2, 2010
Your Biggest Apple iPad Questions, Answered

Your Biggest Apple iPad Questions, AnsweredWhen Apple finally announced its iPad tablet computer at a San Francisco press event last week, we learned that it was "magical." And "revolutionary." And that the price was "unbelievable."

That’s the truth according to Steve Jobs, at least. As usual, the facts are a bit more complex. The iPad is an ambitious product that’s hard to sum up in a few words, or to assess at all until it’s actually available for sale, which won’t be for weeks. Herewith, some early answers to major questions about the device, based on what I learned at Apple’s launch and the hands-on time I got with one after the great unveiling concluded.

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February 2, 2010
A Second iPad On The Way?

A Second iPad On The Way?Did you think the first iPad was a little…lacking? Small? Anemic? If so, you might be in luck. TechCrunch has information from a "good" but second-hand source that Apple has another tablet close to launch. This device will have a larger screen than the iPad, and be closer to an iMac than an iPhone. In fact, it might even run on Apple’s OS X.

This new iPad could go up to 15.4" in size. If that turns out to be the case, it will likely come bundled with its own keyboard/dock. It seems like Apple is looking to introduce a "home" tablet that has a broader array of capabilities but lacks the portability of the current iPad. We could see this new wonder-tablet as early as this June, during the WWDC conference. Or Apple may wait until the Fall so that it can get this baby out in stores in time for the holiday shopping season.

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February 2, 2010
iPad Camera Rumor Just Won’t Die

iPad Camera Rumor Just Won’t DieOne of the biggest disappointments for some consumers about the iPad introduction was that Steve Jobs didn’t say it included a built-in camera. Thanks to the magic of rumors, however, that hope now lives on.

It seems many people have been scrutinizing Apple’s medie event video for clues and hints for unannounced features, and some are now saying the iPad Steve Jobs held on stage included a built-in camera. You can see the alleged camera sighting at about 1 hour 23 minutes into the presentation, according to Cult of Mac.

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February 1, 2010
Imagining the iPad: it’s easy if you try

Imagining the iPad: it’s easy if you tryOver the past few days, I’ve watched Apple’s iPad announcement and read impression after impression of the device from people who’ve actually used it. (Alas, I drew a short straw this time around and didn’t get to attend the event.) As I vicariously experienced Apple’s latest gadget, the one thing that struck me was that as amazing and lust-worthy as the iPad appeared, it also seemed utterly familiar and, well, normal.

It’s not that there’s nothing special about the iPad; I’m rather impressed by what I’ve seen and read. In fact, even taking into account the myriad rumors that swirled about for the past six months or so, I was still pleasantly surprised by a number of aspects of the actual product. But—and I mean this in the very best way—thanks to the iPhone and iPod touch, I feel like I already know what it will be like to use the iPad…which makes me want one even more than I wanted an iPhone when it was first announced.

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February 1, 2010
Apple iPad has tablet market cornered — for now

Apple iPad has tablet market cornered -- for nowLate last month, Bloomberg News reported that the Taiwan-based Acer would wade into the e-book and applications market, a move presumably intended to counter the buzz surrounding the Apple iPad. But according to DigiTimes, Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin announced that while Acer had the capability to build a tablet, it would focus instead on ultra-light laptops in 2010.

Lin’s reasoning had everything to do with the popularity of iTunes, and the ability of the Apple iPad to attract hordes of third-party developers. "Historically, closed platforms are typically limited in terms of scale and are confined to niche markets," Lin said. "Apple has built is business out of carving its own niche, which means that while Apple could see success with devices like the iPad, other players are unlikely to be able to replicate its result simply by copying."

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February 1, 2010
Colbert starts iPad campaign at the Grammys

Stephen Colbert starts iPad campaign at the GrammysAt Sunday’s Grammys, Stephen Colbert approached the deeply onerous task of reading out the nominees for Song of the Year with singular glee. Because just as he looked lost, trying to remember where the list of nominees was, he whipped out an iPad from inside his jacket pocket.

It was real. It was on. When he turned it, the screen went from vertical to landscape. And you see how portable it is, people? You can slip one inside your dinner jacket. Even a rented dinner jacket.

Read more from Cnet.com »


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