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iPad over sells expectations……up to 700,000 units sold…..

Long lines of tablet-hungry crowds greeted the iPad’s official release yesterday–but how many did Apple actually sell?

Brainstorm Tech reports Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s sales estimates for iPad’s first day:

In a report to clients issued Saturday night, Munster’s estimated that by midnight Sunday, Apple will have sold 600,000 to 700,000 iPads, including pre-orders — more than double his relatively conservative pre-launch estimate of 200,000 to 300,000. (Other analysts had published estimates of 300,000 to 400,000.)

By comparison, Apple reportedly took 74 days to sell one million iPhone when the gadget first debuted. The iPhone 3G and Phone 3GS each took just three days to sell the first million units.

More……..

That’s a lot of first weekeend sales….

Darn…

I might get one myself come the summer…when the first bugs are worked out, $600?

….that’s a steal!

More on the first day sales……

CNET’s got a team covering the launch: Greg Sandoval in New York City, Erica Ogg and James Martin in San Francisco, and Josh Lowensohn in Palo Alto, Calif. Follow along with our live blog below.

Sandoval, 8:15 a.m. EDT at New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store: In the final hours before the iPad went on sale, the line out in front of the store saw a little controversy.

Greg Packer, the retired highway worker who says he began waiting in line since Tuesday to ensure he would be first to walk out with the device, learned on Friday that those who had preordered an iPad would be first to enter.

More from CNET……

http://cdn15.castfire.com/video/78/500/1630/280869/news_2010-04-03-115119-1133-3-4-0.1133.m4v?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.cnet.com%2F8301-17938_105-20001601-1.html

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Education, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Checking the New York Times Blog on the iPad rollout…….

iPad

[ Apple iPads went on sale at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York. ]

Yea…….I know to most of you PC people this is a no-event but the Dog is a Mac guy…..so here goes….

Since the word “iPad” entered the collective consciousness back in January, there has been plenty of punditry about what Apple’s new device means for the future of technology, media and life as we know it. On Saturday, people will finally be able to start making up their own minds about it. The iPad went on sale at 9 a.m. at Apple and Best Buy stores around the country. Check back here for updates from Times reporters covering the consumer frenzy and from the Web at large. Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments, especially if you are diving into the frenzy yourself.

10:17 A.M. Unboxing Time

For the uninitiated, an “unboxing” video documents the act of unboxing a new gadget, for the benefit of those who fetishize gadgets and their packaging. A wave of iPad unboxing videos is hitting YouTube, including one………

More of the blogging action……

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , | 5 Comments

The iPad launch as seen from an Apple lover……who gets to talk about it to Steve Jobs….

iPad

It’s out to the public as of today…..

To tell you the truth……

The Dog is seriously thinking of buying one in a few months when the initial bugs get worked out……

Then I can share it with my wife…..

If anyone out there gets one…..please post em up on how it is…..

It is a gorgeous spring day when I arrive at the coolest address in the universe: 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif., where Apple has been headquartered since 1993. The campus, for such they call it, is enormous yet not big enough to contain Apple’s current rate of expansion. An additional site is being designed and built. After stocking up on “I visited the mothership” T-shirts at the company store (we fanboys are pathetic, I readily confess), I am shown around the canteen, lawns and public spaces. It is right to call this a campus, for everyone looks and dresses like a student. I should imagine the only people ever caught wearing suits here have been visiting politicians.

Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue are suitably bejeaned and relaxed as they welcome me for a talk about the iPad, Apple’s new product, which will be launched in a week and a half. Schiller is senior VP of worldwide product marketing, responsible for delivering Apple’s latest baby. Cue is VP of Internet services, overseeing the iTunes, App and iBook online stores.(See the unveiling of Apple’s iPad.)

For the whole Time Magazine story…check here…….….

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Projections, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

iPad WiFi will ship April 3rd……

Apple iPad announcement

Apple announced on Friday that the Wi-Fi versions of its long-awaited iPad will arrive April 3 in stores in the United States. The models that can tap into AT&T’s 3G wireless data network will be available in late April.

Customers can pre-order the iPad on Apple’s Web site beginning next Friday.

Apple’s tablet computer is expected to ship with 12 new applications designed specifically for the device, and it will run almost all of the more than 150,000 applications available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Apple has been aiming the iPad squarely at e-book readers like Amazon.com’s Kindle. And in its news release Friday, Apple said that an updated version of its iBooks app that will include Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download on April 3 in the United States, with additional countries to be added later.

The company has been aggressively recruiting personnel for the new iBookstore, listing a variety of iBook-related job openings on its corporate job board — including “Manager, iBooks Asia Pacific & Canada,” “Independent Publisher Acct. Mgr., iBookstore” and a “Merchandising Manager, iBookstore.”

Apple said that pricing for the device will be the same as it initially announced in January:

iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the United States for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the United States through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Apple said the iPad will be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G models in late April in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, with more countries added later this year.

More…….

This should be interesting….since there are similar products out there…will the Apple name  and aura sell this?

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Tests for the iPad…..a video from The LA Times……

The ‘Beach’ test and the ‘Couch’ test from David Lazarus over @ The LA Times……..

Here’s the Link to the video…….

Ah…just so you know he did the video without actually having a iPad….just wanted to let you know……..

Update……if you want to be ‘with it’ and get this new gadget…bring your wallet, check book, or gold card….with you…..it’s gonna cost…

While it remains to be seen whether Apple’s new iPad tablet will ultimately change the publishing business the way the iPod has changed the landscape of the music industry, the fact that it’s essentially an outsize iTouch (which itself is basically an iPhone sans the phone), brings a more immediate and pressing question to light, where, exactly, do you stick it?

Ipad_accessories_ipad_clothingI mean, technically speaking it’s portable (but then again, so’s a bone-in ham). But where, are you going to stash that 71.4-square-inch, pound-and-a half gleaming slab of multimedia ambrosia when it’s time to put down your e-version of “Catcher in the Rye” and catch your commuter flight straight home to Nerdvana?

Not to worry. It seems the folks at Scottevest, maker of those 22-pocket travel vests you’ve seen advertised in the Sky Mall catalogs, have been on the case, and shortly after Steve Jobs announced the tablet and its specifications were revealed, the Sun Valley, Idaho, company threw the above graphic up on its website.

Personally I think a cool lather case is the right way to go…wait they’ll be available soon……

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Entertainment, Media, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Apple has company with it’s iPad name……

Apparently a whole lot of companies have used the same name on it products……

Don’t worry about…let the lawyers hash it out….besides …with the money they are going to make….the settlements will be generous….

From a NY Times piece……

“It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, said Thursday. He said Fujitsu was aware of Apple’s plans to sell the iPad tablet and that the company was consulting lawyers over next steps.

Fujitsu’s iPad, which runs on Microsoft’s CE.NET operating system, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, an Intel processor and Wi-fi and Bluetooth connections; it also supports VoIP telephone calls over the Internet, a technology also used by Skype.

“Mobile is a keyword for Fujitsu’s iPad, too,” Mr. Yamane said. “With the iPad, workers don’t have to keep running back to a computer. They have everything right at their fingertips.”

Apple may have an edge on pricing, however: the iPads from Fujitsu can sell for more than $2,000, compared with $499 for an entry-model iPad from Apple.

Fujitsu’s application to trademark the iPad name stalled because of an earlier filing by Mag-Tech, an information technology security company based Seal Beach, California, for a handheld number-encrypting device.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office listed Fujitsu’s application as abandoned in early 2009, but the company revived its application in June.

The following month, Apple used a proxy to apply for an international trademark for the iPad. It has since filed a string of requests with the U.S. Patent Office for more time to oppose Fujitsu’s application. Apple has until Feb. 28 to say whether it will oppose Fujitsu’s claims to the iPad name.

While the dispute between Fujitsu and Apple centers on the United States, there are other iPads around the world. The German conglomerate Siemens uses the name for engines and motors, while a Canadian lingerie company, Coconut Grove Pads, has the right to market iPad padded bras.

Apple faced a similar spat three years ago with Cisco Systems over the iPhone name. The two companies eventually negotiated a settlement.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Education, Entertainment, Law, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Apple has company with it's iPad name……

Apparently a whole lot of companies have used the same name on it products……

Don’t worry about…let the lawyers hash it out….besides …with the money they are going to make….the settlements will be generous….

From a NY Times piece……

“It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, said Thursday. He said Fujitsu was aware of Apple’s plans to sell the iPad tablet and that the company was consulting lawyers over next steps.

Fujitsu’s iPad, which runs on Microsoft’s CE.NET operating system, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, an Intel processor and Wi-fi and Bluetooth connections; it also supports VoIP telephone calls over the Internet, a technology also used by Skype.

“Mobile is a keyword for Fujitsu’s iPad, too,” Mr. Yamane said. “With the iPad, workers don’t have to keep running back to a computer. They have everything right at their fingertips.”

Apple may have an edge on pricing, however: the iPads from Fujitsu can sell for more than $2,000, compared with $499 for an entry-model iPad from Apple.

Fujitsu’s application to trademark the iPad name stalled because of an earlier filing by Mag-Tech, an information technology security company based Seal Beach, California, for a handheld number-encrypting device.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office listed Fujitsu’s application as abandoned in early 2009, but the company revived its application in June.

The following month, Apple used a proxy to apply for an international trademark for the iPad. It has since filed a string of requests with the U.S. Patent Office for more time to oppose Fujitsu’s application. Apple has until Feb. 28 to say whether it will oppose Fujitsu’s claims to the iPad name.

While the dispute between Fujitsu and Apple centers on the United States, there are other iPads around the world. The German conglomerate Siemens uses the name for engines and motors, while a Canadian lingerie company, Coconut Grove Pads, has the right to market iPad padded bras.

Apple faced a similar spat three years ago with Cisco Systems over the iPhone name. The two companies eventually negotiated a settlement.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Education, Entertainment, Law, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Apple introduces the iPad tablet computer……

Leading up to the long-speculated launch of Apple’s iPad tablet computer, the publishing industry — newspapers, magazines and books — seemed to be the target. At least, those execs were at the forefront of the leaks (thanks, McGraw-Hill!).

Could the iPad instantly succeed — like the iPod did for digital music before it — where Amazon’s Kindle had been slowly gaining steam?

It should come as no surprise that a publisher — the New York Times — was the first partner that was shown during the Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco today. The app is well-designed and looks to be a mix between NYTimes.com and its already-existent iPhone app.

“Why did we come out three weeks ago to develop an app for the iPad?” said Martin Nisenholtz, the N.Y. Times senior vice president for digital operations, during the announcement. “We think that we’ve captured the essence of reading a newspaper… all in a native app.”

We’ve been down this road before with like type computer hardware…let’s see what happens……

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls | , | Leave a comment