Apple on Monday said it sold its 1 millionth iPad last Friday with the introduction of the iPad 3G model.
The company didn't say how many iPads of each model were sold, but we do know that on April 8 during the iPhone OS 4 event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company had sold 450,000 iPads, so sales have remained brisk. The first model of the iPad, known as the Wi-Fi-only model for its most notable difference from the new 3G version, hit the market April 3.
Ahead of Apple's announcement, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster … Read more
The iPad 3G's first weekend at market was a successful one, though not quite as successful as that of its Wi-Fi-only predecessor.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates that Apple sold about 300,000 iPad 3Gs between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, including 52 days of preorders. That's approximately what the original iPad sold during its first day of availability, including 22 days of preorders. So while the 3G isn't selling quite as briskly as its sibling, it's selling well--so well, in fact, that by Sunday afternoon most of the Apple stores Munster surveyed were completely … Read more
These days, the words "Apple" and "law" seem to trip off the Mac like the words "Apple" and "Adobe."
So, given that I know so many view the prospect of an Apple-Gizmodo showdown in the courts with rather more anticipation that they viewed Mayweather-Moseley fight, might I offer a new dimension to the prospective proceedings?
It seems that one enterprising, Apple-addicted lawyer has already used an iPad to devastating effect in a court of law. No, he didn't balance it on his lap and send e-mails to his personal assistant while … Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Watching people line up again for the iPad--this time the 3G version--here on Saturday, one has to wonder what the fate of the Netbook is.
The reasons for the Netbook's popularity--roughly around 50 million sold to date--are clear: highly mobile (typically less than 3 pounds), Windows-compatible, and cheap. In all, an impressively utilitarian PC.
Then the iPad came along. So, the question is--if you're looking for an easy-to-carry device that does more than a smartphone and less than a laptop, which would you choose?
The apples-and-oranges argument can be made, of course: physical keyboard (Netbook) … Read more
NEW YORK CITY--Maybe it's the unseasonably warm weather, or maybe it's just the appeal of surfing the Web from your iPad anywhere at anytime--but there are people lined up outside of Apple retail outlets waiting to buy the new iPad 3G.
For the Wi-Fi version of the iPad released on Saturday, April 3, the early morning lines were long (even if the crowds thinned quickly) and most everyone waiting for a system was able to buy one on launch day. This time around, the launch window has been moved to 5 p.m. EST on a Friday, and … Read more
So what's the big difference between the iPad and the iPad 3G? Aside from a $130 price bump, GPS capabilities, and an internal 3G cellular modem, there's not much to say.
But if you really want the nitty-gritty details over the cosmetic differences, the micro-SIM tray, the extra options in the Settings menu, signing up for a 3G account, and the glorified paper clip that comes in the box, I've put together a photo gallery that runs through everything.
Editor's note: The crowds did show up eventually Friday afternoon, as can be seen in the photo added below.
The 3G version of Apple's iPad goes on sale in the United States at 5 p.m. Friday, and so far, the crowds haven't begun queueing in San Francisco.
There have been reports of lines forming at a few stores on the East Coast. However, there isn't an expectation of throngs turning out for the first sale the way they did for the Wi-Fi version of the iPad earlier this month. (Update, 3 p.m. PT: See the scene … Read more
I've now been an iPad owner for exactly four hours. First impressions? It's heavier than I thought, and I'm furious with iTunes for hanging--repeatedly--during my initial sync attempts. (Weird workaround: After successfully syncing my iPhone, the iPad started syncing normally.)
Newspaper apps? Fantastic. JamPad? Dazzling. Netflix? I think a tear escaped my eye. But you know which app I'll probably end up using the most? The ingenious 99-cent Desktop, which divides the iPad screen in half so you can run two apps at once.
Well, OK, not apps, but any of the 10 "applets" built into Desktop. These include a Web browser (complete with thumbnail-enhanced bookmarks, a nice touch); an e-mail composer; Google Maps; unit and currency converters; a calculator; a dictionary; and a weather monitor.
So think of it: when your iPad is pulling desk duty (resting in one of these five cheap/DIY stands, no doubt), you can keep, say, a browser and calculator running all the time. Or a unit converter and iPad stat monitor. It's your choice, and Desktop gives you the option of dividing the screen side-by-side or top-to-bottom. (You can also run any tool full-screen if you prefer.)
Great idea, right? Just one problem: Desktop lacks a few tools it desperately needs, and a few of the tools it has aren't fully baked.… Read more
Update: TechCrunch now reports that the Windows version of HP's slate tablet is indeed dead. Michael Arrington writes: "Hewlett-Packard has killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who's been briefed on the matter."
Second update: An HP PR rep has contacted us via e-mail, saying, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation."
With the news that HP is acquiring Palm, one hot upcoming device that may get suddenly shifted onto the back burner is the company's iPad-style tablet. The device is referred to in marketing materials as … Read more