Yeah, we know. Although experts have been congratulating Apple on how competitive the iPad prices are, when you actually have to part with 500 bucks or more (if you want 3G which is a must-have for such a device), it hurts.
There is a solution that won’t cost you a dime, though. It also won’t get you an iPad, but you can perhaps fool someone with poor eyesight you have one, at least for a second. Yes, we’re talking about a paper iPad.
To make one yourself, you’ll need these two PNG files: the front and the back. Print them, cut them out, and voila – your brand new paper iPad is ready to…well, it can’t really do anything except sit on your desk, but considering the price is zero, we won’t hold it against it.
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We can talk about the iPad as much as we want, but we all know that cold, hard sales numbers will do the real talking. When iPad lands in stores, if it doesn’t fly off the shelves, it will be further proof that Apple has made a rare stumble this time.
AppleInsider rounded up some predictions from Wall Street analysts, and boy, do they not agree. Some of them are calling the iPad “risky”; some are saying that it “has potential”, and some are saying it’s “another winner”. How does that translate into numbers? Anywhere from one to five million in the first year.
Mike Abramsky from RBC Capital Markets forecasts first-year sales of 5 million, claiming the iPad is “a revolutionary e-reading, browsing, media, gaming experience,” but also noting that it lacks certain sought-for features, like multitasking and a camera.
Kaufman Bros’ Shaw Wu didn’t predict sales, but claims that Apple intends to build 5 million units in the first year, and 10 million by the end of the second year. Analyst Charlie Wolf from Needham & Company is predicting that Apple will sell 4 million units in the first twelve months, but Oppenheimer’s Yair Reiner and Brian Marshall from Broadpoint.AmTech are far more cautious, predicting 1.1 and 2.2 million units sold in the first year, respectively.
Apple has surprised us many times in its history, and no one can be certain just how well the iPad will sell. If it beats these estimates, though, it will cement its place in history as one of the most successful tech companies of all time.
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The beta version of Google Chrome for Mac is still missing a critical feature: extensions. If you’re daring enough to try out an even less-tested version of Chrome than the beta, though, you can now easily install extensions in Chromium, the developer version of Chrome.
Extensions were already available to Windows users, and to folks who use Mozilla Firefox, they’re foundational in the browser experience. So you can imagine how anticipated their arrival is.
Extensions were technically already supported under Chromium’s hood, but you couldn’t install them from the gallery. While there were some easy workarounds for that, now you don’t even need those; just click install and you’re rolling.
Take a step over to Google’s early access release channels page to download the developer version of GoogleChrome.dmg if you’re interested. There aren’t many extensions available yet — certainly not as many as you’ll get with Firefox — but there are enough to make it worth a try.
When are extensions coming to the beta version of Chrome for Mac, you ask? Google says: “Sit tight — we’re working on bringing extensions to the beta channel.” That’s kind of a non-answer, really.
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A new report today from The Wall Street Journal seems to confirm what we’ve been hearing for the last few weeks: that the highly anticipated Apple Tablet (potentially namediSlate) will be revealed at the end of this month (reportedlyon January 27th) and will launch in March. The WSJ also believes it has found out the price: around $1000.
According to the report, the new device will boast a 10 or 11-inch screen, in line with what we’ve heard. While its functionality is unknown, it’s a safe assumption that it would let you do things such as surf the web, play video games, watch multimedia, read e-books, and possibly even run iPhone apps.
However, $1000 does seem steep to us, as it places it at the price of many moderately powered PCs and laptops. You have to wonder whether consumers will choose a handheld tablet over a more-functional laptop. Then again, the tablet could come with enough compelling features to change the entire industry.
Another potential reason for the price point: the tablet could include a nationwide Wi-Fi subscription service. If that’s the case, the tablet becomes a lot more useful. We’ll have to wait until the end of the month to know for sure, though.
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One of the biggest stories of 2009 has been the oft-rumored but never actually confirmed Apple tablet. In the last few days we’ve heard some new rumors — including potential names iSlate and iGuide.
Although Apple hasn’t officially acknowledged the existence of a tablet device, rumors have longed pointed to January as some sort of official announcement date. Now Fox News has confirmed an earlier Financial Times report that Apple will be holding a special media event on January 26 in San Francisco. Although specific details surrounding the event are still tightly guarded, insiders say that the announcement is all about the mobile space. To add further fodder to the rumor mill, a number of reports have appeared from app developers who say Apple has requested that their programs be revised for larger resolutions. The only people who are likely to be unhappy with this scheduled media event? The Macworld 2010 team. Last year Apple announced that it wouldn’t participate in future Macworld Expos, citing in part the difficulties of having to prepare a January presentation over the holiday season. Despite the upcoming event, it’s become clear over the last few weeks that Apple doesn’t have to spend money on a big expo booth in order to get the tech and mainstream media foaming at the mouth. What do you think will be announced at January’s special Apple event?
What do you do when your renegade Macintosh clone business is knocked out of commission by a legal ruling? The obvious answer, according to Psystar, is to sell t-shirts!
This is probably the closest thing to a Mac clone you’ll be able to pick up from a vendor anytime soon. Unfortunately for Psystar, it’s probably the closest thing to revenue they’ll see anytime soon as well.
If you’re eager to support The Cause, you can pick one up in small, medium, large or extra large for $15 a pop.
What do you think of the Psystar ruling?
Yesterday, for vague reasons, AT&T’s website stopped selling iPhones to New York City residents. iPhones were still being sold in AT&T’s physical stores, which created a lot of confusion (something the company’s statements and service reps didn’t help alleviate).
While the exact reasons for the iPhone being yanked are still blurry (it may have been due to fraud concerns), the issue is now moot as AT&T’s website has begun selling iPhones to New York City residents once again. If you’re a New Yorker and you try to buy an iPhone from the AT&T website, you’re going to actually be able to follow through on your order.
AT&T’s decision to resume iPhone sales in the NYC area likely means one of two things: Either the company solved the fraud problem or (more likely) it wanted to get out of the negatively cast spotlight.
With many New Yorkers not happy with AT&T’s coverage, they didn’t need any more bad press.
(I knew this was not going to happen forever, so I didn’t do a post on then being down, just to let you know.)
[via the Associated Press]