Recommended: Gruber’s Macworld Talk on 10 Issues Facing Apple

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John Gruber’s Daring Fireball is one of my most favorite sites – one that I not only read every day, but actually look forward to reading every day.  I enjoy it because it offers an interesting mix of links on all things Apple-related, technology related, and links beyond those boundaries at times as well.  More importantly, it offers Gruber’s strong takes on a range of subjects that interest me.  I don’t always agree with his opinions, but I nearly always find his writing insightful and entertaining – a bit like a Jim Rome of the techie blogosphere, with a brash, ‘have a take, don’t suck‘ kind of attitude.

Gruber did an excellent talk at Macworld 2010 on 10 key issues he sees facing Apple today.  It’s a great topic – as Apple has been on a roll for quite a while and seem to be kicking ass and taking names in several areas, so it’s a very good time to think about what could put the skids on all their current and recent success.

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A Nicer iPad Release Date Rumor – March 26th

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It’s only a couple of days ago that we heard rumors that production problems might force a delay in the iPad release date and / or limited initial supplies of the device.

Today there is a new, nicer rumor – originated at Examiner.com – that says the iPad will hit stores on March 26th.

We not only heard this from inside sources, but confirmed it with an Apple Store manager in Southern California who wishes not to be named.
Here are some other interesting roots from the grapevine:
The actual release date hasn’t been set, but March 26 is very likely.
The 3G versions won’t be available until April or May.
Commercials will start airing on March 15. E-book capabilities will be emphasized.
People who camp out for the iPad lauch will receive a "special gift."

Needless to say, I like this rumor better than the possible delays one.  Release three weeks from Friday sounds damn good to me.  Hopefully Apple will put an end to rumors and let us know the plan soon.

Source: Examiner.com via Apple Insider

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Venture Fund Sees iPad as Windows Killer & Transcender

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Y Combinator, a venture fund focused on tech startups, has put out a new Request for Startups (RFS – which lead entrepreneurs in a certain direction based on trends they think will be hot) that is aimed at encouraging iPad related startups.  The wording of their RFS is very bullish about the iPad’s prospects as a game-changing device:

Most people think the important thing about the iPad is its form factor: that it’s fundamentally a tablet computer. We think Apple has bigger ambitions. We think the iPad is meant to be a Windows killer. Or more precisely, a Windows transcender. We think Apple foresees a future in which the iPad is the default way people do what they now do with computers (and some other new things).

Though it’s certainly difficult to imagine anything being a Windows killer, I do think that between the iPad’s form factor and the supreme ease of use (and joy of use) of the iPhone OS, that it may well help take personal computing to a whole new level of ‘personal’.

Via: TechCrunch

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Plans for iPad Versions of GQ, Wired, The New Yorker and More from Condé Nast

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Newspapers and magazines must be up very high on the list of  ‘can’t wait to see it on iPad’ items.  So it’s always good to hear a bit of news on plans for leading titles that are coming to the iPad, and when we should expect to see them.  Like this from a New York Times report today:

Condé Nast’s plans for the iPad tablet computer from Apple are getting firmer.

The company already has an iPhone version of GQ.
The first magazines for which it will create iPad versions are Wired, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Glamour, the company plans to announce in an internal memorandum on Monday.

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Non Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: Production Problems & Possible Launch Delays

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Availability of Apple’s forthcoming iPad may be limited when it launches later this month, due to an "unspecified production problem" that could restrict the number of shipped units to just 300,000.

Apple Insider and others are reporting today on this one analyst’s warning that unspecified production issues could cause lower than expected numbers of iPads to be available on its expected release later this month, or even cause a delay of a month for the release. . 

Wow – this is my least favorite Apple rumor in a long time.  Now that it’s March 1, we are down to just a few eek wait for an iPad if the original sixty days from announcement (which was made on 1/27) is still on. 

If there are limited numbers available, I wonder what the scramble will be like for pre-orders and lines at stores etc.  Really hope this rumor proves unfounded.

Via: Apple Insider

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The Next Big (Really Big) Things After the iPad

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LOL.

Source: begeek.fr via Gizmodo

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Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: TV Ad During Oscars & Pre-orders Starting the Next Day

 

Mike Cane thinks it is ‘highly likely’ that Apple may follow a similar path for the iPad – in terms of initial TV ads – as they did with the original iPhone back in 07:

Three years ago, Apple debuted its TV ad for the iPhone during the Oscars.

Will they follow suit with the iPad and also open up pre-orders the next day? I think this is highly likely.

I’d never seen that original iPhone ad – great stuff. February 25th – a previously rumored date for pre-orders starting – has come and gone, so Mike’s theory seems as good as any right now. Movies and iPad – I’m sure Apple’s ad people can work with that a bit. :)

Via: Mike Cane’s iPad Test

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AP Planning AP Mobile Like App for the iPad

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The Associated Press has announced that it’s planning to bring a news app to the iPad. 

Much like the AP Mobile news product, the iPad app will show custom packages of headlines, stories, photos and video from the AP and from newspapers and broadcasters that choose to contribute their content and share the revenue. AP members also could use the same system to offer their own iPad apps that show their own content.

The announcement says that the plan is to charge for the app, though it may start out as free; perhaps they’ll be doing whatever free plus subscription models emerge for the newspaper / magazine industry on the iPad.  No word yet on when the app may be released.

I like most things about the AP Mobile app on the iPhone – especially the ability to easily add local news in – though I’ve always been disappointed in its push notifications. They’ll be a news app that I’d certainly look at when it hits the iPad.

Source: AP via MacRumors

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RadTech’s Got a Big Range of iPad Accessories

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I just got an email from RadTech’s PR folks – with some information on their accessories for the iPad.  They’ve got quite a big range of items either already available or coming soon

Among the accessories offered are: shoulder bags, cases / sleeves, vehicle and assorted chargers, a touch screen stylus, various cables, and a screen protector.  Keyboards and stands are about the only notable accessories I think they’re missing in their range at the moment.

RadTech’s prices seem sort of medium range, not super cheap and not too premium either.  The two shoulder bags, for example, are priced at $44.95 and $49.95.  For a good, broad range of iPad accessories at reasonable looking prices, check out RadTech’s iPad page here:

http://www.radtech.us/Products/iPad/

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iPad Rumours – UK WiFi Model Prices Leaked

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Had to go with the UK spelling of rumour for the post title on this one.  The Next Web, and various other sites, are reporting on some ‘leaked’ information on pricing of the iPad in the UK.

Technology website Geeky Gadgets has received an insider tip detailing how much the Apple iPad will likely cost when it goes on sale in the UK. Currently, the UK Apple website still shows US pricing and a footnote reading: “Please note, pricing is in US dollars. International pricing will be announced at a later date.”

The unconfirmed source reported that the tablets would be priced as follows:

16GB WIFI will cost £389
32GB WIFI will cost £439
64GB WIFI will cost £489
There were no indications of how much the tablets with both WIFI and 3G would cost but there were suggestions that UK consumers can expect the iPad to launch in April.

Those prices seem roughly in line with the usual higher-than-US rate.  Good to see a predicted release date in April, not long after the expected US launch. 

Anyone seen any other juicy rumours on UK / European pricing or release dates?

Via: TheNextWeb

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iMaxi iPad Case – Guess This Was Inevitable

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Just in case you haven’t already seen this round the web.  I guess we were always going to see something like this, given the name and all. It is …

“Hip Handmaids’ exclusive iMaxi—the only Apple iPad case made with protective wings!”

More details and a spot-on ‘that’s just wrong’ verdict at Gear Diary HERE.

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