iPad – Not For Sale


At the end of the iPad movie, an interesting disclaimer appears.  It states “This device has not yet been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communication Commission.  This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”

Perhaps Apple has not yet applied because it did not want the FCC to leak the application that would give away details before the announcement.  Perhaps the final design is not finished. Perhaps….you fill in the blank.  However, until the FCC approves it, iPad is not for sale.

iPad Development Underway


Apple has posted a page to allow developers to start working on developing iPad apps.  The developers can start working with the iPhone SKD 3.2 beta.  It contains all the tools needed to start developing and optimizing applications.

The program even comes with …. an “iPad Simulator.”  The simulator lets developers build and run an iPad application on the Mac so the user interface can be tested, debugged and memory usage can be monitored.

If you are new to programming, you can review the programming guide and human interface guidelines.  Sample code is also available to get you going quicker.

So, is this the “funnest” device Apple has made?

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Apple’s iPad Page – Camera Connection Kit


Apple has finally updated its web page to include information about the features, design, technical specs, pricing and availability.

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Several accessories are also available.  Those include the Keyboard Dock, which will enable you to charge your device as well as sync to the computer.  Interestingly, a feature listed is an accessory called the “Camera Connection Kit.”  Apple describes the kit as follows:”The Camera Connection Kit gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera. The Camera Connector lets you import your photos and videos to iPad using the camera’s USB cable. Or you can use the SD Card Reader to import photos and videos directly from the camera’s SD card.”

Will you load your photos or video directly onto this device and bypass iPhoto or iMovie?

iPad…Looks Good and Available Soon


Well…now that it’s been announced, there appear to be mixed feelings.

Some people can’t wait to get one, others are underwhelmed.  I think, for the price, the cheapest version blows Kindle and Nook out of the water plus, you can check your email, surf the web, carry family photos around, listen to your music, read the paper, work on editing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, watch movies and that’s all before the developers start making some really coop apps.

I cant decide if the extras, keyboard and cover are necessary.  I think the cover is.  However, with the bluetooth available, I’m hoping my current bluetooth keyboard works just fine. (credit for photo:Apple,Inc.)

With the 60 days or so to ship date, you will have time to see what others are saying.  Interestingly, as of today, the nook is not shipping until Feb. 12.

So…which one will you get?

Waiting for Apple’s Announcement


It’s 10:30 am on the east coast.  Only 2 1/2 hours before the start of the presentation.  I am not expecting any announcement about the iPad until well into the Stevenote.  Like the showman he is, Steve will build the excitement and keep everyone on the edge of their seat.

It has been fun reading all the rumors for years.  Recently, the possibilities have been even more exciting.  I hope that the actual device will not disappoint when it is compared to the non-existent rumor devices.

The New York Times has a game to play while waiting.

Will you remember where you were when you first saw the device?

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