Teardown: iPad Insides Exposed Thanks to FCC

Normally it takes a little while after launch to get photos of the inner workings of a device. iPad enthusiasts need not wait thanks to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Launch day for the Wi-Fi + 3G model is slated as "late April" but photos of its innards are already public.

Apple iPad Breakdown Hardware Internals

Apple asked the FCC to keep the information confidential until August, however the FCC seems to have ignored the request. For those interested, the details can be found on the exhibits list page for FCC ID BCG-E2381A. Plenty of individuals and organizations are waiting until tomorrow to do their own in-depth teardown of the Wi-Fi only iPad model and are sure to post even more detailed information.

iPad Accessory Giveaways: Every Weekday in April

The iPad Guide has just announced our April contest, the April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway. With the Apple iPad landing in homes around the country tomorrow and throughout the next week, many new iPad owners will be on the prowl for accessories to help enhance and protect their shiny new tablet. Our contest will not only give our readers the chance to snag some of these great accessories for free, but help introduce many of these accessories.

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The contest features a variety of accessories including screen protectors, body skins, iPad warranties, iPad insurance, cases and stands. These products come from well known manufacturers and service prodivders Zagg/invisibleSHIELD, Gelaskins, SquareTrade, Worth Ave Group, M-EDGE, Hard Candy Cases and Griffin Technologies.

Hulu Negotiates Broadcast Rights for iPad App

Hulu's free TV streaming service is back in the news with the announcement of other television apps for the iPad coming on launch day. Rumors of an iPhone app from Hulu have swirled around the company for a year now, with no application ever hitting the App Store. Now Hulu, seeing an opportunity on the iPad platform, is said to be negotiating rights clearances with content providers for the device.

Apple iPad Hulu App Television

Any mobile Hulu app would likely be based on a subscription model to increase revenues. Although the company has been profitable in the last two quarters, the NY Times reports that some of its 200 content suppliers believe revenue from the service needs to increased. 903 million video streams were watched using Hulu this January.

Thousands of iPad Apps Now Available on iTunes App Store

Initially Apple was expected to wait until iPad shipping day, April 3 to make iPad applications available on the App Store. Not the case, as CNN reports that 2,500 iPad-specific apps have already been slated for iTunes. This is in addition to the 197,000 iPhone apps already available that should run on the iPad.

Apple iPad Apps Piano Nota

In general, iPad apps are more expensive that iPhone apps, sometimes by several hundred percent. Developers are looking to get away from the cheap $0.99 iPhone market and are likely to make higher quality software if revenues are improved. Some apps will remain free, such as the iPad Netflix player and Pandora.

Loads of TV Shows and Movies Coming to iPad

It's official, Netflix is going to be available on the iPad from launch day: April 3rd. Subscribers paying at least $8.99 per month will be able to access unlimited streaming television and movie content from the service on their Apple tablets. Netflix isn't the only company gearing to provide video on the iPad, however.

iPad Video Television Movie Netflix App

We knew that Apple was planning to sell movies, TV shows, and music using iTunes from the beginning. As the days dwindle before the iPad ship date for the masses, more and more alternative sources of entertainment are popping up. ABC is developing its own iPad application so that viewers can access content on the go.

Apple Asks: Is Your Website iPad Ready?

The ongoing drama between Apple and Adobe over the Flash plug-in just took another turn, with Apple revealing a new page titled "iPad Ready." The addition to Apple's iPad web pages provides a list of websites that are HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript compliant (read: non-Flash) and invites others to submit their iPad-ready URL for inclusion on the list.

Apple iPad Safari HTML5 Flash

Besides listing popular web portals such as CNN, NY Times, Vimeo, Flickr, MLB, People Magazine, and others, Apple provides a link to Technical Note TN2262, "Preparing your Web Content for iPad." This document provides a checklist of items for site developers that will ensure the user experience with Safari on iPad is optimized.

First iPad Reviews Surface After Unboxing Pictures, Videos

Apple put its eagerly awaited tablets in the hands of reviewers earlier this week, presumably with instructions that evidence of such be kept confidential until sometime late yesterday. We reported late last night on the arrival of iPad unboxing pictures and videos. In their wake, the first round of iPad reviews have hit the web.

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Almost without exception, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Reviewers from major US outlets such as the NY Times, USA Today, Chicago Sun Times and the Wall Street Journal have published their first hands-on-impressions of the iPad, and words like "winner", "elegant", "beautiful" and "visionary" abound.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal writes that "this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop". Similarly, and unsurprisingly, Chicago Sun Times' writer Andy Ihnatko states "in situation after situation, I find that the iPad is the best computer in my household and office menagerie."

The USA Today's Ed Baig offered up a fairly lengthy and detailed review, also offering up plenty of positive words about the iPad. Baig quips, "Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there's certainly room for improvement. Nearly three years after making a splash with the iPhone, Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype."

Thus far rare dissention comes from the NY Times' David Pogue, though only in part. Pogue wrote

iPad Unboxing Pictures and Video, First Impressions

Well, it has finally happened. The iPad is loose in the wild, albeit for the lucky few, not the masses. Late yesterday, several different outlets released their first hands on impressions and unboxing pictures and video for iPads they had received earlier in the week.

The rest of us won't receive our Apple iPads until the official iPad release date of April 3rd. UPS will be knocking on doors across the country dropping off the long awaited Apple tablets to their eager new owners. For those of you who just can't wait to see what's coming, these unboxing pictures and video should help soothe (or possibly aggravate) your suffering.

iPad UPS Tracking Information Causing Some Confusion

Most customers that pre-ordered the iPad received shipping confirmation emails from Apple on Monday, March 29th. The typical iPad shipment originated from Shenzhen, China and then migrated overnight to Ghuangzhou, China. Many eager customers who continued to track their iPad's journey saw further updated tracking information which showed domestic US locations for their package, only later to have that information disappear and see their iPad back on Chinese shores. Needless to say, this has prompted some confusion, and many soon-to-be iPad owners are searching for answers.

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Speculation around the web has led many to believe that UPS has pulled the tracking data and whereabouts of iPad shipments at Apple's requests in order to stop impatient iPad hopefuls from attempting to, and possibly successfully, acquire their iPad early from their local UPS depot. According to UPS, this is not the case.

Will the iPad Launch Internationally April 24th?

Rumors are flying of an April 24 ship date for Apple's iPad in Canada. If the company follows the same pattern it did in the US, that could mean pre-ordering for the Canadian market starting three weeks earlier, on April 2 to be exact.

The iPad in Canada reports that Apple employees have been given a "black out period" for the weekend of April 24, meaning that no retail workers can expect to take off that weekend. That would suggest a special event at Apple stores is on the horizon.

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