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Apple® today announced that it sold its three millionth iPad™ yesterday, just 80 days after its introduction in the US.
Like many people, I thought iPad sales would start to taper off after the initial mad rush for the new device back in its first few weeks of release. Amazingly, this does not seem to be happening. Obviously sales are now being boosted due its Stage 1 international launch last month – but the pace of better than a million units sold per months still seems extremely impressive.
Apple also announced today that there are now more than 11,000 apps for iPad – which is already double the number that were available at the end of May. It’s good to see that developers’ enthusiasm for the device is matching that of users – though it still doesn’t feel to me like there are tons of new iPad apps around in the App Store over recent weeks.
Via: Apple press release
If you’re after a lightweight (and light protection) case for the iPad, and you also want to give a stylus a try, you may well want to give the new Particle Case from Ten One Design a look.
The notably unique thing about this case is that it includes a Pogo Sketch stylus for the iPad (also made by Ten One Design) and a clip to keep it in place which looks very handy if you’re a frequent stylus user. Even if you already own a stylus, with the case priced at $34.95 the spare stylus is a nice little bonus.
I just noticed this tweet in amongst all the iOS 4 and World Cup talk. That looks like good news for those awaiting an iPad compatible version of the Pocket Informant (PI) app.
PI is a leading tasks and calendar management for the iPhone and many other mobile platforms. I’m sure it will be a strong and popular app on the iPad as well, and it sounds like we don’t have much longer to wait before we see it.
I enjoyed this video that recaps an iPad and iPhone Search and Rescue Mission by a poor guy who initially thought he left his iPad and iPhone out with the trash for collection by accident, tracked them via Find My iPhone to a local Hooters and elsewhere, and ultimately recovers his two iDevices, in somewhat less than pristine condition. :)
Thanks to Kyle and Eric for sending this in – and I really hope Eric found a way to replace or repair his devices.
Google Earth is now a universal app, with newly added support for the iPad, which includes full resolution imagery and ‘an iPad-specific look and feel‘. Here are some of the app’s key features:
• Navigate the world with a swipe of your finger
• Swipe with two fingers to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain
• Show the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world
• View geo-located Wikipedia articles
• Use the Location feature to fly to your current location
• Search for cities, places, and business around the globe with Google Local Search
Alongside an update for its Mobileme service, Apple has released a free Find My iPhone app for the iPad and the iPhone on the App Store.
The Find My iPhone feature is the primary reason I’ve kept MobileMe, and being able to use it via an app on the iPad is a nice little extra.
You can grab the Find My iPhone app in the App Store now, and it is free – but of course requires MobileMe membership in order to make use of it.
Monthly sales of Apple’s new iPad device have been rising steadily over the past several months, prompting the electronics maker to adopt a second supplier of 9.7-inch display panels in anticipation of strong fourth quarter sales that could top 6 million.
The Cupertino-based company is now producing 1.2 million iPads each month, up from 800,000-900,000 units in May, 700,000 units in April, 470,000 units in March, and 300,000 in February.
More crazy big iPad sales numbers from a report in Apple Insider. It also mentions that according to one group of researchers, sales may shoot up to 2.5 million units a month by this year’s holiday season. Not bad for a device that many thought was over-hyped and trying to slot into a space in the market that just didn’t exist.
Via: Apple Insider
It seems obvious in retrospect to consider that apps designed for iPhone 4 will nearly fill an iPad display. Conversely, iPad apps will nearly fit into the new phone’s Retina display without modification.
The iOS app developer of Make Coffee depicts on its site how apps with a native resolution version designed for iPhone 4 will look on iPad (below); it’s the same as a pixel doubled version of a standard iPhone app, but in high resolution of course.
That’s very good news – as nearly all iPad owners I’ve talked to are not fond at all of current iPhone apps on the iPad, and most say they have very few non-iPad / universal apps left on their devices. This should change that scenario quite a bit I think.
Via: Apple Insider
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Like many iPhone and iPad site owners, I get a lot of approaches about apps every day. Some stand out and inspire a further look or even a download and tryout of the app, some don’t. This week I got an email from a developer that is a unique one in my experience – an email (accompanied by a blog post) having a dig at my site and several others for failing to cover this developer’s app, after his approach to all of us last week.
The email and the blog post from the dev are quite bitter about the fact that all the tech sites they approached did not end up publishing anything about their app. Their accusation seems to be that all of these sites (mine included) just don’t pay attention to apps that come from smaller, non-big-name publishers. I know that is not true of this site and firmly believe it’s not true of most or all of the others either – and I have a suggestion to the dev concerned about how they might increase the chances of getting coverage for their apps in future …
Another fun contest, and another with lots of good comments. Thanks to all who took part, and huge thanks to Alena and the team at Vito Technology for sponsoring this one with us!
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I won’t be posting much today or perhaps for a few days here. Just found out this morning that my lovely Labrador, my Chief Deputy Dawg Editor here, has to be euthanized – probably tomorrow.
He’s not that old a dog (7.5 years old) but he’s been very ill for a couple weeks now. I’m very shocked and very sad of course. I’ve had dogs all through my life, but none as gentle and sweet (and wonderful with my daughter and kids) as this guy. I’ll miss him tons.