The recently released iPad Guided Tour videos reveal that Apple has indeed included a full English dictionary in the iPad as well as new spell checking options, neither of which are available on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Added to the copy and paste menu is a new "replace" menu, which offers a number of similar words you could use. Keep in mind this doesn't work like a Thesaurus, the words offered are similar in spelling, not meaning. Some apps, such as iBooks and Pages, also offer a "dictionary" menu item which pops up the definition of the selected word in a pop-up next to the word. The guide videos frequently mention the use of the "built-in dictionary," which seems to indicate that this will be available in all native apps, not just the new iWork applications.
Yesterday MacStories.net received a video of the iPad App Store in action. Not a whole lot of new information is contained in the video, although several iPad-ready apps have been spotted. As a follow-up, MacStories posted a second video today showing even more of the App Store. You can check 'em out below!
Apple, knowing some gadget fans just can't wait until Saturday, released a number of Guided Tour videos on their iPad web site. The videos cover all of the built-in apps from Safari to iTunes, but also include the iBooks app and the iWork apps (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers). Hidden in the videos are sure to be hints of new tricks and minor features that were not discussed during the introduction. Each app has its own separate video, or you can watch all of them in one giant guided tour. And for those who want to save the guided tour, you can get it directly from Apple's site by clicking this link.
An odd omission from the guided tours are the contacts, notes, and maps apps. It is possible that these apps weren't ready when Apple started filming, although a more likely explanation is that the apps are familiar enough to users that they weren't necessary.
Brightcove, the online video provider for large brands such as The New York Times and Time, Inc., announced today that they will be supporting HTML5 video for their customers. This announcement conveniently falls mere days before the launch of the iPad which will not support Flash video, which has been the traditional means of delivering online video.
Earlier this morning Apple sent out a press release confirming that both Apple and Best Buy are opening their retail doors at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the big iPad launch. If you didn't pre-order an iPad earlier, the delivery date for orders placed today is currently April 12, so standing in line at either your local Apple Store or Best Buy could be your only option to have the device in your hands on Saturday. All three Wi-Fi only models will be available, though there has been no indication of the quantity each store will have on hand. The Wi-Fi + 3G model of the iPad will not be available until late April.
With only several days left until launch, Apple has been organizing an iPad-specific App Store in anticipation of the tablet's release. According to MacRumors, iPad-only apps have begun to be approved and organized with lists showing several dozen applications with release dates as far back as March 19th.
The fact that the iPad-specific applications are ranked suggests that the applications are being downloaded/purchased at least on a limited basis (or at least internally), despite the lack of iPad availability for the general public. A report yesterday indicated that a number of these iPad-specific applications had temporarily appeared in Apple's web-based 'iTunes Preview' App Store listing.
Steve Jobs has come out of his shell somewhat lately to offer controlled leaks regarding the iPad and iPhone OS via email. In the latest episode, per 9 to 5 Mac, Jobs sent a message from his iPad Build 7B359 to say that there will be a way to import docs (from iDisk or iWork.com) into iWork on the iPad and the iPad/iPod/iPhone's Mail.app will eventually have Universal inbox functionality.
Universal inbox functionality is something users have hoped for, but it is unlikely to be in iPhone OS 3.2 as that's mostly an incremental update and and a Mail.app rewrite would seem to indicate a new version of the OS.
iPhone hacker, George Hotz, demoed an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone yesterday, which he believes will work on the iPad when it is released April 3. If you're unfamiliar with Hotz, he was the first person to unlock the iPhone back in August 2007... when he was only 17 years old. Considering Hotz's track record with hacking the iPhone OS, it is very possible this new jailbreak will indeed work on the iPad. The new jailbreak is supposed to be simple to use and will work on all current tethered models.
Best Buy, the only retailer besides Apple able to offer the iPad, is making preparations for the April 3 launch day. The iPads will only be available at Best Buy stores that contain a dedicated Apple Shop, which account for 675 stores in the U.S. (Best Buy has more than 1,150 stores worldwide). Since they have no retail competition for the iPad, Best Buy is reportedly not opening their stores early on April 3, believing that it would incur additional operating expense but not gain any additional profit.
Earlier this week Apple announced they would be taking iPad app submissions, and from what has been discovered on iTunes Preview — a section of Apple's site that lists of all of the apps in the iTunes App Store — it appears Apple has already started approving iPad apps. This was first noticed with games that appear multiple times, having "HD" or "XL" in their titles (presumably meaning they are built for the larger iPad resolution). These games appear on the iTunes Preview page, but the HD or XL versions don't appear in the iTunes App Store.
We also found two apps from The Omni Group on this page which have been rumored to be in the works, OmniGraffle and OmniGraphSketcher. Likewise, these do not appear in the iTunes App Store either. Another exciting find was six listings for Command & Conquer Red Alert, with only two being available in the App Store.