Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: TV Ad During Oscars & Pre-orders Starting the Next Day

 

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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AP Planning AP Mobile Like App for the iPad

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The Associated Press has announced that it’s planning to bring a news app to the iPad. 

Much like the AP Mobile news product, the iPad app will show custom packages of headlines, stories, photos and video from the AP and from newspapers and broadcasters that choose to contribute their content and share the revenue. AP members also could use the same system to offer their own iPad apps that show their own content.

The announcement says that the plan is to charge for the app, though it may start out as free; perhaps they’ll be doing whatever free plus subscription models emerge for the newspaper / magazine industry on the iPad.  No word yet on when the app may be released.

I like most things about the AP Mobile app on the iPhone – especially the ability to easily add local news in – though I’ve always been disappointed in its push notifications. They’ll be a news app that I’d certainly look at when it hits the iPad.

Source: AP via MacRumors

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RadTech’s Got a Big Range of iPad Accessories

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I just got an email from RadTech’s PR folks – with some information on their accessories for the iPad.  They’ve got quite a big range of items either already available or coming soon

Among the accessories offered are: shoulder bags, cases / sleeves, vehicle and assorted chargers, a touch screen stylus, various cables, and a screen protector.  Keyboards and stands are about the only notable accessories I think they’re missing in their range at the moment.

RadTech’s prices seem sort of medium range, not super cheap and not too premium either.  The two shoulder bags, for example, are priced at $44.95 and $49.95.  For a good, broad range of iPad accessories at reasonable looking prices, check out RadTech’s iPad page here:

http://www.radtech.us/Products/iPad/

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iPad Rumours – UK WiFi Model Prices Leaked

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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?

Via: TheNextWeb

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iMaxi iPad Case – Guess This Was Inevitable

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Just in case you haven’t already seen this round the web.  I guess we were always going to see something like this, given the name and all. It is …

“Hip Handmaids’ exclusive iMaxi—the only Apple iPad case made with protective wings!”

More details and a spot-on ‘that’s just wrong’ verdict at Gear Diary HERE.

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Blank Keyboard Key – Another Hint of iPad Dashboard Widgets?

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There have been rumors floating round for a while now about Mac OS X style Dashboard widgets for the iPad – as many have speculated that the built-in apps that are missing from the iPad home screen (Weather, Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Voice Memos) could be implemented nicely as widgets.

This week those rumors have gained a little steam with the observation – by a clever poster called macduke at the MacRumors site – that the iPad keyboard has a blank key smack dab in the middle of the top row of function keys.  So the guess is that this key could easily be a Dashboard key when the iPad and its keyboard are released next month.

I’d quite like to see Dashboard on the iPad – it’s a great utility on a MacBook, and I’m sure it can be a great one on the iPad as well. What do you all think?  Would you like to see Dashboard widgets for the iPad?

Via: TUAW

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More Places to Buy an iPad

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Yesterday Apple’s COO Tim Cook provided some further information on where the iPad will be available for purchase when it is released. In addition to Apple’s own retail locations, it was announced that the iPad will be available at Best Buy stores.  Many sites have also speculated that AT&T outlets may have the device as well.

It’s good to see the range of choices increasing for where to get an iPad on launch day or afterwards.  I was originally thinking I’d pre-order one but then I remembered reading some sad stories last year when the iPhone 3GS was released, from folks who had pre-ordered it, been told they’d have it on the launch day, and then got stiffed by one of the delivery companies and had to wait until the following Monday.  Now I think I’ll most likely go to a local Apple store, though I also have a Best Buy very close to home.

Where are you planning to purchase the iPad from?

Via: AppleInsider

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Advanced Wallpaper Options on the iPad

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At the iPad launch event, it was announced that we’d be able to customize home screen wallpaper on the iPad – but we haven’t seen too much more about this since then.  Until now. This week, lots of folks are digging into the latest SDK beta and finding lots of new goodies.  I’ve been following 9to5Mac’s reporting on this area especially closely.

Amongst those are the Photos app and the options for setting your wallpaper.  In the screenshot above, you can hopefully just about see the three options at the top right of the image: Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen, and Set Both.  So we can choose to use the same image for both lock and home screens, or for both.

I know, I know – this is hardly a major new technology breakthrough, but after these last few years of the iPhone’s limits on what could be done with home screen backgrounds (unless you are jailbroken) this is a bit of sight for sore eyes.

Via: 9to5Mac

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Getting an iPad? You Need These Pants

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These are just a design concept for now, but are surely bound to become THE must-have accessory for the iPad.  They even seem to have the FSJ stamp of approval.

Wonder if iGotaBigAssPocket will become a commonly used term. :)

Read more about this here:

http://ohnodoom.com/ibap/

Via: The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

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More Demand for the iPad Now than for the First iPhone Back in 2007?

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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.

This is just one survey of course, and one with not massive numbers of respondents, but it looks like quite good news for the iPad’s sales prospects.  I don’t think it’s surprising either, as my impression in talking to people on and offline is that after some initial disappointment on its launch day (because all our wildest expectations weren’t met?) interest and enthusiasm for the iPad have been growing.

Check out Apple Insider’s report here for more details on the survey findings, including how people are planning to use the iPad:

http://tinyurl.com/y9mbo5d

What do you all think?  Do you see friends / colleagues / acquaintances showing interest in the iPad?

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Estimates of Apple Investment in iPad Chip – $1 Bilion

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Apple Insider has a report up today on the A4 chip that powers the iPad, that includes some estimates on what Apple has invested to produce the chip.  The article also includes some good detail on the chip itself, and is a good read:

http://tinyurl.com/yfx9twv

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