Mar 04
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Here are the iPad 2 prices as announced by Apple during the event (read more here):
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Wi-Fi iPad
16GB – $499
32GB – $599
64GB – $699
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3G+Wi-Fi iPad (Verizon and AT&T ONLY!)
16GB – $629
32GB – $729
64GB – $829
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Anyhow, no price reduction here – for all of you who were hoping to see a $299 and $399 iPad models, I say tough luck. Now, it’ll be interested to see what is going to be happening with the price trends for iPad 1 models – I am sure Apple will cut the price for old models in order to work through the existing inventory. My hunch is that you’ll be able to get one in a $400 to $450 range. Please post a comment if you are aware of any places who might be selling it for less than $499.

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Dec 03
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Guys, it’s been a while. I’ve dealt with a (cluster) of family issues, so iPad blogging went dormant for 2+ months. Now that things have stabilized a bit I’ll try to post more frequently – thanks to all of you who keep visiting the site and inquire about the blog.

I wanted to start a blog thread on the upcoming rev of the device (let’s call it iPad 2 for now) – there is a significant hype chatter on the web regarding the specifications of the device – nothing concrete for now (mostly whishlists) – yet, the speculations seems to be picking up the pace and I believe it warrants a post (or series of posts)…

In short, it seems to me that an investment banking research report released by Brian Marshal (Information Technology hardware sector equity research analyst at Gleacher & Company) sparked the most recent wave of rumors. Fox quoted Marshall on 11/22 and noted that the new model is seemingly in works and that it should hit the retail shelves before Easter (April 2011). So much on the background…

Now, features… The rumors here are more or less logical – the general expectation is that the new device will sport a built in camera with supporting Facetime capabilities. In addition, it’s generally expected that both storage space, RAM and processor power will be bumped up. Finally, it’s likely we’ll see an upgrade to the housing (see Apple’s Carbon Fiber Housing patent application – also, see the image below).

So, hang in for now – I’ll do additional digging over next couple days and summarize the position of the major analysis on the iPad 2.

iPad carbon fiber housing

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Sep 26
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CNET gives a short and sweet preview of the upcoming iPad OS update (iOS 4.2 beta) – this is a major update with a bunch of updates geared towards higher usability and functionality… Here is a quick rundown of iOS 4.2 upgrade features:

  • Multitasking
  • Folders
  • AirPrint
  • AirPlay
  • Mail Upgrade
  • Browser Find Feature
  • Game Center
  • Upgraded Enterprise Support
  • Enterprise security features
  • Enterprise device management
  • Enterprise integration
  • VoiceOver Control
  • Keyboard and Dictionary Enhancements
  • Arabic language capabilities
  • Greek language capabilities
  • Hebrew language capabilities

Here is the video:

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Sep 26
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No big comment here – watch for yourself – guys from MobilMania.cz have put together a nice side by side comparison of the two leading tablets in the market: the Galaxy and iPad. While the devices are conceptualy similar, the fact that the iPad sports much larger screen in fact does not render this a fair battle.

Enough with the blah-blah – here is the video:

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Sep 24
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iPad will sell in Target as of 10/3

This is yet another sign that the iPad as a product is maturing – Apple is expanding its outlet channels by adding Target stores to a short list of iPad sellers (currently you can get it at Apple stores and Best Buy). Target will be giving a 5% discount to folks holding the Target cards as of 10/17. Don’t expect to see any significant price drops yet – we’d probably have to see at least half dozen authorized brick and mortar sellers before any significant price reduction is introduced by one of them. On the other hand, given Target’s wide reach (Target has almost 2,000 stores) and the upcoming holiday shopping season it’s a win-win situation for all here (including customers)…

The story comes via Engadget

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Sep 22
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It’s been a while since my last post – so here is a good one… I often take screenshots with my iPad and shots often end up saved in a way that requires image rotation. The current version of iOS will not allow you to rotate images (rotate may become a part of iOS 4) so I had to look for a workaround – do a Google search on “How to Rotate Photo on iPad” and you’ll be more lost than before. There is a couple nifty apps that will do the job for a symbolic 99 cents (e.g., Photo Rotate) – however, I wanted to avoid installing yet another app on my already overcrowded device.

Photoshop to ‘rotation rescue’! I am sure many of you have the app already installed (I covered it here: Photoshop for iPad – this free application has a built in ‘rotate’ feature that is kind of buried below the ‘crop’ icon. See the screenshots below for details – the whole process is fairly straightforward and should be be a non brainier.

  • First, get the app from here: Photoshop Express for iPad (you may have it already)…
  • Second, open the app and navigate to your photo (see Image 1 – select the image that needs to be rotated)
    Third, hit the crop icon (Step 1 – Image 2) and select option “ROTATE” (Step 2 – Image 2)

Hope this will help you rotate the darn thing :-)

Image 1

Image 2

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Sep 15
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Not much to add here – many argue that the Kindle program is struggling and this TV ad just reinforces the thesis. The video features a relaxed attractive female sunbathing next to a pool and reading on her device while a frustrated male sits next to her, holds an iPad and is unable to read due to sun glare.

The dialog goes like this:
Guy: Excause me, how are you reading that in this light.
Girl: It’s a kindle, $139. I actualy paid more for these sunglasses.

Not sure if this will help Bezos and his crew, but hey they gotta do something… One thing is for certain, the video got almost one million hits on youtube (while four previous ads got less than 300k views in ~4 months) – yet another proof that the iPad is popular and attracts attention.

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Sep 13
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I guess this can (partially) justify one’s decision to drop $40K on a yearly tuition…

“This has become known as the iPad class,” Corey Angst, assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, told his students on their first day of class Aug. 24. “It’s actually not…it’s ‘Project Management.’”

Read more about it here.

iPad Class at Notre Dame University

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Sep 13
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Shannon Des Roches Rosa has a nice post on how iPad positively impacted her nine year old boy who is diagnosed with Autism. You can read her post here.

My son Leo’s life was transformed when a five-dollar raffle ticket turned into a brand-new iPad. I’m not exaggerating. Before the iPad, Leo’s autism made him dependent on others for entertainment, play, learning, and communication. With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills. People who know Leo are amazed when they see this new boy rocking that iPad. I’m impressed, too, especially when our aggressively food-obsessed boy chooses to play with his iPad rather than eat. I don’t usually dabble in miracle-speak, but I may erect a tiny altar to Steve Jobs in the corner of our living room.

Shanon’s son Leo Rosa is using a spelling program called FirstWords in the video above.

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Sep 02
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Twitter App Logo

I’ve been using TweetDeck for iPad for a while now and I am pretty happy with it, yet for all of you who want ‘the real thing’ waiting is over – Twitter has released an official iPad app – check it out in the iTunes store here.

Needless to day, it costs nothing (aside from your precious time)… Reuters has a short review of the app here.

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