There have been reports through various news channels that Apple sold well over 300,000 iPads on the day of its launch, and as expected with such a large volume of devices there are a few reports of problems coming in. One of the most prominent ones is with the Wi-Fi connection where the signal strength will be weak or will fluctuate, and result in either notably slow downloads, or relatively slow downloads in comparison to other devices on the same network.… Read more
We'd heard analysts' predictions, but until now no one knew for sure how many iPads were sold on launch day.
On Monday, Apple announced it sold more than 300,000 of its new tablet computers on Saturday.
That figure included preordered iPads delivered to customers, sales at its retail stores, and deliveries to channel partners.
In addition, Apple said, iPad owners downloaded more 1 million iPad apps and 250,000 e-books from Apple's iBookstore on Saturday.
Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster had originally predicted Apple would sell between 200,000 and 300,000 iPads on the first … Read more
Some iPad buyers interviewed on Saturday offered good reasons for buying the new tablet. Some seemed to have no good reason at all.
As mentioned briefly in a post on Saturday, many people flocking to retail outlets offered well-founded reasons for buying Apple's latest mobile gadget. Based on interviews, conducted over the course of Saturday at an Apple Store and two Best Buy stores, here's a list of the most notable responses. (I will provide more in-depth answers than I did Saturday.)
Reasons buyers cited for buying the iPad:Apps: At the Apple Store in Carlsbad, Calif., a … Read more
Apple is adding engineers from Intrinsity, a small chip company that has been working with Samsung to boost processor performance and may be connected to the iPad's A4 chip design, according to a Macrumors report.
As reported last month, Linley Gwennap, president and principal analyst of The Linley Group, believes the iPad's 1GHz A4 chip uses an ARM CPU designed by Intrinsity and manufactured by Samsung. Apple's iPhone also uses ARM chips supplied by Samsung. Typically, chip companies take the basic ARM blueprint and mix and match features as they see fit.
Updated 4:21 p.m. PDT Sunday. Readers have contacted me contradicting the idea that Woz got his iPad early. A student from Cupertino with the Twitter handle PyRo1509 tweeted: "I was with Woz all night. He didn't cut in line and he got his Ipad's the same time as Me. 2hr start NO, already had a 3G." All night? Goodness.
It seems that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may have jumped an Apple product launch line in a new and most spectacular way Saturday.
In the San Diego area, Saturday's launch of the iPad at the Apple Store and at a nearby Best Buy could not have been more different.
At mid-morning, the Apple Store in Carlsbad, Calif., was well-stocked with iPads and adorned by lines long enough to snake around the corner of the store into the back parking lot. And the mood was upbeat with the now-familiar applause when a customer emerged with an iPad in hand.
At a nearby Best Buy in Encinitas, Calif.--about a half-mile away--the mood was decidedly different.
With only a handful of customers waiting for … Read more
I was first in the iPad line at the Best Buy in Marin City, Calif., on Saturday.
Oh, I wasn't looking to buy one. Only people with certain imbalances buy the first iteration of Apple products. But the Best Buy is right next to my Starbucks and I really needed coffee.
When say I was first in line, may I add that this was 8:57 a.m., and I was the line. I stood outside what seemed an utterly deserted place for a minute before the doors parted very slightly and a man in a heavy coat came … Read more
It was an early Saturday morning in San Francisco for the few hundred who lined up outside the Apple Store on Stockton Street to be some of the first to get their hands on Apple's new tablet, the iPad.
Some had been there all night, other had arrived early that morning. And as as we waited for the doors to open at 9 a.m., still more people showed up. Eventually, the lined curled to the end of the block and around the corner. As always, the press was there to cover the event, and advertisers were taking advantage … Read more
Editors' Take: Netflix came out of the gate quick by offering a free app for the iPad at the device launch. We were able to download the app from iTunes and give it a test drive, and the initial results are very promising
Launching the app takes you to what looks almost exactly like the Netflix Web site. You sign in with your username and password just as you would when using Netflix on a PC, no device authorization required. You can sign out of the site just as easily if you are sharing or borrowing an iPad.
All the … Read more
Editors' take: The iPad's bigger screen real estate lends itself well to tower defense games such as Plants vs. Zombies HD, a $10 game where players attack hordes of zombies.
The iPad-optimized version brings the game nearly up to parity with the versions found on PC and Mac computers, which cost twice as much. This includes the proper top placement (instead of the side) of all the weapons and resources you must work with to defeat your zombie foes, as well as survival mode, which lets players try to stay alive for as long as possible. For many of … Read more