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    by Published on 04-06-2010 02:00 PM

    A dissection of the A4 chip Apple designed for the iPad reveals that it's fairly conventional, incorporating a single core CPU - possibly the same one used in the iPhone 3GS - and some DRAM in a triple-layer "package-on-package" (PoP) design. Because the system-on-a-chip included the core and memory on a single piece of silicon, though, heroic measures were needed to look inside, including X-raying, soaking it in an ...
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    by Published on 04-06-2010 12:05 PM

    Until now, reports of full multitasking support on the iPhone have been based almost entirely on rumor and speculation. Ahead of Thursday's Apple event, it now appears that all the rumors and speculations will be vindicated. Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu revealed in research note that the new iPhone OS will be ďa full multi-tasking environment where third-party apps will also be able to run simultaneously ...
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    by Published on 04-06-2010 11:39 AM

    The iPad is not a big iPod Touch..

    Sure, out of the box it is - it looks like one, and has the same apps as you'd expect on an iPod Touch. And at first, because you're used to your iPhone or iPod Touch... it feels like a big iPod Touch. But if you set down your iPad then and head back to your Twitter to bash all those iPad Lovers and explain to them how an iPad is a pointless machine with no niche - you've missed the point.

    Where the iPad really shines is the apps being created for it. I'll go over a dozen or so of the ones you need on your iPad here, and get you a new bunch of reviews as the weeks go by and the iPad section of the AppStore fills up. I'll also list a few things I feel are missing in the AppStore.


    The iPad is a media device. It shines in media consumption, and has already inspired a lot of innovation in the way media is being consumed. The future of periodical print publications is digital consumption - if not as a replacement, as a new method of viewing. Take a couple of the apps I recommend you pick up, Marvel Comics and Popular Science.

    Popular Science + (iTunes Link) | $4.99 / In-App Purchasing for New Issues

    Popular Science + is Popular Science on the iPad. But where it becomes "game-changing" and "revolutionary," if I may wax Jobsonian, is the method of delivery. The iPad screen is much ...
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    by Published on 04-05-2010 07:22 PM

    Another Apple patent has been revealed, and this time it's for a pico projector built in to the hinge of a MacBook that self-corrects for movement and distortion. Patently Apple has done their usual excellent job of translating it from "patent-ease" into readable English, and the invention actually looks pretty interesting. While Apple often takes out patents for the same reason ...
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    by Published on 04-05-2010 03:59 PM

    "Fast" appears to be the most common adjective applied to the iPad since its release. Pretty much everyone agrees the new device is quick, but we're beginning to get a picture of how quick: two benchmarks run in recent days show the iPad is twice as fast as an iPhone 3GS, and appears to be quicker for some tasks than the Snapdragon processor in the Nexus One phone. Though the A4 system-on-a-chip (SoC) ...
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    by Published on 04-05-2010 02:46 PM

    We knew there would be some initial glitches with the iPad after launch. And with hundreds of thousands of units now in circulation, it appears the first widely reported "problem" relates to the tablet's ability to wirelessly connect to the Internet. And many of those who have succeeded in gaining a connection report either weak or frequently dropped signal.

    Yours truly can similarly ...
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    by Published on 04-05-2010 10:20 AM

    At long last, the elusive, highly-rumored-about iPhone OS 4.0 is to be unveiled this Thursday at 10 AM PST (1 PM EST). Apple has sent out invitations to various media sources about the keynote, so you can expect many Apple liveblogs, like Gizmodo, Engadget, and MacRumors to cover the event as it unfolds.

    If you've been around ...
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    by Published on 04-05-2010 09:47 AM

    As if this weekend's excitement wasn't sufficient, less than 48 hours after the release of the iPad, we're hearing rumblings about the new MacBook Pros finally going into production. Today, Taiwan's Apple Daily leaked info suggesting that the computers will go into production within a few weeks. Although we've heard rumors before about a suspected production date, this time, however, the ...
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    by Published on 04-04-2010 12:11 PM

    That didn't take long. Not at all. In fact, I've had my iPad in hand less than 24 hours.

    Using Spirit, comex's jailbreak solution, MuscleNerd has already gained root access to the iPad. An hour ago, MuscleNerd tweeted the above video and said:

    A public, nicely packaged, Cydia including, easy-to-use solution obviously isn't here yet, and there's still a definite possibility ...
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    by Published on 04-04-2010 01:31 AM

    On Saturday, the iPad didn't hit the ground running. It apparently hit the ground traveling at warp speed. If estimates from the good people at Piper Jaffray are to be believed, Apple sold somewhere between 600,000 and 700,000 iPads yesterday. This figure, of course, takes into consider both devices purchased yesterday and those pre-ordered during the previous three weeks.

    With the overwhelming ...
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    by Published on 04-04-2010 12:46 AM

    We're barely 24 hours into the arrival of the iPad and its already apparent that the tablet has the potential to take mobile video gaming to the proverbial next level. And while Apple has traditionally frowned upon the iPhone's runaway popularity as the ultimate hand-held video game system, it seems Cupertino is more than willing to embrace the native and altogether undeniable gaming potential of the ...
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    by Published on 04-03-2010 06:32 PM

    A quick look at the status of an iPad jailbreak.

    While there's no official word from anyone, MuscleNerd tweeted "spirit," a jailbreak solution being worked on by comex, should work on an iPad without any modification:

    Neither geohot nor the DevTeam have said anything yet... but geohot's got his iPad.

    So far saurik's only comment has been "Cydia on the iPad will happen if ...