Apple's iPad sold 3 million units in its first 80 days at market, setting a pace likely to put it ahead of the iPhone and all Netbooks for first full-quarter sales. So what sort of run-rate can we expect for the device in 2011?
That's difficult to say, given the limited sales data available. But Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi gave it a shot in a note to clients Thursday, and the number he came up with is astonishing, though it's quite a bit lower than the buy-side number that's being bandied about these days.
In what would have been an otherwise mundane update, Apple has released its MobileMe iDisk App for iOS 4, including support for iPad. The update may hint at possibilities of a cloud-based iTunes in the works.
In the update notes, Apple lists the ability to "play audio from your iDisk while using another app." This is an interesting feature addition for many reasons, but mostly because it could be the first step to establishing a cloud-based streaming media solution for iPhone and iPad users.
If Apple is using iDisk as a test for future plans to launch an &… Read more
With more than 3 million iPads already sold, there was a chance that consumers would drop the Mac and instead choose to purchase an iPad. However, according to one analyst, that hasn't happened.
Interpreting data from market research company NPD, Piper Jaffray Senior Analyst Gene Munster said he sees no signs of the iPad cannibalizing Mac sales. In fact, Mac sales were up 37 percent year over year for the first two months of the June quarter.
NPD data suggests Apple will sell between 3.1 million and 3.2 million Macs for the quarter, which matches Wall Street … Read more
Google's Android Market offers the largest share of free apps at 57 percent, while the Windows Mobile Marketplace offers the smallest share at 22 percent, says a report on mobile app stores released last week by Distimo.
The report looked at trends in the U.S. for May 2010 among the major app stores, including Apple's App Store for the iPhone, Apple's App Store for the iPad, RIM's BlackBerry App World (worldwide), Google's Android Market, Nokia's Ovi Store, Palm's App Catalog, and Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
For most people, the idea of having their iPad erased sounds like a nightmare. There are times, however, when it can be handy to wipe all your personal data from an iPad and restore it back to its factory settings.
I know my situation is unique, but as a CNET reviewer, I've had to erase my personal data from our shared test iPad on a weekly basis. It's not to say I don't trust my coworkers, but I feel a little funny having a device floating around the office with my personal e-mail account and Twitter login--not … Read more
Why? Of the multiple reasons, the most significant is price.
Although the Hulu Plus app is free to download, the premium Hulu Plus service costs $10 a month for access to a full helping of TV series and movies, rather than the current online sampling of five episodes for each show. For many users, the price feels too steep, and the fact that advertisements run with the same frequency for subscribers as they do for online viewers of free shows only serves to rub salt in the wound.
The detractions, however, are countered by profuse praise from Hulu fans who enjoy strong signal on their iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches. Indeed, when the iPhone and iPad are glutted on data and Wi-Fi, Hulu Plus runs extremely well.
However, we also experienced signal interruptions even with reliable 3G and Wi-Fi while testing the Hulu Plus service on both the iPad and iPhone 4.… Read more
Creative is hitching its wagon to Bluetooth in its bid to differentiate itself in this crowded speaker accessory category and is in the process of releasing several Bluetooth-enabled iPod speaker options, including the D200 ($130).
There really isn't a whole lot to this speaker. It's rather compact, measuring 3.9 inches high by 15.9 inches wide by 3.7 inches deep, and has a nice heft to it, weighing in at 3.6 pounds. Unlike the wraparound speaker grille of its step-up sibling, the $300 ZiiSound D5, this model only has cloth on the front of the … Read more
As the iPhone-iPod audio docking systems move into a more mature phase, Creative is hitching its wagon to Bluetooth in a bid to differentiate itself in this crowded category. Bluetooth compatibility allows the wide range of A2DP devices--which includes iPhones, iPads, recent iPod Touch models, most recent smartphones, and many PCs--to stream audio wirelessly to the speaker. On the PC speaker side, Creative has the $130 Inspire S2 Bluetooth system, and now the company has bulked up its audio line with several Bluetooth-enabled iPod speaker options, including the ZiiSound D5, a higher-end model that retails for $300.
Users who have been experiencing syncing issues with their Exchange servers after upgrading to Apple's iOS 4 may have a fix in sight. Apple has updated sync profiles in iOS 4 to combat the issues with Exchange ActiveSync. Sync issues in iOS 4 are likely due to relatively low timeout limits for ActiveSync--the default is 30 seconds. Exchangepedia reports that iOS 4 also puts a strain on Exchange Server, which could cause performance issues for Exchange 2010/2007 Client Access servers as well as Gmail, which use Exchange ActiveSync for email access.
The fix offered by Apple increases the … Read more