First iPad 2 Reviews Roll In

For some reason, our review iPad 2 seems to have been lost in the mail (I bet someone stole it off the company porch), but other, luckier souls have been playing with them for a couple of days, and the first crop of reviews are now live. Overall? The consensus is that while there are definitely downsides (no screen upgrade, crummy cameras) the overall package is nicer, easier to handle, and a definite good gadget.In no particular order, here are some of the reviews: NYT, SlashGear, TheDaily, USAToday, MacWorld, TechCrunch, WSJ and I'll end with a quote from Engadget: It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. … [Read more...]

Gird Your Loins, Here Come The iPad 2 Accessories

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Belkin is the first horse out of the gate, unleashing a panoply of iPad 2 accessories. First up there's the FlipBlade Adjust — shown above — which is light, easily carried, and switches between four positions. Then there's the ViewLounge (below) which has a bean bag base. A what now? That's right, bean bag base. The idea here is that it'll be able to sit stably on just about any surface, like your couch or bed. That's rather cunning, actually.They will also offer four relatively interchangeable folio cases (1,2,3,4).No word on price for any of the accessories, just that they "will be available Spring 2011 in all global regions."I still want to see someone do something really interesting with the new magnets on the iPad 2, that … [Read more...]

iPad 2 Announced

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At today's big event in San Francisco, Apple announced the arrival of the second iPad. It'll retail for the same price as the current model, and ship out March 11 in the USA, March 25 elsewhere. Still under indefinite sick leave, Steve Jobs was still in attendance for the release. (I bet this will prompt further tasteless speculation on the state of his health).He started talking iPads with a few facts and figures: 15 million iPads were sold over the 9 months of availability in 2010 — more than every other tablet PC ever sold, taking 90% of the marketshare, and bringing in $9.5 billion in revenue. There are now 65,000 iPad specific apps in the App Store — which he compared to the approximately 100 Android Honeycomb specific apps. (To … [Read more...]

the show 11 – “Flux Capacitor”

Join your hosts Marianne Schultz (http://www.macgirl.net)  and myself for The Show: 11 - "Flux Capacitor". You can subscribe to our show on iTunes, grab our RSS feed, listen now or download directly. We broadcast live each week. If you missed the live show, we hope you'll join us next week for live chat and more. Our next show will be March 2nd at 7pm EST, so we can bring you all the news from the March 2nd iPad event. If you'd like to be included on a future broadcast, please call 646-820-3431 and leave your name along with your question. If we select your question for the show, you'll be entered into a random drawing to win an iTunes Gift Certificated valued at $10. If you'd like to provide us with feedback, we've set up a topic in … [Read more...]

iPad 3 To Come This Year?

Oh boy, the iPad 3 to land in 2011? Say what? Alright everyone, put on your rumor helmets, because this gets into kinda hairy territory. Everyone knows John Gruber, right? In a post talking about the HP TouchPad earlier today, he said: The software looks great, it really does, but:Planned availability this summer.Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they’re not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. iPad 3? This year? From the man most connected to Apple on the planet? Say what? Gruber elaborated in a substantial blog post, saying that this wasn't based on any information he directly had, but that he's actually … [Read more...]

HD iPad Screen Rumors Correct, But For iPad 3?

The rumors of a 2x resolution for the rumored HD iPad keep popping up, but the economics of such a high resolution device don't make sense. A 9-inch screen running at 2048x1536 would completely blow the price of the iPad out of the water. This is what prompted IDC analyst, Tom Mainelli to say that the evidence is strong enough that he thinks such a screen is coming, but not until the iPad 3: I think the Digitimes story probably got the resolution right, but the iPad version wrong. Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on displays with that resolution for the iPad 3. I don't believe anybody is ready to produce that resolution in volumes at this point. And Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad … [Read more...]

Are iPad 2 High Resolution Rumors Just That?

We've been hearing a lot over the last few days about the possibility of a high resolution screen for the next iteration of iPad, as evidenced by high resolution icons in iBooks and unnamed sources talking to various tech blogs. While the rumored screen is not quite at the pixel density of the iPhone 4, it would probably be sharp enough to be considered a Retina Display.Unfortunately, it appears that the this screen might not be happening. John Gruber, who is one of the most closely placed bloggers to Apple, doesn't think it will. The dude's generally on the ball with these predictions, and he says that the iPad 2 will have the same resolution as the original, but that the screen may be improved in other ways: I asked around, and … [Read more...]

iPhone 5 Completely Redesigned, New Chipsets and Apple TV 1080p Support

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According to Engadget's well placed sources, Apple's new devices will start using Qualcomm chipsets and this will start with the Verizon iPhone. The AT&T iPhone 4 currently uses an Infineon chipset. The sources also claim that the iPad 2, which has been rumored to launch early this year, is not close to being launched. This comes as good news for those who picked up the iPad as a holiday gift. Estimates have the iPad 2 on track for an April launch, which is the one year anniversary of the launch of the current generation iPad. The new iPad 2 will feature a new super high resolution display. While not the retina display on the iPhone 4, it will be include improvements over the current generation. They also expect a thinner, sleeker body … [Read more...]

The Show: 4 – “Go Long”

Join your hosts Marianne Schultz (http://www.macgirl.net)  and myself for a full hour of The Show: 4 - "Go Long". You can subscribe to our show on iTunes, grab our RSS feed, listen now or download directly. We broadcast live each week. If you missed the live show, we hope you'll join us next week for live chat and more. The best way to receive notifications on our next show is to follow us on Twitter or on Facebook. If you'd like to be included on a future broadcast, please call 646-820-3431 and leave your name along with your question. If you'd like to provide us with feedback, we've set up a topic in forums.RSS Feed | Download Direct | iTunes | Zune Show Notes: Hosts: Christopher Meinck @meinck Marianne Schultz … [Read more...]

Steve Jobs Criticizes 7-Inch Tablets, No iPad Mini?

In today's quarterly earnings call, Steve Jobs took time to comment on the avalanche of oncoming Android tablets, which he called "only a trickle." He commented that the 7-inch screens that most of them use have only 45% of the screen area of the 10-inch ones, which is too small for most users, and not big enough to make great apps. He thinks that increasing the resolution to make up the difference wouldn't be enough, "unless you include sandpaper so users can sand down their fingers."Since most tablet users also have a smartphone, he doesn't think that giving up space on the tablet to increase portability is worth it.This appears to be a pretty obvious refutation of the rumored 7-inch iPad, as Steve Jobs seems pretty clear that he … [Read more...]