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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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Want an iPad this weekend? Try Milo

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 2nd, 2010

I can’t say that I have ever used online sources to find a product in a local store. Typically, I do research online and then wander around aimlessly to all the stores I think might have whatever it is until I find it.

If you want an iPad this weekend, the product search engine Milo is ready to help you out. Milo has issued a statement telling us all that you can hop over to its site, enter iPad as the search term, and then your zip code.

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.

iCade mini arcade cabinet for iPad

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

If nothing else has sold you on the iPad, this thing here sure makes it tempting. The iCade turns your iPad into a mini arcade cabinet. It’s one thing to play an arcade game on your iPad, it’s another to slide that iPad into the iCade and relive the good old days. In miniature size anyway.

The iCade will cost you $150. Pretty awesome. Overpriced, but then many say that about the iPad too. You decide. We like it.

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?

iPad will also be sold at your local Apple Specialist retailer

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 1st, 2010

You would need to be under a rock to not know that the iPad is coming this weekend. If you have your heart set on one opening day, but didn’t pre-order you have a few options.

You can check out your local Best But location and hope to find one as we already know. However, I just got an email that claims all those smaller computer stores that are Apple Certified resellers will also have the iPad on hand this weekend.

Official Netflix Streaming iPad app

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

The Netflix Streaming app is now official. Aside from Hulu, it’s probably one of the most anticipated apps for the iPad for watching shows and movies. There aren’t many details, but if you’ve used or seen Netflix Watch Instantly on other devices, it’s pretty self-explanatory.

Just download the free app and instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix as often as you like. It’s part of your unlimited Netflix membership. It let’s you do all of the usual things like browsing movies and managing your Queue.

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.

Analyst predicts 2.5M iPads will sell in first quarter on market

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2010

The big day for Apple fans that have been anxiously waiting for the iPad to land is coming soon. This weekend the iPad will launch and geeks everywhere will be fiddling with the device.

The iPad is expected to sell robustly and one analyst predicts a huge number of sales for Apple. According to Analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley Apple will move 2.5 million iPads in the first quarter it is on the market.

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.