Saturday, March 19, 2011

Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Tablet for $529 + free shipping, 16GB for $429

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AT&T Wireless offers the 1st-generation Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Tablet for $529. (Search for “iPad” to find it.) With free shipping, that’s $130 below what Apple charges for a refurbishedunit and the lowest total price we’ve ever seen by $100. This 0.5″-thick tablet weighs 1.5 lbs. and features an Apple A4 1GHz processor, 9.7″ 1024×768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and more.The Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G Tablet is also available for $429with free shipping. (Search for “iPad” to find it.) That’s $50 below what Apple charges for a refurbished unit (this one’s new) and another price low.

Of note, iPad orders require the purchase of an AT&T DataConnect Personal Data Plan. Plans are active for 30 days and automatically renew every 30 days. (You can cancel this data plan at any time.) A 2 GB DataConnect Personal Plan is free for the first 30 days.



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iSuppli: Japan disaster could constrain iPad 2 part supply

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iSuppli’s research and in-depth iPad 2 tear down has revealed that vital iPad 2 parts like the thin battery, display glass, and electronic compass may be directly sourced from Japanese plants. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has caused many manufacturing plants to temporarily stop work and it is possible, that if certain iPad 2 parts are in fact from Japan, that some iPad 2 parts may be in tight supply.

The IHS iSuppli teardown analysis of the iPad 2 so far has been able to identify five parts sourced from Japanese suppliers: NAND flash from Toshiba Corp., dynamic random access memory (DRAM) made by Elpida Memory Inc., an electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, the touch screen overlay glass likely from Asahi Glass Co. and the system battery from Apple Japan Inc. There potentially are other components from Japan in the iPad 2, however, the teardown analysis process cannot always identify all components’ countries of origin.
These potential supply issues obviously in no way connect to the short supply of iPad 2s on launch day and in the days since launch. The issue does come at the point in which Apple is trying to build as many iPad 2s as possible in order to meet “amazing” demand for the product.

Toshiba, an Apple supplier for flash storage, temporarily suspended NAND flash production in their Japanese plants. Apple obtaining flash storage drives for their iOS devices and other products like the MacBook Air is not as big of a deal as the iPad 2s battery, glass, and compass as the storage technology is also sourced from other other nations by other suppliers, notably Samsung.

The iPad 2 was released on March 11th and currently ships in 4-5 weeks from the Apple online store. Apple has been supportive of the terrifying situation in Japan with Steve Jobs offering his full support via an email to the company and iTunes taking donations for the Red Cross.




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iPhone 5 Prototype Spotted at Foxconn Factory

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Written by Ghazy (A New member to the Limerain team)

A report claims that an iphone 5 prototype was spotted at foxconn, it is believed it would have a 4 inch screen and an aluminum back but it would conserve the current iphone 4 design. it isn't a surprise that apple is abandoning the breakable and fragile glass back.

9to5mac.com reports
“A source from Foxconn who we believe to be reliable has provided us with some information about Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. Most of the information lines up with past reports but we have also learned a few new details. Most notably is that the iPhone 5 has already been seen at Foxconn and is soon going into the normal mass production stages. In terms of design, the iPhone 5 is said to look fairly similar to the iPhone 4 except for two very important differences: materials and screen size.
The iPhone 5 will keep a relatively similar size and shape as the iPhone 4 but Apple has decided to move away from the back-glass enclosure found on the fourth-generation device and move to something similar to the back of the first-generation iPhone from 2007. Although some reports claim the iPhone 5 will adopt a curved metal back, our source says models have been floating around with a flat metal back. The material of this metal is unspecified.”

the original iphone had an aluminum back with a plastic band to permit the passage of edge signal, as does the iPad 3g which leads us to think would it have a plastic band or would it relay on the antenna band. a question that leads us wondering on what it would look like.
The 4 inch screen close to retina display it would have to keep the same 960×640 pixel count to maintain app compatibility so the density would go down to below 300ppi
Personally i prefer the glass back even tho a lot of concerns about the fragility of the device. i believe that an aluminum back would be an unwanted feature/handicap by a lot of costumers.
But we all know apple where as its has an Aluminum, Glass, or plastique it will turn out great!






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Shadyside, PA Apple store burglarized for the third time in months

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This is a problem: the Apple store in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was burglarized, this morning, for the third time in months. According to WPXI Pittsburg Police were called to scene of the Walnut Street smash-and-grab around 5:30 AM.

When officers arrived they said they found both front doors damaged and a cement cinder block that was used to shatter the glass doors. The store was closed for most of the day Thursday while construction crews replaced the doors.
According to police reports laptops and iPods made up the majority of the loot, obviously not iPad 2s. This particular Apple Store was burglarized at least twice in 2010 with one robbery in November 2010 resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.




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