I read an interesting post over at ComputerWorld this morning, titled ‘5 features the iPad needs for business‘. It was mostly interesting to me because I found myself disagreeing with a lot of it.
For instance, the first needed feature that is listed is Expandable memory. To be fair, this one probably depends a lot on the nature of your job, but it seems to me most business users should get by fine with the storage space available on the iPad, especially the largest 64GB models. It’s not intended as a desktop replacement, and given that most sensitive or critical company data should be held on network servers (in the cloud or in the company network) I would think 64GB of local storage plus an ability to access server-based documents should be more than good enough for a lot of users.
If you’ve ordered iPad accessories from Apple, you may well be finding some of them are not going to be getting to you as soon as you hoped. There are delays showing up for several of the Apple iPad accessories, including the iPad Keyboard Dock shown above – which is now not due to ship until May.
The iPad Case has slipped from a ship date of April 3rd to mid-April, and the iPad Camera Connection Kit isn’t even available for pre-order yet.
I ordered both the iPad Keyboard Dock and the iPad Case – so I’ll be missing those when I get the iPad itself. I did also order a BT keyboard for it though, and that has already shipped.
Have you ordered any of the delayed accessory items? Which iPad accessories are you looking forward to using?
Pocket Informant has been an award-winning and stellar PIM (Personal Information Manager) on various mobile platforms for many years. It was an essential app for me for many years on Windows Mobile. The iPhone version of the app offers powerful calendar and task management abilities and a slew of features.
This is another app that should translate very well for the iPad. And fortunately the app’s developers have definite plans for bringing it to the iPad.
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As with most of Apple’s iPad pages, the one covering the iPad WiFi + 3G model has been updated with lots more juicy detail since iPad pre-orders start day. We already knew that the 3G coverage is provided by AT&T, that it will offer speeds up to 7.2 Mbps, and that if you grab one of the AT&T data plans for the iPad, you’ll also get access to over 20,000 AT&T WiFi hotspots (in places like Starbucks, Barnes & Noble etc).
If current estimates are correct, Apple has already had over 150,000 iPad pre-orders over the first weekend of accepting them, and that’s not counting all the reservations for in-store collection (which were already estimated at 40,000 on Day 1).
Daniel Tello, who has been tracking the numbers closely, predicted that Apple will sell about 30,000 iPad preorders on weekdays, and half of that on weekends. He forecasts no more than a half-million preorders and reservations will be taken before the April 3 launch. He told Elmer-DeWitt he believes Apple will sell 1 million iPads by the second week after the device ships.
That’s from an Apple Insider report today. If Tello’s numbers are accurate, that would be pretty stunning, given that most Wall Sreet analysts predict one million sales in the iPad’s first year on the market, and that the original iPhone took over two months to hit one million sold.
The iPad’s battery suffers from the same weakness that the iPhone’s does – it is non-replaceable. One big difference though is how Apple will handle things when the battery dies (of natural causes) on the iPad – Apple will replace the iPad itself.
From the Battery Replacement Service FAQ page:
What is iPad Battery Replacement Service? If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee.
Things is one of my most-used and most favorite apps on both the Mac desktop and the iPhone. A true essential for me – so I am very happy to see that an iPad version is coming in the not-too-distant future. It sounds like we should be hearing more details on this quite soon as well, since April 3rd is now less than three weeks away. I’d love to see Things for iPad make it into the App Store on Day 1.
The App Store will feature new apps designed specifically for iPad. You’ll find hundreds that make the most of its large display, responsive performance, and Multi-Touch interface. iPad apps appear in a special section of the store, so you can find and download them easily.
That’s a slice from the latest Apple page for the App Store within the iPad section. No great surprise – but good to see this confirmed. It’s also good to see a reference to ‘hundreds’ – as hopefully this means there will be quite a good number of apps custom made for the iPad right on release day.