iOS 5.1.1 – the latest update for the iPad and iPhone operating system – has been released today, and is available now to download and install. The update contains a handful of bug fixes and performance improvements. Here’s the change list posted for it:
- Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
- Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
- Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
- Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
- Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase
The update for the iPad is 58.6MB in size and can be downloaded and installed when your iPad is connected to a PC via iTunes or directly on the iPad by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
It took right around 15 minutes for me, doing it directly on the iPad – from the time the download started to the install being complete and the iPad back at a home screen.
Shipping times for the new iPad have improved again. They’re now down to just 3-5 days for all models at Apple’s US online store.
This is a continuing trend since late March when shipping times dropped down to 1-2 weeks. Then back on April 20 they came down to 5-7 days.
Hopefully this is a sign of Apple and their key suppliers ramping up production, rather than a slacking off in demand.
It’ may be good timing for ship time improvements too – as apparently there are lot of moms who would really like to get an iPad for Mother’s Day.
It looks like Apple retail stores are replacing iMacs with iPads at their ‘Kids Table’ areas, as Rene Ritchie at iMore recently reported.
The tables, which had previously been decked out with a quartet of iMacs, now sport 4 iPads instead.
Like the previous iMacs, which were set up with educational and game programs, the iPads had a variety of child-friendly apps.
I think this is a great move by Apple – in my experience, kids take to iPads and get pretty heavily engaged with them much more quickly than they do with computers. Between the ease-of-use of iOS and the big touch-screen to work with, it’s far easier for kids to get around and find what they like to do on an iPad.
iPads are already used by Apple store Genius and concierge staff – I’m not sure any Apple product has as big a presence in their stores now.
Apple reported its financial results for its 2012 second quarter yesterday afternoon. Once again their results were stellar overall – and helped by some big iPad numbers. They sold 11.8 million iPads during the quarter – a 151% increase over the same quarter last year.
The New York Times Technology section has a piece up today where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has a quote that offers perspective on the iPad’s sales and stunning success:
“Just two years after we shipped the initial iPad, we sold 67 million,” he said. “It took us 24 years to sell that many Macs, and five years for that many iPods, and over three years for that many iPhones.”
Wow. Considering that both the iPod and the iPhone have both been massive consumer hits, that is one hell of an impressive bit of perspective. Here’s a little of what the NYT has to say on this:
That illustrates just how fast the tablet market is growing. Mr. Cook had previously said that he believed the tablet market would eventually be bigger than the PC market. Apple has had the luxury of having no serious competition in the tablet category. (It faces competition from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony in the subsegment of people who want to use the device primarily to read e-books.)
And here’s quite an interesting quote from Tim Cook in the Apple press release on the Q2 results:
“The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”
The innovation part could be referring to just about anything from Apple, but I think it’s notable that it is mentioned in the same sentence as the new iPad, in particular. Maybe, just maybe, a hint at an expansion of the iPad line?
Shipping times for the new iPad have improved again. All models of the new 2012 iPad are now showing 5-7 business days as the shipping time at Apple’s US online store.
Leading up to the 2012 iPad launch there were persistent rumors that Apple had production ramped up in its supply chain for this year’s models. It looks like these rumors are proving true, unless we find out that demand has eased off.
In any case, if you’re looking to get a new iPad for yourself or a lucky family member or friend you can get hold of one quicker now when ordering online.
Apple has announced that the new 2012 iPad will be released in 12 more countries this Friday, April 20.
The 12 countries where the new iPad will be released Friday are: Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, South Korea, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela. One week later, April 27, it will be released in nine more countries: Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.
March 16 was the original release day for the 2012 iPad, in the US and nine other nations. On March 23 it was launched in another 25 countries. So by the end of April that should make 56 countries that the new iPad is rolled out to – not too shabby for a little over a month after its initial release.
So far, this looks like a slightly faster-paced international rollout for the new iPad than we saw with the iPad 2 last year. Maybe Apple and its key suppliers really are getting a handle on demand this year.
If you’re in one of the 21 countries set for the iPad launch this week and next, let us know if you’re planning to get one.
A new survey shows that the vast majority of new iPad users have not experienced any heating issues at all. Changewave Research asked new iPad owners how much of a problem (if any) they had with excessive heat on their 2012 iPad.
No fewer than 89% of those surveyed said it’s not a problem / they haven’t experienced a problem. The number for those who said it is a very big problem: 0%, goose egg.
I have said I thought this was a non-issue from the outset, so count me in the 89%. It’s interesting to see that even Consumer Reports, who initially played up the ‘overheating issue’ have now given the new iPad a strong recommendation.
The new iPad has gone on sale in 25 more countries today. They are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
On its initial launch day last Friday it was released in the US and 11 other nations, and Apple reported 3 million sold in just its first three days on the market.
I haven’t seen any detailed reports on lines yet, but some early YouTube videos suggest the launch is going well.
Apple has announced today that sales for the new iPad have already reached 3 million.
CUPERTINO, California―March 19, 2012―Apple® today announced it has sold three million of its incredible new iPad®, since its launch on Friday, March 16. … “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”
That’s 3 million sold in 3 days since launch. Yowza – not too shabby after all the talk of this being a ‘disappointing’ upgrade. Just for a little perspective, it took 28 days for the original iPad to sell 1 million. It’s also more than most of their supposed rival tablets sold in total during all of 2011.
Even with pre-orders taken into account, 3 million in 3 days seems a pretty blistering early pace for the new iPad.
A phrase we heard a fair bit in 2011 when a slew of potential iPad rivals came and went with hardly any impact was along the lines of ‘There is no tablet market, there’s just an iPad market’. This was largely referring to the consumer market for tablets.
The latest research survey from Changewave shows the same sort of story when it comes to demand for tablets in the corporate arena. In their February survey of over 1,600 business IT buyers they found that 84% of companies planning to buy tablets next quarter say they’ll be purchasing iPads.
Samsung is the next highest choice, but chosen by less than 10% of respondents. And as you can see above, Blackberry, traditionally such a corporate powerhouse, was chosen by under 5%.
More than 20% of the companies surveyed said they’ll be purchasing tablets for their staff next quarter, and the amount opting for iPads is at a higher percentage than ever.
2011 was meant to be the year where competition stiffened for the iPad. That didn’t happen, and now it looks like this year’s crop of would-be rivals has their work cut out for them.
Check out more details on the survey results at Changewave’s page for them.
iPhoto for iPad (and iPhone) was released this week, on the same day as Apple’s new iPad announcement. Unfortunately for those who own an original iPad it cannot be installed on the first-gen iPad. Officially and via the App Store that is.
Unsurprisingly, a sideloading type method to install iPhoto on the original iPad has already been found. So if you’ve got an original iPad and have been disappointed about the lack of iPhoto for iPad love for your device, there’s a way to get it, for at least a little trial run.
The method does not require a jailbreak and does require that you purchase iPhoto from the App Store. You need to get the app installed on your iPad by using Apple’s free iPhone Configuration Utility tool – which is aimed at enterprises and organizations rolling out standard apps to many users.
The big downside to this method is that the app will be removed from the iPad as soon as you do a normal iTunes sync. If you can cope with that, then hit the break for step-by-step install instructions, courtesy of iDownloadBlog …