Apple will probably announce the iPad Mini next month. It’s a smaller version of the iPad launched to directly compete with the Kindle Fire.

Obviously Apple has always focused on producing premium products and selling them for, well, a premium price! However, with Tim Cook stepping up as CEO, its strategy may change. If the iPad Mini is made to compete with cheaper Android tablets like the Kindle Fire, then the price point can not be higher than those.

Now, the Kindle fire is priced at around $199. Which simply means Apple will probably not go higher than this price point.

ipad mini 300x225 Apple iPad Mini price at $199

Of course predicting things like these is most always useless but it’s fun to do nonetheless. Do you think I’m right with my prediction of $199 for the Apple iPad Mini price?  Tell me in the comments below!

[Image courtesy of Ciccarese Design]

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The collective tech press is going wild with predictions on the next iPad that may be launched by Apple next month.

The consensus seems to be that a smaller iPad, dubbed the iPad Mini, will be announced sporting a 7″ display which not coincidentally is similar to Amazon’s Kindle Fire display size. Obviously Apple is feeling the heat of the Kindle Fire as it’s breaking sales records all over the place as customers demand a small form-factor which is between a mobile smartphone device of 4″ and the iPad/netbook size range of 9.5″ to 12″.

Renders made by a Ciccarese Design give some impression to the form factor:

ipad mini 300x225 Apple iPad Mini rumors keeping the tech press awake

What do you think Apple will announce next month. Do you give any value to the rumors? Tell me in the comments below!

[Image courtesy of Ciccarese Design]

ipad queue 300x147 Theres one Million iPads in Beijing, uh.. the worldIt’s official now. Apple has sold over 1 million iPads since launch, that’s 28 days. Apple already sold over 300,000 during the first launch weekend and the sales momentum has continued. On average each iPad user has purchased 1.5 books from the iBookstore and 12 apps from the App Store. This totals to 1.5 million books and 12 millions apps sold.

The iPad has actually outsold the iPhone in the first month!

This weekend’s launch of the iPad 3G is expected to add another 300,000 units to that number.

CUPERTINO, California—May 3, 2010—Apple® today announced that it sold its one millionth iPad™ on Friday, just 28 days after its introduction on April 3. iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore.

“One million iPads in 28 days—that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

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®.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

We were just waiting for the first people to install emulators on the iPad and here you have it: Windows 95 on the iPad through an x68 emulator.

Why you ask? Stupid question: because you can!

Now let’s wait on the first installations of Windows XP on the iPad. And Linux, and Vista, and the Super Ninte….Alright, I’ll stop!

ipad queue iPad pre orders for Europe and Asia open Monday, May 10

Today, Apple’s iPad worldwide release was delayed by at least a month.

However, Apple has told the press it already expects to begin accepting pre-orders for its flagship device on Monday, May 10.

It will also announce what the actual release date for the different geographic regions will be.

Pre-orders are possible to place through the online Apple store and Apple retail stores all over the world.

Stick in there, world!

ipad delay europe iPad delayed for Europe, Middle East and AsiaApple just announced that the iPad release will be delayed to at least the end of May 2010 for all markets outside the United States. Previously the worldwide launch was set for the end of April.

Demand for the iPad has been higher than expected and will exceed the available supply for the coming weeks. Apple said it is actually still working on handling the massive amount of pre-orders it got, many of which are not delivered yet.

“Faced with this surprisingly strong U.S. demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May” an Apple spokesperson told reporters, “We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10.”.

Will this delay damage the iPad’s release in the rest of the world? No, not a chance. Instead it is merely more free promotion for the device, as the same happened with the first iPhone release. People just want it even more, if they know it is selling so well in one country and it is not available in theirs.

ipad virus First iPad virus spotted

Day four of iPad mania and here it is. You load up your new iPad, which you only got a few days ago and guess what…where’s your files? Your contacts? Your schedule? You’ve fallen victim to the first iPad virus!

Last night, we received an unconfirmed report  from a user who appears to have the first iPad virus. From what we know, this has actually been an iPhone virus infecting an iPad device and the virus has not been developed purposely to hit the iPad. We are investigating this ourselves now and will report further on this when we have more details.

iPad’s iPhone OS

How is this possible anyway? An iPhone virus on the iPad? Well, the iPad actually runs the iPhone’s OS. This gives the iPad the capability to run the thousands of applications that have already been written for the iPhone but it also endangers it into giving virus writers an even bigger platform to write for; as most iPhone viruses will work on the iPad too, and vice versa.

Below are some tips on how to prepare and avoid viruses on your iPad and how to remove a virus if you have it.

How to prepare and avoid getting a virus on your iPad?

Preparation is key as with viruses on all computer platforms. Follow these steps to make sure you do not get a virus and are prepared if you do get one:

1. Regularly back up your data through the iTunes synchronization feature. It can automatically store your contacts, schedule, tasks and other data.

2. Install Apple’s regular firmware updates to your iPad. These updates are essential as they patch holes in the security of the iPhone OS. Again this means syncing your iPad up with iTunes often.

3. Be careful which apps you install. Only install applications you trust and do not install apps or open files from outside the iTunes App Store.

What to do if you have a virus on your iPad?

1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes by going to the Apple website and downloading the installation file.

2. Connect your iPad to your computer and open up iTunes.

3. Select your iPad when it appears in iTunes under devices

4. Click on the Summary tab

5. Choose the Restore option

6. iTunes will now ask you if you want to back up your device before restoring it. If you have already backed up your device previously, choose ‘Don’t Back Up‘ otherwise press ‘Back Up‘.

ipad virus instruction 1 First iPad virus spotted

7. In the next windows press the ‘Restore‘ button.

ipad virus instruction 2 First iPad virus spotted

8. Your iPad will now restore itself to factory defaults. After it has completed it will show the Apple logo and start up.

9. After the iPad has booted up it will display a ‘Connect to iTunes’ dialog. This will disappear after it is connected again.

10. From iTunes, a dialog will show to ‘Set Up Your iPad’. Choose to restore the backup (pick the backup file you want) and press ‘Continue

ipad virus instruction 4 First iPad virus spotted

11. You now hopefully have a working iPad again with your old data restored. Congratulations and stay safe next time!

3g iphone queue 300,000+ iPads sold in launch weekend

Apple just announced over 300,000 iPads were sold during its launch weekend. These sales include pre-orders, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple stores.

This is a very high number if you take into account the iPhone‘s launch sales which were 270,000.The iPad outsold the iPhone during launch. And this is magnificent, if you think about it. The iPad is a much more difficult product to market as mainstream consumers are not used to tablet devices at all. The iPhone was refreshing but it was a smartphone and most people had already used smartphones ( e.g. BlackBerry or HTC devices).

iPad users downloaded over one million iPad apps: that is more than 3 apps downloaded per sold device, and over 250,000 ebooks were sold from the Apple iBookstore, close to one book per sold device.

Our predictions were pretty darn close! We predicted 275,000 iPads to be sold in the launch weekend and we missed out by about 25,000 units. Our predictions for iPad sales in the launch weekend were found by averaging prediction figures from four industry analysts: Gene Munster from PiperJaffrayMike Abramsky from RBC Capital MarketsBrian Marshall from Broadpoint-Amtech and research firm iSupply.

ipad sales pred11 300,000+ iPads sold in launch weekend

So let’s look at our previously made predictions, cause we seem to be getting quite close to real numbers. We estimated some 2.65 million units in the current quarter (that is from March 2010 to the end of May 2010, or Q2). In the whole of 2010 we expect Apple will sell 8 million iPads. If we extrapolate that number from the rest of 2010 to the whole of 2011, we can expect over 10 million units to be sold next year. Again these are just averages but do give us an indication of what to expect.

ipad usb charging iPad USB charging problem Not chargingReports have erupted from iPad users on issues with charging their new devices by USB. The device shows the message “Not charging” eventhough it is connected by USB to a computer or USB hub. Well, it seems to be impossible to charge it through the proprietary USB cable connected to a PC. Nor do any (powered) USB hubs show the ability to charge it. However, it does charge on Apple computers and from AC outlets with the 10-watt power adapter.

What’s going on? Well, the iPad appears to suck so much power that most USB ports simply cannot deliver it to it.

What to do about this? Well, in general it’s best (and quickest) to charge the iPad from your wall socket with the adapter. Otherwise connect it to your Mac and it will charge fast too.

If you need to charge it from a Windows PC and the device shows “Not charging”, simply put it in sleep mode and the device will in fact charge, albeit slowly!

imdb ipad IMDb launches iPad app

Today, the Internet Movie Database or IMDb launched its IMDb Movies & TV app for the iPad in the App Store. IMDb is the most popular destination for movie related information on the web. It receives over 57 million unique visitors each month.

The IMDb app does exactly what it says on the tin: it makes all of the IMDb website’s information available in a special interface on the iPad. It also gives access to trailers and other movie related videos in high definition video. Apart from that, it can give you show times of your local cinema, TV listings and you can check out the latest box office results.

Nothing we couldn’t do on the IMDb website already, but hey, it makes the interface a bit easier to work with.

It’s now available from the App Store.

[Via MarketWatch]

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