Yay for easily-confirmed Internet rumors! MacRumors just posted a photo claiming to come from a RadioShack internal memo, which states 500 retail locations will start selling the iPad 2 on March 29th. That’s tomorrow if you happen to be reading this the day I hit the publish button. This comes as a bit of a surprise as a RadioShack has yet to officially announce iPad 2 plans even though… → Read More
Hell hath no fury like an Apple fanboy scorned. Verizon is just now starting to feel the rage previously directed at just AT&T. That’s what happens when iPad 2 orders fail to ship on time. Fanboys take to the forums and unleash the beast.
Much has been made of the iPad’s role as a laptop replacement, but for me that war is over. The phone is increasingly a remote controller for the larger screen — I use its Personal Hotspot tethering to broker FaceTime calls on the move, and push notification as pointers into Twitter and the Web document store. Chatter provides a corporate firewalled collaboration space, and I spend the rest of… → Read More
Ever since the iPad 2 launched, getting your hands on one hasn’t been easy — some resorted to paying outrageous prices on eBay. After huge sales during launch weekend, Apple began to push back estimated shipping dates to 2-3 weeks before finally leveling out at 4-5 weeks. Now, Apple has moved up the shipping dates one week to 3-4 weeks. [via Mobileburn] → Read More
Kids, this is a really bad idea. I’m hoping these guys at least wore goggles, but considering they decided to break the glass with their bare hands, I don’t think safety was the #1 priority. → Read More
When you get an expensive, beautiful device like an iPad 2, you want to spoil it. A cheapo case feels wrong on it, and personally, I think Apple’s Smart Cover (while cool) is a little… synthetic and gadget-y. You know what I mean? I like the more organic stuff. Fortunately, the Dutch have come to the rescue!
This beautiful wood cover works just like a Smart Cover — but it’s wood. → Read More
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. → Read More
First off, this is silly. $1,400 for an orange leather flap seems a bit dumb to me. Sure, the leather might be from some special barbwire-free cattle that only consumes organic alfalfa hand-picked by the finest Irish leprechauns. Who the hell cares? $1,400 can buy you a couple of houses here in Flint, MI — slumlord or 2 square feet of cow ass? But moreover, how the hell does the case work? → Read More
Like Kermit the Frog without his green neck thing, the iPad is naked without a nice case. While the magic cover is fine for many, what about the iPad’s delicate backside? Enki has you covered. Their Genius case is made in Detroit and fits over the back of the iPad 2, allowing you to keep your front cover intact. No price yet, but expect availability in a few weeks. → Read More
Smart Cover for iPad 1 from Studio Neat on Vimeo. While I would equate this to putting pearls on a swine, it is, in fact, possible to attach your fancy new iPad Magic Cover to your old and busted original iPad . Sadly, in order to do this you need to paste rare earth magnets to the side of the iPad, a process that will make your old iPad pretty ratty. → Read More
The iPad 2 is hitting various international markets on Friday, March 25th. This includes Canada where the boys in blue will be hawking the iPad 2 at a first come, first serve basis. (read: no pre-orders) The word comes by way of 9to5mac. Apparently the retailer expects lines and much like how many stores handled the iPad 2 launch in the US, customers in line will be given tickets that signifies… → Read More
Let’s play a game. Guess how much this iPad 2 costs? Obviously it’s pricy. You can see that. It’s so expensive that Stuart Hughes in Liverpool UK is only making two. LuxuryLaunches runs down the specs, “Encrusted with 16.5 cts of ‘I’F’ flawless diamonds, 53 individually set sparkling gems, a solid 24ct Apple logo and the rear section produced again in 24ct gold, this jaw-dropping gadget weighs… → Read More
When technology and media intersect with the emotional underpinnings of our lives, the result is the kind of tsunami we’re experiencing with the iPad. It may seem petty to many to cheerlead a company and a technology so geared toward the pursuit of the next shiny object, the next Tweet, or whatever. But learning the language of this next generation of empowerment certainly is on our minds for… → Read More
Now that the interactive portion of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas is over, the key question is already rolling in: who won?
What this really means, of course, is: what service was the breakout hit of the conference? After all, in past years, the conference has helped launch both Twitter and Foursquare into widespread usage. So the question really is: who was this year’s Twitter? Or what… → Read More
Will the iPad 2 blend? Let’s find out! → Read More
“SO THIN YOU CAN USE IT TO CHOP VEGETABLES.”
You know a product has official hit the public’s consciousness when the late night shows get in on the fun. That’s just what happened last night as Letterman gave the latest iPad his trademarked Top 10 treatment. Apparently he’s addicted to “the damn thing.” Just one thing, Dave. The iPad 2 starts out at $500, not $600. Just saying not that it really… → Read More
Seriously, don’t take this report as the word of Jobs. It comes by way of AppleBitch.com, which states that several Apple stores indicated that they’re getting a shipment of iPad 2 tablets today and will open before their posted hours of 10 am. The site has already updated their initial report twice saying that might not be true. Still, if you’re one of the Apple faithful… → Read More
Video conferencing technology company Vidyo is enhancing its platform with support for Apple’s just released iPad 2, Motorola’s XOOM tablet and Atrix smartphone. The platform utilizes the company’s VidyoTechnology SDK, which is available to third parties, and enables 720p HD multipoint video conferencing that works on a range of mobile devices.
With Vidyo’s platform, customers can join… → Read More
We have to level with you. The iPad 2 has some flaws. One would only expect that the iPad 2, a device many many months ahead of the iPhone 4, would have an equal or better quality camera. Sadly, it doesn’t. So to see just where the iPad 2 camera ranks with the rest of the meaningful tablets, Macworld thoroughly tests them. → Read More
The silicon fiends out there will want to take a look at Chipworks’ teardown of the A5 processor inside the iPad 2. There’s not much there for laypeople, though at over 120mm2 it’s more than twice the size of the A4 (53mm2), which, as you may imagine, allows them to fit more cores, more transistors, and a bigger GPU. → Read More
Sigh. Here we go. iFixit just did its thing on the iPad 2 Smart Cover. Yep, they tore down the cover and found that a whooping 31 magnets are used between the cover itself and the iPad 2 to hold the cover in place — ten in the iPad and 21 in the cover. So there you have it. Lots and lots of magnets. God’s little magically wonders. iFixit → Read More
Anandtech has run a few synthetic benchmarks on the iPad 2, comparing it with the original iPad and the Motorola Xoom. I’m actually pretty shocked by how far ahead it is. I considered Apple’s “9x faster” boasts to be more or less exaggerations of still-significant gains, but this thing is taking the Tegra 2 to school. Remember, though: the Tegra 2 is pushing ~25% more… → Read More