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iPad components cost as little as $259.60

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

Well, you don’t expect Apple to sell the iPad at a loss do you? That $499 pricepoint nets them some nice profit. After checking out the iPad’s internals, iSuppli has calculated a bill of materials as low as $259.60 for the 16GB iPad, including a $95 screen and $26.80 processor.

The device turned out to be more complex inside than iSuppli was expecting. They originally estimated the device at $219.35 in materials.

iPads reportedly overheating in the sun

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

The iPad may be a bit of a vampire. While it’s reflection will show up in mirrors, it tends to want to avoid the sun and come out and play at night. Apparently, many users are reporting that their iPads are giving a warning stating “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it”.

According to Apple, the operational temperature of the iPad is 32° to 95° F when on, and the nonoperational temperature is -4° to 113° F. Sounds reasonable. But one user received this warning outside of NYC, where it hasn’t been much hotter than 70° or so.

World’s first Apple iPad in-car installation

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2010

Doug Bernards of SoundMan Car Audio in Santa Clarita, California is the first to install an iPad in a car. The car of choice? A Toyota Tacoma pickup. You can check out a video below.

They still need to wire it up to the Audison Bit One sound processor and McIntosh MMC406M 6-channel amp, but they’ve fitted and molded the dash to the iPad. Sure it looks a tad awkward with it’s size and that bezel, but all of your media will be along for the ride right?

Blendtec Takes Down the iPad

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 5th, 2010

iPad destroyed in a blenderJust in case there were any doubts, the folks from Blendtec blenders did prove this week that the new Apple iPad does in fact blend. It wouldn’t actually fit inside the blender in its original shape and took a slight pre-modification, but in the end it did succumb to the powers of the blender to result in a lot of “iPad dust”. Check out the video after the jump:

Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

Apple iPad launchHere are the numbers. 300,000 iPads were sold, leading to 1,000,000 app downloads, and 250,000 ebook downloads from the iBook Store.

The original iPhone sold 270,000 units in the first 30 hours. So 300,000 is pretty impressive. Remember, many are holding out for the 3G version next month and this was a US-only launch. Not bad at all. But then we knew they would have no trouble selling them.

iFixit Tearing Down the Apple iPad

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 3rd, 2010

Apple iPad tear down by iFixitApple’s new iPad has been available for only a hand full of hours and our friends at iFixit have already started tearing it down to see what’s on the inside. They haven’t had too much time with it at this point, but enough to crank out over 20 steps and photos of the dissemblance.

We have a few more photos below, but check out the 28 steps and even more photos showing all the details over at iFixit.com.

Apple iPad Launch Today in the US

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 3rd, 2010

Apple iPad launchApple launched it’s new iPad tablet on Saturday, meeting long lines of individuals anxiously waiting, some for many hours, to purchase the new mobile device. The release of the iPad is the most anticipated product Apple has released since the iPhone launch in 2007, with almost as much hype surrounding it.

The iPads going on sale Saturday are the WiFi-only versions and are priced from $499 to $699 depending on the storage capacity desired, which ranges from 16GB to 64GB. Apple will release a 3G version of the iPad later in the month with prices ranging from $629 to $829, again depending on storage capacity.

The iPad devices are a small tablet-like device with a 9.7-inch touch screen (on screen keyboard) and they run an operating system very similar to the iPhone or iPod touch. They have the ability to download and play music and videos from Apple’s iTunes library, read books e-books with Apple’s new iBook application and use thousands of applications from the Apple App Store for the iPad.

Kindle iPad app available on iTunes

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2010

Many of us were wondering if the Kindle app would show up on the iPad and here it is. You can still purchase ebooks despite the fact that it competes with Apple’s iBooks app and store. Pretty nice of them I guess.

It is all official now. The app lets users select from over 450,000 books from the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes things like your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad, and others.

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WSJ iPad subscription officially $17.29 per month

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2010

We now have the official price for the WSJ iPad app subscription: $3.99 per week with a monthly credit card charge of $17.29. For that price you get subscriber-only content areas like Business and Markets with access to a 7 day archive that can be downloaded and read at any time.

It also offers personalization features and you can save sections and articles for later reading. Without the subscription, the free WSJ iPad app will give you top articles and market data. Here’s the strange thing, a subscription to both the print and online versions of the Wall Street Journal will currently cost you just $2.69 per week (plus 2 weeks free) for a monthly bill of $11.67.

The iPad app Store is now live

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2010

In other iPad news, the app store is now live. If they don’t have it already, then soon you will be able to choose from all of the fart, beer, and boobs related apps you can handle for your new iPad as well as some truly useful ones.

This comes days before the device has been released to regular joes without media credentials. There are many to choose from and of course they are more expensive. You can find a full list here. Let us know what you think. Are there any that you absolutely plan on getting?

CBS bringing free HTML5-encoded TV shows to the iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2010

The Wall Street Journal says that ABC and CBS are working on adapting episodes of their TV shows for the iPad. Both will offer streamable programming to new iPad owners immediately upon launch. Their delivery strategies are different though.

ABC will use an app and CBS will stream through the browser (HTML5!). Eventually it will be a commercial-supported deal familiar to all of us who’ve used online streaming services. Now if NBC and Hulu get onboard you’ll have quite a lot of content available.

SlingPlayer coming to the iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2010

SlingMedia has been busy working on an Android version of SlingPlayer, and now it looks like we’ll be seeing a version of SlingPlayer for the iPad too, which makes perfect sense. It can take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen for more viewing area and of course everyone will have one. So why wouldn’t they?

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this? We aren’t sure when this will happen, but they are working on it. And hopefully it won’t be just a pixel-doubled iPhone SlingPlayer app on that large screen.

Apple launches iPad tutorial videos

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

There’s only a few days left before you get your very own iPad. Now Apple has gone and posted some tutorial videos on their site. This way, by the time you get it in your hands, you can feel like an expert and impress your friends.

The tutorials cover pretty much everything you need to know, like the native iPad applications, from Safari to Videos, along with several applications you’ll have to download from the iPad App Store. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers make an appearance as well. They’re not super detailed, but they do a good job of covering all the bases.

Apple confirms Best Buy iPads at launch

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

It’s almost time Apple fans. There has not been such a demand for pads of any kind since the great monthly visit of ’03. The iPad launches this Saturday, April 3. If you haven’t already pre-ordered, you can try your hand at getting one at retail this weekend.

Apple has confirmed that all 221 of its Apple Stores will have the tablets on sale, and has also confirmed that most Best Buys will have them. Stores will open at 9:00am, so you better be there.

iPad clone for $290

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Apple’s iPad won’t be the only iPad launching on April 3rd. It will be joined by a clone from Shenzhen Huayi, who will release their fake iPad on that date for $290. That’s half the price of the real iPad.

It goes without saying that you get what you pay for though. I mean, look at that click wheel at the bottom. You certainly won’t be tricked into buying one of these based on looks alone. Probably better to spend your dough on the real thing.