Items tagged with iPad 2

April 1 has come and gone, and it's too bad this wasn't uploaded on that day. Eretz Nehederet is a satirical Israeli television show, and reportedly, on the 1st of April, the show covered the iBoy, a new product from the folks in Cupertino (at least, on April Fools' Day). When the son in the beginning of the spoof asks if his new brother is coming from God, the answer his father says is "almost." The father points to the family's TV, where Steve Jobs is talking. The family had a problem, at first, switching the language on the iBoy to Hebrew, but they finally managed it. Eventually, jealousy ruled, and the original son disconnected the iBoy from the charger. Fortunately for the iBoy, he turned... Read more...
Not surprisingly, Apple's iPad 2 has been a tough one to get a handle on. They're largely still sold out everywhere, and as with the first iPad, this new one is proving to be quite the hot commodity. But for those who picked up the first iPad to have integrated Verizon WWAN capabilities (the first was simply paired with an external MiFi), you may be experiencing some problems. According to an AllThingsD report, Apple is currently "investigating" issues that involve connectivity problems with the Verizon iPad 2. For whatever reason, the AT&T iPad 2 and the Wi-Fi iPad 2 seem to be okay, with just the VZW version causing major headaches. Here's the quote, attributed to an Apple spokesperson:... Read more...
Apple's second generation slate might be the belle of the tablet ball, but for some, it continues to be a headache inducing slate. Adding to the list of problems that plague the iPad 2, we're now hearing complaints that Verizon's 3G iPad 2 sometimes needs to be rebooted in order to connect to 3G after previously switching it off. The problem has cropped up in an Apple Support forum thread that now spans 6 pages. The thread opens with one user saying, "When I try to connect to the cellular data it just says iPad or Searching in the top of the screen. It did not work last night. If I do a hard reset I can get it to work. Switching Airplane mode on and off to reset the modem does NOT work." He's... Read more...
Logitech has a long history of pumping out peripherals on their own, but for whatever reason they've decided to team up with yet another accessory maker for their newest device. The Logitech Keyboard Case is actually designed in cooperation with ZAGG, yet another peripheral maker, and it's actually one of the more unique options. It's an iPad 2 case, but it has a built-in keyboard. A couple of those have surfaced, but none of them have really managed to grab the public with stellar build quality and functionality. This particular case is made of precision-cut aircraft-grade aluminum and features military-grade, high-density padding. It's always hard going right up against Apple themselves, but... Read more...
Consumer Reports has famously not recommended the iPhone 4, because of the "death grip" issue, but it has no such issues with the iPad 2. Apple's latest magical tablet device came in first, while the Motorola Xoom showed it's a true rival by finishing second, along with the original iPad. The new ratings from Consumer Reports are available at consumerreports.org (subscription required) and in its May 2011 issue. The iPad 2 was pitted nine other tablets, including the Motorola Xoom, but also against lower-tier tablets such as the Archos 70 Internet Tablet. The tablets were run through a gamut of tests, with a total of 17 criteria. The list of tests included touch-screen responsiveness, versatility,... Read more...
Let's start with the good news. The iPhone Dev-Team over the weekend released their Pwnage Tool 4.2, which aside from sounding cool, it also brings untethered jailbreak support to iOS 4.3.1. The untethered exploit comes courtesy of Stefan Esser, a security researcher based in Germany. As the iPhone Dev-Team points out, it's ironic that Esser's first contribution to the iPhone jailbreak community was improved security. Now, let's get to the bad news. The 4.3.1 untethering mojo works with the following devices: iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 (GSM) iPod touch 3G iPod touch 4G iPad 1 AppleTV 2G (Pwnage Tool only for now) Noticeably absent is the iPad 2, an odd omission considering it works with the iPad 1.... Read more...
BlackBerry's PlayBook has raised eyebrows and gotten attention from all corners since the company unveiled it early last fall. We've had a bit of hands-on with the unit and covered BlackBerry's attempts to improve the tablet's attractiveness by running Android aps (albeit imperfectly) on its QNX operating system. If a leaked PDF is accurate, the PlayBook is in a great deal of trouble. The system's hardware is fine, with storage options ranging from 16-64GB and 1 GB of memory, dual 1080P cameras, and a dual-core 1GHz CPU. It's the software—or more precisely, the lack thereof—that could sink the device. A Bridge Too Far The document references a secure Bluetooth connection (dubbed BlackBerry... Read more...
Apple's second generation iPad tablet has been on the market for nearly 3 weeks now, and while the Cupertino outfit isn't quite ready to cough up sales data, online auction site eBay does have some numbers to share. As you know, the iPad 2 sold out of most stores during its opening weekend launch, making the tablet hard to come by. But one place out-of-stock items are rarely in short supply is eBay, albeit at hugely inflated prices. More on that in a moment. For now, what we're interested in is how many iPad 2 devices have been moved through the online auction site, and according to eBay, nearly 12,000 units were sold in auction in the two-week period between the U.S. launch and the iPad's launch... Read more...
If you've been looking for iPad 2, you've probably come up empty thus far. Both Apple and Best Buy stores have been running low on stock, but a newcomer is starting to sell the newest Apple slate starting today. Radio Shack is throwing their hat into the ring, with 500 Radio Shack locations to stock the tablet. At least, for a little while. "While supplies last," so to speak. The company will be charging the same price that Target, Walmart, and Apple all charge. It's hard to say if the AT&T or Verizon 3G models will be included in sales, but if you're hoping to grab one, calling right about now would probably be a smart move. We're guessing that stock won't last too long, and you can bet... Read more...
The iPad 2 is essentially a thinner, lighter, faster version of Apple's first generation slate with a few new features sprinkled in for good measure (you can read our full review here), but some early adopters are getting more they bargained for. Complaints have begun to surface on a number of issues seemingly affecting  the iPad 2, some more annoying than others. One of those is the issue of Facetime freezing. As one user complains in Apple's support forum, "When I opened up Facetime the first time, the camera was working fine, but now whenever I open it up, it just shows a still image from when I left. How can I fix it?" We've since run into this problem ourselves, and the only 'fix' is... Read more...
Only a few months ago, Honeycomb (Android 3.0) was a much-hyped fundamental improvement over previous Android releases like FroYo or Gingerbread. Thus far it's been mostly sizzle, rather than steak. Reviews of Motorola's Xoom often discuss persistent software bugs that are almost certainly caused by the half-baked Honeycomb rather than by the Xoom's hardware. This is a significant development for Android; the problems of previous iterations have generally been papered over by enthusiasm for the OS and the promise of upcoming superior flavors. Google's response, at least for now, has been to keep Honeycomb closed-source.     This won't affect the heavy hitters, companies like Samsung,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about the iPad 2, Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor for notebooks, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 dual-GPU powerhouse graphics card, see through LCD prototypes from Samsung, and we discuss details of our latest amazing contest in which someone can win an awesome new 3D Gaming PC, built by MAINGEAR... Show Notes: 00:47 - Core i5-2520M Sandy Bridge-based Asus K53E notebook 03:55 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Review 06:40 - Apple iPad 2 Review 10:02 - Samsung See-Through LCD Prototypes 12:09 - HotHardware's Killer 3D Gaming Rig Spring Fling Sweepstakes... Read more...
It's an undeniable fact that every time a new Apple iDevice comes out, a day or two goes by and then a number of reports always come in about issues that early buyers find. On the iPhone 4, it was "Antennagate," which exploded into an issue that lasted months. The iPad 2 has not escaped the "effect." There are two issues, both related to the screen. The first one is reminiscent of a similar one when the iPhone 4 was launched. Some users have observed a faint yellow tinge to the screen in some areas. With the iPhone 4, it was eventually explained as a bonding agent used in the construction of the iPhone 4. It's likely this is the same issue as in that case and will go away once the agent has time... Read more...
Chilax Apple fans, we're talking about Apple's iPad 2 tablet selling out, as opposed to being a sell out like _____ (insert your own celebrity here). According to Piper Jaffray analyst, Gen Munster, Apple sold some 400,000 to 500,000 of its second generation magical devices during its launch weekend. Compare that to the iPad 1, which sold 300,000 during its first weekend. Pretty impressive, no? We braved the long line at Best Buy ourselves on Friday and managed to pluck one before they were all sold out (stay tuned for our upcoming official analysis). Lines were long no matter where buyers tried to get one, whether at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Apple stores, Verizon, or AT&T. What's even... Read more...
Did you avoid the iPad 2 rush this weekend? Or did you just miss out unintentionally? If you were trying to hunt down an iPad 2, but came up empty-handed, there's more bad news in store. Apple's online store currently shows a 3-4 week wait for the newest iOS slate, and loads of Best Buy stores, Target locations and Walmarts have sold out of their supply already. Naturally, the iPad 2 drew pretty large lines around the nation on Friday afternoon, and there's no question that Apple sold a ton of these. Both the black and white models, 16GB-64GB, are currently backordered for nearly a month. We suspect you'll have better luck securing one at your local Apple Store. These tend to get refreshed stock... Read more...
Today's date is Friday March 11, 2011. Do you know what that means? An end to the work week and the beginning of a weekend of partying, for some of you. For others, this is the day you decide between a black or white iPad 2, between 3G or Wi-Fi, and 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of capacity. But before you settle which version of the iPad 2 you plan to purchase, you have decide where exactly you're going to buy one. Let's look at your options. Option 1 -- Apple.com You can direct your browser to www.apple.com/ipad/ and order Apple's second generation tablet right now. Every model is available for purchase, and while you're there, you can tack on a cart full of accessories too. But just because you can... Read more...
Lest you might have forgotten, Apple sent out an announcement today reminding the world that its second generation magical device (and yes, Apple revived that term) -- the iPad 2 -- will be available tomorrow evening at 5 PM local time in each of its 236 Apple retail stores in the U.S, 1 AM PST online at www.apple.com, and 5 PM local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Those who march into an Apple Store to pick up an iPad 2 will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping you do things like setup your email and load new apps before you leave the store. In case you somehow missed all the hoopla, from pre-launch rumors to Apple's... Read more...
AT&T is doing its grandfather thing, which it has been doing historically, at least of late. Those iPad owners who were able to get unlimited data plans prior to AT&T removing it as an option, in 2010, will be able to keep those plans if they move to an iPad 2. It's not really a new idea: AT&T did the same thing when the iPhone 4 was launched, allowing those how had past iPhones with unlimited data plans to keep those. Those not lucky enough to have the unlimited option ($30) will have to make due with 250MB for $15 or 2GB for $25.  Customers who hit their limit may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Verizon Wireless will tier its monthly data plans as follows: $20... Read more...
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has been accused of reporting only the facts that support his products, and ignoring those that do not. Since Apple is a corporation, and needs to maximize the value of the company for its shareholders, there's nothing wrong with that, but there were quite a few inaccuracies in his presentation on March 2. Watching the iPad 2 event, we ourselves noted that while the iPad 2 is a great device, it's a modest upgrade and many of the statements that Steve Jobs made were actually misstatements.  Of course, we'd call them good marketing.  On the other hand, it's nice to see that we are not the only ones crying foul over some of them. Fortune's Seth Weintraub went through... Read more...
Earlier today we told you there was still time to post your iPad 1 up on eBay or Craigslist before it goes out of style. Hopefully you took our advice, because if you didn't, it might be too late. During a press event in San Francisco today, Apple officially launched the iPad 2, so now the mainstream is up to speed on what technophiles had known for a while was coming. So what did we learn? Mainly what we learned is that it's incredibly difficult to keep a secret in this day and age of the Internet. Most of what the iPad 2 brings to the table had already been leaked to the Web days, weeks, and even months before today. Let's take a quick and dirty look at the feature-set: The iPad 2 is 33 percent... Read more...
Quick! There's still time to list your first generation iPad tablet on eBay or Craigslist before its value crashes faster than Lindsey Lohan's career. That's assuming Apple really is getting ready to unveil the iPad 2 at a press event later today, and every indication suggests it's going to happen. Even Best Buy has reportedly taken steps to prepare for the new tablet. MacRumors posted photos "from a Best Buy source" that shows the first generation iPad as having its inventory status changed to "deleted." You can still purchase an iPad from Best Buy stores, both online and in brick-and-mortar locations, but if the photos are real, it doesn't look like the electronics chain will be replenishing... Read more...
Fancy yourself a riddle? Great, answer this one for us: If Apple's apparently having trouble releasing a white iPhone 4, which it doesn't seem in any rush to do, why then should we expect a white version of the iPad 2? Because we've seen pictures, of course. Actually, it's more than just photos. Apple news and fan site 9to5Mac.com claims to have received a white iPad 2 bezel/digitizer from the iFixYouri iPhone repair shop, which in turn claims it came from Shenzhen City. It certainly looks legit, right down to the little camera hole that purportedly lines up perfectly with iPad 2 screen protectors, and offering a white version sure would detract from pessimists who point out that the next-gen... Read more...
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