I am a huge sports fan, and have been since I was a child. I played a few when I was younger, and I still watch just about any team sport you can think of in some amount today. As we head into the middle of Spring, College Baseball is going strong and the Major Leagues had their Opening Day just a week ago. As such, it felt right to break out a little National Pastime parlance to describe Apple’s newest addition to the iPad family.
My ancient Kia Spectra is in need of some attention today. It needs a couple new tires and I’ve been out getting that taken care for most of the morning so far.
I knew that I might be sitting and waiting a fair bit this morning, so I brought my iPad along so I could get some work done while waiting. Both places I’ve been today have got free WiFi, but they’ve also both been pretty busy and the WiFi speeds were not impressive.
Luckily AT&T’s LTE coverage in my neck of the woods in Austin is superb. It’s just about always available and always blazing fast. So I’m getting plenty done while waiting on my car.
Good job new iPad and LTE.
Apple’s latest TV ad for the new iPad started airing last night. This one is titled ‘Do It All’ and it showcases a handful of great uses for the iPad.
These range from sending a note and making a point (in a Keynote presentation) to making a masterpiece (in a painting app) or learning something. As ever with the iPad TV ads it does a great job of showing off iPad apps and the wide range of things you can do on an iPad.
The ending line is a good one too:
do it all more beautifully than ever with the stunning Retina display.
What do you all think of this latest iPad TV ad?
It’s nowhere near as glamorous as a retina display or AirPlay Mirroring, but incredible battery life is still one of the iPad’s great features.
I’ve had a perfect reminder of that over the last week or so. I bought a new iPad 3 as a dedicated testing device 8 days ago. I have not charged at all since buying it and beginning to use it last Monday (May 21). It’s sitting on my desk now at 24% charge.
Admittedly it has had some days of little or no use; but it has also had a few days of relatively heavy use. On the day I bought it, I used it for somewhere around 8 hours on and off while getting it setup as I wanted it, installing some apps and generally breaking it in. Last Friday I jailbroke it with the new Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak and it got many hours of use through the day and night testing the superb new Quasar jailbreak app that allows some real multitasking on the iPad. In fact that evening I did a lot of testing of running multiple windowed apps – watching video on Hulu Plus, playing a football manager game, and running Twitter, Reeder, Flipboard and others nearly all the time.
My everyday iPad 3 also gets great battery life – but this new one has just highlighted it nicely for me – with its impressive eight day initial run.
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?
It looks like all the fuss last week about the new iPad and possible issues with ‘heating up’ were, as expected, has turned out to be all about a non-issue. This became an issue when some users reported the new iPad getting hot with extended use when doing CPU-intensive things on the device, and when Consumer Reports reported on similar findings.
This subject was put in better context today with a couple of new testing reports that had the new iPad not even showing as the hottest of a number of tablet devices tested.
Wired published results of its testing of tablets and how warm/hot they get – and found that the new iPad ‘landed square in the middle’. As you can see in the Wired graphic above, the Asus Transformer Prime, the Blackberry PlayBook, and the popular Kindle Fire all tested higher than the new iPad.
Not only was the new iPad merely tepid in terms of heat generation, it was also one of the cooler-running tablets in our test.
I felt like this was much ado about nothing from the outset. Even the highest temperatures reported for the iPad by Consumer Reports were within the operating limits for the device,and early reviewers mentioned the iPad getting warm rather than hot. In my ten days with the iPad I’ve never even noticed it getting particularly warm. My MacBook Pro gets substantially warmer than my new iPad ever has.
For those of you who have got the new iPad, what do you think? Has you seen your new iPad getting very warm or hot?