Customers Report Receiving Shipment Notifications for New iPad

Customers are reporting having received shipment notifications from Apple for pre-orders of the third-generation iPad, also known as “The New iPad,” with delivery scheduled for March 16 which happens to be the official release date. AppleInsider reader Chris D’Aurora submitted a screenshot of an alleged shipment notification from Apple for a pre-order placed on Wednesday.

“We’re happy to let you know that the items below are on their way to you,” the notification read.

The device is a 16GB black iPad + Wi-Fi. The package was reportedly shipped through Federal Express and was listed as on track for delivery on March 16. Engadget reports that several of its readers have received shipping references as well. Some of them have also received UPS tracking numbers indicating the iPads are shipping from China.

Apple unveiled its third-generation iPad on Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. The new tablet features a Retina Display, optional 4G LTE, a faster processor and a 5-megapixel camera. It will launch first in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

The third-generation iPad launch could be significantly larger than its predecessor’s launch, last year, which landed in the U.S. first before going international two weeks later. U.S. pre-orders for the iPad appear to be going strong so far, as some models of the device are no longer available for launch day delivery. The white 16GB and 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G AT&T iPad models are currently listed as shipping by March 19.

Wall Street’s reaction to the new iPad has been positive overall. Several analysts view the accelerated international roll out as a potential sign of an upside to iPad shipments this quarter.

Apple Unveiling its New iPad!

Today, Apple unveiled their new iPad at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The new iPad features a 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution Retina Display that packs 3.1 million pixels into its 9.7-inch display, along with voice dictation and LTE 4G, coming on March 16 to 10 countries. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, noted that the screen on the new iPad has more pixels than a 1080p television. Packing 264 pixels per inch, the pixels cannot be distinguished by human eye at a distance of 15 inches. The new iPad also features a remarkable 5 megapixel camera. The third-generation iPad also features voice dictation, which allows users to input text by speaking rather than typing.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” Schiller said. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor-sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

Key Features:

  • High-definition Retina Display
  • New A5X chip with quad-core graphics
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics, shoots 1080p video
  • 4G LTE models allow for connections to faster wireless networks
  • Still offers the same 10-hour battery life.

The wireless iPad models now sport 4G connectivity, allowing users to connect to long-term evolution networks from providers such as AT&T and Verizon. The new iPad will be offering download speeds of up to 73Mbps over LTE. Canadian 4G LTE partners are Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Another improvement highlighted by Apple, on Wednesday, was battery life; as the new iPad will support 10 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. The new iPad is slightly heavier than its predecessor, the iPad 2, and weighs 1.4 pounds while the body is 9.4mm thin.

The launch will be Apple’s biggest roll-out ever, debuting in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Quick highlights from Wednesday’s event:

  • The new iPad features an A5X processor with quad-core graphics.
  • Compared to the Nvidia Tegra 3, Apple says the A5X is twice as fast with four times the performance.
  • The new iPad also has 44 percent better color saturation on its screen.
  • An improved 5-megapixel camera is on the back of the device. It includes an infrared filter and ISP built in to the A5X chip.
  • It also features auto-focus and auto-exposure, and uses the same optics system found in the iPhone 4S.
  • The new camera can also record video in 1080p.
  • There will be two different versions of the LTE-capable iPad models: one for AT&T and one for Verizon. Both will be able to roam worldwide in 3G.
  • The iPad can also act as a personal hotspot, if supported by a carrier.
  • It will also continue to be available in both black and white models.
  • The iWork applications have also been updated to take advantage of the Retina Display. It will be a free update for those who already own Pages, Keynote or Numbers.
  • GarageBand has also been updated to add Smart Strings and a note editor. iPads can be connected over iPad or Bluetooth to make music together. Content can be shared and pushed to iCloud.
  • iMovie for iOS has also been updated, adding storyboards and new editing capabilities. It’s still $4.99 and a free update for those who already own.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model.

The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.

iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the iPad 2 is now offered for $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Rumors Claim Apple’s third-gen Tablet to be named ‘iPad HD’

It’s been reported that Apple is said to be stepping away from its usual numerical naming convention in favor of the more descriptive ‘iPad HD’ when it unveils the expected next generation tablet on Wednesday. Citing inside information from a developer who has previously provided “reliable information” on upcoming Apple products, CNET claims that the much rumored device will not take on the “iPad 3” moniker as many have speculated, but will instead be called “iPad HD” to highlight the most prominent and talked-about feature of the upcoming tablet: a high-resolution “Retina Display.”

Another report from VentureBeat claims that Apple will indeed depart from its traditional naming scheme, and notes that the “HD” title is further proof that the tablet will not ship with a new A6 processor but will instead be equipped with a modified A5 chip, seen in a purported prototype photograph as the A5X. Last week, Gizmodo published a leaked list that detailed “iPad HD” products from accessory makers Griffin and Belkin.

As of right now, it seems as if the “HD” tag could be akin to Apple’s “S” naming convention that took place with the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4S, which marked incremental updates to the smart phone that weren’t substantial enough to warrant a complete number change.

Apple’s next generation tablet is expected to be launched at a media event in California scheduled for Wednesday, and is widely thought to sport a Retina Display, thicker chassis and extended battery life, among other improvements.

Retina Display

25 Billionth Download from Apple’s iOS App Store was ‘Where’s My Water?’

A user from Qingdao, China, downloaded the free application “Where’s My Water?” as the 25 billionth download from the App Store, Apple announced on Monday. User Chunli Fu was the winner of Apple’s contest, earning them a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. “Where’s My Water” is a mobile game available on the App Store and published by Disney available both as a free “lite” version and a full paid copy for 99 cents.

“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said a press released. “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”

There are currently more than 550,000 applications available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in 123 countries around the world. MOre than 170,000 of those applications are available natively for the iPad.

Applications on the App Store are available in 21 different categories ranging from games to sports to business or health and fitness. More than $4 billion has been paid out to developers who sell software on the App Store.

App Store 25 billion downloads

The App  Store reached the 25 billion download milestone on Saturday, though Apple didn’t announce the winner of the $10,000 gift card until Monday. Over the weekend, the page counting down to the number was updated to say: “A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion download. Thanks for getting us there.”

‘iPad 3’ Cases Shipping To Best Buy ahead of Apple’s Announcement On Wednesday – Report

Best Buy stores have reportedly begun to receive cases sealed in boxes for Apple’s 3rd generation iPad ahead of Wednesday’s unveiling. The cases have shipped in boxes with a pink sticker stating “Do not display until official iPad 3 launch,” an anonymous tipster told PhoneArena.com. Cases for the dubbed “iPad 3” are said to be shipping in bulk, as third-party manufacturers are planning for Apple to begin selling its next iPad soon after it is officially announced.

The report states that:

The shipment is not of just a few cases — there’s over 1,000 Targus Versavu 360 stands for the next-gen iPad shipping to Best Buy, meaning that it won’t be long until the actual tablet hits shelves.”

Multiple leaked components from Apple’s supply chain have suggested the next iPad will feature an external design largely the same as the current iPad 2; however, the “iPad 3” is said to be slightly thicker, with edges mroe tapered than its predecessor. It’s expected that the Apple magnetic Smart Cover will still work with the next iPad, despite minor tweaks to the design. However, Apple’s protective accessory only covers the front, flat screen of the iPad, while many third-party cases cover the aluminum back.

Accessories 2

The rumour that third-party cases are being delivered to Best Buy is supported by a picture that srfaced las week, showing the retailer’s inventory system listing “iPad 3” accessories set to be in stock by next Sunday, March 11. The leaked inventory listings included ZAGG’s InvisibleSHIELD.

The next iPad is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s media event this Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. The event will commence at 10 a.m. Pacific and 1 p.m. Eastern.

Craigslist!

iCandyApps has released their newest application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad – Craigslist! The app is FREE for a limited time; with this in mind, you should head over to the App Store immediately if you’re familiar with the website version. Not only does the application do everything the website does; in my opinion, it also provides the user with a whole better user interface. The app is listed under Apple’s “Lifestyle” category and is currently rated nearly 4 stars on the App Store. It was last updated on October 19th, 2011 & its current version is 1.1.

The first thing I noticed when launching the application was the UI. It looks amazing! Graigslist! ScreenshotThe developers have done a miraculous job of laying-out everything the user needs; right on the “home page.” In total, there are 8 categories or options on the screen when you launch the application; in addition, there is also 1 “Favourites” option next to the other 8.

Not only does the user have the option to create a post immediately, he/she is able to jump into; for example: the “For Sale”, “Housing”, “Jobs”, “Services”, or “Community” option straight away. I like this feature because as it allows users to find what they’re looking for without a hesitation. Equally important, the user is also capable of changing they’re desired location in an instant – straight from the home page.

Once a user finds what they’re looking for, they can then either reply to the post, add it to their favorites, or even send the post to a friend, relative, or even family. All this doesn’t take any time what-so-ever. If you were to ask me what the difference is between the app & the actual website, I would answer with a succinct reply, “There is no difference.”

There is a minor thing that bugs me every now and then; specifically, the when I want to filter sales on Craigslist! by adding minimum & maximum prices. Of course, there is a way of doing it, and this way is by tapping on search, then advanced search, and then, finally, adding all your filters. However, I think the developers should add a much simpler way of doing this. I must admit, it took me quite some time to figure out how to filter searches.

Craigslist! is a fantastic application; regardless, of one small minor feature. The app’s design was clearly designed with a succinct purpose: to make the app as simple looking, yet innovative looking as possible.

iCandyApps has myriads of other apps available as well, check them out on iCandyApps’ official website.

The Lytro Camera

The 3 Lytro Cameras

Well, they’re finally announced. Lytro officially presented the Lytro camera at a press conference earlier this week. These cameras are based on Plenoptics. Plenoptic (cameras) use microlens array to capture a 4D light field information about a scene. This is also based on light-field technology.

For a photographer, whether amateur or professional, the Lytro technology means that the headaches of focusing a shot go away.
-Steve Lohr, The New York Times

The theory behind the Lytro cameras is to capture living images. You can take a picture, and then refocus it later on any part of your photo. Lytro says with no auto-focus motor will mean no shutter delay. So in simple terms, that means capture the moment you want to capture without delay. They also say it will be integrated so all computers can view it, even your friends on Facebook and Twitter, and soon to a mobile device such as phones and tablets.

So the camera has a 8X optical zoom lens, with constant f/2 aperture (to capture maximum light). It is 4.4 inches long by 1.6 inches square, and weighs less than 8 ounces. On their website, they say the batter is a long-life Li-Ion battery. It has an aluminium casing, and the screen is multitouch. And of course, it’s very speedy because there’s no auto-focus meter, making it very quick and no time last trying to focus your image.

So with all these cool features, what’s the price and internal memory? Well, first off (and I find this weird), black and graphite cameras are 8GB only, at $399 USD. THese means it can take up to 350 Lytro pictures. There is a 16GB version, but only in red priced at $499USD. Your picture files are .lfp, which means Light Field Picture file. So expect that file type to merging soon.

However, at the current moment there are some drawbacks. You need Mac in order to view these pictures. But a Widows application is “in development.” Oh, and if you want a replacement lens cap, you’ll have to buy it separately. And it uses a micro-usb for data and charging, so maybe no wall charging at the moment.

So that’s the Lytro camera!

*As seen on Jordan’s Tech Stop

iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011 Coming To 9 Cities Worldwide

Apple has confirmed that it will be doing a Tech Talk World Tour based around iOS tips & tutorials. Apple has launched its own page for the Tech Talk World Tour 2011 where developers can sign up for the limited-space events; however, Apple has said that they will be giving priority to the developers who already have an application available on the iOS App Store. All iOS developer program members are eligible to attend. The tour will kick off on November 2. 2011 in Berlin. Apple is planning on visiting 9 different cities around the World. Apple’s tour will span across 3 continents: Europe, Asia, & the Americas.

“We’re taking iOS 5 on a world tour and we want you to come along for the ride,” the site reads. “Learn from experts as you take your apps to the next level with exciting new technologies in iOS. Space is limited, so register today.”

Here’s the full list of cities:

  • Berlin, Germany – November 2, Maritim ProArte Hotel Berlin
  • London, United Kingdom – November 7, Kings Place
  • Rome, Italy – November 9, Rome Marriott Park Hotel
  • Beijing, China – December 5, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
  • Seoul, South Korea – December 8, Kintex
  • São Paolo, Brazil – January 9, Sheraton São Paulo WTC
  • New York City, New York – January 13, Millennium Broadway Hotel Times Square
  • Seattle, Washington – January 18, Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center
  • Austin, Texas – January 23, Austin Convention Center

iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011

The agenda kicks off at 9:00 am, leading into on a class that teaches consumers about iPhone & iPad user interface design at 10:00 am. Consequently, developers will also be education about adopting iCloud storage at 11:00 am, before a lunch break. Just after noon, classes will divide into three rooms where consumers will learn about different iOS features; such as: Newstand, AirPlay, Game Center, iBooks, printing support and myriad more. The day will come to an end at 6:00 pm with wine & cheese. Continue reading

iPhone 4S’ Now Require Reservations

iPhone 4S

There has been such a large demand for Apple’s new iPhone 4S that Apple has asked people, that are wanting to purchase the 4S, to reserve one. In fact, the handset is selling so well that the Cupertino, California,company is now requiring that potential in-store buyers make reservations online. Currently, all iPhone 4S models are listed with shipping estimates of 1-2 weeks on Apple’s online store.

The 4S has established a new all-time high opening sales record that Apple is having trouble keeping up with the production. Apple has already sold over 4 million iPhone 4S’ in just over 72 hours. Compare this to RIM (Research In Motion) who have sold the same amount from the time RIM launched. Several years ago RIM was still ahead of Apple in the mobile phone market; however, Apple has now sped past RIM at an incredibly fast pace.

There have also been reports of Steve Jobs having worked on the iPhone 5.  Because his time was limited, rumours state that Steve contributed as much of his time towards the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, these reports have not been officially confirmed; however, if this were the case, the iPhone 5 should be a real jewel. Rumours also state that because Steve’s focus was mainly given to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S was not the prime of attention. Others, not Steve himself, worked & improved on the hardware of the iPhone 4, while Steve had a head-start on the iPhone 5.

Apple is expected to announce their iPhone 5 at one of their conferences summer 2012.  The iPhone 5 is expected to have a full re-design, considering that this years iPhone, the 4S, didn’t feature one. Nothing has been confirmed, but Apple will probably also be looking into an A6 chip for the iPhone 5. The camera may have slight modifications, but shouldn’t change too much, considering its 8 Mega Pixels already.

Thank You Steve, For Everything


On October 5th, 2011, former Apple CEO and Chairman Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. This was such a sad and shocking day for the World, for Jobs had inspired millions around the World with his innovative and slick products. Steve was a one-of-a-kind, he will not be replaced within this century. Steve had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2004. It’s disappeared and reappeared throughout the years. Unfortunately it got the better of him on October 5th, as he died surrounded by his family and friends. The Apple Board of Directors, yesterday, released a statement saying:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Over the years Steve as revolutionized the technology industry. He has brought so many new kinds of technologies to this planet, that otherwise might not even be here today. Look around your room… I bet you there’s at least one Apple product near you. It’s quite amazing and extraordinary how a man like Jobs has affected our living space, our favorite music, our favorite movies, and our favorite devices. Where would we be without this important man? Nobody knows; and thank god that this man founded Apple. I remember one of the first videos that I watched, regarding Steve Jobs, on YouTube, was his Stanford University Commencement Speech which took place in 2005.  Here’s one of the most powerful quote’s that you will ever read:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

We are extremely saddened by the death of a great technology mogul, and wanted to write our own message to him. This is our message to Steve Jobs & his family:

We are all shocked and stunned by the death of a hero. Steve was a one-of-a-kind technology mogul, he can’t be replaced. Not only was Steve one of the most successful CEO’s of all time, he inspired the World with his extraordinary and special products. He will be missed greatly, and our condolences go out to Steve’s family, his friends, his relatives, and his company.

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