Estimates of Apple Investment in iPad Chip – $1 Bilion

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Apple Insider has a report up today on the A4 chip that powers the iPad, that includes some estimates on what Apple has invested to produce the chip.  The article also includes some good detail on the chip itself, and is a good read:

http://tinyurl.com/yfx9twv

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Leading iPhone Crosswords App Coming to iPad

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I did a post here just the other day – one of the ‘iPad Apps I Want to See’ series – saying I was very keen to see some crosswords apps come to the iPad, as it seems just a perfect fit for them.

Ben Gottlieb – of Standalone Inc., publishers of the Crosswords app for iPhone – was kind enough to comment on that post, stating that they are working on a version of the app for the iPad.

That’s very good news, as theirs is quite an impressive crossword app on the iPhone, with a strong set of features.

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Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: Pre-orders Start Next Week

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From the good folks at AppAdvice.com:

According to a reliable source of ours familiar with the matter, Apple will be starting the presale of the iPad as soon as February 25th.

There’s not really any more detail that than, so take this with liberal grains of salt and so forth, but it sure would be nice.

In the meantime, you can visit Apple’s Notify Me area of their iPad pages to get an email sent to you when it is available to order: http://www.apple.com/ipad/notify-me/

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Where to Find Full iPad Tech Specs

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I’ve recently run a series of posts sharing details of some of the key tech specs of the iPad.  You can find those HERE.

There are still quite a few other areas of the specs I haven’t posted on yet though – from wireless and cellular details to audio playback, TV and video, and Mac and Windows system requirements. 

To see the complete tech specs for the iPad (or as much as Apple cares to share anyway) go here:

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

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Recommended – Ten Myths of Apple’s iPad: 2. It needs Flash

 

Excellent video, done by Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughlyDrafted.com.  Puts forward some very strong arguments, provides some great history and background on Flash,  and explodes a number of myths relating to it.

Well worth a watch whenever you have a chance.

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Yes! – Confirmation of a Crucial Feature on the iPad

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OK – sorry about that, I couldn’t resist.

9to5Mac have a post up today with a good set of screenshots showing some deeper bits of the iPad UI.  They include the beauty shown above, the optional battery percentage indicator in the status bar.  You know, the one that Apple lets iPhone 3GS users have, but deems just too magical for older model iPhones.  Lucky for us, the iPad makes it into the battery %age club.

For several more good screenies showing ‘tidbits’ of the iPad interface, check out 9to5Mac’s article here:

http://9to5mac.com/ipad-tidbits-5494806

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iPad Apps I Want to See: Brushes

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Brushes – the superb painting app for the iPhone – is not one that I use myself, or one that I ever will.  That’s only because I am utterly useless at drawing and art in general though – incapable of even drawing a stick figure that looks anything like a stick figure.

I enjoy art though, and have found over the last several months that I’m a huge fan of art created on the iPhone – as many established and even renowned artists round the world have taken up creating work on the iPhone, and in particular with the Brushes app.

Wonderful and amazing art has been created on the iPhone by people like David Hockney, probably Britain’s most celebrated living artist; Jorge Columbo, whose New York cityscape created with Brushes graced the cover of The New Yorker magazine last year; and many, many others.  For more examples of the stunning iPhone art being created with Brushes, see my post over at my iPhone blog site:

http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-software/iphone-amazing-no-app-says-this-better-than-brushes/

My impression from talking with several prolific iPhone artists and following their comments online is that there is enormous enthusiasm for the iPad.  I believe it will become an incredible mobile canvas for their creations, and will lead to even more brilliant artwork.  I can’t wait to see this work.

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What’s the iPad Got in Common with Windows 95?

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According to Michael Gartenberg, the two share the fact that mainstream consumers have huge levels of interest in them.  He has a feeling that non-techie users are excited about the iPad in ways that they very rarely are for any tech product – similar to the excitement people felt for Windows 95 and the iPhone.

Check out his article on this for ComputerWorld HERE, for more of his thoughts on this subject.

I am beginning to get a similar impression – I’m seeing big enthusiasm for the iPad amongst ‘normal’ non-techie folks as well.

What do you all think?  Is the iPad drawing major interest among your non-techie friends and acquaintances?  Will this interest translate into sales?

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Hopes of Flash Coming to the iPad

As I used to hear in the UK: No Hope and Bob Hope. 

From a post today at 9to5Mac.com:

According to their sources, Jobs told the Wall Street Journal executives meeting on the third floor of the News Corp building:

Jobs was brazen in his dismissal of Flash, people familiar with the meeting tell us. He repeated what he said at an Apple Town Hall recently, that Flash crashes Macs and is buggy. But he also called Flash a "CPU hog," a source of "security holes" and, in perhaps the most grievous insult an famous innovator can utter, a dying technology. Jobs said of Flash, "We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology."

Via: 9to5Mac

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1Password Coming to the iPad – and Looking Very Nice

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I hope it comes as no surprise that we’re planning, plotting, and otherwise scheming to bring 1Password to the iPad in a big way.

OK, so maybe I’m not surprised, but I am very happy to see this news.  1Password is one of my essential apps now on both the iPhone and my Mac laptop.  And even though the screenshots shared at the 1Password blog site are only design mockups, I have to say they’re looking pretty sweet. Another great example of how iPad apps are going to shine I think.

Hit the jump for another screenshot and a few more details …

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Some Multitasking Options for the iPad

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Apple Insider has a great article up today, offering a very good reminder on what multitasking really means, and what some of the downsides of it are (more opportunities for malware for example).  It also outlines some of the ways we may see multitasking and rapid app switching implemented on the iPad.

Outside of notifications, there are other features related to multitasking that iPad users may want to see addressed. One is local background services such as Pandora radio. Apple’s forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 is anticipated to either allow users to select specific apps to run in the background, or roll those services into the system, or to enable specific background tasks.

This could allow apps like Pandora to begin a background task that continues even when the user quits the app. With the iPad’s faster processor, the ability to run a limited number of background services might be less of an issue as it currently is on the iPhone.

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