Apple retail stores overseas will open early on Friday, with the international launch of the iPad set to start when doors open at 8 a.m. local time across the globe.
Apple’s regional websites for stores in the U.K, France, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, and Switzerland all indicate that they will open at 8 a.m. this Friday, May 28, for the international launch of the iPad. The device is also set to on sale in Spain, where Apple does not have any retail stores.
If you’re in one of those eight countries and you want an iPad soon, I’d suggest hitting those Apple stores very quickly this weekend. Given the current difficulty of finding iPads available at scores of US stores, and the way international shipping dates are slipping back, you have to think supplies may not last long at all after this launch weekend.
Via: Apple Insider
The "iWork" apps are already on track to potentially generate more than $40 million in annual sales, according to our analysis of App Store sales so far.
And in the first month, they’ve probably already passed $3 million in sales, likely making Apple the most successful iPad developer, by revenue, so far.
That’s a slice from this recent report at Business Insider. I’m sure I shouldn’t be surprised at these numbers, but I am. Apparently all three of the Apple iWork apps – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – have been in the Top 10 for paid apps ever since the iPad was launched and Pages has been at Number 1 for ‘much of the time’.
I absolutely agree with Business Insider’s conclusion that this ‘shows there is a real appetite for serious apps on the iPad‘. I feel like I can work quite well on the iPad – the only big thing missing is a decent blogging app (for my needs).
I’m very glad to see that ‘serious’ apps can thrive in the iPad App Store – and look forward to seeing some third party developer success stories in this area.
Apple has acknowledged WiFi connectivity issues for some iPad users via support documents for quite a while. Now they’ve gone a step further and stated within one of their support articles that these issues will be addressed in a future iPad software update, as you can see in the screencap above.
The screenshot is from this Apple Support article on iPad WiFi connectivity issues. No details at all yet on when that update may emerge – hopefully sometime before OS 4.0 in the Fall.
Via: Gear Diary
Apple’s iPad 3G remains sold out in most of the company’s retail stores, prompting "Notify Me" waiting lists that will give customers first priority when supplies are replenished.
Ten Apple stores across the U.S. contacted by AppleInsider Thursday were all sold out of the 3G-capable model of the iPad, in all storage capacities. Some of the stores said they were also sold out of all Wi-Fi models, while others had limited stock.
That’s from an Apple Insider report at the end of last week. My own experience over the weekend is very much in line with that. My in-laws were visiting for the weekend and my father-in-law wanted to buy an iPad 3G. We tried every Apple and best Buy store in Austin and up to around 75 miles away. Nobody had any iPad 3Gs available, and very few had any iPads at all left.
Apple has posted a new support document that gives a walk-through of how to setup data plans on the iPad WiFi + 3G models. The document’s catchy little title is AT&T: How to set up a new Cellular Data account on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G.
The process looks relatively painless and quick – choosing from the two flavors of plan (250MB or Unlimited), providing a very limited amount of personal information and payment method details. That seems to be about it.
You can find the Apple document here for the full walk-through:
Apple on Wednesday revealed that demand for the iPad is far higher than the company predicted, with more than a half-million U.S.-only sales in the first week. As a result, it has delayed the international launch of the iPad until the end of May.
Ouch. I feel sorry for those of you who were just getting excited about getting an iPad in around 10 days, and now have another month tacked onto the wait.
Now a date to remember is May 10 if you’re looking to acquire an iPad outside of the US. That’s when international pricing will be announced and Apple will begin taking online pre-orders. Apparently US 3G model pre-order deliveries are still on track.
Via: Apple Insider
Touch wood, I have not experienced any WiFi issues with my iPad so far – but I know there are a lot of folks who have been reporting problems of this sort. For those who do, Apple has got a Knowledge Base support article on the subject – with a rundown of symptoms and possible fixes for the issues.
Image Source: gdgt
Apple’s big preview event yesterday for the upcoming new iPhone OS 4.0 gave us a rundown of its hottest new features. Since iPhone OS is run by both the iPad and the iPhone, OS 4.0 is the next major operating system upgrade for both devices. The iPhone will get it this summer, while it will come to the iPad in the fall. I’m still not sure why there’s a delay in making it available for the iPad.
As mentioned earlier, the biggest new feature in OS 4 is multitasking – or, in reality, a major expansion of the multitasking capabilities, which have previously been limited to just a select few Apple apps.
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As many of you know, Russell has been sharing lots of great iPad Use Cases articles over recent weeks. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying these as much as I have. He has really given us a veritable banquet table’s worth of food for thought on great ways to use the iPad at work and at play – and he’s still pumping them out!
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I have been excited about getting my hands on an iPad since the first day Steve announced it. You might think it would be hard for guys like me to get any more excited about the iPad’s arrival – but apparently not.
My iPad accessories are starting to trickle in – and that is amping up my excitement level quite nicely. A few days back I received the Apple Bluetooth keyboard – which I tried out quickly and found very nice to type on, and of course very compact.
Today I got my Pogo Sketch stylus – which is also looking lovely and sleek and raring to go. I also ordered some of Apple’s iPad specific accessories, which of course are not due to ship for a few weeks yet.
Have you started receiving any iPad accessories yet? Is it April 3rd yet?
Apple is now accepting app submissions for the iPad. A developer friend just shared an email from Apple on this subject. Some of the interesting bits of information in the mail include:
- The mail talks about ‘the iPad App Store’. It’s the first time I’ve seen it referred to as a separate app store.
- Developers can now start submitting apps for ‘initial review’ and get feedback on their app’s ‘readiness for the grand opening’
- Apps need to be submitted by March 27th to have chance to get into the iPad App Store on opening day
Pretty exciting stuff – makes iPad launch day feel just a little closer.
If you’re a developer submitting apps for this initial review, we’d love to hear your feedback on how the experience goes. Roll on new custom iPad apps.