iBookstore Pricing & Other Little Bits Spotted in the iPad TV Ad

iPadBookPrices

9to5Mac has an article up highlighting some juicy little gems spotted within the first iPad TV ad aired during the Oscars ceremony a couple nights back.  For starters, it looks like prices in the iBookstore may be very competitive, as shown in the (very blurry) capture above:

During Apple’s iPad commercial last night, we caught a glimpse of iBookstore pricing. The prices seem to fall below hardcover books, audiobook, paperback prices and even Kindles’s pricing. For instance, Ted Kennedy’s memoir, True Compass costs $23 for the hardcover, $19.25 for the B&W Kindle version and $14.95 for the iPad version.  Other books show similar price lines.

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Countdown to iPad – Gone Shopping (Use Case 17)

High-tech comparison shopping
Comparison shopping goes high-tech
Do you carefully put together your shopping list only to get to the store and you can’t find your list anywhere? The iPad solves that and other shopping headaches for you. As one of our readers suggested, prepare your list on your iPad, comparing it with online ads, ecoupons and specials. You can even download the layout of your most frequented stores to make shopping a breeze. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – Law Enforcement (Use Case 16)

Car 51! Car 51!
Car 51! Car 51!
Rollin' and Trottin'
Just Rollin' and Trottin' and Hopin' and Prayin'...

The need for accurate and up-to-date information is no greater than with law enforcement. However, access to to this information is often limited by how the long arm of the law gets around. With iPad, our friends in blue have access to everything they need regardless of their ride. Powerful enough for any cruiser, compact enough for backpack or saddle. Sometimes big solutions really do come in small packages. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – An Apple a Day (Use Case 15)

Doctor, doctor
Doctor, doctor

Doctor’s offices are becoming more modern and more impersonal all the time. Instead of a face-to-face interview with your healthcare professional, they are sitting on the other side of the room, staring at a computer screen. Continue reading

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Latest on 1Password for iPad – New Screenshots

1Password for iPad mockups

I posted a few weeks back on 1Password for the iPad – when we got a first look at some mockups of it via Switcher’s Blog.  1Password is an essential app for me on both the iPhone and the MacBook – so it’s one I’m definitely looking forward to seeing on iPad.

Today, there is more news on 1Password for iPad, and some new screencaps of design mockups – including the ones shown above.

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Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music II (Use Case 14)

Sheet music Rockband style
Sheet music Rockband style

In Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music (Use Case 2) we introduced iPad as an effective way to manage sheet music. Continue reading

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Those ‘Missing’ Built-in Apps for iPad – Will You Miss Them?

iPhone Weather app

According to John Gruber, at Daring Fireball, those ‘missing’ built-in apps for the iPad – the ones that are on the iPhone but not the iPad; Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos – are going to remain missing when the iPad is released.  They won’t be showing up as Dashboard-style widgets or in any other form when the device launches, though he does think they might be ‘re-imagined’ by Apple when OS 4.0 comes out this summer.

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Countdown to iPad – Google Wave (Use Case 13)

iPad: catch the Wave and you'll be sittin' on top of the world
iPad: catch the Wave and you

According to the Google Wave site, “Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.” Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – Teammate (Use Case 12)

iPad shown with Pogo Sketch
iPad shown with Pogo Sketch

Another day… another meeting. Reach for your smart phone to take notes and get the evil eye. Go for your laptop and you’re likely to get the same. What’s a paper liberated/tech devotee to do? Well, pad-based note taking, the long accepted darling of meetings, is about to get a make-over. Meet iPad, your newest teammate. iPad is the politically correct meeting tech. iPad is just the right size, it’s always ready, easy to carry, and your notes are always with you. iPad, we’ve got to START meeting like this.

iPad: more stares of admiration / less stares of contempt.

Pogo Sketch – Ten One Design (www.tenonedesign.com)


We have many iPad use case scenarios queued up, but could always use more. Please comment and share your iPad ideas below.

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USA Today iPad Version Ready to Go on Launch Day?

USA Today iPhone app

It’s been reported today that USA Today has announced plans to have an iPad version ready for iPad launch day:

USA Today said it plans to have software ready to support Apple Computer Inc.’s iPad e-reader when the device hits the streets April 3. … USA Today showed participants attending the 2010 E-reader Symposium at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia a demonstration of what the paper will look like on the iPad.

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Countdown to iPad – Board Games (Use Case 11)

Board vs. Bored
Board vs. Bored

It’s family game time some night in 2009. The kids have turned off the TV and are gathered around the table in eager anticipation. That is, until the lid is removed and pieces are missing. Disappointment sets in. Continue reading

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