iOS Devices ▪ April 6, 2010

That’s quite a turnaround from 2006-2007 when Apple asked to be on Verizon’s network but was rebuked and went to second choice, AT&T.  He also said a few years ago that “Steve Jobs will get old”, implying he wouldn’t deal with Jobs directly.  

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg says the company has told Apple that it wants to carry the iPhone. But he declined to say when

TUAW notes today that some iPads are selling overseas on eBay for as much as $5000.  Obviously getting them to the far corners of the globe adds some value when they are only technically for sale in the US, but some of these costs seem a little outrageous.  Maybe if you live on a deserted island in the Pacific or are a Sheik in the middle of the desert, and cost is of little concern, $5000 isn’t a big deal.

You international folks can get iPads shipped pretty inexpensively with the markups usually being under $100 (outside of any customs charges) from eBay.  Apple plans to open up the iPad sales to other selected countries at the end of the month.  In Russia, you can pre-oder for $2000?

Overall, my experience with the iPad has been pretty good, but like all products, it has its faults.  Yesterday, TechCrunch outlined what many of us iPad early adopters had noticed.  Wifi range was significantly less than our Macs and even less than iPhones and iPod touch.  

Two reasons for this might be the antenna placement and power consumption.  

There are two Wifi antennas on the iPad.  One behind the glass on the lower bezel and one behind the Apple logo in the back.  The rest of the iPad ‘s aluminum is basically a wireless shield.  Compared to an iPhone whose backing is plastic, iPads are at a disadvantage right from the begining.

Also, there is the issue of power savings.  Apple touts 10 hours of video playback and they’re right.  The iPad has insanely long battery life, especially with that bright, beautiful display.  But Apple might have lowered the power to the Wifi cards in order to get those results.  The good news, if that is the case, is that a software/firmware update could add more power to the Wifi cards and increase range.  I’d like to see a manual/automatic setting which allows you to toggle between the iPad choosing its Wifi strength vs. users picking a power setting manually  

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