The iPad won't be available until Saturday, April 3, but you can check out the apps starting now.
The iTunes App Store now has quite a long list of iPad-ready apps, with prices that are higher than iPhone apps, as expected. At the moment, the only people able to test the new iPad apps are reviewers who've gotten ahold of loaner iPads in advance of the launch. The iPad apps we're now spotting look like the leaked apps seen last week.
In tearing down the original Apple tablet, iFixit demonstrates that more than a decade later, a core piece of Newton technology lives on in the iPhone and iPad .
At the heart of the iPad is Apple's A4 processor, which is based on core technology from United Kingdom-based ARM. Ditto for the ARM-based iPhone. More than 15 years earlier, in 1993, the Apple MessagePad, aka Newton, also used an ARM chip. By 1997, the Newton design had evolved into the MessagePad 2000 with a StrongARM chip from Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC).
And ARM has been a stunning success, as evidenced … Read more
Earlier this month, the rumor mill reported that multitasking would make its long-awaited debut in iPhone OS 4. Now, according to "people familiar with Apple's plans for the new firmware" (as reported by AppleInsider), we're starting to get an idea as to how it will work.
As we noted previously, multitasking refers to an operating system's ability to run multiple programs (in this case apps) simultaneously and let you switch between them at will.
iPhones can do that already, but on a very limited basis: only a handful of the core apps support it. In … Read more
AT&T executives, apparently feeling the heat of iPhone users' complaints about poor service, have reportedly been working with Apple to resolve the issues.
Since Apple's iPhone launched exclusively on AT&T's network more than two years ago, customers have been complaining about dropped calls and slow data connections, especially those in urban areas such as New York and San Francisco. Now, as rumors circulate that an iPhone is in the works that would be capable of running on Verizon Wireless--AT&T's biggest competitor--AT&T is reportedly schooling Apple on improving network communication. … Read more
It hasn't even launched yet and already Apple's iPad is catching the eye of colleges.
Pennsylvania-based Seton Hill University, which has an enrollment of about 2,100, announced on Tuesday that starting fall semester, all full-time students will receive an iPad tablet device in an effort to boost learning ability and technical know-how.
"The iPad initiative kicks off the university's Griffin Technology Advantage Program," the school wrote on its iPad page. "This new program provides students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools, ensuring that Seton Hill students will be uniquely suited … Read more
A Taiwanese chipmaker is suing Apple over the use of multitouch technology in several products, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and forthcoming iPad.
Elan Microelectronics filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission Tuesday, accusing Apple of violating an Elan-owned patent that covers "touch-sensitive input devices with the ability to detect the simultaneous presence of two or more fingers."
Elan claims the iPhone, iPod Touch, MacBook, and Magic Mouse are in violation of Elan's patent, No. 5,825,352, and when the iPad goes on sale this Saturday, it will be too. Elan has asked the ITC … Read more
Tony Fadell, one of the fathers of the iPod and iPhone, is formally severing ties with Apple after nine years at the company, according to a New York Times report.
Fadell had served as senior vice president of the iPod for seven years and was largely credited with playing a key role in Apple's resurgence. Fadell stepped down from his iPod post in November 2008 but remained at the company as an adviser to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Fadell was reportedly expected to announce his departure from the company online Monday night.
Fadell became the inaugural member of the … Read more
In addition to a new iPhone model that works on AT&T's network, Apple is also reportedly prepping an iPhone that is compatible with Verizon's network.
The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources in a story Monday who say one of Apple's contract manufacturers--the companies that build the hardware according to Apple's specifications--is working on an iPhone that runs on a CDMA network. That's the cellular network that Verizon uses in the U.S. The sources said the CDMA-compatible iPhones will go into mass production in September, though when Apple would sell it wasn'… Read more
If you are preparing to spend a long night parked in some freezing, wet sleeping bag just to be one of the first to own an iPad, there is something you might want to be on the lookout for: Steve Wozniak jumping in line.
And he has now confirmed to Newsweek that he has ordered three of the new thighPads, two for himself and one for a mysterious friend.
The accusations of … Read more