Apple announced today that they have sold over one million iPads as of Friday, only 28 days after its release. It took 74 days to accomplish this same feat with the iPhone. According to one analyst, Apple sold 300,000 3G models of the iPad over the weekend, selling out at almost every store. And if these estimates hold up to be true, Apple should sell over four million iPads in 2010.
The iPad jailbreak, Spirit, is finally available. Originally promised on Friday, Comex later backpedaled, commenting that he wanted to make sure things were stable before releasing the jailbreak. Spirit is an untethered jailbreak that works on the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch. It will not work, however, if you have already done a carrier unlock on your iPhone. The hacker also warns, "On iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore. Be careful."
Let us know in the comments if you plan to try this jailbreak.
We probably don't need to remind everyone, but today is the release date for the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model here in the US. Pre-orders for the 3G model were reported to be lower than the pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only model, but that may not be a good indication of demand at the physical stores. I'll be headed down to my local Apple Store to see what kind of crowd shows up, and while I'm there, try to snag a pair of iPad 3Gs. I'll be posting updates live from the Apple Store later today.
What do you think? Will it be crazy at the Apple Stores? Let us know in the comments if you are headed out to your nearest Apple Store today.
As Apple gets ready to release its latest version of the iPad, some people still have a hard time justifying the tablet as a business device. Most notably, the ability to print is conspicuously missing, a shortcoming that the iPad shares with its cousin, the iPhone. Seemingly, the easiest way to print from these devices is to email yourself with whatever image or item you wish to print attached. Fortunately, in an ecosystem like Apple's App Store, developers are quick to fill the gaps in functionality the iPhone's OS.
Check out a list of some of the front-runners in this category, below.
One of the most annoying aspects of the iPhone and iPad could be the fact you have to physically plug the device into your computer to sync. As a result, it's something I rarely do on any of my iDevices. Developer Greg Hughes has submitted an app to Apple that allows users to sync wirelessly. According to the developer, the app uses public APIs, which means there shouldn't be a technical reason for the app to be rejected by Apple. If the app is approved, I'll be first in line to buy it. And of course we'll provide more information here as it becomes available.
Check out the short video demonstration below.
iPhone hacker, Comex, has confirmed that his Spirit jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad will be available on Friday. Spirit should provide an untethered jailbreak, meaning users won't have to plug the device in each time they reboot. We will provide more details as they become available.
Several tech blogs are reporting today that FaceBook has gone iPad and iPhone friendly with the adoption of HTML5 for its streaming videos. Previously, when a using Safari on one of the Apple mobile devices, you would get a message that you needed to install Flash to view a video. This has changed, and now the videos play.
While the iPad will not support the multitasking features presented by Apple last week at their iPhone OS 4 Preview until this fall, some developers have taken it upon themselves to provide solutions. Several new iPad apps feature the ability to run multiple instances side by side, allowing the user to manage web interfaces such as Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail simultaneously without exiting the app.
iPhone developer Smule has teamed up with the hit television show Glee to release an app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad [iTunes Link, $2.99]. The app allows users to sing along to music featured on the show, with new songs being added every week, and the aspiring vocalist can even add pitch control and auto-harmonizing effects to their voice. While it may sound like nothing more than a branded karaoke game, this app has additional functionality that places Glee in a club of its own.
According to Create Digital Music, the iPad may be capable of supporting USB audio interfaces using the iPad Camera Accessory Kit, shipping later this month from Apple. The camera connection kit's main purpose is to download photos from your digital camera to your iPad using either USB or an SD card. If this report is true, the USB connection will also allow audio devices that are compatible with the USB Audio Class standard to connect to the iPad.