ABC has released initial statistics on the performance of their iPad app, and the results are promising. The ABC Player [App Store, Free] has been downloaded 205,000 times since it's release just ten days ago, and the app has delivered 650,000 television episodes during that time.
While the app and its content are free, episodes are occasionally interrupted with short 30 second ads. ABC has stated these ads have already been watched several million times. Additionally, the app provides links to buy the TV show in iTunes. While it is still very early in the game, these features appear to be capable of producing significant revenue for the network, while also providing users with a simple and easy way to watch their favorite television content.
Bad news today for our international readers looking to get their hands on an iPad. Apple has posted that pre-orders for the iPad have been delayed until May. According to the iPad site for Canada, the UK, and other countries outside the US, pre-ordering will begin on May 10 with shipping set for "Late May." There's still no word on actual pricing other than the vague, "Unbelievable price."
Thanks to James for the tip.
An analyst from Broadpoint AmTech suggests that Apple could stand to make over $4 billion per year in revenue from their new iAds, revenue Apple will receive after developers snag 60% off the top. This estimate is on the high side, assuming that Apple will net $0.032 per ad view (or $32/1,000 viewers), but even on the lowest estimates of only $0.002 per ad view Apple stands to make $292 million from their 40% share of the ad revenue. That's not a bad amount of revenue for sitting around and doing nothing. And although that number is not likely to cause Apple's board to get excited, it would more than cover the cost of acquiring Quattro Wireless earlier this year.
AmTech's ad pricing assumption is below.
The New York Times is reporting that Google is reportedly preparing to launch its own Android-based entrant into the field as Nokia, HP and Microsoft also move forward on their own plans for devices in the emerging industry segment.
Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. People with direct knowledge of the project -- who did not want to be named because they said they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the device -- said the company had been experimenting in "stealth mode" with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on a tablet.
In a two part series, I explore the conveniences and challenges of using Apple's iPad as my primary computing device for a month, for work and for play...much to the chagrin of my MacBook, I'm sure.
This first installment, after the first couple weeks of use, is a straight-forward technical review of what the device is like to use. I recount what's good, what's bad, the surprises I stumbled upon and a wish list of what I would like to see in the hardware and operating system in the future. My next installment, concluding my month of near exclusive use of the device, will be a much more narrative journey exploring how ill-suited or well suited the iPad's design and collection of downloadable apps are to everyday life.
There has been a rush of reviews concerning the iPad following its availability in stores on April 3rd. You may have already read reviews that seemed almost identical in extolling the strengths of speed, battery, image clarity, and near instant orientation adjustment. Likewise, numerous writers have sounded like an angry mob in criticism for no multitasking, no flash, and no camera...though we now know that multitasking is coming to the device this Fall. You are not going to read about a simple litany of such strengths and weaknesses here. Rather my goal is to convey the less obvious...that which one is only likely to uncover from actual use of the device and not just from Apple's list of specifications.
Famed iPhone hacker, George Hotz (aka Geohot), has successfully jailbroken the iPad. As we mentioned earlier, Geohot believed his jailbreak would work on the iPad on the day of release. It looks like it took a little longer than expected, though a week is hardly anything to complain about.
Although details are limited at the moment, observant individuals may notice that both Cydia and Blackra1n seem to have made it to the iPad already. There's no download just yet, but we expect to see an official release any day now.
Apple fired off another shot at Adobe this week with the change in the developer agreement, banning apps that are developed using a cross-compiler like the Flash-to-iPhone compiler which be in Flash CS5 when it is released soon. MonoTouch, a tool that compiles C# and .NET apps to the iPhone, is also effected by this change in the developer agreement, but with the recent history between Apple and Adobe (specifically Flash), it appears that Apple is going after Flash directly.
Below is the complete language for section 3.3.1 of the developer agreement.
Apple has started telling developers if their app name contains the word "pad", it needs to be renamed. So far no apps have been removed from the store for this title conflict, but updates submitted to Apple are being rejected if the title of the app includes "pad". We spoke to GameHouse, makers of a new iPad app entitled, PartyPad - Marble Mixer [App Store, $4.99], who confirmed that Apple recently requested a change of name for their app. A quick search on the App Store for the word "pad", reveals a lot of developers are going to be scrambling to find new names for their apps, some more difficult than others. Names like "Drum Pad", "Note Pad" or "Score Pad" are not going to be easy to comply with this new rule.
Today Loren Brichter, the developer behind Tweetie [App Store, $2.99], announced that Tweetie for iPhone has been acquired by Twitter. According to the post on his blog, Brichter is joining Twitter's mobile team to begin transforming "Tweetie" into "Twitter" for both the iPhone and the iPad. Additionally, Twitter has announced that Tweetie will soon be renamed "Twitter for iPhone" and made free for iPhone and iPod touch users.
No release dates have been announced as of yet, but we're guessing it won't take too long!
Come the release of iPhone OS 4.0, the iPad may gain the ability to print. Per Daniel Eran Dilger, Apple has hinted at the prospect of printing being an included feature in iPhone OS 4.0 via support pages for iPad's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps each note that "printing directly from iPad is not currently available," rather than simply stating that the apps do not print.
For the time being, Apple is directing its users to send their documents to a desktop computer that can print them, either via email or using iPad's new file sharing feature in iTunes.