It looks like Face Time – the slick new video chat system used in the iPhone 4 – will be coming to the iPad and iPod Touch. At least that’s what the folks at The Boy Genius Report are hearing from one of their ‘reliable Apple connections’ – and BGR have a pretty stellar track record on scoops and rumors in the mobile tech arena. They’ve even got details on how Face Time will work on these two devices that don’t have phone numbers linked to them …
It’s actually pretty simple… Your Apple ID will be registered with your device/s, and that will allow other Apple devices to start a FaceTime call using your email address. Apple will also reportedly make use of push notifications to deliver these incoming FaceTime connection requests as we have been informed there is a push notification detector tied into the FaceTime frameworks in the new iPhone OS 4.1 beta.
This would be a great addition even to the existing iPad for just one-way video chat; and will certainly increase the clamor for a camera in the next generation of the iPad.
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The iPad has been an untarnished success for Apple, now it seems the company is set to introduce two new and smaller iPad models, just in time for Christmas! …
The Digitimes sources claimed Apple has “recently placed new iPad orders to Taiwan-based component makers for the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 with 9.7-inch, 5.6-inch and 7-inch models all included.”
That’s a slice from an article at 9to5Mac yesterday, covering a rumor that’s been getting a lot of coverage this week. It goes on to say that the smaller models would be aimed at the eBook market, with some slight changes made to current model.
This is a rumor that’s been around at least since the early days after the iPad launch – but it is one I can’t work up any real excitement about. The current iPad is already an ‘in-between’ device – the rumored new size seems just a step too much in that direction.
How about you all? Would you be keen on a new, smaller iPad?
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A report outlining advertisers’ plans for Apple’s new iAd program indicates that the new interactive ads won’t reach iPad users until iOS 4 becomes available for it in November.
That’s an excerpt from a recent report at Apple Insider on iAds and launch dates for campaigns through them – and if the iOS 4 availability portion of it is accurate then that’s very bad news.
I could’ve sworn that Apple had stated iOS 4 would be available for the iPad ‘this Fall’. November is more like winter. I really hope this report proves inaccurate and that we’ll see iOS 4 for the iPad by September.
From BGR today:
According to a highly placed source of ours, Verizon Wireless is currently testing Apple iPad devices on their network. We have been told that the model they are testing is a CDMA-compatible device, and while our source mentioned LTE in some capacity (possibly another model), we haven’t been able to independently confirm that part of it.
Their thought is that we may see an iPhone and an iPad on Verizon soon. Yowza.
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According to a report at Apple Insider, direct printing from the iPad may be a new feature included in the upcoming OS 4.0 update – which we’ll get a sneak preview of from Apple tomorrow.
Apple has hinted at the prospect for direct printing from the iPad in its support documents for iWork apps, suggesting the feature may appear as part of iPhone OS 4.0.
Support pages for iPad’s Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps each note that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available," rather than simply stating that the apps do not print.
Hopefully any new direct printing feature would be accessible to most / all apps, not just the iWork suite. I’ve tried a couple HP and similar wireless print solutions for iPhone in the past, but never had the right model of printer to give them a proper go. I believe those guys in the image above are early beta testers for the new direct printing feature. :)
Via: Apple Insider
Lots of rumors buzzing round over the last day or so that the iPad will launch in Canada – and also other countries that are part of its international launch – on April 24th.
If these prove true, that’s good stuff – it would be very nice to see the iPad start to go global much faster than the original iPhone did.
It looks lime your local Best Buy store is not going to be the best place to grab an iPad on Launch Day, April 3rd. TUAW has the scoop on the very limited supply of iPads each Best Buy outlet will have:
Planning to skip the Apple Store crowds and sneak over to one of the 670+ Best Buy stores that will be selling the iPad on launch day? Better get there early, as each store will be limited to 15 iPads in stock, and those WiFi-only iPads will be evenly distributed among the three price points.
So they’ll have only 5 of each iPad model. Yikes. I’ve always felt better about going to an Apple store than anywhere else on a big launch day – they always seem to have more stock and to be a lot better organized.
Any of you all planning to try a Best Buy store?
Yikes – I’m not a WSJ reader, but the rumored price point for the Wall Street Journal’s upcoming customized iPad version strikes me as quite high. I don’t follow their print and online pricing much either, but from what I can gather the $18/month iPad version (if that’s accurate) would be around twice as much as their current online subscription rate. One of the funny things about this is that the price rumor is from the WSJ itself.
There’s been lots of talk of the iPad as a ‘savior’ for the newspaper and magazine industry – and I think there’s likely a lot of potential for that to come true, but I also think publications are going to need to find the right price points for iPad readers. I am very anxious to see how other blue-chip titles get priced, and how the WSJ compares.
Any regular WSJ readers care to weigh in on that rumored price point?
Geohot – the boy wonder of the iPhone jailbreak an unlock community and creator of the popular blackra1n jailbreak method – has posted a video demo of a new untethered jailbreak (i.e one with no need to re-jaibreak after each reboot) that will work on all latest model iPhone and iPod Touches.
Here’s the very exciting part in relation to the iPad though:
The jailbreak is all software based, and is as simple to use as blackra1n. It is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models(ipt2, 3gs, ipt3), and will probably work on iPad too.
Geohot thinks this latest jailbreak will probably work for the iPad too. Obviously that is no guarantee, but for as long as I can remember following Geohot’s efforts, he doesn’t make a lot of empty boasts. He seems be able to walk the walk far more often than not.
No word on a possible release date for this new jailbreak yet, but how sweet would that be to see the iPad jailbroken on Day 1?
Source: On the iPhone via iPhoneFreak
Well this is unexpected. It looks like Amazon may soon be selling iPads.
9to5Mac has managed to locate a placeholder page for the Apple iPad on Amazon.com. The page is not currently available via search, but exists nonetheless.
In late February, Apple mentioned that its direct sales channels and Best Buy would carry the iPad and that now seems to include Amazon.com as well.
If this is true, it’s good to see another major outlet for the iPad.
Source: 9to5Mac via iPad in Canada
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It’s only a couple of days ago that we heard rumors that production problems might force a delay in the iPad release date and / or limited initial supplies of the device.
Today there is a new, nicer rumor – originated at Examiner.com – that says the iPad will hit stores on March 26th.
We not only heard this from inside sources, but confirmed it with an Apple Store manager in Southern California who wishes not to be named.
Here are some other interesting roots from the grapevine:
The actual release date hasn’t been set, but March 26 is very likely.
The 3G versions won’t be available until April or May.
Commercials will start airing on March 15. E-book capabilities will be emphasized.
People who camp out for the iPad lauch will receive a "special gift."
Needless to say, I like this rumor better than the possible delays one. Release three weeks from Friday sounds damn good to me. Hopefully Apple will put an end to rumors and let us know the plan soon.
Source: Examiner.com via Apple Insider