Earlier today, Apple has announced that the company has sold over 2 million of the “magical” iPads in in less than 2 months.
Apple® today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.
“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
Developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.
According to AppleInsider.com, Apple is selling about 35,000 – 36,000 iPads a day.
Pricing for the Apple iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 3G + Wi-Fi model.
You can the full version of today’s press release on the Apple website.
During all of today’s parades, picnics, and all sorts of summer kick-off merriment, don’t forget to take a minute and remember all of the brave men and women of our armed forces who have given then their lives in the service of our Great Nation so that we can all live free.
Why is it a year later that I am still calling my Palm “Pre” a “Treo”? I guess some old habits die hard. Maybe it’s because I still subconsciously haven’t accepted “Pre” as a cool name for my phone?
It is interesting because I don’t have the same problem with “Palm OS” and “Palm webOS”.
It’s time for another Mobile Apps 360 review. This time I cover Kdan’s PDF Reader iPad Edition.
I found myself needing to read a PDF attachment today. I was away from my office, and I didn’t want to try to read the email attachment on my BlackBerry knowing full well that I had an 9.7-inch iPad in my bag.
In steps Kdan Mobile Software’s $0.99 Apple iPad application, PDF Reader 1.0.
I was drawn into purchasing PDF Reader because of some of the cool features it had. First is the ability to transfer Acrobat documents from my MacBook Pro to my iPad using iTunes. Next was the well designed UI. In landscape mode, you see a file/folder navigation bar on the left with a document pane on the right. Switch the iPad into portrait mode and the navigation bar melts away allowing you to see the document full screen without any distractions.
Another cool feature is the ability to browse to your web mail account from inside the application, a feature that requires the application have a MA-17 rating, and download the PDF file to your iPad. That was the feature that I needed to read me PDF file.
PDF Reader also has a nice built in manual system that allows you to quickly get started and then call up the manual if you have questions later on. Page scrolling and zooming work very well and I didn’t have any problem flicking through 13 – 24 page documents I need to read today.
All in all, PDF Reader: iPad Edition should be an application that you purchase and install on your iPad if you need to read PDF files outside of Apple’s email application.
For more information about PDF Reader, visit the Kdan website. To purchase a copy of PDF Reader: iPad Edition 1.0, visit the iTunes App Store [App Store link] or use the App Store icon on your iPad and search for “PDF”.
The HTC Droid Eris update has finally started rolling out to Verizon customers this past Sunday. A message from a Verizon Twitter account indicated that the update would become available yesterday.
The Android 2.1 update is an Over the Air (OTA) update that you apply to your Eris without having to connect it to your computer. When the update becomes available for your Eris, an Update Available icon will appear at the top left of your screen. Once you download the update installer, you will be prompted to restart your phone and the update will be installed.
For more details about the Google Android 2.1 update for the HTC Droid Eris, check out the Verizon Wireless support website.
The Sprint edition of the RIM BlackBerry Bold has gone on sale via the Sprint website today, according to BoyGeniusReport.com. The Bold 9650, which started out life as the BlackBerry Tour 2, will eventually replace the Tour on Sprint’s Now Network.
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 can be purchased for $199.99 after a $100 instant rebate and a $100 mail in rebate when you sign-up for a new line of service or add a 2-year contact extension to your existing plan.
The BlackBerry Bold 9650’s feature list includes:
- BlackBerry® Push Technology
- Mobile Email
- BlackBerry App World™
- 3.2 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder
- Dual Network Capability for International Travel
- Wi-Fi Enabled – 802.11 b/g
- External Memory (Up to 32GB SDHC microSD card)
- BlackBerry® Messenger and Instant Messaging
- Attachment Viewing and Editing (DataViz Documents to Go)
- GPS capable
- BlackBerry® Media Sync (sync with Apple iTunes)
- Bluetooth® Enabled including Stereo BT profile
- Voice Activated Dialing
- Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC)
For more information and upgrade pricing, visit the Sprint website. For detailed product specifications on the BlackBerry Bold family of smartphones, visit the Research In Motion BlackBerry website.
On this lazy Sunday afternoon I had a chance to catch up on some of the magazines and IT research reports. One of those magazines was Time, in which Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was named one a member of this year’s Time 100. Mr. Jobs was listed in the “Thinkers” category; which is fitting because his computer has always dared to “Think Different.”
You can read Jeff Koons’ write up of Mr. Jobs on the Time website.