I noticed some time back that the (very pretty looking) iBooks app is not a built-in app on the iPad, even though it was demo-ed and talked about quite a bit at the iPad launch event. It’s a free download from the App Store instead, and like others I’d been wondering why.
I think the reason put forward in the tweet above from @perfy to John Gruber (of Daring Fireball) is a very good one.
Rather than having to wait on OS updates to tweak the iBooks app, it can be updated whenever, just like any other App Store app – except probably without rejections backed by loony tune reasons and such-like. :)
Via: Daring Fireball
I’m spending a lot of time lately thinking about apps, and types of apps, that I’m really looking forward to seeing on the iPad. More often than not I’m thinking about iPhone apps that would just reach a whole new level on the iPad.
Like remote access apps – those apps that allow you to remotely connect to a home computer or a server in a corporate environment if you’re a technical type. There are a number of very good apps for the iPhone that provide this capability – from VNC apps to well-established services like LogMeIn.
My personal favorite for connecting to Windows machines running RDP (Terminal Services) is the excellent WinAdmin app.
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TechCrunch has a good post up outlining some fairly strong rumors that Hulu may be coming to the iPad.
But that could change by the time the iPad launches in March. One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked directly by Om Malik whether Hulu has any plans for the iPad, CEO Jason Kilar recently hemmed and hawed about how he is a big believer in mobile, but wouldn’t confirm or deny anything.
The article points out that though it would be a challenge to rejig the service for the iPad – which relies heavily on Flash (which is not allowed on the iPhone or iPad) – it is certainly very do-able as well.
Check out the TechCrunch article for much more detail on this:
What do you all think of this rumor? Would this be a ‘killer app’ for you if it does make it to the iPad?
everythingiCafe is my favorite iPhone forum site, and has been for a very long time. It’s a great place to get troubleshooting advice on an iPhone problem, and to discuss all sorts of iPhone-related topics (and even plenty of off-topic stuff).
EIC is covering the iPad as well now – and they’ve got a great giveaway contest going – where you have a chance to win a free 16GB iPad.
Entering for a chance to win is very easy – you basically just need to be a member at EIC (new or existing), have an avatar, and make 5 quality posts between now and March 31st.
A winner will be chosen on or around April 1st. Head on over here to get yourself in with a chance to win yourself an iPad, and to enjoy the lovely EIC community:
I’m seeing announcements of new cases and accessories for the iPad more and more frequently just lately. Here’s one that caught my eye yesterday when my friend Dan mentioned them over at Gear Diary.
It’s the Ultimate iPad SleeveCase from Waterfield Designs, and it looks quite sleek and attractive to me. I especially like that you can choose whether you want the case in horizontal or vertical orientation.
GameTable gives you a totally new way to play classic board and card games, on the revolutionary new Apple iPad.
Gorgeous, photo-realistic tables and game piece graphics provide all the tools for you and your friends to play Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, Poker, Solitare, and more.
This seems a nice idea to take advantage of the size of the iPad screen and its potential for some two-player action with some classic board games.
As has been reported all over the web recently, a study by Retrevo has shown that far less people are interested in buying an iPad when asked after the launch event than before the announcement.
John Gruber at Daring Fireball has pointed out that Retrevo’s take may want to be taken with quite a few grains of salt, as they also produced a study back in August that had MacBooks doing badly against netbooks, which proved way off the mark.
Another bit of good news for potential iPad sales – apparently there’s big demand for it in Norway, according to a report at iLounge today:
Resellers Apple House and Humac in Norway have been forced to close pre-sales of the iPad due to high demand. iPod1 reports (Translated Link) that despite the fact that neither pricing nor an official release date has been announced, Apple House has already received a four-digit number of advance orders, with the 64GB, 3G-enabled version being the most popular. Humac made a similar claim in its order-halting explanation, saying its seen “crazy interest” and will contact customers already in the queue as soon as it knows anything more.
What do you all think? What’s the vibe among your family / friends / colleagues? Lack of interest or crazy about it and ready to move to Norway?
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Apple intends to stay “nimble” on pricing of the iPad, possibly lowering prices if the newly unveiled tablet device fails to gain traction among consumers.
I suppose in a way this one is far from a shocker, given Apple’s history of iPhone price drops – but it feels like it’s ramped up a little further when we hear that Apple execs are apparently already discussing the possibility.
If you’re on the fence about getting an iPad right when it’s released, rumors like this one may have you leaning a bit more towards waiting. I’m a Day 1 purchaser no matter what, but hey if they drop the price within 30 days and want to throw me a refund, I won’t say no. :)
Source: Wall Street Journal via Apple Insider
I thought as part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device. You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.
So here are the dimensions details for the iPad:
Size and weight
Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
If you’re after a thorough and insightful rundown of what the iPad was like to touch and use after the Apple demo event last week, I’d recommend Andy Ihnatko’s hands-on piece for the Chicago Sun Times.
The article is full of great information and really makes you feel almost as if you’d handled the device yourself.
There are quite a few popular comic books apps for the iPhone – and comic books in general look like quite a good natural fit for the iPad, with its big screen and great media consumption traits.
Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo definitely thinks so, and she’s had a sneak peek at what Panelfly, makers of a leading iPhone comics app, have got planned for the iPad. I’m not big on comics, but I have to admit the screens look well impressive.
If you’re a comic books fan, give Rosa’s article a look and start looking forward to seeing that Panelfly app hit the iPad: