So today it’s being reported that Apple looks to be banning all forms of screen protector films for iPhones, iPods, and the iPad at its retail stores. Here’s more detail from iLounge’s report on this:
"Apple has said that it will remove both film-only solutions from its stores, as well as any case or other accessory that includes film protection as part of its package, such as cases that include film screen protectors," according to the report.
It adds that the ban — which covers film protectors for iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Mac — will impact all forms of screen film, "including completely clear film, anti-glare film, and mirrored film, regardless of whether the purpose of the film is protective, decorative, or both."
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?
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.
Just as expected, iPad pre-ordering has gone live this morning at Apple’s online store.
You can now go to store.apple.com (in the US) and …
— Pre-order any of the WiFi models for delivery April 3rd (or April 5th if your area does not have Saturday delivery available)
— Pre-order any of the WiFi + 3G models for delivery in late April
— Pre-order most of the Apple iPad accessories (with varying delivery dates)
I’ve opted to skip pre-ordering for now, as I still don’t feel good about the Saturday delivery piece of it. Hoping to find out what’s possible with reserving at a local Apple store later this morning.
Apple announced today that the iPad will be available in the US on Saturday April 3rd, and pre-orders start next Friday, March 12th.
CUPERTINO, California—March 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.
Good stuff. The release is about a week later than the rumored March 26th date, but it’s nice to finally know the real deal on when we can get our hands on one.
Image Source: sonnyholmes.typepad.com
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
Source: begeek.fr via Gizmodo
Apple Insider has a report up today on the A4 chip that powers the iPad, that includes some estimates on what Apple has invested to produce the chip. The article also includes some good detail on the chip itself, and is a good read:
From the good folks at AppAdvice.com:
According to a reliable source of ours familiar with the matter, Apple will be starting the presale of the iPad as soon as February 25th.
There’s not really any more detail that than, so take this with liberal grains of salt and so forth, but it sure would be nice.
In the meantime, you can visit Apple’s Notify Me area of their iPad pages to get an email sent to you when it is available to order: http://www.apple.com/ipad/notify-me/
I’ve recently run a series of posts sharing details of some of the key tech specs of the iPad. You can find those HERE.
There are still quite a few other areas of the specs I haven’t posted on yet though – from wireless and cellular details to audio playback, TV and video, and Mac and Windows system requirements.
To see the complete tech specs for the iPad (or as much as Apple cares to share anyway) go here:
I somehow completely missed this in amongst all the iPad coverage last week. I’d been checking out the details of Apple’s line of iPad accessories at their site, but had not spotted any prices for them.
In catching up on my RSS feed reading over the last day or so, I got a chance to read some first look post at iLounge.com, covering each of the five Apple iPad accessories. Here are the prices listed for the five items:
- Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit: $29
- Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter: $29
- iPad Dock: $29
- iPad Case: $39
- Pad Keyboard Dock: $69
These all seem about what we’d expect from Apple, nothing outrageous or spectacular pricing wise I’d say. I’m looking forward to seeing all the other choices we’ll have for cases, docks, keyboards and more from third party manufacturers.