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Availability of Apple’s forthcoming iPad may be limited when it launches later this month, due to an "unspecified production problem" that could restrict the number of shipped units to just 300,000.
Apple Insider and others are reporting today on this one analyst’s warning that unspecified production issues could cause lower than expected numbers of iPads to be available on its expected release later this month, or even cause a delay of a month for the release. .
Wow – this is my least favorite Apple rumor in a long time. Now that it’s March 1, we are down to just a few eek wait for an iPad if the original sixty days from announcement (which was made on 1/27) is still on.
If there are limited numbers available, I wonder what the scramble will be like for pre-orders and lines at stores etc. Really hope this rumor proves unfounded.
Via: Apple Insider
Mike Cane thinks it is ‘highly likely’ that Apple may follow a similar path for the iPad – in terms of initial TV ads – as they did with the original iPhone back in 07:
Three years ago, Apple debuted its TV ad for the iPhone during the Oscars.
Will they follow suit with the iPad and also open up pre-orders the next day? I think this is highly likely.
I’d never seen that original iPhone ad – great stuff. February 25th – a previously rumored date for pre-orders starting – has come and gone, so Mike’s theory seems as good as any right now. Movies and iPad – I’m sure Apple’s ad people can work with that a bit. :)
Via: Mike Cane’s iPad Test
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Had to go with the UK spelling of rumour for the post title on this one. The Next Web, and various other sites, are reporting on some ‘leaked’ information on pricing of the iPad in the UK.
Technology website Geeky Gadgets has received an insider tip detailing how much the Apple iPad will likely cost when it goes on sale in the UK. Currently, the UK Apple website still shows US pricing and a footnote reading: “Please note, pricing is in US dollars. International pricing will be announced at a later date.”
The unconfirmed source reported that the tablets would be priced as follows:
16GB WIFI will cost £389
32GB WIFI will cost £439
64GB WIFI will cost £489
There were no indications of how much the tablets with both WIFI and 3G would cost but there were suggestions that UK consumers can expect the iPad to launch in April.
Those prices seem roughly in line with the usual higher-than-US rate. Good to see a predicted release date in April, not long after the expected US launch.
Anyone seen any other juicy rumours on UK / European pricing or release dates?
From the good folks at AppAdvice.com:
According to a reliable source of ours familiar with the matter, Apple will be starting the presale of the iPad as soon as February 25th.
There’s not really any more detail that than, so take this with liberal grains of salt and so forth, but it sure would be nice.
In the meantime, you can visit Apple’s Notify Me area of their iPad pages to get an email sent to you when it is available to order: http://www.apple.com/ipad/notify-me/
As I used to hear in the UK: No Hope and Bob Hope.
From a post today at 9to5Mac.com:
According to their sources, Jobs told the Wall Street Journal executives meeting on the third floor of the News Corp building:
Jobs was brazen in his dismissal of Flash, people familiar with the meeting tell us. He repeated what he said at an Apple Town Hall recently, that Flash crashes Macs and is buggy. But he also called Flash a "CPU hog," a source of "security holes" and, in perhaps the most grievous insult an famous innovator can utter, a dying technology. Jobs said of Flash, "We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology."
On one side, a Times source explains, you have print circulation, which thinks it should control the iPad since it’s just another way to distribute the paper. They’d like to charge $20 to $30 per month for the Times’ forthcoming iPad app, basically the product already demonstrated on stage with Steve Jobs, the source said. Why so much? Because they’re said to be afraid people will cancel the print paper if they can get the same thing on their iPad.
Yikes. So apparently there’s a heated debate going on amongst the management of The New York Times, about the pricing level for their iPad app / subscriptions to this digital version. According to the reports, the folks in charge of NYT’s digital efforts would like to charge around $10 per month for the new iPad app. And those in charge of print operations are pressing for more like $20-30 per month.
At $30 a month / $360 a year, I can’t imagine very many folks are going to be on board, even diehard NYT fans – especially when the NYT online is available for free and easily viewable through the iPad’s browser (with some holes where Flash elements would be probably).
Even at $10 per month I don’t imagine too many ‘casual’ readers of the NYT are going to jump in. Then again, I’ve not been a big NYT reader in years, so I may not have a good perspective on this at all.
What do you all think? Those of you who are regular NYT readers, what would you would be willing to pay for its iPad app?
Source: Valleywag via Daring Fireball
Microsoft has revealed to T3 that it is looking at the possibily of releasing Office for Mac for the Apple iPad, although any official word is far from confirmed.
"Yeah, it’s something that we’re looking at," said Microsoft Senior Product manager Mike Tedesco. "Obviously the announcement (of the iPad) is really fresh and there’s nothing to announce or nothing that I can talk to you about today.
There’s been lots of good news and rumors this week about increasing business support for, and interest in, the iPad. One of the bigger headline items is this one about the prospect of MS Office coming to the iPad.
I’m sure this would be a big win for Apple, although personally I very rarely need any Office apps – as I get by just fine with Google Documents and other similar apps. If Office does come to the iPad, it will be fascinating to see how it is priced – given that Apple’s own iWork apps are going for just $9.99 each.
How big a deal would Office on the iPad be for you all?
Source: T3 via iPad in Canada
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TechCrunch has a good post up outlining some fairly strong rumors that Hulu may be coming to the iPad.
But that could change by the time the iPad launches in March. One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked directly by Om Malik whether Hulu has any plans for the iPad, CEO Jason Kilar recently hemmed and hawed about how he is a big believer in mobile, but wouldn’t confirm or deny anything.
The article points out that though it would be a challenge to rejig the service for the iPad – which relies heavily on Flash (which is not allowed on the iPhone or iPad) – it is certainly very do-able as well.
Check out the TechCrunch article for much more detail on this:
What do you all think of this rumor? Would this be a ‘killer app’ for you if it does make it to the iPad?
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Apple intends to stay “nimble” on pricing of the iPad, possibly lowering prices if the newly unveiled tablet device fails to gain traction among consumers.
I suppose in a way this one is far from a shocker, given Apple’s history of iPhone price drops – but it feels like it’s ramped up a little further when we hear that Apple execs are apparently already discussing the possibility.
If you’re on the fence about getting an iPad right when it’s released, rumors like this one may have you leaning a bit more towards waiting. I’m a Day 1 purchaser no matter what, but hey if they drop the price within 30 days and want to throw me a refund, I won’t say no. :)
Source: Wall Street Journal via Apple Insider