Penguin's vision of their iPad future

Paid Content (via Gizmodo) caught a pretty interesting presentation by Penguin CEO John Makinson in London on Tuesday.  The topic?  iPad Books…er Apps.  He sees ebooks hitting 10 percent of book sales next year (this year 4%) and with ‘books’ like these, that doesn’t seem to be out of the question.   Also check the presentation below.

Penguin is not using the ePub format for these ‘books’, rather building the applications in html according to Makinson.  Some fun facts:

Valve's Steam gaming platform teasing Mac versions

Those little Mac window icons we found inside of Valve’s Steam gaming platform might not just be skins as some of you thought.  Today, Valve released a slew of teaser ads to various websites around the web (KotakuMacRumorsMacNNShack NewsMacworld, Gizmodo).  Six in all, the ads (pasted below) tease the release of the following Mac games: Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. (Via Gizmodo)

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Apple security has iPad under lock and key at WSJ

Apple has someone over at the Wall St. Journal HQ in New York City keeping an eye on their loaner iPad if remarks from Rupert Murdoch are taken at face value.

Mr. Murdoch said the Journal planned to be on Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer. “In fact, we’ve been allowed to work on one, and it’s under padlock and key. The key is turned by Apple every night,” he said in response to a question. “But we will be on that with The Wall Street Journal.” Mr. Murdoch said he believed in a year or so there will be a half dozen or more devices on which consumers will be able to receive newspapers and other media.

Oh, and the Journal is going to be on the iPad (in case you thought it might not be) as well a a slew of other devices like the Kindle (pictured).

AT&T's CEO doesn't think many people will use the iPad on 3G

With an exemplary track record of wireless network load planning like AT&T’s, it’s important to listen to what they believe will happen with future products.  Tucked into yesterday’s investor meeting, AT&T’s CEO mentioned that he didn’t expect much 3G traffic from the 10-inch screen media device with Youtube and other network-heavy applications:

AT&T Inc expects users of Apple Inc’s iPad to connect to the Internet mostly using short-range Wi-Fi networks rather than AT&T’s cellular network, the chief executive of AT&T said on Tuesday. While AT&T has agreed to provide wireless connections to the iPad tablet computer, Randall Stephenson said he does not expect the device to result in many new service subscriptions for AT&T as consumers will instead use Wi-Fi or prepaid services, where they do not subscribe to a service contract. “My expectation is that there’s not going to be a lot of people out there looking for another subscription,” he said during a webcast of an investor conference, adding that the device would be a mainly “Wi-Fi driven product.” Many consumers have their own Wi-Fi networks at home or go to coffee shops where they can avail of free Wi-Fi.

We took a poll (screengrabbed below) which seems to say that 3G will be an important part of the iPad experience with almost half of the people expecting to get iPads opting for the 3G version.  Our poll wasn’t alone in this “reverse Bell curve”.  Changewave got similar results.

The next few months might be interesting for those of us who rely on AT&T’s network.  Meanwhile some may consider the Mifi model.

Pundits question Apple's decision to sue HTC

Not everyone in the Apple camp is happy with Apple’s decision to sue HTC.

Here’s Wil Shipley’s thoughtful Open Letter to Steve Jobs concerning the HTC lawsuit.  

John Gruber from Daring Fireball says: “If you can’t beat ’em, sue ’em”.  That applies to Nokia and it applies to Apple.

And below, here’s Steve Jobs back before he was surrounded by lawyers, who might have also disagreed with 2010 Apple:

Why didn't Apple sue Google?

Apple is using (and touting) too much of Google’s technology at the moment to sue Google by name.  By suing Google’s most prominent handset partner, they are isolating Android rather than Google as a whole.  Can you imagine Apple touting Google technologies in their presentations (They do it often) while there is a huge public lawsuit going on between the two companies at the same time?

Is Google too important for Apple to sue?  Maybe, but I have a feeling that Apple would like to have its own Maps applications sooner rather than later.

At the iPad event last month, Steve Jobs touted Google’s mapping back end as the heart of the iPad’s Maps application.  Also skip ahead to 23:00 for more Google Maps and Youtube luvin’.

Foxconn suppliers say no delays on 700,000 iPads in March, a million in April

Digitimes today refutes stock manipulator analyst Peter Misek’s assertion that parts shortages will cause delays in shipping the iPad and possibly a smaller, US-only rollout.

In response to reports that initial volumes of Apple’s iPad in late March will be lower than originally planned and the launch will be only in the US market because production by Foxconn Electronics has been delayed, Foxconn’s component suppliers have said their supplies are on schedule and Foxconn should be able to ship 600,000-700,000 iPads in March and one million units in April.

Foxconn declined to comment publicly, though I think this proxy communication by their suppliers to Digitimes could be construed as such.  

The iPad is set to go on sale on or around March 26th at 6:00pm.

Also: That is a lot of iPads!

Apple pressures labels to abandon Amazon Daily Deal

Ed Christman at Billboard contends that Apple is pressuring the record labels not to deal with Amazon and their Daily Deal, which allows users to purchase the album at a reduced price one day before it is generally released (on iTunes).

“When that happened,” the executive says, “iTunes said, ‘Enough of that shit.’ “

Sources say that iTunes representatives have been urging labels to rethink their participation in the Amazon promotion and that they have backed up those warnings by withdrawing marketing support for certain releases featured as Daily Deals.

In response, label executives at Capitol, Capitol Nashville and Jive recently opted against participating in Daily Deal promotions they had been considering for Corinne Bailey Rae

AT&T talks exotic "variable pricing model"

AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson talked at a investor conference today according to the Wall St. Journal.

He said that AT&T is carrying half of the nation’s wireless data traffic. He said that carriers will eventually move to a “variable pricing model,” and that it was inevitable that heavy users should pay more than low users. 

By “eventually”, he means starting in a few weeks.  The iPad will be on a prepaid $15/month for 250MB and $30/month for Unlimited.  Get used to it.

He also revealed that AT&T wasn’t in a big hurry to roll out 4G LTE, expecting it to gain momentum in 2012.  Way to push the envelope.