Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rumor: Will Apple's iPad Launch Be Delayed?

Will the launch of Apple's iPad be delayed by a month? That may be the situation if a recent report from Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek is accurate.

In an report to investors released yesterday, Mr. Misek writes:

"The upcoming iPad launch may be somewhat limited as a manufacturing bottleneck has impacted production of Apple's newest device," Misek wrote. "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, far lower than the company's initial estimate of 1,000K units."

If true, I don't expect any long term impact to Apple or the iPad. Apple is likely motivated by having a good experience during the initial roll out of the iPad, and having long lines at regional Apple stores and limited supply would not be a good experience. If Apple isn't able to significantly ramp up production of iPads, I fully expect the the company to push back the release date of the iPad from the end of March to the end of April.

There is no word on what will happen to the launch date of the 3G enabled iPad models that are suppose to ship about a month after the Wi-Fi only units ship.

[Via AppleInsider.com...]

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Time: Has Jobs Seen the Future - Again?

Time Magazine has written a good overview of Apple's recently announced iPad mobile computing device. If you want to learn more about the device, without having to deal with all the technical details, this is a great article for you to look over. (The same article will also appear in this week's newsstand print edition; magazine subscribers should already have the issue on their coffee tables.)

If you want a more in-depth review, including some hands on time, check out Time.com's sister site, TechLand.com.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Apple iPad Announcement Podcast Posted

Apple has posted the podcast of the iPad announcement from last week. You can download the video to your Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPod by subscribing to the Apple Keynotes podcast feed.

I skipped watching the iPad event as a streaming video so I can download the event to my Apple TV so I can watch it in my living room on a 42-inch TV. If you can't see Apple's keynote events live, then a TV in your living room is the next best thing.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

First Impressions of the Apple iPad

Just saw that Jimmie over at GadgetsOnTheGo.net has a cool graphic of the iPad posted with a compact specs block.

The iPad looks really cool, but I'm not sure I'll buy one before I get to play with one at Best Buy or an Apple Store. Ya, let's make that until I play with one at an Apple Store. Sure it's an hour to the nearest Apple Store, but you kinda have to visit "the holy land" if you're going to play with the newest Apple hardware and software and talk to someone who really knows the product inside and out.

Regardless of what I do, I don't see myself buying one of the cellular service editions of iPad. I really don't want to have to put more money in the pockets of the phone company. I've been doing fine with my Wi-Fi enabled iPod touch. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm willing to bet that hi-def TV shows and movies, which I do watch often on my iPod touch, are going to look great on this thing.

And while we're talking about the "phone company," it looks like Verizon is out in the cold again as Apple selects AT&T as their 3G cellular edition iPad partner. I mean why not? It isn't like AT&T's wireless network is getting over run by iPhone users as it is.

Now for the part that is going to put me in the dog house for a few weeks: the price! How am I going to walk around the house toting this tech without my wife getting suspicious, checking the bank account, and finding out that I've dropped $600-700 on a new "toy" that I don't need?!

[Images courtesy of GadgetsOnTheGo.net, and Engadget.com]

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Jobs Introduces the iPad, Fanboys Go Insane

At long last, the new Apple tablet computer has been unveiled and Apple fans go nuts!

I have purposely been avoiding any leaked news about the iPad for the last few days because I like surprises. If you haven't seen Jobs' keynote address yet, you can watching a streaming video from the Apple website. I'm going to hold out for another day or so to see if it shows up in Apple's keynote podcast feed so I can download it to my MacBook and then sync it up to my Apple TV connected to my 42" TV.

In the mean time, you can check out all the specs and gallery pictures over on the Apple iPad website.

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