The iPad Camera Connection Kit is now available to order via the Apple online store. It’s the last of Apple’s own iPad accessories to be be made available and is currently marked for shipping in late April.
The kit goes for $29, and I just ordered mine now. Interestingly, the kit still hasn’t got a pre-order link on the main iPad Accessories page – but you can order one by going here:
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?
More good news on the iPad iBooks app and reading free ePub titles from Project Gutenberg in it. It looks like many (or perhaps all) these free – and classic – titles are included in the iBookstore catalog. And of course they’re still free.
AppAdvice has got the scoop on this one:
If you’re not familiar with the Gutenberg Project, it’s a free online digital library supported by volunteers. This library already includes over 30,000 free eBooks from the public domain; it is an amazing popular resource.
Well, when checking out Apple’s iBookstore, I noticed that Apple has decided to include these directly. I obviously haven’t had the chance to count them, but it appears that the entire catalog is available for free download.
iBooks is sounding more and more like a killer app the more we learn about it.
Apple has begun putting together the iPad-specific App Store in anticipation of the upcoming iPad launch. iPad-only Apps have begun to be approved and organized. MacRumors has managed to access the iPad’s best seller lists which reveal several of the iPad App Store launch titles. The lists show several dozen applications with release dates as far back as March 19th.
The fact that the iPad-specific applications are ranked suggests that the applications are being downloaded/purchased at least on a limited basis, despite the lack of iPad availability for the general public. A report yesterday indicated that a number of these iPad-specific applications had temporarily appeared in Apple’s web-based ‘iTunes Preview’ App Store listing.
That’s from a MacRumors report earlier today. Some very familiar names on that list – in fact at least a couple that I’m pretty sure were present in the Day 1 iPhone App Store and now look to be early leaders in the Day 1 iPad App Store.
Good news for fans of Instapaper, the brilliant app that lets you save web pages for offline reading and optimizes them for reading on the iPhone screen, is coming to the iPad very soon. Instapaper Pro will be a fully customized version for the iPad as well. Here’s a quick outline of some good news for both iPhone and iPad fans of Instapaper, straight from the app’s creator:
First: Instapaper is definitely coming to iPad.
Second: Instapaper is coming to iPad very soon. Possibly even on day one — yes, I’m going for it — but that’s optimistic.
Third: Instapaper Pro will be a universal iPhone/iPad application. That means that you only have to buy Instapaper Pro once to have it on both devices, and the iPad edition will be available to all Pro purchasers at no additional charge when it’s released.
I have a real fondness for the newspaper industry. As such, it has been hard to watch it’s relevance and viability slowly disintegrate. Certainly newsprint isn’t the only way to deliver news to a home. However, nothing quite replaces the cozy-and-content image of someone holding coffee in one hand while juggling the morning paper in the other. And though we can get our news through laptops and smart phones, they just haven’t earned a comfortable place at the breakfast table. Continue reading →