Chitika might be reporting that Apple's tablets are losing their edge in the US tablet market but it certainly looks like Apple still sold quite a few tablets this past quarter. IDC released a new guesstimate today for global tablet sales in the last quarter of 2013, and Apple is still in the lead. Continue reading
Some Apple news today turned out to be nothing but bollocks but not all. Apple sent out a press release earlier today with a new boast. iTunes U, Apple's 6-year-old education-focused content store, has just hit 1,000,000,000 downloads.
iTunes U has really taken off since Apple spun it out into its own app at the same time they launched iBooks Author in January 2012. Continue reading
Unwired View and others are reporting that Apple stores will be opening an hour early today. Some stores have confirmed this, and some have even admitted to having gotten more iPad 2 in stock last night. This could be good news, considering that the iPad 2 sold out within minutes of its launch last Friday.
But if the iPads can be in store on Tuesday, then why weren't they there last week? I can't think of a reason other than Apple wanted to create a feeding frenzy.
My local Apple store will be one of the ones opening earlier than usual this morning, but I don't know that they will have the iPad 2 on hand. Actually, it's too far way to be called local, but at least I have direct confirmation of the story.
As for me, I'm planning to get an iPad 1. The new specs don't wow me all that much (I don't play games).
Update: Web orders for the iPad 2 now have ship dates of 4 to 5 weeks.
I came across this clip from a local TV station yesterday, and I held it because I wanted to think about it.The story behind the video is that this guy was sold an iPad that had previously been returned. Only, instead of returning a real iPad, someone returned a dummy. The problem is that no one at Walmart believed him. I can understand why.
You see, I've returned stuff to Walmart before. They are very careful about checking to make sure that the item is actually in the box. I don't see how this could have happened. (Unless the person who processed the return was in on it, which is certainly possible.)
The video is after the break.
From the press release:
Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi models of its magical iPad™ will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, September 17 starting at 10:00 a.m....
Pricing & Availability
iPad Wi-Fi models in China will be available for a suggested retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in China through Apple’s Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.
For more information please visit www.apple.com.cn.
The computer teacher for a private school in Scotland has been blogging about his experience in getting iPads into the classroom. Since this is an ongoing series of posts I think it's worth adding to an RSS Reader.
He's faced some interesting problems. Logistics, for example. Each Ipad has to be authorized to an iTunes account before it can be used. They have over 100 iPads so you can imagine the hassle. And then there's app licenses. He discovered the need for a volume license the day before Apple announced (interesting coincidence, that).
It's really an interesting read.
From the press release:
Apple® today announced that iPad(TM) sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.
At least, that's what Apple announced in a press release today:
Apple® today announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US as of midnight Saturday, April 3. These sales included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores. Apple also announced that iPad users downloaded over one million apps from Apple's App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day.
From the Evernote blog:
Two months ago, we sat glued to our browsers as details of the iPad started streaming out of Apple’s launch event. It didn’t take us very long to formulate our official strategy for the new device: we were going to support the hell out of it, and we had 60 days to do it. Today is iPad launch day and as long lines start to form outside of Apple stores and UPS-Santa makes his rounds to sleepless geek households, we’re happy to say that Evernote for the iPad is live in the Apple AppStore!
From the Read it Later blog:
For all of those who have asked, rest assured, the iPad version of Read It Later is coming.While Apple gave developers the opportunity to submit their apps to be available on day one, I decided to wait until I could test it on the actual device. As today loomed closer, I got increasingly nervous that I was making a mistake. However, after spending the last two hours playing around on my shiny new iPad, I’m very happy I waited.
BTW, Google released a new version of Gmail that's been optimized for the iPad (and other tablets). Check it out. It's currently only enabled for the iPad, but you can trick Gmail into letting you use it with other browsers. Lifehacker explains how.
I've tried the Gmail hack on my laptop, and it really doesn't work. It really needs a touch screen.