During a presentation at the Goldman Sachs annual technology conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook revealed that his company intends to sell the highly anticipated iPad not only through Apple online and retail locations, but through their assisted sales partners such as Best Buy.
According to a report authored by iSuppli, hardware and manufacturing to create a 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad costs Apple $229.35. At a retail price of $499, Apple will make a whopping 54% profit on each unit.
Looking at production costs for the 32GB 3G iPad, iSuppli estimates the cost at $287.15. This model is the most profitable for Apple on a percentage basis (61%), as the unit retails for $729. Shipping costs are not included.
Rumor has it the Wi-Fi version of Apple's iPad could be available for pre-order as early as February 25. Right now, the Apple website has an email signup for those who would like to be notified as soon as the iPad is available.
Steve Jobs initially stated the first iPads would be ready in 60 days, which puts the official launch date at March 29th. AppAdvice received the pre-order tip from a source who also said the advance ordering would be limited to US sales only.
Apple could have kept a few things under wraps until the iPad actually hits shelves beginning next month. The iPhone OS 3.2 SDK (Software Development Kit) has a few features Steve Jobs neglected to announce that could make their way onto the first generation iPad.
One discovery that received quite a bit of attention was the fact that support exists in the iPad OS for a camera. Speculation on this front has been rampant, with some reports suggesting that Apple will wait until the second generation iPad to add a front facing webcam.
A new rumor, circulated this week, suggests that Hulu is actively developing a solution to bring a compatible version of the second largest video outlet on the web to the iPad. The current version of the Hulu website is not iPad compatible, due to the lack of Flash support. Hulu uses Flash to deliver its video content to viewers.
An inside source has purported that Hulu is already moving forward on plans to bring Hulu to the iPad, and while unsubstantiated, the claim makes a reasonable amount of sense. One one hand, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has called for a strong focus on moving into mobile. On another hand, although Hulu uses Flash to deliver their video content, the shows and movies that Hulu offers viewers is actually already encoded in
Evidence has surfaced that Apple iPad prototypes and possibly the model demoed by Steve Jobs himself have an integrated forward-facing camera. Photos have shown possible built-in cameras just like the iSight camera installed on current iMac models.
By no means definitive, this enhanced photo from Wired shows a light, round spot right where one would expect the iSight camera to be located. The iMac bezel has an identical design and existing iSight cameras, which are used for video chat and photo taking, appear much the same.
Some industry observers expected Apple to roll out the iPad on multiple wireless data carriers, but as we all know the company settled on AT&T. Reports have surfaced that AT&T simply outbid the competition to get the deal.
Discussions between Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to be ongoing, however the carrier's CDMA technology will be obsolete in the not-too-long run. That being said, rumors are still floating around that the iPad will hit the Verizon network before the end of 2010.
A few days ago, we posted the iPad Wallpaper for your iPhone. For non-jailbroken iPhone users, this allowed you to achieve little bit of an iPad feel, while jailbroken iPhones could be combined with Winterboard and other mods/applications to achieve a theme almost identical to the iPad seen during the Apple iPad announcement event.
Despite thousands of users already having downloaded the iPhone version of the iPad Wallpaper, many users have inquired about a desktop-sized version of the
It's official: Apple and AT&T will allow VoIP calls over the 3G network, presumably using an iPad or an iPhone. We knew the iPad included a microphone and speaker, however the big news regarding VoIP was revealed in the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK (Software Development Kit) released by Apple yesterday.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) makes it possible to use services like Skype to make voice calls over the Internet. AT&T and Apple have restricted VoIP applications on the iPhone to Wi-Fi in the past. Now developers are free to develop applications with this capability over the 3G cellular network.
The iPad is tackling the electronic book market with Apple bringing a brand new content store online, the iBookstore. Titles can be previewed, purchased and read immediately using the iPad-specific application iBooks.
This is great for iPad users in the United States, however it will take some time for the iBookstore to come online in other countries. Problem is that Apple needs to make deals with publishers to offer local content in conformance with local copyright laws.