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Apple may charge for future iPad OS updates

Apple has released the shipping version of it’s OS for the iPad. The licencing information notes that, updates to the current and next version of the OS will be free, but they may charge for newer OS versions. iPhone users are currently not charged for OS major upgrades, but iPod Touch users are. It seems that iPad owners may have the same faith as iPod Touch users.
In the piece quoted below it would seem to indicate that for example if iPad shipped with version 3.x that apple will provide free updates up to and including version 4.x, however version 5.x may have a charge and also charge for versions beyond version 5.

Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.

[Via Macrumors]

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iTunes 9.1 Released with iPad support!

iTunes 9.1

iTunes have released version 9.1

• Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the go
• Organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library
• Rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes

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iPad guided tours now on apple.com

iPad Mail

iPad Mail

Apple has just uploaded eleven iPad guided tours to it’s website, each give an impressive overview of the main applications on the iPad with iBooks, Numbers, Pages and Keynote apps included, head on over now to watch some exciting iPad videos, some screen grabs below.

Guided tours screengrabs

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WiFi iPads start shipping to US customers!

iPad Shipping

iPad Shipping

Those who placed their orders on the first day in the US have their iPad in the post. But it’s not all good news, they won’t get them early according to Macrumors. Apple has previously coordinated with UPS to hold on to early deliveries until the launch day.

So Apple, can we have a launch date in Ireland, please? And please, go out of your way to avoid the iPhone 3Gs launch shortage ‘issues’?

[Via Macrumors]

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iBooks bestsellers to be sold at 9.99USD?

iBooks screenshot?

iBooks screenshot?

Hopefully when the iPad launches in Europe it will have the iBooks application, or even the kindle? Currently Amazon kindle makes a loss of newly released and best selling books. They do this in order to increase their market share.

On the iPhone developers get to set their own prices, and Apple gets 30%, this would probably mean books on the iBooks application would be more expensive.

Appadvice.com however claims to have had a first look at the iBook store and noted the pricing, and claims that this is not the case

They claim:

“out of the 32 eBooks featured in the New York Time’s Bestsellers section, 27, including the entire top 10 are priced at $9.99.”

Interesting indeed, will you use iBooks, or will you stick to paper? Or perhaps you have another ebook device?

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Apple takes a chunk of change from the $10 billion gaming industry

According to US website flurry the iPhone OS now dominates 5% of the gaming market, which in the US is valued at about 10 billion USD. This is pretty amazing when we remember we are taking about a device that primarily is not a gaming system. That not withstanding more that 30,000 games have been released via the app store on the iPhone.

US video games by revenue

US video games by revenue

This 5% is creating a small hole in handheld device gaming units like PSP and Nintendo, who will need to move quickly to react to this piece of news. The graph posted above makes for some interesting study which shows iPhone taking a bigger piece of the pie in 2009. And with the iPad on the way, interesting changes are going to happen in the gaming industry.

With a larger screen and powerful processing tools, the iPad is bound to build on this with big names in gaming such as Gameloft already have there games ready for launch in the US.

In Ireland a number of games  appear popular in the app store, with the likes of classics such as Sonic the hedgehog (€4.99) , and Street fighter (€7.99) and newer games like Trisim (€2.99) and The Sims 3  getting great reviews!

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Steve Jobs replies to customer emails!

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

This is an interesting one, over the past few weeks a number of emails were sent to Steve Jobs, he responded to a few! They are short and not so sweet! No doubt he gets enough to make any iPhone weak at the knees. Here are some of the most interesting ones.

“The reader asked if there was a way he could transfer his Google Docs to his iPad through iWork.com or iDisk“. Jobs’ reply? “Yes.”

“Reader Julio R. asked Steve if we can expect a universal mailbox on the iPhone”. His answer? “Yep.”

Source

“The iPad photo app looks incredible. Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes….If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?His answer? “No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.”

Source

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Amazon Kindle for the iPad on the way

Kindle for iPad

Kindle for iPad

 

As the iPad rockets towards the 3rd of April (iPad US release date), the ‘big guns’ are pushing their applications to Apple for approval. This must prove difficult for some as many developers have no access to the device directly and must use an emulator, with a few exceptions whom are expected to keep the device out of the light of day. 

Amazon according to sources has it’s Kindle application ready for iPad. The Kindle allows amazon customers to read ebooks on various devices including the iPhone. 

The Kindle app will allow readers to slowly turn pages and has two new ways for users to view their ebook collections, according the the New York Times. 

Amazon currently has a web page stating it will have an app for the iPad which “will provide the best reading experience available on your tablet computer including the iPad. No Kindle (hardware device) required”. 

Functions listed include: 

  • Tailored to the size, look, and feel of your tablet computer
  • Customize background color and font size to ease eye strain
  • Adjust screen brightness from within the app to make reading easier
  • Page turn animation replicates the look of turning a page in a book. Or choose Basic Reading Mode for a simpler and unadorned reading experience

Source: NY Times, amazon.com

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Apple now accepting apps for the iPad

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It does look like apple is anxious to have a nice collection of apps in it’s app stores for early adopters of the new iPad.

In an email to developers recently Apple indicated they are now ready to accept apps designed for the iPad.

In the email Apple stated

“iPad will begin shipping soon and your opportunity to be part of the grand opening of the iPad App Store starts today. Submit your iPad app now for an initial review by the App Review Team and receive feedback on its readiness for the grand opening.
Submit Your App by March 27.”

What this means for the end user of the iPad, is that with a bit of luck we will have many of the applications we expect from such a device, but perhaps the expectation will be even higher for the iPad! We can see that there will be an “initial review” which might indicate a rigour process for approving these applications. Unlike the iPhone, end users will expect a wider range of functionality from applications closer to those of a PC than a handheld phone!

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