So today is The Day. Or The Day Part 2. It’s another iPad launch day – this time for the lovely new iPad WiFi + 3G models.
I’ve already seen quite a few tweets saying new iPads have arrived. I hope if you’re waiting on Fedex, that they arrive soon. Or if you’re waiting to visit a store later to pick one up, I hope the remaining few hours pass quickly for you. Maybe spend some time checking our some of our iPad app reviews, iPad tips, or use cases.
We’ll be posting some more ‘starter’ type tips soon as well.
If you do grab a new iPad today, share your first impressions and thoughts in the comments.
I always enjoy Macgirl’s reviews, especially those covering cases and accessories. Today she has a very good first look (full review coming later) of the DODOcase for iPad.
The DODOcase looks slim and attractive, and makes the iPad look very much like a moleskine notebook while inside it. Macgirl seems pleased with her case so far. If you’ve been considering the DODOcase or are just looking for a good iPad case generally, check out the short Intro video above and her thoughts on it here when you get a chance:
Two Free Promo Codes for Star Walk for iPad – interactive astronomy guide To Be Won
Contest Deadline: Saturday May 1st – 1:00PM US Central
Another great contest for you today. The very kind folks at Vito Technology are offering up two promo codes for their popular Star Walk for iPad – interactive astronomy guide app. The app is installed for demonstration on iPads at Apple stores, and is the Number 7 Top Paid App for iPad. The iPhone version of it was featured by Apple in their Best Apps of 2009 roundup. This one, like its iPhone counterpart, should be a big hit for anyone who is looking for a great stargazing app.
Star Walk is loaded with nice features – for a better look at those, check out its App Store page HERE. For details on how easy it is to enter for a chance to win, read on …
New Desktop app lets you ‘multitask’ on the iPad
OK, so this is not real multitasking. Let’s get that out of the way right off. The new Desktop app for the iPad does not suddenly make it possible to run multiple apps at once on the iPad. But … it does let you use a series of useful widgets within the app itself that will allow you to multitask while using it.
So, for example, you can have a Maps widget open at the same time as a Calculator widget when trying to calculate a journey time. Or have a browser widget open at the same time as one for composing a new email, and copy and paste between the two and send a mail without leaving the app.
AT&T has put out a PDF document outlining details of its data plan pricing for the iPad WiFi + 3G.
There’s not much that we didn’t already know in the document, but one point Gizmodo picked up on is that you’ll have free access to AT&T’s 20,000 plus WiFI hotspots while you’ve got a data plan active.
A new jailbreak for the iPad (as well as the iPhone) called Spirit is said to be coming very soon, possibly as soon as tomorrow.
There is confusion as to just how soon it will be released. I’ve seen at least one report that it’s coming tomorrow (Friday 4/30), but a couple of the folks working on it seem to have different views on whether it will be ready for Friday. One of the developers of it – @comex on Twitter – answered ‘Friday’ when asked by a user when it would be released. Another of the devs – chpwn – has labeled that ‘very optimistic’ in an IRC chat with the folks at iHackintosh.
In any case, this jailbreak for iPad looks to be out very soon, and will be the first iPad jailbreak.
Lots of reports on the web today of shipping confirmations for iPad WiFi + 3G models, for their promised delivery dates of this Friday, April 30, presumably.
Apple stores and Best Buy and other chosen outlets should have them in stock on Friday – starting at 5:00Pm I think – as well.
I am still thinking on whether I can swing a trade-up to a 3G model. I’d have to sacrifice storage space though – drop down from 64GB to 32GB. Will be mulling that over for a while longer.
So … any of you awaiting a Friday delivery of an iPad 3G? Or planning to go get one at a local store?
BookArc for iPad gives you a choice of four different positions. In “work mode,” iPad sits at an angle in both portrait and landscape positions, and provides access to the home button. In “storage mode” iPad sits upright in both portrait and landscape positions, perfect for charging and using your iPad as a stylish photo frame. No matter what position you’re in, you always have access to the charging port.
The new BookArc iPad stand from TwelveSouth looks quite good to me. I like the variety of positions offered and the ability to charge easily while in the stand. It looks basic but solid to me – and I also like that it’s priced at $39.99, as opposed to some very slick looking ones I’ve seen that cost 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost of an iPad.
Urbanspoon – the popular restaurant search app on the iPhone – now has an iPad version.
Urbanspoon shows you a wide array of choices of all types of places to eat in your area (or you can choose from its broad list of cities) and offers details including reviews from critics and users. You can filter by price, neighborhood, or style of cuisine. Oh, and of course one of its distinctive features is that you can spin to get a random selection to fit your criteria.
My good friend Judie at Gear Diary has a nice post up today showing off some very nice looking new iPad cases from Happy Owl Studio. Apart from looking quite smart, the cases also offer pockets and storage for everything but the kitchen sink.
Winfrey praised the iPad, which she called "amazing," in a conversation on her show last week with tech analyst Omar Wasow. She highlighted the device’s abilities as an e-reader, noting that the its touchscreen allows books to "move," and proclaimed that Apple’s new hardware would "change the way kids learn."
Totally agree with Oprah on the above. I think the iPhone OS is great for helping to make reading and learning fun for kids, and the iPad takes this up a notch.
Given her huge fanbase, it will be interesting to see how much impact Oprah’s praise will have on iPad’s already strong sales.