Boy Genius is reporting today that Verizon Wireless is currently testing CDMA-compatible iPads on their network. Interesting, considering that some thought the sweet iPad data plans that were announced with the iPad might be an olive branch from AT&T to keep Apple on their network... and the sudden iPad and iPhone data price changes from AT&T today… maybe we'll see Apple mobile devices on Verizon sooner rather than later.
Jetstar, a domestic airline in Australia, has started offering iPads for in-flight entertainment as a $10 option. No word on whether a SkyMall app will be included. Multiple hotels have already started offering iPads in-room for their guests. For both industries, the iPad is a great entertainment device. With the iPad, users can now take advantage of numerous magazine and newspaper selections, staff recommended books, not to mention movies and games to keep the user entertained for the duration of the flight or hotel stay.
After whining subtly complaining about not getting the sneak peek at Reeder for the iPad, we managed to score a beta preview last week from developer, Silvio Rizzi. After five minutes, I was hooked. Reeder for the iPhone [App Store, $2.99] is my favorite pocket reader and, without a doubt, Reeder is the best news reader for the iPad. The developer claims this to be a beta, but this app feels more complete than some version 2 apps I've tested.
According to Chikita Research, a Massachusetts-based advertising network, the iPad is having a positive effect on Mac sales. For the first three months of 2010, Macs consistently made up 7% of the traffic that reached its online ad networks. But on April the number bumped up to 10.25%, more than 3% higher. According to Daniel Ruby at Chikita, the numbers for May look to be consistent with April.
Also interesting, ChangeWave Research found that roughly 20% of people surveyed plan to buy an iPad, with a majority of those planning to do so in the next 6 to 12 months. If there is indeed an iPad halo effect, Apple can expect to see their market share grow steadily over the next couple of years.
Back in January Lenovo showed off the IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook at CES in Las Vegas. One reporter in particular declared it an iPad killer even before Apple announced they had a tablet, stating that the U1 makes "Apple's supposed tablet look silly".
On Friday, Lenovo announced it was dropping its "iPad killer" to work on an Android based machine.
In 28 days, Apple sold one million iPads... 30 days later they repeated that feat. Obviously the International release was contributed to the second million, but the iPad had only been available in the additional nine countries for two days when Apple reached this new milestone. Apple states nine more countries will get the iPad in July, while shortages are already being reported across the board.
We've discovered one of the coolest iPhone or iPod accessories in quite sometime. It's called the t'Light, and claims to be "the most talented light." Simply put, it's an LED light (which is advertised to run for over 50,000 hours) with an iPod dock in the base. Stopping there, we already want one, but the designers didn't stop there. The t'Light includes a port for charging your laptop and a USB port for charging another device, including an iPad.
In nine countries around the world, the iPad made its official debut, and unlike the relatively short lines here in the US, most reports are showing long lines as people hope to get their hands on Apple's magical tablet. In some cases, Apple opened their doors an hour early to help control the situation. That could have simply been a result of Apple running out of Smart Water to handout.
Apple has released information today on how to self-publish your book on the iBookstore. The requirements are not all that stringent, and the opportunity for aspiring authors to be in the iBookstore are unparalleled. You can sell your book in multiple countries, and even set the price per country. The financial agreement is similar to apps, with Apple retaining 30% of the sale price.
The basic requirements are being able to create an EPUB file that passes EpubCheck 1.0.5, and the ability to obtain a valid ISBN for each title. The full requirements are detailed below.
If you are a fan of the iPhone app, 2Do [App Store, $6.99], we have some good news for you: The developer announced via Facebook that 2Do is coming to the iPad as a universal app. That's right, no fee to upgrade. If you haven't checked out this fully featured todo app for your iPhone or iPod Touch, we encourage you to do so. A "Lite" version is available for free [App Store], which offers many of the functionalities of the paid version.