Apple’s "Meet iPad" ad, which debuted during the Oscars, became the second-most viewed viral video ad last week. Michael Learmonth, writing for AdAge, points out that "Apple has had a YouTube channel since 2005, but only recently started using it. In the past, they’d focused on driving views on Apple.com, but for the iPad, they allowed the video to be embedded across the web, and views were distributed across 100 different placements."
Near 2.5 million views. I reckon this is another little sign of how interest in the iPad has been growing in the weeks since its announcement.
Vers iPad case is handcrafted from locally sourced and managed hardwoods like Eucalyptus, Pine wood, and also bamboo. These cases are each unique and stunningly beautiful and guaranteed to draw envious looks from their natural texture to their warm color. For every tree that is used in making these cases Vers has a partnership with Arbor Day Foundation to replant 100 trees where they are most needed (click the link to see how you can help too).
Striking looking (especially if you’re into wood cases for your mobile devices), and with some solid green principles behind it, this Vers Audio Bamboo iPad Case looks quite interesting.
TUAW and others are reporting that Ngmoco – prolific iPhone app publishers of Rolando, Elimnate Pro, several Touch Pet apps and nearly 50 titles overall for the iPhone App Store – are planning to have up to six new iPad titles ready for the iPad’s launch day. Apparently the folks at Touch Arcade have predicted the six will be:
Flick Fishing is one of my daughter’s favorite iPhone apps. Word Fu – another Ngmoco title – is one of my favorite iPhone word games.
Have any of you got any Ngmoco titles you’re especially keen to see come to the iPad?
The video demo of an app called Redfish for iPad looks quite good. It’s a very interactive, lighthearted and fun looking app aimed at younger kids. It looks like an app that will entertain while also educating a little.
I have not found any details as yet on when we might see this and cannot find an existing app in the App Store, but it looks like potentially quite a fun little app for those with young kids.
National Public Radio – or NPR as it’s better know as – is planning on both a native iPad app and a version of their web site that is optimized for the device.
The optimized version of the site should be ready on Day 1 of the iPad being available.
Features like the NPR audio player have been given greater visibility and adapted for the unique technical requirements of this new platform; we’ve modified the navigation and made the site more "touch" friendly; and we’ve improved the sponsorship experience — all without changing the main site.
Since the iPad became available for pre-order last Friday, Apple has sold hundreds of thousands of the device, say people familiar with the matter. One of these people said Apple could sell more iPads in its first three months than it sold iPhones in the three months after the smart phone’s debut.
If these reports are accurate, that’s pretty striking stuff. Hundreds of thousands sold in less than a week since pre-orders went live (last Friday morning). Hundreds of thousands sold before the iPad is even available in stores. For a device that I think most Wall Street analysts are predicting to sell around one million in its full first year on the market. Oh, and that prediction that it may sell more than the original iPhone in its first three months – keep in mind iPhone V1 sold over a million in its first 74 days.
Maybe demand for the iPad is just a little bigger than a lot of folks were thinking.
If you’re planning to pickup an iPad in New York City or nearby on the day of its release, you may have a shot at your 15 minutes of fame if you want it. A producer at NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) contacted us to say that they’re looking to interview someone on launch day.
We’re doing a story on the iPad launch, and we’d like to interview someone who is picking up an iPad in NYC or nearby NJ on the day of the launch.
If you’re interested send an email to:
ari.schwartz AT nhkny dotcom
Good luck and if you get on there remember to say ‘Hi Mom’ and not look any more deranged than the rest of us who are willing to stand in line for a shiny new electronic device. :)