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Pre-ordering now won’t get you an iPad by April 3rd

I was contemplating maybe upgrading my iPad order from the 32gb wi-fi to the 64gb wi-fi this morning and when I went to the Apple store, low and behold they’re quoting “Ships by April 12th”.

That’s good news for Apple I suppose – it could mean that they’ve sold out their initial inventory. Of course, we don’t know how many that is, but for them, I suppose it is good. I’m sure they’d like to have enough inventory for someone to walk into the store on April 3rd and pick one up (that didn’t pre-order) but it appears that the demand for the iPad is high!


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Oh, this story on 9to5Mac indicates that orders may be nearing 1/2 million (which doesn’t include ‘reservations to pick up at the store’).

Fortune chart indicating possible iPad orders

So how many iPads will Apple sell? “Predictions on demand for iPad are astonishing

Hope you got your order in early!

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Amazon and Best Buy will be selling iPads

Today, it appears two big name stores will be selling the iPad besides the Apple store, Amazon and Best Buy.

9to5Mac reported the Amazon page announcing the iPad. They indicated that it couldn’t be found with a search but that it was indeed there and you could enter your email address to be able to be notified when they had stock to sell. However, as of this writing this evening (3/26/10), the page has gone offline. It was there this morning – I saw it — really 🙂

Macrumors found the Best Buy information and posted in this story “Best Buy Preps for April 3rd iPad Launch“.

“Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has reportedly begun preparations for the launch of Apple’s Wi-Fi iPad models on April 3rd, providing its retail store employees with details of events leading up to the launch. Sources report that the iPad will initially be carried only at Best Buy locations offering devoted “store-within-a-store” Apple Shop sections. Approximately 675 of the company’s over 1000 U.S. locations offer such dedicated sales areas for Apple products, and other locations and bestbuy.com will not carry the iPad at launch.”

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Using the iPad for 30 days

A few days ago, we stumbled into this very interesting video from marketingprofessor.com – an interview with Internet Marketer Paul Colligan who plans to use nothing but his iPad (which he plans to purchase April 3rd) to run his business for 30 days. In this video, Paul describes his excitement over the iPad and his plans for this project. He’s also started his own blog to document the process (paulsipad.com).

It will be very interesting to watch Paul as he goes thru this 30 day trial. I’m not quite willing to do the same thing at this point because I spend 23.5 hours a day (that’s a joke, but it is a lot!) in front of my iMac and use the keyboard way too much.

I will however be traveling to the NAB conference in Vegas so I’ll be using the iPad away from a computer for a few days and I’ll report on how that goes.

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The rise of the tablet (is the iPad the beginning of a new era?)

There’s been a LOT of discussion about what the future holds for computing. PCs have been around for the last 20+ years and tho there have been a lot of advances, the form factor hasn’t really changed much. There’s a keyboard and a mouse and a monitor/cpu box (I lump them together because I write this on an iMac).

I’ve been in “IT” (information technology) for well over 30 years and I cut my teeth on the big mainframes of the time. Heck, my first programming job was done in COBOL and we put the code into the computer on keypunch cards!

I won’t try to detail every change that’s happened between now and then, but most of us realize there haven’t been that many changes in the type of computing device since the PC came into play. Well, there have been several attempts at changing things with ‘netbooks’ and the ill fated Newton from Apple (which I still actually have 2 of… anyone want to buy them?). But I think you could see the winds of change coming when Apple released the iPhone. It (at least for me) became a great little tool to be able to connect with the outside world even while outside.

The iPhone started becoming such a useful tool. The maps, the applications, the email, the ability to surf the net while waiting for my daughter’s dance class to end. While the iPad won’t initially have a camera, the lightbulb went off in my head one day with at the doctor’s office with my mother. The doctor said we needed to go buy xxxx product at the drug store. In the past, I’d write it down and then go hunting… but this time, I simply took a photo with my iPhone and walked into Walgreen’s and held up the picture and asked where I could find it. Such a great little device – saved me so much time.


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Heck, I’ve even read stories about how the iPhone is being used in so many different ways by the American military – including flying drones via remote control! And just today, here’s another story of the military asking Apple to help them with new stuff in the future with the iPad.

The app store has been such a great tool too – so easy for developers to distribute their applications. What a great setup for the iPad!

And now, we’re going to have this iPad and it will indeed change people’s lives. Granted, it won’t do everything, but it is so simple it will even revolutionize the ‘parent’ industry. My mother (who is in her 80s) constantly complains about her windows PC (yes, I tried to get her onto macs, but she wouldn’t budge from what my dad had). And oh how she complains about her cell phone. She’s been tempted several times to buy a phone that is “just a phone” – “I don’t need a camera or the Internet” etc she says.

Now… let’s talk about that… what is it that she’s asking for? Something simple and easy to use! Is her PC simple and easy? Nope. Even her phone is too complicated for what she needs.

So here’s where Apple is genius… making things simple! While many people complain about the iPad not doing ‘multitasking’, I was watching the video about Paul using his iPad to run his business for 30 days – and one thing he said hit home. The iPad will actually help him focus on one thing at a time (and boy do I have this problem too!). Today, on our multitasking iMacs etc., we are so easily distracted by the email alerts, the IMs, the Internet and everything else, won’t it be great to simply focus on one thing at a time?

Now, imagine some of the uses of this new focussed device. The medical profession can sure use something like the iPad with a set of software designed for them. We already mentioned the photographers using it as a portfolio. There are thousands of people out there just now exploring what the large screen of the iPad could do for their business or application.

One thing I will say that is missing (someone did ask my opinion right?), and Steve sure wouldn’t agree with me, is handwriting input. The big thing that could hold back the iPad is the virtual keyboard – and Apple knows it because otherwise it wouldn’t have released a physical keyboard as an option. The newton had some pretty good technology to convert handwriting to text and I would think that something similar could be done with the iPad. The finger isn’t the best writing device, but maybe it would work? Why not also try the voice to text option? I’m guessing tho that the voice processing takes a huge amount of processing power.

I’m not the only one who’s excited about the possibilities of the iPad. Just read a very interesting article over at Wired about the future of tablets (make sure you read the extra quotes). There are lots of great points over there. Granted it has yet to be shown that the iPad is going to come out a winner here, and Apple has indeed had some failures (the Newton – but I’d argue that Steve just didn’t give it a chance), but to me, the iPad has all the markings of a device that is going to rock the world.

And when Quicken comes to the iPad, my mother is getting one!

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(Photo credit: snap from the image from the Wired story)

iPad Cases – which is right for you?

Heck, this field is just now opening up and we’re sure this will be a HUGE market… just look at the number of iPod cases you can choose from! Even the malls here in the USA have kiosks where you can pick up a case for your iPhone/iPod etc. This is big business!

Well, the race is on to find the best case (and there may be more than one ‘best’). I’m sure that many of these manufacturers are working 12-24 hour days ramping up to get their case out ‘first’ because everyone knows the first out of the door wins the big business right? Well, ok, that’s not always true, you’ve got to have a good product first!

Of course, there’s always the Apple case – which is going to really be the first available… and here’s iLounge’s first look at the Apple case.

One of the first I’ve stumbled into is the quirky ‘cloak’ (and yes, the name of the company is ‘quirky’ – I didn’t just call it that to be funny haha). It seems they’ve met their initial quota for pre-orders and are in line to have the first ones done around May 1. The cloak has a protective cover that folds over like the Apple case and can show your iPad like a photo on your desk.

I’m not sure I’m a fan yet of the fold over cover… we’ll have to see. One of my first objections is that I also bought the iPad dock when I pre-ordered. I expect to have the iPad plugged in when it is in my office, like I do with my iPhone. Cases tend to mess up that whole plan! So I’m not sure how well anything is gonna match my desires.

Hard Candy seems to be producing 5 cases initially and most of them are listed with availability of now! Both hard and soft cases as well as one that has a flip cover. The hard cover looks interesting in that the iPad seems to just sit inside and you can easily remove it if you’d like. However, I’m not seeing any picture of the cover laying back against the back of the iPad, so I’m not sure I’m too keen on that either.

And for the really classy look, why not hide your iPad inside a book? This unique design lets you put your iPad up on the shelf when not in use hidden amongst your other books. There’s no current estimate on when this will be out.

I know there will also be many ‘skin’ products like iSkin and ifrogz.

Of course, if you’d like to support planetiPad, you could pick one of the cases from our Amazon Store. There are several vendors just re-purposing existing bags/sleeves to fit your needs if you need one asap.

Oh, someone on the yahoo iPad list posted this – these are interesting carry bags made for the iPad.

I’d like to try out several of these! Vendors should be flocking to my inbox LOL!

We’ll be following this entire case issue for a while I’m sure.

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iPad pre-ordered – am I crazy?

Yep, this morning, I did it – I pre-ordered 2 Apple iPads!

In case you think I’m crazy, I don’t think so. One is for me, the other is for someone who writes a review on one of my sister sites, planet5D Review – so you too could be selected in the giveaway – just write a review of a camera product that is on planet5D Review and you’ll be eligible.

The one I ordered for myself was the 32gb wi-fi version. I have an iPhone and I don’t think I am gonna need to have the 3G connectivity while I’m out – but you never know. I don’t travel much (but that could change at any time) and I think that I can use the 3G on my iPhone to keep tabs on the world when I’m out and not near wi-fi.

So, right now, I’m really excited – I cannot wait to get this new iPad. I don’t currently have a mac laptop (tho I do have a windows xp laptop for my day job that I don’t like much) and I do find the iPhone a bit small for doing things while I’m away from my iMac.

What do I think I’m going to use this thing for tho? Well, that’s a good question. I would like to get away from this computer a bit more – but I really do spend a vast majority of my time in front of a computer. I am hoping that I can use the iPad for a bit more things while I’m away from the computer. I plan to have a lot more photos on it too. I bought the small dock and plan to have it sitting next to my iMac when I’m at my desk… hopefully doing a slideshow of my favorite pix. I’m also a part time photographer, so I can see some cool uses as a portfolio. Even Vincent Laforet is planning on sending out iPads as portfolios (see item 7 in his list) to potential clients – what a great idea!

I recently discovered Instapaper and am trying to use it to store things I need to read. When browsing on the web on your main computer, you click a bookmarklet and Instapaper stores the page for you to go back and read later. I am thinking that on the iPad, this will rawk (young kids spelling of ‘rock’ LOL – I’m so hip!)… saving things that I can read later and to use the iPad to get away – maybe sitting outside under a tree and reading the day’s news. I’m not sure how easy the iPad is going to be able to help me blog. I do tend to be a speed typer and I am eager to see how the goofy virtual keypad will be on the iPad.

So, what the heck am I doing spreading myself so thin (with a day job and tons of things to do for planet5D)? Well, I love Apple products and I’m  super excited about the iPad and I’ve become really addicted to blogging, so why not? I hope you find something worthwhile here and please let me know what you think!

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