Apple’s iPad Release Date

The newest product of Apple Inc. which has been anticipated by all will be officially released on April 3, 2010 in the United States. The Wi-Fi models would be released on the 4th and the Wi-Fi and 3G combination would be on the later part of the month. Customers can start pre-ordering the iPad on Apple’s online store on March 12.

This newest product of Apple Inc. has provided the missing link between the small smartphone and the bulky laptop computers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a Friday post on the company’s Web site “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Prices start at $499 for the 16-gigabyte version, $599 for the 32-gig version and $699 for the 64, Jobs said at the company’s glitzy announcement in San Francisco, California. It would be made available to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on the late part of April.

Microsoft kills Courier tablet project

Microsoft’s Courier was supposed to be the tablet of the future, Microsoft’s answer (and challenger) to Apple’s iPad.

The intriguing tablet, was introduced in September 2009 by a promotional video that leaked from Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices division (the same one responsible for the Xbox 360 and Zune). It was pitched as a journal-like device, something that you would carry with you throughout the day to jot down notes, save images; almost a 21st century, literal re-imagining of the “personal digital assistant” ideal. It had a two-tone interface of touch and stylus actions, and ran software that looked absolutely nothing like Windows–arguably the best idea Microsoft had with the device.

But today, Microsoft confirmed it has canceled further development and production on its tablet project.

“It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”said Frank Shaw, corporate vice president of communications at Microsoft, in a statement. “The ‘Courier’ project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings.”

Maybe Courier was never anything more than an internal concept video that was never intended to see the light of day. But just from that initial video, fans and pundits seemed genuinely excited, or at least interested, in the Courier, perhaps because of its radical departure from Microsoft’s “just put Windows on it” tablet strategy that has so far failed since “tablet PCs” became the stuff of myths and punchlines.

Latest on iPad: Banned From Israel and 2 American Universities

iPad, Apple’s newest gadget that has gained so much popularity lately has been reported to be banned from 2 American Universities. Though it has gained so much praises, it can’t have all the glory.

One of the universities is the Princeton University in New Jersey. They reported that iPad is giving their entire computer system a problem. The device is having a problem as it connects to a wireless network. 20 percent of the iPads on campus has been blocked because of the problems that it brings. Specifically, iPad causes DHCP client malfunctions, which basically means the tablet causes interference for other devices using the school’s wireless network. In order to prevent that interference, Princeton has been blocking the offending iPads.

On the other hand, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C has a different story. Their problem isn’t about DHCP. The university’s current authentication system isn’t supported by the iPhone or the iPad. Actually they didn’t ban the gadget, it’s just that usesr can’t log on.

Aside from these universities, Israel also banned the gadget and whenever you enter their country, the gadget will be confiscated and you need to pay a daily storage fee at which point you can then collect it on your way out of the country. “If you operate equipment in a frequency band which is different from the others that operate on that frequency band, then there will be interference,” said Nati Schubert, Senior Deputy Director for CMI (Communications Ministry of Israel). “We don’t care where people buy their equipment … but without regulation, you would have chaos.”

iPad Sales Reached 300,000 on First Day of Launch

Apple Inc. began selling its much awaited iPad last Saturday, April 3, 2010 drawing long lines of eager customers waiting to be among the first owners of a tablet-style device.

Notwithstanding the rains in some of the Apple stores, hundreds of people line up to purchase or pick up Apple’s iPad. Upon seeing the turn out of ipad sales through the long lines, Apple employees cheer up.

According to the official tally of Apple, iPad sales in the first day of sale reached more than 300,000. Prices of these iPad with Wi-Fi only start at $499. Apple will also start selling their iPad 3Gs which are costlier later this month.

Moreover, Apple says that during its first day of sale of the iPad, iPad owners have already downloaded over a million applications from its app store and more than 250,000 electronic books.

Apple’s iPad sales is really overwhelming with a turnover of more than $150,000,000 in just its first day of sale! Wow! Congratulations to Steve Jobs and to all Apple employees!

Apple Opens iPad Pre-Orders Today

Starting today, Apple has allowed pre-orders for their latest product iPad in USA. Though the gadget won’t be in the hand of the consumers yet until April 3, the company could already trace up how much can this new device could sell. Pre-ordering the device is only available in the US as of now and it would soon be available on the other parts of the world later next month.

The company has limited each consumer to maximum of two (2) iPads per order. It would then be delivered on the its date of release which is April 3 of this year. In the Apple website, you will have an option to have it delivered to your house for free or reserve one and you would pick it up in your nearest Apple Store on the release date. The only available so far that would be released on 3rd of April is the one with WiFi. The ones with WiFi + 3G would be available later this month.