Second batch of iPads now shipping

Those who ordered iPads after Apple changed the ship date to April 12th are now starting to see shipment notifications that their iPads are preparing to leave China.  What’s interesting is that Apple is sticking to April 12th when clearly, they could get them over sooner.  

Best Buy is scheduled to receive more iPads on April 11th for their iPad advertising circular.  Thanks JoeRod!

 

Skype updates for iPad: no Push Notification, no 3G, not even formatted for iPad

Skype updated their iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad app today to 1.3.1 with the below improvements.  

Tested with iPad, iPhone OS 3.2  Improved stability in the following areas: – When switching between tabs – During an incoming call with chat in landscape mode – When in landscape mode – During an incoming call when there is a camera/address book view visible – Handling unread chats – Corrected an alert about ‘unsupported platform’

“Tested with iPad” doesn’t mean it is actually formatted for iPad.  It still is iPhone-sized.  But that’s not the worst of it.

There is no reason besides some back door dealings with Verizon that they shouldn’t have 3G or Push Notifications working on the iPhone by now.  Need proof that they had quit developing for iPhone before the iPad was released?  Have a look at their blog:

We don’t yet know how our app will behave on the iPad. Some journalists who had early access have reported that the existing Skype for iPhone app works just fine on the iPad hardware. This is great news, but certainly doesn’t give us enough confidence to be able to announce and release an app today as we want to give you the best Skype experience possible.

Yep, no work on the iPad Simulator that comes with the starndard development kit.

Russ Shaw, General Manager of Skype’s mobile business in December 2009:

Many of you have also been asking when we’ll release a version which allows you to make calls over 3G – the holy grail of Skype on the mobile, if you like. We’ve had a 3G-capable version ready for some time now, but Apple’s current restrictions mean that they won’t allow us to make it available on the App Store for the moment.

 

Here’s Skype saying that their 3G version is coming “real soon now” over two months ago.   

So tell us again why there is no 3G or Push on Skype?

Fring does offer Skype over 3G.

Art Direction on the iPad

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10676843&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

HTML5 Video here.

I am in agreement with every person on earth that Time’s $5/issue-each-week-is-its-own-app is crazy.  The format though is beautiful.  It will be interesting to see how these magazines evolve.  It will also be interesting to see if the “weekly” and “monthly” models fall by the wayside and content is more Just-in-Time like the web.

via DF

Apple to introduce iPhone OS 4.0 on April 8th

Gizmodo got a invite to a iPhone 4.0 sneak peak on April 8th at 10am Pacific time.  Yes, that is in 3 days. 

The invite says: “Join us at an invitation-only event for a sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone OS software. The event takes place at Apple, Building 4, Town Hall on April 8 at 10:00 a.m. Suggested arrival time for registration is 9:30 a.m. RSVP to

Taiwanese Website says new MacBook Pros/Airs starting production this month

Next Media’s Chinese Language Taiwan Apple Daily today reports that New MacBook Pros are going into production this month.  The report says delays were due to short supplies of Intel’s Core iX series of laptop processors.  The new MacBooks had originally been scheduled to be released in March.  

The report also says that updated MacBook Airs will receive the Intel Core i3 series chips.

They list Quanta, Hon Hai, Hong-jun, Nikko, Chao Li as manufacturers.

Finally, the report states that new MacBook Pros will top out at 640GB Hard drives or 248GB SSDs and that battery life had been increased to eight hours. 

Apple holds its annual WWDC conference in June, which would make a great place for an introduction.

Update: There is some ambiguity as to whether the MacBook Pro will actually ship in April.  Even our Chinese readers are having a difficult time understanding the verbiage.  As near as we can tell the release will start in April but orders may not catch up to demand until June?

Word to word translation:
?new??notebook?though?than??before??expected??release??time??delay?about1??month??but4?April?start??supply?increase?quantity?[supply notebook or parts?]??????6?(Can see orders through June)

Thanks tipstar!

You can’t argue with these numbers:

iPad goes to work

Geek Sugar today profiles using the iPad as a Point of Sale system at Sightglass Coffee Shop in San Francisco.  They use the Square headphone jack credit card reader (white, top left) and also have built a pretty awesome rotating enclosure for the device.

I think this type of use for the iPad will be pretty popular.  The bigger-than iPhone size makes it easy to operate like a traditional cash register and its price at $500 is competitive with other POS systems.  Square is demonstrated in the YouTube video below: