Will iPad 3G Work Internationally?

There has been a lot of questions lately among users looking to purchase an iPad 3G if the device will work internationally. Short answer : Yes, but it might require some work if you are the kind who keeps traveling frequently.

The iPad 3G will come pre-installed with a micro SIM card that is not quite like a regular SIM. However this will work only for the local geography though this is replaceable. This means when you are traveling internationally, you may purchase a new micro SIM from the local carrier for internet use inside the country.

For instance, international travelers to USA may purchase micro SIM from AT&T which are priced at $15 for a 250MB monthly plan and $30 for monthly unlimited download.

iPad Online Orders Now Limited To One Per Person

When Apple opened up iPad pre-ordering in March, the company issued a cap of 2 iPads per person. This was not only to curb black marketing of the device but also to help as many customers get hold of one. However, it appears that the demands have spiked beyond control since then. Earlier this week, Apple announced that the  company shall be postponing the launch of iPad outside the US by a month in order to keep up with the demand inside the country.

Consequently, Cupertino may have reduced the cap on orders to 1 iPad per person. An iPad customer on the Apple Support forum writes,


I ordered my 2nd unit and Apple cancelled it by writing to me:

“Thank you for your recent Apple order.

To ensure that all customers are given equal opportunity to acquire this
product we have limited the amount available per customer. Therefore,
this order has been cancelled.

If you have questions, you may reach us at 1-800-676-2775 between
8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Apple Online Store Customer Support ”

Anyone encountered similar problem? I can’t reach their toll-free number.

It still baffles what’s about this device that is getting so many people to buy. Mysterious case of reality distortion, it seems…

[via Apple Support]

Thumbnail Cover Art On iBooks Not Showing Up

iPad owners who try to sync their existing collection of ePUB books to their iBooks application may sometimes notice that the thumbnail for these ebooks do not show the cover art on the iBooks shelves. The issue here lies with the improper recognition of the ebooks metadata. Follow these steps below to set up thumb nail cover art for your ebooks

Step 1 : Search the internet for the cover art for the book. In most cases, you may download the same from websites such as Amazon. Save this image on your computer hard drive. If you already have one, skip to the next step

Step 2 : Launch iTunes and navigate to the ebook in question

Step 3 : Right click over the ebook and select “get info

Step 4 : A window will pop up. Click on the “Artwork” tab

Step 5 : Click on the “Add” Button and select the image from your computer hard drive

Step 6 : Plug your iPad to your computer and sync the ebooks

Step 7 : This should be it. However, if you still do not see the appropriate cover arts, simply open the books from your iBooks application and close them

Google Tablet Launching – To Run Adobe Flash

Apple and Google are on the verge of locking heads in one more segment. According to reports on the New York Times, the Mountain View based search engine giant could be working on an Android OS based tablet PC to take on the recently launched Apple iPad. With this, Apple’s iPhone OS could be up for a fight against Android OS on the wider form factor device.

Interestingly, the companies have extended their “my enemy’s enemy is my best friend” relationships to the tablet segment as well. According to the report, the Google Tablet PC may support Adobe Flash – the ubiquitous multimedia platform that Apple has termed a “dying technology” and whose exclusion has created a furore in the blogosphere. Considering that Apple’s hate for the the platform comes from Flash’s ability to let users consume from outside the iTunes store, the inclusion of the same on Google Tablet can give a huge leverage to Mountain View in its fight over Apple.

What do you think?

[via NY Times]

iPad Online Orders Bugged By Privacy Issues

A potentially sensitive privacy bug has been detected on the online ordering system of iPad. According to reports on the Apple support site, owners tracking their orders have noted links to “master tracking number” that reveal critical information such as the name, address and phone numbers of other iPad recipients for the particular day. A forum user writes,

“However today when Looking at my tracking number I noticed that there was a master tracking number linked. I clicked it and to my surprise I see 988 deliveries all 3.4 pounds which is the weight of the shipment for my iPad.

Now that I have this tracking number I can see the name address and phone number of each person expecting an iPad. How is this possible how can Apple allow anyone to gain access to this master tracking number?

How easy could it be for me to simply go to these people homes wait for fedex tell them I’m “Such and Such” and simply walk away with a free iPad.

In my opinion this is a huge security risk.”

Interestingly, as another user has noted,  while this may appear to be a problem with FedEx, it is Apple that stands accountable since the company is responsible “for jumbling 988 shipments together knowing that the master tracking number would be attached to each shipment. ”

The problem has now apparently been sorted out.

[via Apple Support]

iPad Wi-Fi Issues : Apple Support Offers Solutions

Soon after the iPad launched earlier this month, we had heard an overwhelming number of new iPad users complain about problems that their device had with detecting Wi-Fi connections in the network. The problem, it was presumed, was because of the back casing that prevented proper signal transfer. Later that week, Apple issued a two step resolution procedure:

  • Create separate Wi-Fi network names to identify each band. This can be done easily by appending one or more characters to the current network name. Example: Add a G to the 802.11b/g network name and an N to the 802.11n network name.
  • Ensure that both networks use the same security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2, and so on)

Now, users who have spoken to the Apple support team have reported additional resolution suggestions offered. Here are a few

  • Turn off Wi-Fi, turn off the device and reboot.
  • There are increased likelihoods of problems being noted on secure networks. If you have a secure network, try working on open networks like from McDonald’s.
  • Confirm if other devices work properly from the location. If so, then try a system restore. Apple Support apparently claims that 30%-40% of Wi-Fi issues are resolved by this step.

[via Apple Support]

Is iPad A Disappointment, Joke And Flop!?

I have not been a great fan of the iPad. And so it was delightful that when I went searching for “iPad apps” on Google Search, I was prompted for “iPad a Disappointment“. Dig further into Google’s search suggestions and you see a lot many more searches from disappointed users.

ipad user sentiments

As it should be obvious this is not some conspiracy Google would play to make us see Apple’s products this way. While these suggestions are made algorithmically and hence have little manual intervention, the search suggestions do not however play similar sentiments on the iPhone and iPod touch.

iphone sentiments

ipod touch sentiments

It will be interesting to hear your views on this. Is Google playing a trick on the newly launched product or do you think the Apple iPad has more haters than fans?

Apple Mini-iPad Launching 2011

Is the iPad too expensive a gadget for you? Is your iPad too big to fit a pocket? Chances are that Apple may be working to solve both these issues. According to a research by DigiTimes senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, Apple may be working on a mini-iPad that could release as early as the first quarter of 2011. DigiTimes reports,

“Kuo, citing talks with upstream component sources, said Apple’s smaller-size iPad will be priced below US$400 and will target the highly-portable mobile device market and consumers that focus mainly on reading and do not have a high demand for text input.”

Ok, I am not going into yet another debate on whether or not we need a smaller iPad because I find absolutely no need for its larger cousin and I find a smaller one even more useless. But as we have just seen, business for Apple will just happen fine.

[via DigiTimes]

Omnivision Camera Sensors On Next Generation iPhone And iPad

Here’s some rumor for the Apple-obsessed: The next gen iPhone and iPad could come with camera sensors from Omnivision. While this may not be entirely surprising considering that the two companies have already engaged in a partnership, a recent interview given by Omnivision executives to JP Morgan analyst Paul Coster gave further details on what to expect with the new launch of iPhone or iPad.

One very likely improvement is the provision of a 5 megapixel camera from the current 3MP. For this, Apple could be using Omnivision’s OV5650 sensor that not only brings upon the required megapixels, but also provides an improved picture quality even at higher resolutions as well as be capable of delivering video greater than 480p.

As always, these are merely indications and are not confirmed at the moment and so the news needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, I would like to know your opinion. Is a 5MP good enough? What other features do you want to see in the iPhone 4G camera?

[via Barrons Blog]

HP Slate Vs. Apple iPad : Features Comparison And Price

Ever since the “magical” and “revolutionary” iPad launched, employees at Hewlett Packard are reported to be unduly worried about their own effort going in vain. Engadget has caught hold of a slide from a recent presentation made to the employees at HP that tries to assuage them about the comparative advantages of their slate vis a vis the Apple iPad.

If the features listed are true, then we may be seeing a well truly magical device in the HP Slate. The device runs on a 1.6 GHz processor (1GHz on iPad), comes with two cameras (facing inward and outward) and runs a touch optimized version of the Windows 7 OS. The battery life is poorer though – just 5+ hours compared to iPad’s 10. I tell you, this is closer to my dream machine..Not the iPad, not any other iBrick. HP Slate is expected to be priced between $549 and $599.

HP Slate vs. Apple iPad

What do you think of the features?

[via Engadget]