The cynical side in us wants to point out that a smaller-sized iPad would be called an iPod touch or an iPhone, if for no other reason than to be the first to say so before the reader comments point this out. But according to DigiTimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple really is mulling shrinking the iPad.
According to Kuo, a smaller 5- to 7-inch version of the iPad is being readied for launch in the first quarter of 2011. Kuo, who believes he has this on good authority from upstream component makers, says the smaller tablet will cost less than $400. But what would be the point?
Apple apparently wants to target individuals who place a higher importance on mobility than they do with text input. And we suppose this would be one way Apple could prevent from having to lower the price of the original iPads once the competition starts rolling out tablets of their own.
So what do you think, will we see a smaller iPad next year? Is there even a market for such a thing?
How jaded have we become when we automatically assume that an "unlimited" data plan isn't really unlimited at all, but capped at whatever amount the ISP deems is high enough that no one will notice? So imagine our surprise when we caught wind that AT&T's Mark Siegel told GearLog.com that "unlimited is unlimited" when asked about the iPad's 3G data plan.
That's great news for soon-to-be iPad owners holding out for the 3G version to ship. Watch Netflix videos around the clock if you want, and never worry about receiving a letter that you've exceeded your "unlimited" quota. It's hard to believe that we're actually excited about this, but blame it on the ISPs who up to this point had us questioning what the definition of "unlimited" is, never mind what the definition of "is" is.
Apple will begin shipping 3G-capable iPads later this month for $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB, and $829 (64GB). AT&T's 3G data plan for the iPad runs $30 per month.
As they tend to do, iSupply has broken down the iPad and worked out just what all those magical components are. After compiling and pricing all the individual parts, iSupply has estimated that there are $259.60 in parts in each 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad. That model retails for $499 leaving Apple with a healthy 48% gross margin.
The components associated with the display accounted for the largest proportion of the price, over 40%. The flash memory was also a big contributor to cost, but the increased price of these models keeps the margins around 50%. Clearly these numbers don't include R&D costs, but Apple has a reputation for maintaining higher margins than other hardware makers, who try to make up for lower margins with more sales over time.
We may not know just how much Apple is making on each iPad, but it seems clear they aren't taking a loss. The upcoming release of that 3G edition (with an extra $130 charge) should help as well. We look forward to the iSupply teardown of that model so we can see just what sort of magical 3G chip it has.
You can't walk a mile on the Internet without stumbling across the same argument over and over: iPad or Chrome? Chrome or iPad? Apple, Google, and Microsoft walk into a room: there are two bats on the ground. Who comes out alive?
The answer, of course, is the proverbial letter D: none of the above. No matter how you slice and dice the various players in the netbook/laptop/tablet/whatever markets, the consumers are the ones that ultimately suffer from today's battles. In the case of Google and Apple, the loss is one of control. And I, myself, worry how this might represent the future of general or portable computing: A time when it's the manufacturer, not the user, who dictates every bit of how you interact with your system.
Since the iPad's release over the weekend, some users have started complaining that the integrated Wi-Fi is busted. Reported problems run the gamut from not being able to connect to their network after bringing the iPad out of sleep mode, to not being able to get a signal unless standing right next to the router. And of course there are the usual complaints of dropped signals that seem to accompany nearly every Wi-Fi enabled device.
According to Apple, there are a couple of things you can try if you're experiencing wonky Wi-Fi support. The problem, says Apple, is that under certain conditions, the iPad may have trouble rejoining a known network after restart or waking from sleep. These specific conditions include using the same network name for each network and/or using different security settings for each network.
If this applies to you, Apple suggests creating separate Wi-Fi network names to identify each band, which you can do by appending characters to the current network name. Failing that, be sure that both networks use the same security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc). Failing both of those, Apple says to try resetting your network settings using Settings > Genera l> Reset > Reset Network Settings.
And if all that fails? Wait for HP's Slate (our advice, not Apple's).
Enterprise software maker Sybase on Tuesday said it plans to update its mobile device enterprise management software, Afaria, to support iPads and Google Android OS devices.
"The popularity of highly functional smart mobile devices, such as iPhone, Android and now the iPad, is significantly impacting enterprise mobility support requirements as these devices increasingly cross over from consumers into the corporate setting," said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst of J. Gold Associates, LLC. "The extensive communities currently established around mobile development will enable a near term and dramatic growth of data-rich deployments of enterprise-class applications where security and manageability are key requirements. Companies such as Sybase that exhibit leadership and a deep expertise in enterprise mobility, security and management, will be required to drive this emerging evolution in mobile business solutions."
The updated software, which will be available in in Q2 in the Afaria 6.5 feature pack, will include a new ability to manage Android devices from the Afaria console, expanded management capabilities such as the ability to perform a remote kill for iPhone and iPad, expanded security to block unknown or non-compliant devices from accessing corporate assets for mobile devices, and enhancements to scalability, Sybase said.
On Saturday morning, Apple's iPad left the stable and went on sale. A little over 24 hours later, MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev-Team said he had cracked the iPad by exploiting unpatched security flaws that migrated from iPhone OS 3.1.3 (the iPad uses an updated iPhone OS, version 3.2).
According to MuscleNerd'sTwitter update, it appears he used a variation of the same "Spirit" jailbreak recently applied to iPhone OS 3.1.3, taking advantage of the same browser-based exploit in order to gain root access and let unsigned apps run on the tablet.
It doesn't come as any surprise that someone managed to jailbreak the iPad, especially considering Apple neglected to plug a handful of security holes in between firmware releases. What is surprising, however, is how quickly this was done. Whether or not this hack will be made into an automated program remains to be seen.
Just when you thought you'd had all the excitement you can handle, it's another stimulating episode of the No BS Podcast. This week we introduce our new Editorial Assistant, Alan Fackler, and discuss the pros and cons of iPad ownership. We also discuss Fermi after finally having a chance to test out Nvidia's latest and greatest, and the 6-monitor Eyefinity system from AMD.
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So here's the situation. Apple's iPad is a pretty big deal, no matter what ill feelings the anti-Apple crowd might be harboring. Regardless of the iPad's shortcomings, Apple has officially kicked off the tablet craze predicted to run rampant through the rest of the year, and beyond.
For those of you who don't give a rat's behind about Apple's "magical" tablet or what effect the iPad will have on the ebook market, netbooks, laptops, and world peace, this post is just for you.
If you've ever seen a Blendtec video before, then you know what's about to happen, and you probably couldn't be more excited. And if this is your first time, sit back and enjoy watching as Tom Dickinson thrashes a brand new iPad in the baddest blender around.
No matter where you stand on the whole iPad debate (awesome device or overpriced tablet-wannabe), the launch was nothing short of successful. According to Apple, the company sold over 300,000 iPads in the US as of midnight Saturday, April 3.
"It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world -- it's going to be a game changer," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad."
Apple's sales numbers include pre-orders, deliveries to channel partners, and sales at Apple Retail Stores. Apple also said that the iPad contributed to over one million downloaded apps and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during its first day.