As usual with product releases from Apple, numerous online sources compete to show detailed teardowns of the devices when they are available. Not only do people test the physical durability (even going so far as to blend the original iPhone), but they also benchmark the devices to see if they live up to the advertised specifications. With the iPad, however, some folks have gone one step further to bring a full teardown of the custom A4 chip.… Read more
Driven by the iPad, the tablet market will see dramatic gains this year, taking market share away from clamshell-style Netbooks, says DisplaySearch's "Quarterly Notebook PC Shipment and Forecast Report."
Most of the growth, especially for the iPad, will come from North America and Western Europe, where Apple has set up key distribution lines and created agreements with content providers. Overall, consumers are expected to pick up around 5 million tablets this year, forecasts DisplaySearch.
But don't count out the Netbook just yet. Traditional clamshell type Netbooks, or mininotes, are expected to continue to entice customers as their average selling prices have dropped from $400 to slightly less than $300. The Apple iPad, which will account for most tablet shipments this year, starts at a price of $499 and moves up to more than $800. The low prices of Netbooks will remain appealing to people looking for a second or third PC and help lure in first-time PC buyers in emerging markets.
Ironically, though, the low prices of Netbooks will continue to result in thinner margins and lower sales numbers for their manufacturers, component suppliers, and retailers, says DisplaySearch.… Read more
CNET's Dan Ackerman called Netflix for iPad "one of the best reasons we can think of to sign on to Apple's new device." And I believe him.
That's why I've been battling the green-eyed monster since iPad launch day. The surprising news of streaming Netflix movies and TV shows was almost enough to get me to stand in line and spend $500 I wasn't planning to spend. Almost.
But surely, I thought, surely Netflix will share the app love with us lowly iPhone and iPod Touch users? Please, please, please, please?
Thank you! Turns out, Netflix does indeed plan to offer an iPhone/Touch version of the app. Here's the word from The Official Netflix Blog:Steve Swasey, VP of corporate communications, here. Terrific response to our news today about Netflix on the iPad. For those of you asking whether Netflix will be on the iPhone and iPod Touch: We wouldn't invite you to dinner without planning to serve dessert. In other words, we're working on it so stay tuned.
Happy dance!… Read more
Just like the Prius and the Kardashian sisters before it, the iPad looks like it might be the new must-have celebrity accessory.
Basketball superstar Lebron James was photographed checking out an iPad at a Boston Red Sox game Sunday evening. Actress Alyssa Milano picked up one this weekend and by Monday morning wrote on Twitter, "I love my iPad so much I kind of want to make out with it." British comedian Stephen Fry, his country's best-known technophile, got to geek out with the iPad ahead of almost everyone, and even did an interview with Steve Jobs … Read more
iPad owners are huge Apple fans who already own Macs, an iPhone, and at least one iPod, according to a weekend survey from Piper Jaffray.
Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster, who coordinated a survey of 448 iPad buyers on Saturday, said 74 percent of iPad owners surveyed currently own a Mac, while just 26 percent own a PC.
Apple has also done a good job attracting iPhone owners, Munster found. About 66 percent of those surveyed said that they currently own an iPhone. A whopping 99 percent of those iPhone owners say they will use their handset in conjunction … Read more
A company that has already sued Apple over a patent on zooming and scrolling on a mobile Web browser, is now adding the iPad to the lawsuit Monday.
EMG Technology, a company based in Los Angeles, sued Apple in November 2008, claiming that it owns U.S. Patent No. 7,441,196, which covers the "Apparatus and Method of Manipulating a Region on a Wireless Device Screen for Viewing, Zooming and Scrolling Internet Content." The company says the method of scrolling and zooming on a mobile Web browser was issued to Elliot Gottfurcht, one of the owners of … Read more
On the heels of the introduction of the iPad, Apple is ready to talk about the next version of iPhone 0S.
The company sent media invitations Monday morning to an event where it will reveal iPhone OS 4. There were scant details, simply an e-mail with the above image that said, "Get a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS."
It will take place on the Apple campus at 10 a.m. Thursday. There have been some hints as to what might be in the new software, including perhaps multitasking, which has been rumored to have an Expose-like interface. … Read more
We'd heard analysts' predictions, but until now no one knew for sure how many iPads were sold on launch day.
On Monday, Apple announced it sold more than 300,000 of its new tablet computers on Saturday.
That figure included preordered iPads delivered to customers, sales at its retail stores, and deliveries to channel partners.
In addition, Apple said, iPad owners downloaded more 1 million iPad apps and 250,000 e-books from Apple's iBookstore on Saturday.
Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster had originally predicted Apple would sell between 200,000 and 300,000 iPads on the first … Read more
Already the iPad has been estimated to have outsold the original iPhone in opening weekend sales. After waiting in line or for UPS to deliver, the first customers are unboxing their new iPads, and their reactions to the gadget are beginning to come in.
There seem to be few complaints from new owners though one issue did come up almost immediately. Some users who have connected their iPad via USB are getting a notification that says "not charging." Apple's support site says some USB ports--typically older computers or USB hubs--are not powerful enough to charge the iPad … Read more
Some iPad buyers interviewed on Saturday offered good reasons for buying the new tablet. Some seemed to have no good reason at all.
As mentioned briefly in a post on Saturday, many people flocking to retail outlets offered well-founded reasons for buying Apple's latest mobile gadget. Based on interviews, conducted over the course of Saturday at an Apple Store and two Best Buy stores, here's a list of the most notable responses. (I will provide more in-depth answers than I did Saturday.)
Reasons buyers cited for buying the iPad:Apps: At the Apple Store in Carlsbad, Calif., a … Read more