If Your iPad Battery Dies, Apple Will Send You a Replacement iPad


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.

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Things Task Manager App to Arrive Soon on the iPad


Finally, one other arrival that is approaching very quickly is the iPad version of Things. We’ll have more to share with you about it once April 3rd gets closer, so stay tuned. :)

That’s the final line in a post today at Cultured Code’s Things Blog, covering various arrivals at the company. 

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.

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iPad Apps Will Have a Separate Section in the App Store

iPadAppStoreThe 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.

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Countdown to iPad – iPad vs. hungChad (Use Case 27)

iPad: Farewell to Chad
iPad: Farewell to Chad
The Year is 2000, it’s the closest presidential race in the history of the United States… the US Consitution hangs by a chad. Fast forward to the 2012 US elections, no chad/no debate. iPad delivers secure accurate voting in real-time. Vote for iPad and keep democracy safe for a new generation.

iPad – Your new running mate

Countdown to iPad Series – There are countless articles and posts citing what the iPad isn’t or won’t be good at. We think they are wrong. Join us as we celebrate the countdown to iPad’s debut by posting a daily iPad use case. Think of the possibilities!

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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iBooks App on iPad – Some New Things We’ve Learned About It

iBooksMainAs pre-orders for the iPad went live yesterday, Apple also revealed a lot more information about the ‘magical, revolutionary’ device, from more tech specs to more details about the not quite built-in (but available free in the App Store) iBooks app.

iBooks will double as an ebook reader app and bookstore for acquiring ebooks.  One of the most notable new bits of detail on iBooks is that it will let you add ePub titles not acquired via its own store as well:

The iBooks app uses the ePub format — the most popular open book format in the world. That makes it easy for publishers to create iBooks versions of your favorite reads. And you can add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.

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Crazy iPad Numbers: Over 90,000 Sold in First 6 Hours?


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Wow.  It seems the iPad may have some consumer appeal after all – despite those surveys saying nobody except Norwegians was interested in buying it.

Some impressive (reported) numbers floating around about the first day of pre-orders and in-store collection reservations:

— Over 50,000 pre-orders in a two hour period

— Over 90,000 pre-orders after six hours

— Over 40,000 in-store pickup reservations

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Countdown to iPad – Get in line (Use Case 26)

iPad: time management well in hand.
iPad: time management well in hand.
A thread in Google Answers claims the average person “spends an estimated 45 to 62 minutes waiting everyday. That’s about 3 years in a 70 year lifetime. ” Though I can’t confirm the precise number, that seems to be the way my day goes. Continue reading

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iPad Has an External Button for Screen Rotation Lock



The iPad has an external button for screen rotation lock – just above the Volume up/down controls. This is one of quite a few interesting new things we learned yesterday about the iPad, as Apple revealed more about the device when pre-orders went live.

It’s a very handy addition that should make for much more comfortable reading and help gamers out a fair bit as well.

Were any of you hoping for any other new buttons on the iPad?

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Countdown to iPad – Ultimate Sales Kit II (Use Case 25)

iPad: Your next sales assistant
iPad: Your next sales assistant

In Countdown to iPad – Ultimate Sales Kit (Use Case 7) we saw how a salesperson uses iPad to manage their customer list, arrange appointments and get to the prospect’s door. However, iPad can do more than get you to a sales call, it can help make the sale. Continue reading

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My New iPad – Reserved at My Local Apple Store


I’ve got my iPad reserved, to pickup at my closest Apple store (about 5 miles away) on the April 3rd launch day.  I’ve been told by an Apple phone sales rep that this can only be done online, not in the physical stores themselves – and that’s how I got it done this morning, via the link mentioned in my earlier post.

There’s a lot of confusion this morning about whether reserving an iPad at a local store this way means you are * guaranteed * to get one on April 3rd or not.  I’ve seen people on Twitter and forums saying they’ve been told it is not guaranteed.

To my mind, the wording of the reservation form, and of the emailed confirmation I received, clearly say this is a definite, not a maybe.  The only qualifier I see to that is that you must show up at your chosen store by 3 p.m. on April 3rd.  So if your local store is going to be crazy on the day, some camping out / lining up may be required.  I can live with that. iPad – come to papa. :)

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You Can Reserve an iPad to Pickup at Local Apple Store – Here’s Where To Go


Aha.  This is what I am wanting to do – reserve and pickup an iPad at my local Apple store.  I’m not even sure how / why I stumbled across this, but here is where you go to get to it:


It’s a link off the Notify Me page for the iPad.

Right now, unfortunately, it is not fully working – at least for Texas.  It lets me choose the state of Texas, but then will not fill in anything in the drop-down where you should be able to select your desired store location.  If I click the link to go to the store locator page, that works fine and shows me my nearest local store, but will not let me do anything / proceed with it.

I’ve reported this to Apple via their sales line, but so far they are just advising that their servers are slammed and to try again in a couple hours.  I also asked whether you can do this reserving in the physical store nearest you and was told no you cannot, this can be done online only.

Let us know in the comments if you get different results.

UPDATE: This is working fine, just not in my Chrome browser.  I switched over to Safari and got my reservation done.

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