This morning, the store opened with delivery estimates of December 30th with some variants quoting a January timeframe. Now, it appears the initial allocation has sold out as Apple’s website now reports February shipment for all models.
Apple today lowered the prices of its refurbed iPads across the board. The Original iPad 16GB Wifi is now down to just $279. Meanwhile, iPad 2s are down to starting a base price of just $319, a price drop of $30 over previous $349 clip. Higher capacity iPads are dropped as low as $50 over prices set when Apple debuted the new iPad in March.
One reason for a drop could be Apple’s move to a “new iPad 2″ with increased battery life due to its more efficient processor which may be worth more than a $50 premium at #499.
It is going to be hard to find an excuse not to get mom that white iPad 2 now, isn’t it?
New MacBook Pros weren’t the only thing updated quietly in the Apple Store this morning. Apple has updated the whole line of Smart Covers for iPad. You’ll notice the Orange Smart Cover is now gone and Apple has added a lovely Dark Gray Polyurethane model. Apple has added “color matched microfiber lining” to the description of the leather products (gone are the gray lining across the board) as you can see in the images below:
Apple has also improved the colors of the Smart Covers as well:
The whole line gets new part numbers but prices have not changed. Notice the subtle color change comparisons below:
If you’ve ever used Google Apps, you’ve seen what kind of power a collaborative, cross-platform word processor can have. Today’s Apple iWork.com Web applications fall far short (though they look much prettier) in terms of functionality. But don’t fret Apple fans! Patently Apple today shows that Apple is heading Pages toward that same Cloud experience.
While it may or may not be “breakthrough” Apple clearly has plans to put its Pages App/Application into the Cloud. The sooner (WWDC?), the better.