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iPad Progress Report

kdawson posted about 4 years ago | from the floor-wax-and-dessert-topping dept.

Handhelds 374

Now that the 300,000 early adopters have had a few days to play and work with their iPads, we're moving beyond the "first impressions" articles (but here's a video of a 2-1/2-year-old's first encounter with the device). The detailed reviews aren't out yet. The largest source of early complaints is a complex of problems with Wi-Fi reception. Apple has posted a technical support note implicitly acknowledging the problems and suggesting some work-arounds — specifically, changing SSIDs or encryption methods on base stations that offer both 2.4-GHz and 5.8-GHz signals. Finally, here's a detailed look at the gratuitous pain Apple imposes on those desiring to get iWork files transferred from and to the iPad.

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The baby (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752670)

She really smashes that poor iPad :(

Re:The baby (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752776)

Re:The baby (-1, Flamebait)

sopssa (1498795) | about 4 years ago | (#31753020)

The funny thing is the iPad Case [apple.com] -accessory. Apple has tried to make it look like Courier Tablet [engadget.com] and like an actual book, but the truth is that theres no screen on the other side (which you can't see from the picture). What a surprise for the buyer.

Too bad the iPad sales are disappointing [theinquirer.net] :

Over the weekend we saw some footage of empty queue stalls which was vaguely like when we popped into Disneyland Florida in November. -- Eric Savitz said that the figures "didn't quite meet estimates" -- According to the WSJ, Wall Street took a deep breath when analysts heard the figures.

early adaptor? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752674)

WTF is that?

Re:early adaptor? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752718)

An early adopter or lighthouse customer is an early customer of a given company, product, or technology; in politics, fashion, art, and other fields, this person would be referred to as a trendsetter. The term originates from Everett M. Rogers' Diffusion of Innovations (1962)[1].

Typically this will be a customer that, in addition to using the vendor's product or technology, will also provide considerable and candid feedback to help the vendor refine its future product releases, as well as the associated means of distribution, service, and support.

The relationship is synergistic, with the customer having early (and sometimes unique, or at least uniquely early) access to an advantageous new product or technology.

In exchange for being an early adopter, and thus being exposed to the problems, risks, and annoyances common to early-stage product testing and deployment, the lighthouse customer is given especially attentive vendor assistance and support, even to the point of having personnel at the customer's work site to assist with implementation. The customer is often given preferential pricing, terms, and conditions.

The vendor, on the other hand, benefits from receiving early revenues, and also from a lighthouse customer's endorsement and assistance in further developing the product and its go-to-market mechanisms. Acquiring lighthouse customers is a common step in new product development and implementation. The real-world focus that this type of relationship can bring to a vendor can be extremely valuable.

Early adoption does come with pitfalls: early versions of products may be buggy and/or prone to malfunction (such as the Commodore 64 or Xbox 360) or prematurely obsolete (8 track tapes, Betamax, HD DVD). Furthermore, more efficient, less expensive versions of the product usually appear a few months after the initial release.[1] The trend of new technology costing more at release is colloquially referred to as the "early adopter tax".

Or shortly, a fanboi.

Re:early adaptor? (5, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about 4 years ago | (#31752796)

I think the grandparent post was commenting on kdawson using "early adapter" instead of "early adopter" in the post. Presumably, an early adapter is someone who is among the first to adapt to the revolutionary new world that the Jesus Tablet brings us.

Re:early adaptor? (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | about 4 years ago | (#31753084)

See, I figured an early adapter was someone who started hacking an Apple product as soon as it went on sale, even before anyone had figured out what it was good for.

Re:early adaptor? (2, Insightful)

cabjf (710106) | about 4 years ago | (#31753138)

So that 2 1/2 year old would be both an early adopter and an early adapter.

Re:early adaptor? (1, Interesting)

MoFoQ (584566) | about 4 years ago | (#31753162)

at first I thought it was a typo too....but then realized that "adapter" is more fitting that "adopter"....as ppl who do buy 'em will have to "adapt" to using it (and later deciding not to use it)

Re:early adaptor? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752896)

I still don't have an iPod.

Sansa Disk!!!!!!

Re:early adaptor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753388)

All of that is great, but has nothing to do with the question, which was "What is an early adaptor"

The grandparent was pointing out the typographical error in the blurb. "Now that the 300,000 early adaptors have had a few days to play and work with their iPads..."

Re:early adaptor? (-1, Flamebait)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about 4 years ago | (#31752818)

Those are people who change how they work to correspond to the ideology embodied by a technology, rather than use technology that already adopts the conventions with which they are familiar.

See also: one button mouse, single-tasking

Other solutions to the wifi problem (4, Informative)

adeelarshad82 (1482093) | about 4 years ago | (#31752714)

other solutions [pcmag.com] to the wi-fi problems.

Re:Other solutions to the wifi problem (5, Informative)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 4 years ago | (#31753026)

From your link Apple suggests:
1. update your router's firmware
2. change your router's location
3. set your router to operate on one 802.11 standard
4. change your router's security
5. rename your networks

In the reported cases only the newly released iPad is having problems, but according to Apple the problem is with your router.

Re:Other solutions to the wifi problem (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 4 years ago | (#31753088)

Aww... it was funnier when I thought his link was a disguised recommendation to “buy a PC”.

(Yes, I know that “Macs are PCs too”. No need to tell me...)

Re:Other solutions to the wifi problem (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#31753210)

In the reported cases only the newly released iPad is having problems, but according to Apple the problem is with your router.

Well, obviously. If you have two devices, one of which is perfect, and a problem, obviously the device that is not perfect is the problem.

What do they teach you kids in logic these days?

Re:Other solutions to the wifi problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753278)

Yes, that's apple alright. The fact you might have ten different devices from various manufacturers successfully working with the router already doesn't count. The Job's reality distortion field removes everything without an apple logo.

More useless, over-hyped Apple crap. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752730)

I think the worm is starting to show.

Wi-Fi problems (5, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#31752736)

Our neighbor picked up an iPad on launch day, and he has definitely experienced the Wi-Fi problem. His Acer Aspire One in his basement can connect to his wireless G Linksys router on his top floor with a good, strong signal. His iPad can BARELY connect while he is on his ground floor, and in his basement you can forget about it. His Aspire One can also see our wireless network as well as the network belonging to folks on the other side of him, but even if he shoves his iPad against the wall dividing our town homes, he still can't even see our router, much less connect to it.

Re:Wi-Fi problems (5, Funny)

Casca (4032) | about 4 years ago | (#31752808)

How exactly is this a problem? Just buy an apple airport wireless extender and problem solved.

No problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752884)

How exactly is this a problem? Just buy an apple airport wireless extender and problem solved.

I see. So Apple's wimpy receiver needs a boost and the solution is to buy more hardware from Apple - sound like IBM's business model - it's a good one, btw.

It's too bad that Apple didn't use the same superior Wi-Fi receivers like those low-end laptops and netbooks.

Re:No problem. (-1, Troll)

sopssa (1498795) | about 4 years ago | (#31753068)

So Apple's wimpy receiver needs a boost and the solution is to buy more hardware from Apple - sound like IBM's business model

It's not IBM business model, it's Apple's actually. You cant just buy your own graphics card, more hardware, or even a damn battery for iPhone. You have to buy everything from Apple, from an Apple store, with high Apple prices. This just follows the same lead.

Re:No problem. (4, Insightful)

cabjf (710106) | about 4 years ago | (#31753176)

You must not have dealt with IBM in a business setting much. They practically invented vendor lock in.

Re:No problem. (4, Informative)

Kitkoan (1719118) | about 4 years ago | (#31753258)

You cant just buy your own graphics card, more hardware, or even a damn battery for iPhone. You have to buy everything from Apple, from an Apple store, with high Apple prices. This just follows the same lead.

Buying RAM for a Mac: http://www.newerram.com/ [newerram.com]

Buying a new graphics card for a Mac (Mac edition of graphics cards): http://www.nextag.com/mac-graphics-card/compare-html [nextag.com]

Pretty much everything you need to upgrade the hardware of a Mac: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/site-map/ [macsales.com]

These aren't Apple sites, but you can upgrade your Mac with their parts. Just because its harder to do, doesn't mean it can't be done.

Re:Wi-Fi problems (3, Insightful)

alphax45 (675119) | about 4 years ago | (#31752888)

The problem is that you shouldn't have to buy another device so that your iPad works with a router that everything else works with. It really seems like something is wrong with the Wi Fi in the iPad..

Re:Wi-Fi problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752890)

LOL
just.. LOL

How is this NOT a problem? Why can't it work like a normal wifi device?

Only a hardcore apple fanboi could even come up with the logic you displayed.

Re:Wi-Fi problems (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753082)

And only a AC would not recognize a whoosh moment.

Um, wait..

Re:Wi-Fi problems (0, Troll)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 years ago | (#31752946)

> How exactly is this a problem? Just buy an apple airport wireless extender and problem solved.

The ipad is inferior.

He is expected by the cult to buy yet some other doo-dad as a kludgey work around to make up for the fact that the ipad is inferior.

Yes: pisspoor wifi reception is a genuine reason to knock a product.

Having cart full of kludgeware workaround wigdets is not terribly mobile or convenient.

Re:Wi-Fi problems (0, Troll)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | about 4 years ago | (#31752996)

QA: The wireless capabilities seem to be crippled to the point where its only about as useful as a wired device. But we don't have a standard ethernet adapter.

Jobs: Hmmm. Could this be a problem?

Muffled Yell from the window: ITS NOT A BUG ITS A FEATURE!

Jobs: Ballmer is peering in through our windows again. Someone go tell him to get on that Windows 7 SP 2 or it'll never sell.

Re:Wi-Fi problems (2, Interesting)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 4 years ago | (#31753366)

Definitely true.

If you take a look at the iPad Teardown [ifixit.com] , you'll see the WiFi antenna (step 24, bottom), which can only peer out of the Apple logo. There's no use thinking otherwise - it's just that one antenna out the spot in the back. The rest of the case is metal, and the screen probably has a metal backing on it, making the only place for signals to escape is that little patch of plastic.

I'm surprised you get any signal at all without having to "aim" the back of the iPad at the AP.

Re:Wi-Fi problems (2, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#31753574)

I'd be willing to bet a dumptruck full of Gnutella that the reason why this design decision was made was to maintain the overall look of the device.

Huzzah for form over function!

Wiping Away (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752740)

still wiping away all the man juice on my ipad. i just can't help it, everytime i see it i have to...!!!....oh no, not again! thanks a lot steve!

Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752750)

with a Jailbreak [slashdot.org] .

Yours In Kuybyshev,
Kilgore Trout

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | about 4 years ago | (#31752772)

Or just use one of the many Linux tablets soon to appear.

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | about 4 years ago | (#31752970)

Exactly! These devices have a great potential, but as a Linux fan, I'd love to get a (preferably atom) tablet with a Wacom touchscreen. While I will be using KDE >4.4.0 on the sucker (it needs some processing juice), Xournal and Inkscape will be perfectly epic :) ... and a hell of a lot cheaper ^^,

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (-1, Troll)

Kenja (541830) | about 4 years ago | (#31753018)

Soon? My first Linux tablet was in the mid 80s.

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (5, Funny)

1729 (581437) | about 4 years ago | (#31753062)

Soon? My first Linux tablet was in the mid 80s.

That's impressive. Especially since Linux was created in 1991.

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (2, Funny)

godrik (1287354) | about 4 years ago | (#31753294)

In ten years, linux will have a support for the kernel operation time_travel which allowed someone to bring a penguiny-tablet to 1985. Hence GP's comment!

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (1)

slim (1652) | about 4 years ago | (#31752872)

with a Jailbreak [slashdot.org] .

Yay! Give Apple a big chunk of your money, then immediately invalidate the warranty.

Re:Free The iPad Of Apple Domination (0, Troll)

copponex (13876) | about 4 years ago | (#31753146)

The warranty? You mean the multi-day wait at the "Genius Bar" or the automatic refusal to cover warranty parts because you accidentally used the product for work?

But hey man, Garage Band clinics are free!

iWork Files are corupted to (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752814)

The file synch is nothing compared to the way iWork mangles files http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=7935&tag=content;col1

Wait, what? (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | about 4 years ago | (#31752834)

No one's hacked it yet?

Come on people, get on the ball...

Re:Wait, what? (1)

kiehlster (844523) | about 4 years ago | (#31752958)

It would be hacked by now if it wasn't for those WiFi problems. Either that or hackers stopped caring about Apple products.

My status report. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752858)

I've had mine for about a day now. Yesterday evening I was figuring out how to use it, and I felt fine. I fucked my wife, and then went to bed.

Last night I had extremely vivid dreams about tight clothes and sodomy. And this morning, I woke up with a rock-solid erection. It only subsided once I accessed some gay pornography on my tablet, and stroked myself off.

Things have gotten worse since then. I no longer have any sexual attraction towards women. In fact, the only cravings I have now are for fat cock and buttsex. I just lisped, and I'm having trouble typing this (my wrists are giving out).

What the hell is happening to me?

Re:My status report. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753416)

this

Document work sounds just awful (2, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about 4 years ago | (#31752866)

Doing anything with documents on an iPad sounds awful. You apparently have to "sync" with a Mac using iTunes. In any business environment, you'd want to talk to some server.

Apparently the iPad is incompatible with Google Docs, although this may just be a bug.

Re:Document work sounds just awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752976)

I can read but not edit. Bug my ass.

Why buy this junk? (1, Insightful)

Billly Gates (198444) | about 4 years ago | (#31753174)

Before I become modded down to an oblivion, I would like to point out that on an Asus AEEE or even on a XO I can run abiword or openoffice and have a FULL OS with REAL software that is used by the rest of the world on desktops. Not a DRMed cell phone os with large amounts of resources being used to lock me into a jail with specifically designed office apps that have been made crippled.

I was hoping to run MacOSX when I heard Apple was going to make a sub netbook. Instead it reminds me of WinCE where Microsoft got together to purposedly cripple as much possible.

The tabled is not a computer but a device ... a big IPhone with the phone part disabled.

I am waiting for HPs tablet. I hope it runs Windows and I can put any app I want on it.

they didnt "sell" 300K (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752930)

that figure includes those that WorstBuy bought and has sitting on their shelves. Are they sold to end losers yet?

Re:they didnt "sell" 300K (1)

microcars (708223) | about 4 years ago | (#31753094)

that figure includes those that WorstBuy bought and has sitting on their shelves. Are they sold to end losers yet?

look on Craigslist or eBay to see all the "end losers" that bought them thinking they could flip them.
I wonder what percentage of sales were made up by those?

Re:they didnt "sell" 300K (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 4 years ago | (#31753172)

Well, considering Apple stopped taking advanced orders, those who wanted one but didn't pre-order would have to get one at an Apple store. If the Apple store was out, they'd have to hope BestBuy had one. BestBuy however carried far fewer per store than an Apple store would have.

Why did they not wait for 4.0? (3, Interesting)

CompressedAir (682597) | about 4 years ago | (#31752942)

It sure seems strange to me that Apple, who sell themselves as the "complete" and "it just works" experience would release the iPad before the next version of iPhoneOS comes out. This sounds like the kind of giant pay-to-beta-test sort of thing that Apple is known for NOT doing.

As someone who uses an iPhone and would like an iPad, Thursday will be very interesting.

Is anyone else reminded of the 10.0 release of OSX?

Re:Why did they not wait for 4.0? (1)

crashumbc (1221174) | about 4 years ago | (#31753276)

This sounds like the kind of giant pay-to-beta-test sort of thing that Apple is known for NOT doing.

I HOPE this was meant as sarcasm...

But Apple is known for screwing up from time to ti (3, Interesting)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 4 years ago | (#31753376)

Sometimes Apple has a period of greatness and then they have a period of... well, not so greatness. Maybe it is time again?

Personally, I don't know. The Wifi problems sound odd, but then again, who exactly thought putting an metal shield on an antenna was a good idea? But surely Apple would have tested that.

I think what we are finding is that a lot of people are putting this device under an intense microscope, determined to find any and all flaws and blow them up out of proportion. High trees catch a lot of wind, especially if they fail to fall in previous gusts of hot air. Anyone remember people scoffing the iPod and iPhone? They must be getting desperate for Apple to have one of its famous screw-ups again.

I think Apple had a simple reason to launch the iPad now. One of its uses is to go outside and use it. Who is going to go outside in the winter? And soonish they will have to announce a new macbook pro anyway (core 2 duo is getting very long in the tooth) and that makes more sense later in the year, and two must have's should be seperated so the victim eh customer has time to recover from the bloodletting that is called buying an Apple product.

Frankly, I have seen all this negativity before. I don't put much stock in it. If someone were to introduce fire in this day and age, people would find plenty of stuff wrong with it and claim that nobody really needs it.

Re:Why did they not wait for 4.0? (1)

TrancePhreak (576593) | about 4 years ago | (#31753396)

This sounds like the kind of giant pay-to-beta-test sort of thing that Apple is known for NOT doing

Actually this is par for the course. iPhone 1.0, OSX 10.0, iPod 1.0, etc. They all were beta sold as release.

Re:Why did they not wait for 4.0? (5, Insightful)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 4 years ago | (#31753406)

It sure seems strange to me that Apple, who sell themselves as the "complete" and "it just works" experience would release the iPad before the next version of iPhoneOS comes out. This sounds like the kind of giant pay-to-beta-test sort of thing that Apple is known for NOT doing.

Think about that. Apple released a new product on an older but proven OS. iPhone OS 3.2 is a version of iPhone OS specifically modified for iPad. It was released in beta back in Jan 2010. You're advocating that they should have released a brand new product on a new, unproven OS (4.0 which hasn't been released outside of Apple yet). Sounds like Apple is trying to avoid the beta-testing you're accusing them of doing.

Also this week they will announce/release the beta version of 4.0 to developers. It will be at least a few months after release before the OS moves from beta to final. That would have to delay the launch of iPad for a few more months.

Re:Why did they not wait for 4.0? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about 4 years ago | (#31753472)

Didn't the iPhone have reception issues?

I believe it had an entirely metal case that interfered with the antenna. This sounds a lot like something Apple would do.

Also, have you used OSX prior to 10.2? it was full of stupid little annoyances.

Re:Why did they not wait for 4.0? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753486)

Perhaps "it just works" under the Steve Effect? -- In gaining the bulk of industry attention and the joy of shareholders? With function being secondary? So far the hype-success reminds me of W95 where people lined up on release day even though they didn't have the RAM to run it yet.

But you're right. Everything hinges on Thursday. If they get enough working by then, a few days of hiccup will be forgotten. Until then, I can't tell if this thing will get traction or be one of Apple's quickly forgotten oddities like the Clamshell iBook.

Waitaminute (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31752984)

Doesn't it "just work"

Arbitrary eBook reading? (2, Interesting)

ShadyG (197269) | about 4 years ago | (#31752990)

What I'm really interested to know is will the iPad allow me to write a book, save in unencrypted ePub format, and upload it to my own device, to be read by iBooks? I happen to be in the market for an e-reader, but not one that won't allow me to read self-authored content.

Re:Arbitrary eBook reading? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753190)

Hang on a second there sparky. You want to write a book on the ipad? You do realize you'll be typing thousands of characters on a glass screen right? Just because you can do something doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Re:Arbitrary eBook reading? (4, Informative)

joh (27088) | about 4 years ago | (#31753342)

What I'm really interested to know is will the iPad allow me to write a book, save in unencrypted ePub format, and upload it to my own device, to be read by iBooks?

Yes. Drag your ePub file into iTunes, sync with the iPad, done. Or publish your book via smashwords (free), get it into the iBooks store this way and install it right from the iPad ;-)

Re:Arbitrary eBook reading? (1)

SidIncognito (953776) | about 4 years ago | (#31753390)

I've tried this and it works well. I have a bunch of plaintext files (that I typically convert to PDF using LaTeX). I pasted the text into some XHTML files, created an ePub by hand, and imported it to iTunes. It synced just fine to the iPad and looks very nice in iBooks.

I'm now working on putting together a little Perl script to automate this so I can generate an ePub every time I generate the PDF.

Re:Arbitrary eBook reading? (1)

Brandee07 (964634) | about 4 years ago | (#31753504)

I don't believe Pages will save to ePub, but iBooks can read third-party non-DRM ePub files. So, you can always type it up as a Pages file, export it to your computer as a Doc, and use some other program to convert it to ePub, and then move it back to your iPad, but ugh.

As for getting your book onto the iBookstore for others to buy, currently only Amazon allows individuals to self-publish ebooks for their store.

However, you can publish with SmashWords, who offers none of the editing/marketing assistance of a big publishing house, but they have negotiated publishing agreements with the big ebook vendors. Just upload your work, and they will in turn publish your book on iBooks, Amazon, B&N, Sony, and Kobo, or any subset thereof, in return for a cut of your cut. (http://www.smashwords.com/)

It's The Great IPad Money Making Scheme (0, Flamebait)

CyberSlammer (1459173) | about 4 years ago | (#31753044)

Step 1: Get 300,000 Lemmings to stampede to the Apple store for the giant IPhone Step 2: Sell 300,000 IPads with a Wifi issue Step 3: ? Step 4: Profit

On the 2.5 YO (2, Interesting)

Swanktastic (109747) | about 4 years ago | (#31753064)

The little girl had obviously spent a lot of time playing with an iPhone or iPod Touch. While cute, I don't think it really qualifies as much of a First-Encounter-type UI experiment.

Re:On the 2.5 YO (2, Informative)

alen (225700) | about 4 years ago | (#31753110)

my son is the same age and he can get around my iphone pretty well. i have 2 pages of apps just for him. i've noticed that if i change their position or the page they are on, he can still find the app he's looking for. his current favorite is a Thomas the Train puzzle game.

and thanks to video download helper on firefox, i can download train videos for him from youtube. and sometimes he just likes to explore, try playing the music i have, change the position of my apps, etc

Re:On the 2.5 YO (2, Insightful)

stimpleton (732392) | about 4 years ago | (#31753198)

This is slashdot so you are forgiven....so I'll paste the first sentence for you:

"My iPhone-savvy 2.5 year-old daughter held an iPad for the very first time last night, and it turned out to be an interesting user-interface experiment."

Probably not 300k (3, Insightful)

Luthair (847766) | about 4 years ago | (#31753072)

According to PCWorld [pcworld.com] , the Apple press release citing 300k units is including those sold to Bestbuy, which is of course entirely different from the number of units sold by Bestbuy.

Re:Probably not 300k (5, Insightful)

ProppaT (557551) | about 4 years ago | (#31753284)

I'm not really bothered by the 300k number. I'm sure there's nearly that many Apple zealots waiting to get their hands on one to begin with. What I'm curious about is how many of those 300k people are people who are just going to buy the next Apple gadget on launch day vs. those who bought it out of genuine interest. Also, I'm curious if this will drive up the sales of iPod Touches when people go out to get an iPad but realize they can save a few hundred dollars and basically have the same functionality + portability. Personally, I hope it flops...we don't need Apple dictating, shaping, and propriatizing yet another format...but that's just an off topic rant.

Re:Probably not 300k (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753468)

It also doesn't include the 3G iPads that have been pre-ordered (but won't ship until the end of April) and also the WiFi-only iPads that have yet to ship (the original orders arrived April 3rd and after a certain point, the online orders had a ship date of April 12th).

The Real test. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 4 years ago | (#31753136)

Is after 1 month after purchase. When the Gee Wiz is out... The back has a few scratches... Do they put it on a shelf and forget about it or will they use it in their daily lives. I remember back in the 90's when I got myself a Palm III I when I first go it I was playing with it and it was all cool and I downloaded apps for it and everything else... But after a month I kept on forgetting to use it, leaving it at home and not really using it for anything useful. I didn't get myself an iPad not because I didn't think it was cool but because as far as I could tell it would just be fun for a month then I would have it on a shelf not used.

Re:The Real test. (1)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#31753248)

For myself, getting a Palm Pilot (m100, represent!) in high school was a freakin' life saver. My hand writing has always been horrible, and the easy-to-learn recognition alphabet it used made my note taking actually worth while.

I know a lot of people that got PDAs that didn't really use them for much, but note taking and keeping track of my homework alone made mine indispensable for me.

Re:The Real test. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753344)

Error in your .sig: terminating parenthesis expected.

eg. DoItFaster(DoWhatIWant()>

man'kind' progress report (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753196)

we're dropping 'features' at an alarming rate. we've never been very user friendly. we are definitely now peddling ourselves under the hypenosys lowgo. isn't 'progress' grand?

never a better time to consult with/trust in your creators.

Re:man'kind' progress report (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753224)

cool story bro

strange brew that's also good for you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753226)

That would be Kombucha.

Wait for Service Pack 1 (1)

Animats (122034) | about 4 years ago | (#31753240)

This is looking like a "wait for Service Pack 1" or "wait for version 2" situation.

This could be a nice little device in a year, when the software is debugged, the cellular interface is in and works, the cellular networks have provisioned enough capacity to serve video to the thing, there's decent support for business documents, and the price has dropped by 50% or so.

Wait for the 2nd gen... (1)

benwiggy (1262536) | about 4 years ago | (#31753286)

Apple make a great product. But never first time round. If I did want one of these, I would wait for the next revision at least.

First of all... (1)

Azureflare (645778) | about 4 years ago | (#31753304)

I did buy an iPad. I had a gift certificate so the cost was significantly reduced, and I thought it would be fun. haven't had much time to play with it since work has been crazy since I bought it.

BUT it is a really nice media consumption device. I haven't bought the iWork suite yet (and i'm not sure I will).

It seems to me that using this device for creating word documents is not really that a good idea; it reminds me of the monty python skit where they ask someone to cut down a tree with a herring.

Personally I word process on my desktop when I have REAL work to do. If I want to write leisurely I could see that working on the iPad, but it's definitely not what I envision myself doing.

I'm going to be reading, watching movies, listening to music and playing games. It does those all pretty well IMO, and the OLED screen is gorgeous indoors (kind of reflective outside). Still wish it had a pixelqi screen but, ah well. Such is the fate of an early adopter.

My rant (1)

pablodiazgutierrez (756813) | about 4 years ago | (#31753306)

Are developers out of their freaking minds? Do they seriously thing that Things is worth paying $19.99? I mean, I can see the utility, but given all the alternatives, do they seriously believe that people are going to pay that much?

Coming in iPhone OS 5.0... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31753332)

Next year Apple will announce iPhone OS 5.0 with an innovative new idea that they're calling "iFile". With this new service all of your applications can share documents by storing them in a common location. iFile will include an innovative system of organization called "Folders". Folders will allow you to group related documents together in a single location. You will even be able to create Folders within Folders.

And coming in iPhone OS 6.0, "iFile Share". Share your iFiles over any network connection.

Sucks outside in bright light (4, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | about 4 years ago | (#31753352)

especially sunlight. Sorry but with this type of device I was really hoping I could use it outdoors without fearing the light. No go. Sorry its abysmal. It also has the problem of not being viewable in page format with polarized lenses, landscape was fine. When I borrowed my friends Kindle I found I could read outside just fine. Let alone the weight, sorry but it really amazes me how much it gets to you over time.

I don't need another device that is trapped indoors. Summer is almost upon us and I don't want something I fear leaving in the sun, let alone using with the sun out. I guess I can sit under the umbrella but really, my marine GPS is beautiful in sunlight, why can't we have an iPad for the outdoors instead of basement dwellers?

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