Shipping times for the new iPad have improved again. They’re now down to just 3-5 days for all models at Apple’s US online store.
This is a continuing trend since late March when shipping times dropped down to 1-2 weeks. Then back on April 20 they came down to 5-7 days.
Hopefully this is a sign of Apple and their key suppliers ramping up production, rather than a slacking off in demand.
It’ may be good timing for ship time improvements too – as apparently there are lot of moms who would really like to get an iPad for Mother’s Day.
Shipping times for the new iPad have improved again. All models of the new 2012 iPad are now showing 5-7 business days as the shipping time at Apple’s US online store.
Leading up to the 2012 iPad launch there were persistent rumors that Apple had production ramped up in its supply chain for this year’s models. It looks like these rumors are proving true, unless we find out that demand has eased off.
In any case, if you’re looking to get a new iPad for yourself or a lucky family member or friend you can get hold of one quicker now when ordering online.
Apple has announced that the new 2012 iPad will be released in 12 more countries this Friday, April 20.
The 12 countries where the new iPad will be released Friday are: Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, South Korea, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela. One week later, April 27, it will be released in nine more countries: Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.
March 16 was the original release day for the 2012 iPad, in the US and nine other nations. On March 23 it was launched in another 25 countries. So by the end of April that should make 56 countries that the new iPad is rolled out to – not too shabby for a little over a month after its initial release.
So far, this looks like a slightly faster-paced international rollout for the new iPad than we saw with the iPad 2 last year. Maybe Apple and its key suppliers really are getting a handle on demand this year.
If you’re in one of the 21 countries set for the iPad launch this week and next, let us know if you’re planning to get one.
A new survey shows that the vast majority of new iPad users have not experienced any heating issues at all. Changewave Research asked new iPad owners how much of a problem (if any) they had with excessive heat on their 2012 iPad.
No fewer than 89% of those surveyed said it’s not a problem / they haven’t experienced a problem. The number for those who said it is a very big problem: 0%, goose egg.
I have said I thought this was a non-issue from the outset, so count me in the 89%. It’s interesting to see that even Consumer Reports, who initially played up the ‘overheating issue’ have now given the new iPad a strong recommendation.
Marware have got a lineup of cases for the new iPad available to order now, including their popular C.E.O. Hybrid case. I did a review of the C.E.O. Hybrid for the iPad 2 last year, and it’s a very good, versatile iPad case.
Here are the brief descriptions for the new lineup of Marware cases for the 2012 iPad:
— The C.E.O Hybrid: A low-profile case for the new iPad with an automatic sleep/wake lid, adjustable stand and hand strap.
— MicroShell Case for the new iPad: A sleek, ultra-thin polycarbonate shell case for the new iPad that is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover.
— EcoVue Case for the new iPad: An eco-leather case for the new iPad that stands in two angles and features a sleep/wake lid.
— MicroShell Folio Case for the new iPad: An ultra-thin case for the new iPad featuring a hard back shell fused to an automatic sleep/wake lid that stands.
iPad app updates for the new iPad’s retina display are still coming along at a steady pace this week. The ‘Great Apps for the New iPad’ App Store section has now got 70 apps listed in it, up from around 42 last week.
This week I’ve seen retina display updates for several notable iPad apps, including:
— The Weather Channel
— Screens VNC (shown above)
— OmniFocus (for the second time – this time the change list detail says ‘improves support for iPads with retina displays’)
— Fotopedia Heritage
I’m surprised that the pace of these updates is not increasing a little by now. 70 is a drop in the bucket considering the over 200,000 total iPad apps.
Which retina-updated app have you been most impressed with so far?
I’ve spent a little over a week with the new 2012 iPad now. I’m calling it that at the outset (and will shorten it to just new iPad from here on) just so years from now when there are newer new iPads, we’ll be (somewhat) clear on which one is being talked about here.
I bought the 64GB WiFi + 4G (AT&T) model in black – lined up for it at my local Apple Store in the wee hours of the morning on launch day and was back at my house by 9 in the morning. Needless to say, I’ve been giving it a heck of a lot of use and by now I have a few thoughts to share on this latest generation of the iPad.
It was cool to see the largely PC-free nature of setup on the new iPad, the first one to come out since iOS 5 was launched with its support for OTA (over the air) software updates, iCloud, and wireless iTunes sync. I would love to say that once I opened up the new iPad I just used iCloud to restore my apps and settings (from the iPad 2) wirelessly – but with over 31GB of apps on the iPad 2 that just didn’t seem viable over WiFi.
Twelve South, makers of some excellent accessories for iPad and Mac, have sent out an email with their New iPad Product Compatibility Report. The report offers a full rundown of which of their products will work with the new iPad (the vast majority) and which require an update.
Here’s the quick summary:
What works now with the New iPad.
• BookBook for iPad
• BookArc for iPad
What needs updating for the New iPad.
I’ve written before here about how the Apple Smart Cover and an ultra-thin Gelaskin were my favorite outfit for the iPad 2. As of just a few minutes ago, that is now the new (and favorite) setup for my new iPad as well. I’ve just installed a new Gelaskin – my favorite Dr. Gonzo – on my new iPad.
Gelaskins are so light that they feel like they add nothing at all to the weight of the iPad, while still providing a little bit of minimal coverage to the back of the iPad. They come in a large range of unique and striking designs. I love the Dr. Gonzo skin because it’s not as busy as some of the others and also because I’m a big fan of the artist, Ralph Steadman, and the books that Gonzo is a character in.
Another advantage of Gelaskins is that they are so thin that most back cover type cases will still fit with one of them on.
Gelaskins for the new iPad and iPad 2 go for $29.95. You can browse the range and place an order at the Gelaskins page for them.
While I’ve been on the lookout for new cases and other interesting accessories for the new iPad, I’ve also been testing out whether any of my iPad 2 (and older) accessories may still work with the 2012 iPad.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve found, with the obvious disclaimer that I’m not certifying that any of these products are definitely or officially compatible with the new iPad, for that you’ll need to check details with each manufacturer.
Flowfold iPad Sleeve: This is my favorite iPad 2 sleeve and a very eco-friendly one made here in the USA. The new iPad fits great into this one, even with the Apple Smart Cover on.
Portenzo Compostion case: Another very cool iPad case, styled to look just like an old school composition book. The new fits well in this one.
Apple has announced today that sales for the new iPad have already reached 3 million.
CUPERTINO, California―March 19, 2012―Apple® today announced it has sold three million of its incredible new iPad®, since its launch on Friday, March 16. … “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”
That’s 3 million sold in 3 days since launch. Yowza – not too shabby after all the talk of this being a ‘disappointing’ upgrade. Just for a little perspective, it took 28 days for the original iPad to sell 1 million. It’s also more than most of their supposed rival tablets sold in total during all of 2011.
Even with pre-orders taken into account, 3 million in 3 days seems a pretty blistering early pace for the new iPad.