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Apple sells 40 million iPads in 2011

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The news today that Apple has sold 15.43 million iPads during the final calendar quarter of 2011, means that the total number of iPads sold for 2011 (that’s sold not shipped) is just over 40 million. The last quarter’s sales are 111% growth compared with the same quarter in the previous year.

These are mind-boggling stats no matter now you slice it.

No doubt the tremendous iPads are largely behind the record revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion.

With these solid numbers in hand, the future looks bright for Apple and iPad. Stock price is currently over $420. iBookstore is now being fed by ebooks created on the new iBooks author and iTunes U is free to fly.

So much for the year of the iPad killer.

 

**Update**

In case you were questioning my math – here it is from the horse’s mouth:

4.69 million iPads during the 1st quarter 2011 – the one ending March 2011

9.25 million iPads sold during the 2nd quarter 2011 – the one ending June 2011

11.12 million iPads during the 3rd quarter – one ending September 2011

15.43 million iPads sold during 4th quarter the one ending December 2011

 

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iPads in Education: Wake up and Smell the Future

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I love it how a few days after the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas ended, where people lustily obsessed over 55-inch wafer-thin screen TVs, Apple has got people talking  arguing about education reform.

Two years after launch, Apple has now unwittingly made the use of iPads in the classroom the topic of discourse and mild controversy. Finally.

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Would You Like to See Siri and iPhone 4S Voice Features on the iPad?

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Siri is the intelligent voice assistant featured in the new iPhone 4S. It seems to be getting mostly rave reviews on this initial weekend following the iPhone 4S release. Here’s a bit of the intro to it on Apple’s web page for it:

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

One question that is being asked a lot about Siri is why it’s exclusive to the iPhone 4S. There are already hackers (in the traditional sense of the word) who have ported the feature to the iPhone 4 to prove it is possible and there are said to be similar efforts in the works to port it to an iPad 2.

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Recommended: Jim Dalrymple on Why the Modern Tablet Concept is Apple’s

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Jim Dalrymple has an excellent post up at his site, The Loop, titled ‘Modern tablet concept is Apple’s; everything else is just a feature’. It sums up perfectly the current state of the tablet market, why the iPad is dominating, and why its rivals have fared so poorly.

Essentially, it is just as Steve Jobs predicted at the unveiling of the iPad 22011 is the Year of the Copycats.

Just a few lines in his piece that I think are spot-on:

Apple didn’t invent the tablet, but they did perfect the way we use tablets in our modern lifestyle. The concept of the tablet is now Apple’s. … The proof is all around us. Look at Apple’s competition — everything being released today looks and acts exactly like an iPad.

Some tablet makers and OS developers are trying to convince people that their products are better than the iPad. The fact is, all they are doing is adding features to Apple’s concept. Anyone can copy a concept and then add small things to it, but Apple still owns the original and consumers identify with that. Nobody is being fooled.

The whole post is well worth a read, check it out HERE.

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Recommended: Gary Arndt’s Article on a Year Traveling with the iPad

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To say that Gary Arndt is an intrepid traveler would be a massive understatement. Arndt, who runs the Everything Everywhere site, has been traveling the globe for over four years, has visited over 100 countries in that time, and has been documenting his incredible array of experiences in photos and blog posts.

He recently contacted me to let me know he’s been a reader of this site since the iPd launched (yay!) and that he’s done an extensive review of his 12 months of traveling with an iPad, offering his assessment of the iPad as a device to travel with.

It’s a very thorough and well written article. Here are a few of the sections that I found most interesting:

On the iPad and Photography:

I have to confess that the first thing I thought of when I heard the iPad announcement was that it would be a great way to showcase my photos. I was right. The size and the colors make it a great way to share my photos with people I meet while traveling.

As a camera, however, the iPad is horrible. Data from Flickr shows that despite the popularity of the iPad2, hardly anyone uses the back facing camera. Not only is the image quality poor, but holding a tablet in front of your face to take a photo is really awkward. I personally never use the front facing camera either, but I can see I use for it at least with video calls.

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BBC brings TV video streaming to iPad

Like many of my generation, I grew up watching BBC shows, particularly comedy shows. I remember laughing really really hard at those classic sitcoms back in the day. Side-splitting laughter. So when I heard the BBC has brought out an iPad app with TV shows available for streaming to a European audience, I did not hesitate for a single second. Download of the free app iPlayer done, I proceeded to look around. Continue reading

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Survey Says: Amazon Tablet Already Looking Like a Good iPad Rival

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A recent Retrevo survey of potential tablet buyers and those planning to buy a tablet found Amazon to be the Number 1 manufacturer amongst Apple rivals. When asked which manufacturer they would seriously consider buying a tablet from, a whopping 55% of responders said Amazon. Samsung and Dell were a distant second at 38%, and RIM scored a paltry 24%.

Amazon is a very strong and very well thought of brand, so that result doesn’t seem shocking to me; rather it’s a bit of further evidence that if they can bring out a good device they may immediately become the iPad’s first worthwhile rival.

A few other bits that caught my eye in the survey results:

This question strongly suggests that buyers don’t see Android tablets being attractive at anything like the same price as an iPad:

iPad Vs. Android – Retrevo Asked: Would you consider buying an Android tablet with similar features over a base model $499 iPad?
– 79% of people would if it cost less than $250
– 48% of people would if it cost less than $300
– 31% of people would if it cost less than $400

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iPad App Store Highlighting Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps

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AirPlay is becoming more and more of a favorite iPad feature for me, as more and more iPad apps add support for it. While audio over AirPlay can be quite nice at times, it’s video streaming that makes AirPlay much more exciting for me.

I’ve used a good number of apps by now that support AirPlay video by now, but I’m always on the lookout for good apps that include this feature.

This week the iPad App Store Featured area is highlighting a new featured page titled ‘Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps‘ – and that’s just the sort of list I’m looking for. The listing currently shows just over 30 iPad apps. Some of the notable ones include: the TED app for the wonderful TED Talks, CNN App for iPad, IMDb Movies & TV, NPR for iPad, iMovie, PBS for iPad,and Fandango Movies.

Sadly, the page doesn’t indicate which apps supprt just AirPlay audio and which include video support. That would be good to know.

You can find the Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps listing by going to the Featured tab of the iPad App Store and the top featured area where the iPad app of the week and game of the week are shown. The new AirPlay section is one of the highlighted ones that rotate in the top area.

My most used AirPlay (video) enabled app is the excellent Squrl videos app. What’s yours?

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AirPlay Video Glitches – Anyone Else?

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AirPlay – and AirPlay video in particular – is one of my favorite new features on the iPad and iOS. Now that a nice handful of good apps support AirPlay video, I’ve found myself using the feature more and more – with apps like Squrl, ShowYou, TED, PBS and several others.

The only thing detracting from enjoying this feature right now is that its performance is very inconsistent for me of late. If I play a video with AirPlay, let it run all the way through, then don’t fire up a new video right away, then when I do start a new video audio only will play on the TV. The same thing happens often if I switch away from the app playing AirPlay video and return to it and restart the video (which stops automatically when you switch out of the playing app).

When this happens, I’ve found no consistent quick fix. I always have to go through an odd dance of quitting the app playing the video, changing the source on the TV away from Apple TV and returning to it, and powering the TV on and off. Sometimes just one of these will work, sometimes it has to be two of them and I’m never quite sure which order they need to be done in. Sometimes doing all of them still won’t get AirPlay video to play properly again.

This does not appear to be a connectivity issue, as audio continues to work. I’ve browsed and searched the Apple Discussion forums a couple times looking for advice on this issue – but so far I’ve seen nothing on it.

So … am I the only one seeing this problem? Anyone else seeing these glitches? If so, any clever suggested fixes?

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iTunes Updated, Fixes Issues with iPad Sync

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iTunes was updated yesterday, to Version 10.2.2. The update contains a handful of bug fixes – including one for issues with iPad sync. Here’s the list of changes / fixes:

    • Addresses an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad.
    • Resolves an issue which may cause syncing photos with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to take longer than necessary.
    • Fixes a problem where video previews on the iTunes Store may skip while playing.
    • Addresses other issues that improve stability and performance.

I hadn’t noticed any sync problems with iTunes, but I don’t sync often. Have any of you experienced the sync issues mentioned above? If so, hopefully this update will resolve those for you.

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A look at Hitpad & Zite for iPad

Flipboard for iPad has set the bar quite high for up and coming news aggregating iPad apps who aim to imitate their secret formula: a simple clean elegant UI, fun and compelling to use, one that makes you keep coming back for the experience. I recently discovered two apps – Zite and Hitpad – that both aim to please in much the same way as Flipboard does, bringing news you can use in an iPad-friendly smart-swiping way. The two have slightly different approaches – I can’t help wondering which one will find a permanent place in my app habits. Continue reading

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