The tablet may have just claimed its first victim, though it's a bit early to tell for sure. What we do know is that Lenovo has decided to the delay the launch of its Skylight smartbook by at least three months, which leaves us to speculate on where the market is headed.
Apple sold over 300,000 iPads at launch (including pre-orders), but more importantly, the Cupertino company officially kicked off the era of tablet computing. That doesn't leave smartbooks in a very good position, which quite frankly weren't in a great position to begin with.
Lenovo first announced its Skylight device back in January and said it would ship in April, but that was before anyone outside of Apple had any kind of inkling as to when the iPad would ship. And if the timing's bad now for smartbooks, it's not going to get much better. HP's highly anticipated Slate is just around the corner, and you can bet everyone else will be looking to cash in on this emerging market, just like OEMs did when netbooks started coming into their own.
Apple has remained mum on how many people have preordered an iPad, but apparently the number is high enough to warrant a slight delay. Those who locked in a preorder by March 27 will still receive theirs on April 3 (where Saturday delivery is available) as promised, while everyone else will have to wait until April 12., Apple said.
Steve Jobs and Co. didn't give a reason for the delay, but did say that customers can still pre-order the iPad for in-store pickup on April 3. You'll also be able to purchase one in stores on that same day, though if Apple is having trouble filling preorders on time, we can't imagine whatever stock is left in-store will sit unpurchased for very long.
There has been no change to the availability of the 3G-enabled iPads, which are still listed as shipping in "late April."
If it’s not one thing, it’s another, they say. But in this case, it’s both one thing and another. First, we found out that we won’t be able to take Splinter Cell Conviction for a test run on the PC, and now comes word that the PC version of Ubisoft’s latest grizzled stealth-shooter needs a couple extra weeks on the grill.
Originally set to launch on April 13, the game will now drop on April 27. Amazon.com originally broke the news, and a Ubisoft rep confirmed its veracity with Big Download. Sorry folks – this one’s set in stone.
As for why Conviction was delayed, Ubisoft wouldn’t say. Generally, these little release hiccups are due to hang-ups in the certification process, so we’re gonna guess it’s just something mundane like that. Sorry, conspiracy theorists, no dice here. Besides, don’t you already have enough evidence to justify that tinfoil hat?
Apple has delayed the shipment dates of three iPad accessories, including the Keyboard Dock and the 10W USB power adapter. Both of them will not ship along with the iPad on April 3 but about a month later in May. The third accessory to be affected is the iPad case, which will arrive sometime during April. The regular dock and the dock connector to VGA adapter are the only accessories that will be available on launch day. There has been no official clarification on the reasons behind the delay. One can only speculate that pre-orders may have outstripped the company's expectations. It is also likely that only the affected accessories are in short supply.
Back before it was called the iPad, the Apple Tablet was delayed more times than Amy Winehouse has been in rehab. Are those days behind us? It all depends on who you ask.
According to Peter Misek, an analyst with Canaccord Adams, there's a "manufacturing bottleneck" that's throwing a wrench into production, and could ultimately delay the iPad's release.
"An unspecified production problem at the iPad’s manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision, will likely limit the launch region to the US and the number of units available to roughly 300K in the month of March," he writes, "far lower than the company’s initial estimate of 1,000K units. The delay in production ramp will likely impact Apple’s April unit estimate of 800K as well. It is also possible that, given the limited number of units available in March, the launch will be delayed for a month."
Misek's report has been receiving a ton of media attention, but according to Apple, it's all hogwash.
"The iPad will be available in late March," an Apple spokeswoman reiterated to Wired's Gadget Labs.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, you have nothing to worry about if you're hoping to get your hands on an iPad this month. That's because Foxconn's component suppliers have said their supplies are right on schedule and that Foxcon (also known as Hon Hai Precision) will be able to ship 600,000 to 700,000 iPads in March, and up to one million units by April.
For those who can’t make up their mind: netbook or eReader, enTourage has you covered: the eDGe, a clamshell device that is half netbook, half eReader. But it looks like you’ll have a to wait a bit longer for the eDGe to make an appearance, and pay a bit more for the privilege of owing one.
It’s not a bad little device. It runs on the Android operating system, and has a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, and a 9.7-inch e-Ink display with a resolution of 1200 x 825. The e-Ink side is Wacom “Penabled”. Both Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth are built-in. It has 4GB of internal memory, an SD card slot, and two USB ports. Battery life depends, with 6 hours running the LCD screen and 16 hours running the eReader screen.
The eReader side handles ePub and PDF documents. And it can manage a wide range of video and audio file formats
Anticipated out now, shipping has been delayed until March, 2010. And the price of the base Midnight Blue model has jumped from $490 to $499. (Other colors will cost you another $40.)
Browser delays are nothing new for Mozilla, so it shouldn't come as much surprise that the open-source outfit has pushed back the release of Firefox 3.6 -- originally scheduled to debut this month -- to sometime in the first quarter of 2010. And the next major release, Firefox 4, probably won't see the light of day until 2011.
While delays might be par for the course, they're still damaging. It was just recently that Mozilla declared Firefox 3.5 the "most popular browser," and while that's up for dispute, market share numbers suggest the second most used browser on the planet is on pace to pull ahead of Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer browser in the next few years. That's assuming nothing changes between now and then, such as Chrome building up a vast library of extensions and enticing users to switch.
When Firefox 3.6 does finally ship, and later version 3.7, they will both feature security and stability updates, including the ability to run tabs in separate processes, similar to Google's Chrome browser. Meanwhile, Firefox 4 is supposed to sport a Windows 7 look and feel, a year after the OS has been on the market.
We're getting just as tired of reporting on Barnes & Noble's continued delays of its Nook e-book reader are you are of reading about them, so imagine how those who prepaid for the digital reader must feel. Unfortunately, the backorder blues continue, and now B&N is saying that Nooks ordered after November 20th won't ship out until January 11th.
That's a week later than the January 4th date B&N was quoting yesterday afternoon, even as the company hijacks its own shipments to high-volume stores in order to fulfill preorders that a company spokesperson admitted exceeded expectations. Some B&N stores won't have any in-store Nooks until mid-December, if at all.
For those who were quick-triggered (and lucky) enough to place their preorders before November 20th, B&N says those will still ship in time for Christmas. For everyone else, let the waiting game being, although the company is offering to send out a Nook holiday certificate free of charge, so you'll still have something to put under the Christmas tree.
Whoever is the first to market with a next-gen handheld tablet will have accomplished what's becoming a tremendous feat: shipping the freaking thing. Michael Arrington insists that his CrunchPad hasn't entered the realm of vaporware, and Apple still continues to deny the existence of its own tablet, which the most recent rumor says will ship sometime in the second half of 2010.
And then there's the Archos 9 PC Tablet, which went up for order on October 22nd, but is still a few weeks away from shipping, SlashGear reports. If you plan on picking one up at retail, expect to wait even longer. According to Archos, the 8.9-inch Windows 7 UMPC won't arrive in stores until sometime in the first quarter of 2010.
Archos didn't say what's causing the delay, and it will be interesting to see how the pushed-back launch affects sales. By the time the tablet ships, Intel will be churning out next-gen Atom chips, making the Archos' 1.1GHz Atom Z515 even more unappealing.
It looks like the ever-elusive Apple tablet will stay out of sight a little longer than last planned. According to the latest chatter from component makers, Apple plans to postpone the launch from next March to sometime in the second half of 2010.
Apparently Apple has decided to fiddle with its component selection, including a model that will launch with a 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG. Another model said to be in the works will sport a 10.6-inch TFT LCD panel.
Outside of the rumored panel choices, we still don't have any information on what hardware Apple plans to use, but the chatty sources were able to estimate a price. Most 9.7-inch OLED panels run about $500, which typically makes up about 30 percent of the device's total cost. That being the case, Apple's tablet could end up commanding $1,500 to $1,700, the sources say. However, those figures are based on today's prices, and OLED panels are dropping in costs. By the time the second half of 2010 rolls around, the Apple tablet could drop to $1,200 to $1,500, based on the above scenario.
As for the 10.6-inch LCD tablet, sources expect the device to cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000.