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.