No iPad 2 for me!

Tablet PC’s have been around for sometime now. But Apple have really woken the industry bringing it’s knowledge of touch screens from the iPhone to the iPad. The iPad was deeply criticized as a giant iPhone, but it was still a huge hit and with the iPad 2 gaining first time iPad owners, as well as those choosing to upgrade from the original iPad, it’s time to see can the others can keep up?

I will not be one of those people choosing to upgrade this year to the iPad 2! While the iPad 2 is undoubtedly more powerful and faster than the original, I just cannot see a need to upgrade that would benefit me. I actively use my iPad to watch movies in bed, browse the net and a little bit of gaming. When traveling I find the iPad is a marvelous entertainment companion, small useful and multi functional. I spent more purchasing it at the time than most because I bought it before it was officially for sale in Ireland, it is not a purchase I regret in the slightest, it is  well used and is part of my technology ‘buddies’. But at the end of the day the iPad as it stands even with extra features of the iPad 2 is not better than having a laptop and the iPhone 4 working together. For me currently, the iPad is great, serves a function, but not one that will feel better by upgrading the iPad 2.


iPad Cover
iPad Cover

The iPad 2 offers dual cameras, I have this on my iPhone 4, I always thought it looks a little strange filming with a tablet device! I have used facetime on my iPhone 4 about five times, so I don’t need an iPad with facetime.It is also much slimmer, and having not physically touched the device… I would imagine, feels a lot better. iPad 2 will of course have better memory management for browsing the internet, and Apple have developed some amazing apps that use this faster iPad 2. Still not enough, sorry Apple! I do like that this device has a dual core memory and more ram, this is something iPad has needed badly, even for something as basic as browsing more than one website tab at a time!

The future

I have a strong feeling Apple have pushed out the iPad 2, to keep ‘in the game’ as it were, and have more to come.  I think the iPad 2 will keep iOS gamers happy and new users will love it. The iPad 3, will be the one to watch, and may persuade me to upgrade. But for now I am happy with my current iPad. And let’s not forget iOS 5, hopefully later this year!

Will you buy the iPad 2? Let us know in the comments!

iPad 2 on schedule for this Friday in Ireland

Apple have confirmed via press release that the iPad 2 is on schedule for release in Ireland  and 24 more countries this Friday. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® ( beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”


Student sells 1st Spot in iPad 2 Line for $900 (video)

A student who has been queuing for two days for an iPad 2 has sold her spot for 900 USD. The student who plans on buying Lady Gaga tickets with the cash, started out with the intention of selling her spot.

The whole experience was inspired by an article for the iPhone 4 last year, it was “an easy way to make money” and an adventure. She sold her spot to a app developer who wanted to to get to a meeting Friday evening.

Apple’s iPad 2 will go one sale later this month.


iPad 2 Ireland release date

25th March 2011
25th March 2011

We have had a large number of e-mails with people asking the release date for the iPad 2 in Ireland.  So we are giving this a post of it’s own… What we hear is the shipping date is 25th of March, as per the above screengrab from engadget. That’s all we know right now. Feel free to comment if you have more information on this for us and we will update this post.

Apple Launches iPad 2 (Press release)

SAN FRANCISCO—March 2, 2011—Apple® today introduced iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more. iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect. iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

With the new front and rear cameras, iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls to millions of iPhone® 4, iPod touch® and Mac® users so they can see family and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Photo Booth lets you apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera.

iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari® mobile browsing performance; iTunes® Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay®;** the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.*** Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.



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Irish Apple store down ahead of iPad 2 announcement

Apple Store Down
Apple Store Down

Apple’s online store seems to be down in most countries! This usually happens during a new product launch , or a product update. It’s possible that later today Apple will allow pre-orders for the iPad 2, or perhaps they will launch something else? Who knows?

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