With its introduction yesterday, over 24,000 people downloaded Wired's iPad magazine [App Store, $4.99]. This put almost $84,000 towards its publisher's bottom line in a single day. Numbers like this will likely encourage other magazines and publishers to follow suit. Overall, a success for Wired translates to good news for publishers, developers, and iPad users.
Further legitimizing the iPad as a book reader, Barnes & Noble introduced its reader app [App Store, Free] for the iPad today. While not as flashy as Apple's iBooks, the BN eReader appears to be a step ahead of the Kindle app and offers features not available on either competing apps. The Barnes & Noble app offers the ability to loan out your eBooks to a friend for up to two weeks, and lets you see the books as they were intended, using the publishers formatting suggestion. It also allows you to save formatting themes. The expected features are included as well, such as highlighting, adding notes, and bookmarks (tap the bottom right corner to dog-ear the page). BN eReader also supports syncing between other devices such as the Nook or BN eReader for iPhone.
The new eReader has a few downsides, however.
Salespeople and Service Managers at 40 of the US Mercedes-Benz dealerships will be getting to try out iPads in order to better service their customers. They didn't create a new iPad app, though, instead Mercedes converted their existing web portal into a web app to work on the iPad. Dealerships have already been using a web-based app on their PCs. One of the biggest changes necessary was the removal of Flash content. (Yet another shot fired at Flash in the Apple-Adobe war.)
This is something non-techies are starting to get about the iPad:
This is helped by the fact that though the iPad is a powerful computer, it doesn't do any of the annoying things that computers do.
The full review is worth a read.
At the Amazon annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Jeff Bezos said that the Kindle targets "serious readers," while the iPad targets a broader range of users. Bezos later added that 90 percent of households are not serious reading households. This begs the question, is 10 percent of households a big enough audience for a specialized device to a company as large as Amazon? Also, does this explain why Amazon has declined to state sales numbers for the Kindle?
When we posted our comparison of RSS Readers for the iPad, one notable missing entry was Reeder. Being my favorite reader for the iPhone [App Store, $2.99], I've been waiting
impatiently for Reeder to release an iPad version. Unfortunately, the folks over at MacStories seem to be a bit closer with the developers of Reeder because they posted a sneak peak at the upcoming iPad app. I'll admit I'm extremely jealous, but it is great to see that Reeder for the iPad is coming soon.
The iPad is a great device for reading. With the full color screen, it is a glossy magazine if the Kindle reader is a text only novel. And considering our addiction to news feeds the iPad is an indispensable tool for us, but which app is the best one when it comes to reading our news feeds? We decided to put a few to the test and see which one comes out on top. Aside from being specifically an iPad app, the only requirement we had for the app was it had to sync with Google Reader. We chose three apps to battle it out for a position on our iPad home screens.
If your iPhone or iPad is set to sync automatically when you plug it into your computer, you likely noticed it always performs a backup before syncing. Sometimes, the backup takes an extremely long time. We have found a solution that fixes most of the backup issues in iTunes.
The iPad shipped with some new spell checking features, like the red underline found in the Mac OS, and word replacement. We've found something not documented to further help users with their spell checking on the iPad. With auto-correct enabled, when you spell a word wrong, the iPad displays a popup with the correct spelling, and as with the iPhone, you simply tap the spacebar to accept. However, if you tap the delete key immediately after the corrected word, it will show a popup with your original spelling.
Mobile electronics aftermarket accessories maker Scosche has just unveiled their new in-dash mount called the iKit for the iPad. It's a double-din ball mount that includes a USB port and mini-stereo port, combined with a removable case so that iPad owners can maintain the portability of the iPad.
Take a look at the demonstration video from Scosche, showing the kit installed in a Subaru STi.