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.

iPhone Secretely Recording Your Whereabouts

iPhoneTwo security researchers, Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, have discovered that Apple iPhones track its location through longitude and latitude, including date and time, and record this information to a secret file. This file is copied to the user’s computer when the devices are synchronized.

Similar behavior has not been found on any other phone, including those running Google Android. Only the iPhone and 3G-enabled Apple devices like the iPad where found to do this. It was also observed that the file is copied to a new device when the old one is replaced but there is no evidence about it being sent to Apple.

You can read about the researcher’s account of the discovery at O’Reilly’s Radar site. They also have a FAQ and a downloadable utility to enable users’ to check what location data is kept in their phones.

While it is known that mobile network operators do have records about their subscribers’ locations, this data is collected from their end and not by the users’ phones. This information maybe made available to law enforcement but only through a court order. The iPhone, however, can make it available to anyone.

This raises privacy concerns since one’s location can be considered personal and even sensitive. Further, users are not being informed about the data collection nor are given any control or option.

Voicing his concern, Privacy International’s director, Simon Davis, said that it’s “a worrying discovery” and that Apple is not taking its users’ privacy seriously as indicated by the presence of the file.

Apple’s terms and conditions for iTunes do include statements regarding location-based services. It states that: “Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.”

Apple declined to comment on why it is recording user’s locations or whether the function can be deactivated.

You can check out great deals at various cell phone websites for AT&T iPhone 4 and other phones

 

Jobs Unveiled Newest MacBook Air

The Wednesday Apple event entitled “Back to the Mac” was a success with CEO Steve Jobs showing off the latest, thinnest, and lightest MacBook Air. Dressed in his usual black shirt and jeans, the 55 year old Jobs told audience that the newest MacBook is a fusion of the company’s hand held products — iPhone and iPad– and Mac technology.

“We asked ourselves what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? Well, this is the result,” Jobs said at a media event in Cupertino, California,.

Borrowing several things from Apple’s iPad, the new MacBook Air will also use Apps Store, the digital marketplace for Apple’s iPhone and iPad to install softwares and applications, making DVDs obsolete. FaceTime, video chat program launched recently for iPhone and iPod Touch, is also integrated in the newest MacBook Air.

Similar to iPad, the latest MacBook Air uses flash memory. Jobs defended the company’s decision as pragmatic. Flash storage is a more efficient technology. Flash memory enables the new MacBook Air achieve a longer battery life when surfing the Web (5-7 hours) and on standby time (30 days). This technology also allows MacBook Air computers to power up almost instantly and increase data storage speed — twice as fast as a standard hard drive.

“We really see these as the next generation of MacBooks,” Jobs said onstage. “We think all notebooks will be like these someday,” he added.

These wedge shaped aluminum gizmos will be premiering around the nation on Wednesday. The smaller size ( 11.6 inch, 2.3 pounds (1kg)) costs $999 while the 13″ inch display, 2.9 pounds) costs $1299.

Just measuring over two-thirds of an inch at the widest edge, they are really light and thin.

“They’re basically merging the product lines; they’re simplifying it. They’re taking the strengths out of what they’ve learned on the iPhone and iPad and bringing that technology over to the Mac side. It makes a lot of sense,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst for Kaufman Bros.

Jobs also unveiled a new version of Mac operating software, which is due to release next summer. Nicknamed “Lion,” it has an improved “iLife” multimedia suite and incorporates video chat ability launched on the iPhone.

The mobile-focused iOS software was also center of the Wednesday event. “We’d like to bring them back to the Mac. We’ve invented some new things, and we’ve perfected them over the last several years,” Jobs said of the newest Lion operating system, a newer and improved operating software modeled after the iOS software.

Due to the external appearance of these new computers, some cannot help but compare them to netbooks. The looming question about the demise of netbook manufactures is inevitable. “Netbooks are getting squeezed on all sides, including pressure from tablets,”  said Gartner analyst Van Baker. “The netbook market grew very fast, and now they’re shrinking very fast,” he added.

According to chief operating officer Tim Cook the Mac computers made up a third of Apple’s revenue last year. The Mac products are critical to Apple’s sales revenue. The company sold  $22 billion worth of Macs in fiscal 2010.

Packing Pro Travel App Invades iPad

The famous travel app Packing has now invaded iPad. The 5.0 update includes a full iPad-optimized support. The update is free for all existing customers along with improved performance. iPad owners could enjoy the iPad-specific enhancements include a full-screen layout redesign, iPad-specialized controls and management, an iPad-sized keyboard for easier text entry, and native resolution text & graphics and a lot more.

The travel app Packing Pro has ranked #6 in the Travel section of the US iTunes App Store, #2 in Australia and #1 in Canada for more than a year now and has been recognized by National Geographic & American Express’ Travel + Leisure fro being one of the best travel apps for the iPhone.

The travel app comes with several useful features which has been the helping friend of so many iPhone users. It comes with an extensive, customizable catalog, several handy sample lists that can be used as templates, and unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists.

iPadmodo.com has listed the following functions that you could enjoy in the app:

> multi-item selection for speedy list building
> collapsable categories with running item tallies
> numerous packing list sorting & display options
> weight and value totals
> send to email
> import / export to other Packing apps and devices
> recovery of deleted lists and categories
> extensive in-app instructions and feedback options
> multi-tasking, fast-app-switching support

The updated version comes with a 3 new features aside from what has been listed above. These include a powerful Smart Search tool, and full landscape orientation and keyboard support on the iPhone/iPod touch. It also allows the users to have a full control on the look of the app with all the themes, layout, font, colors; twice as many sample lists, a double-sized Master Catalog, and an Expert packing list that can help you create a customized list.

Such things present in an app is worth every penny that you’ll be spending. It doesn’t cost that much though because its price is now 27% reduced in all iPhone App Store for only US$ 2.99. The basic version (Packing) sells for only US$ 0.99, 50% off its full price.

What are you waiting for? If you own an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, better try this app now and see for yourself what this thing has been offering.

Kindle’s Ad Showed Apple’s iPad

The rivalry of tablets makers has been overflowing as days pass by. Every now and then, new innovation comes out and companies are advertising uniquely as possible. Just recently, Amazon Kindle released a Pool Ad in Youtube wherein comparison has been pressed against Apple’s iPad.

The commercial starred two individuals spending time reading through their e-reader device. The man who has been holding a device which looked similarly liked an iPad, the icons weren’t exposed of course, has been having a hard time reading in his device. Alongside with him is a bikini babe wearing sunglasses who has been reading as well. Unlike the guy, the lady is not having any hard time at all. The man then asked the lady how she was able to read on such a bright day. The lady revealed it to be Kindle for only $139 which is far cheaper that her sunglasses.

Amazon has promoted recently that their Kindle isn’t backlit and favors reading under bright lights. It also dropped its price. Apple’s iPad starts at $499 also offers e-reader capability. However, Apple’s iPad doesn’t only showcase e-reading but a whole lot of things such as games, web surfing, etc.

Here is the commercial ad which has been posted in Youtube. Take a look at it with yourself.
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Microsoft iPad Killer In The Works

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer has announced the need to combat the Apple iPad tablet platform. No time commitments were made as to when a Microsoft tablet computer would come out but it is an urgent agenda of his organization. These tablet computers will run on Windows 7 to catch up with Apple and Google in this growing piece of the market.

It can be recalled that Ballmer shot down a similar tablet platform project before Apple released the iPad. Now that the iPad is capturing an interesting piece of the consumer market, analysts are now seeing that this market segment could grow exponentially. Analysts are saying that for this decade, the tablet market along with smartphones are expected to be the fastest growing segments. Ballmer knows this and it makes him realize the urgency to start competing in the tablet computer market.

Ballmer seems confident about capturing market shares but without a specific timeline and strategy, it may just all seem like lip service. The iPad is gaining popularity with its user-friendly features, something that can be challenging for Window 7 applications.

iPad Review: Things that iPad Doesn’t Have


Before everyone would be gone mad with this latest gadget in their hand, we need to see the both sides of the coin now. iPad, Apple’s latest gadget has been making a greatest noise now. Buyers are even camping outside an Apple store just to be the first to get it. Considering the gadget’s price, it is also important to know what this gadget is bringing. After all the reviews coming out, it is already certain and everyone knows its features.

For all those who were not able to get their iPad yet and to those who were still waiting for more reviews to come out, it’s about time for you to know the other side of the iPad, which are the things that it doesn’t provide. Here is a list

1. Camera – too bad but it’s true, iPad doesn’t have camera, video camera or webcam. It closes off the possibility of using the iPad as a videophone.

2. USB Port – no USB ports instead there are dock connectors. This mean an additional charge. It has been announced that there is a camera connection kit and a $30 pair of adapters which will let you either plug the camera in direct or plug in an SD card to pull off the photos.

3. Flash Player – iPad doesn’t support Flash player.

4. OLED – The Organic Light Emitting Diode is absent in iPad. Aside from being expensive, this technology is somewhat disadvantageous though because it won’t reading in daylight.

5. GPS – for Wi Fi only iPad yes it is absent but for Wifi and 3G it comes along with AGPS or assisted GPS.

6. Multitasking – unlike other gadgets, iPad doesn’t support multitasking wherein in only favors target users. Wired users can’t benefit from it. It doesn’t run applications on its background.

7. Keybooard – it doesn’t have the hardware keyboard, instead you will get the optional touch keyboard on the screen for an additional of $70 aside from the gadget’s basic price.

8. HDMI – you can’t hook it to your HD monitor, there’s no way not unless you have a computer then hook it up to your HD monitor instead but not your iPad.

If you have your iPad in your hands right, feel free to comment reviews about it. It would be of great help to those who doesn’t have one yet.

iPad Global Launch Date Confirmed


iPad sales in the US has reached more than 1 million which clearly shows that the latest gadget from Apple is really phenomenal. It was first released in the US last April 3. Apple has confirmed that its iPad tablet computer will go on sale in nine countries outside the US on 28 May. These countries includes Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The cheapest model will have a retail price of £429 in the UK. The same version in the US costs $499 (£337). The difference in price is due to British VAT and US sales tax.

On May 10, consumers can already have pre-orders and 18 days after that, their new iPads would finally reach their hands.

iPad Ban in Israel Now Lifted


Apple’s latest gadget which is iPad has been so popular lately all over the world. It’s like you won’t become a ‘techy’ person if you don’t have it. The tablet computer has been the most sought after gadget nowadays wherein it features its touch screen and has been branded to have mediated the link between a laptop and a smartphone.

The device was released April of this year and amazingly got numerous sales. However, mid part of this month, there was a news came out that the device was banned in Israel. The reason for this one is that the device’s Wifi standards didn’t match Israel’s standards. When you go to Israel and you are bringing your new iPad, especially if you are landing in Ben Gurion Airport, customs officials will take it from you and you need to pay a daily storage fee at which point you can then collect it on your way out of the country. The news spread worldwide and has received a lot of criticisms.

Fortunately, the country’s communications ministry has now reversed its iPad ban. They were able to come up with this decision after their so called “intensive technical scrutiny”. The mentioned scrutiny was done face-to-face with Apple’s team, International laboratory, European counterparts and the country’s communication ministry. Israel has been using the same Wifi standards with Europe and it was confirmed that the device which could be operated in various standards will be operated in Israel in accordance to the local standards.

Yechiel Shavi, spokesman for the ministry, said the ban only applied to iPads built for the American standard but would not apply to devices that match the European specifications. That’s why, when you would enter their country right now, no more customs officials that would confiscate your much loved iPad.

Latest Update on iPad: Wifi + 3G Release Date


The newest Apple iPad has become the newest craze by a lot people nowadays especially the Americans. They first release the gadget having Wifi-only connection early this month which has brought tremendous traffic to a lot of Apple stores. Some were even camping out the store just to be first in the line.

Another version of the tablet will be released April 30 and it featured Wifi plus 3G respectively. Apple customers are able to pre-order the new iPad online and will receive the item on April 30. Apple stores around the country will start selling the new iPad at 5 p.m. on the same day. Apple has anticipated that some regions will sell out quickly.

What’s the difference of the versions anyway? Obviously, for iPad having Wifi plus an added 3G, the 3G feature contains A-GPS or Assisted GPS. It is a system which can improve the startup performance of a GPS satellite-based positioning system. It is used extensively with GPS-capable cellular phones. AT&T is marketing pre-paid 3G data plans for the new iPad and there will be an onscreen application helping users manage their accounts.

Prices of iPad with Wifi starts with $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The models featuring Wi-Fi and 3G will be $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB, as listed on Apple.com.

If you are living outside US, pre orders won’t be available until May 10 and if you’re in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. will have to wait until the end of May before you can buy it in Apple Stores.