Apple iPad Update

The Apple iPad hits the stores this weekend amidst a lot of hype and anticipation for the apps that will be available. Here is some of the latest information we have that may answer some of your questions.

Will other vendors be able to sell the iPad?

Apple confirmed  that most Best Buy stores will also have iPads on Saturday. 3G versions of the iPad will be out late April while the Wi-Fi versions will sell for $499-$699, depending on how much storage it carries.

One caveat on this, nitial pre-orders are sold out. Unless you get one at a store, the earliest you might see an online order placed today is around April 12.

What about the lack of Flash on the iPad?

There have been many announcements of apps being released by several developers for the iPad. They seem to be working around the Flash issue. Mainly this is being done by the converting of Flash to HTML5.

What ebooks and newspapers will be available at launch.?

About 30,000 free e-books will  available at launch. The publishers are actually still looking to the iPad as a lifesaver  reeling them in many new subscribers. The Wall Street Journal hopes to glean $17.99 a month per reader.

Any new and different types of content for the iPad?

Well for one, MTV Networks, for example, is developing a “co-browsing app meant to be used while watching live TV,” said one executive familiar with MTV’s iPad plans. “This means the iPad could be the appendage that makes interactive TV a reality.”

What about the connection issues that already plague AT&T?

AT&T on Wednesday announced the nationwide release of its 3G MicroCell, the company’s first femtocell. It’s a device for $150 that creates a tiny 3G data and voice signal for your personal use, eliminating AT&T’s network issues within a limited range.

AT&T 3G MicroCell acts like a mini cellular tower in your home or small business environment. It connects to AT&T’s network via your existing broadband Internet service (such as DSL or cable) and is designed to support up to four simultaneous users in a home or small business setting. With AT&T 3G MicroCell, you receive improved cellular signal performance for both voice calls and cellular data applications like picture messaging and surfing the Web.

Device Features:

  • Enhanced coverage indoors – supports both voice and data up to 5000 square feet
  • Available unlimited minute plans – individual or FamilyTalk plans.
  • 3G handset compatible – works with any AT&T 3G phone.
  • Supports up to four voice or data users at once.
  • Device is secure – cannot be accessed by unauthorized users, easy and secure online management of device settings
  • Seamless call hand-over – start calls on your 3G MicroCell and continue without interruption, even if you leave the building.

Device Requirements:

  • 3G wireless phone/device
  • Broadband service over DSL or cable
  • Computer with Internet access for online registration

Additional Information:

  • Installing your device near a window is strongly recommended to ensure access to Global Positioning System (GPS). A GPS link is needed to verify the device location during the initial startup.
  • The 3G MicroCell device is portable. The device may be moved, provided the new location is within the AT&T authorized service area and properly registered online.

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