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Scosche kickBack, the First iPad Kickstand

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

With a glorified iPhone as big as the iPad, you are going to want to set it down from time to time and watch a video or just admire it. So you need to have a kickstand. This is the first iPad kickstand. The Scosche kickBack to be precise.

It’s made from polycarbonate and rubber and works in both portrait and landscape mode. It will hold your iPad upright in a gravity defying pose. All thanks to the magic of a kickstand.

Griffin introduces Apple iPad accessories

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Seems like there’s a ton of disappointment with the Apple iPad since it’s unveiling earlier today. Well, love it or hate it, Griffin has announced their first iPad accessories, cases really and screen protections. There’s the Elan Passport, Elan Sleeve, FlexGrip case, Jumper, and Screen Care Kit.

The Elan Passport is a leather flip-open case that you can also use to store some business cards. The Elan Sleeve is a leather sleeve. The FlexGrip case wraps your iPad in protective silicone, while allowing complete access to the audio output jack, dock connector, MultiTouch display and controls.

iPad keyboard dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Now you know darn well that there’s no way they are going to let you just spend $499 on the iPad, right? Enter the official Apple keyboard dock for easier typing. The Jobs man demoed it himself. It looks like it would topple over fairly easy if you ask me.

The keyboard looks just like a normal Apple keyboard, and puts the iPad upright, so it’s like a mini desktop or something. I wonder how many people will prefer to type this way instead of the other.

Apple iPad’s price: Starts at $500, 3G is $130 Extra

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

The Apple iPad’s price has just been officially announced, complete with handy-dandy chart for those who love charts. Full pricing is as follows:

The 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version costs $500, while the 32GB version is $600. Lastly, the 64GB version will cost you $700. If you want to add 3G, the pricing increases by $130 on top of that. The Wi-Fi-only models will ship in 60 days, while 3G models will be shipping in 90 days.

iPad gets unlimited data for $30/Month with no contract

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

The Apple iPad will come with two 3G data plans through AT&T. The first is just $30 a month with no contract. On this plan you can cancel at any time with no penalty, and use AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots for free. If that doesn’t sound good to you, maybe option number two is more to your liking.

The other plan is $15 for 250MB of data, also through AT&T. You can activate it directly from your iPad. That seems like a good deal, when you consider that a laptop plan will generally cost you $60 for unlimited data.

Apple announces iWork for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Basically iWork brings the office to your iPad. It’s a specialized version of iWork for the iPad tablet, which includes versions of the Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications. They will cost you $9.99 apiece and take full advantage of the tablets multitouch capabilities. It’s not all fun and games after all.

Keynote is iWork’s PowerPoint allowing you to create and view slides using multitouch. You can drag, resize and move elements around on a slide, even photos and text. Pages is iWork’s word processor. It allows you to scroll through text, select text with touch, etc.

Apple iPad eBook app is called iBooks

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Looks like the Kindle now has a worthy arch-enemy. Apple’s iPad has an ebook store called “iBooks”. (What else?) The publishers include all of the big players: Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette.

Apparently the books won’t be cheap, which means publishers can stay in business longer. You can probably expect price wars very soon. The example book is a hefty $15. Interestingly, Apple is using ePub, which means books from other stores may work as well.

iPhone apps will work on the iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Here is some awesome news for those of you who have spent wayyy too much money on apps. You won’t have to worry. Those apps will work with the new iPad. So if you have the farting app, the iPad can fart too. Beer app, you still have beer. That simple. It will just be smaller and in the middle of the screen.

The iPad is able to handle “virtually every one of these apps, unmodified, right out of the box.” Like I said it will be smaller, or run full screen, in a lower resolution. Great news. I’m glad they didn’t screw everybody.

Apple iPad specs

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Here are the specs on Apple’s new tablet, the iPad. We’ve been waiting forever and we finally have the low-down. The device is .5 inches thin, weighs 1.5 pounds and sports a 9.7 inch IPS display with Full capacitive multitouch. The device is powered by “our own silicon”. The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. It’s available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

Some other specs include WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, accelerometer and compass, speaker, microphone, 30 pin connector and they have achieved 10 hours of battery life, with over a month of standby time.

The Apple iPad is Official

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Now it’s official and the name of Apple’s mystery tablet is indeed the iPad. Steve Jobs calls the device “very thin”. You can change the homescreen to whatever you want and of course you can browse the web with it. The device has new drop down menus in the mail interface and a large onscreen QWERTY.

Yes, the interface looks just like a huge iPhone. Some other features include the iTunes store built right in as well as YouTube, and YouTube in HD. The scrolling looks super smooth. Jobs casually browsed several sites to demo the device and then demoed email. If you want to send a message, you just hit compose and the keyboard pops up. The typing looks very responsive.