Based on this Piper Jaffray study of the teen tech market, 37% of teenagers report they plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months. 22% already have an iPad 2. That means that one in five teenagers already has an iPad 2. That’s a pretty amazing figure. The first smartphone/tablet you pick up often makes it the one you stick with over time, so this is a lot of probable life-long Apple customers coming out of this sample population of 4,500.
Right now, Apple is kicking everyone else’s tail in the tablet market. They have a near-monopoly on the consumer sales. A lot of that comes from their fanatical customer base that lined up outside of stores on launch day worldwide to get their hands on the new device for themselves or for their family. None of the other players have any sales compared to what they’ve managed to accomplish with the iPad 2. When it comes down to it, Apple is winning this tablet war right now.
Technology moves forward like a many armed beast. Each company has the ability to shoot forward when they have the right combination of technology and talent. With the release of these new tablet PCs, we are seeing a significant shift in the way people interact with computers. Touch screens are gaining near-ubiquity, and with time, these touch screens are only going to get cheaper, lighter, faster, and more responsive.
I don’t know if any other company really has anything that can knock Apple off of this early lead. As for my tablet thoughts, I’m holding off on purchasing a tablet until the next round drops this summer and fall and honestly I’m eyeing Asus’s EEE121. I think it’ll have more use as a well rounded computing machine. I do a lot more than read e-mail and watch Netflix on my computer and I think that this design will work better with both content consumption and content creation tasks. It’s heavier, bulkier, but comes with a 1280×800 screen and a bit more processing power than any of the others with the Intel i5. I think it’ll do a good job as a primary home computer, it’ll even handle some full on PC games.
Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer has apparently confirmed that the company will launch an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet later in 2011. Bloomberg quotes Japan’s Nikkei as saying Stringer confirmed the slate would drop at the end of the summer, with the US targeted first.
Last we heard, Sony was readying an S1 PlayStation tablet with a 9.4-inch display, Tegra 2 processor and a distinctive curved “wrap” chassis. Gaming, ereader, computing and media streaming is all expected to be included; we’d also expect Sony to do some UI work on top of Android 3.0, too.
We’re having trouble finding the exact Nikkei report, though back in January the paper claimed Stringer was aiming to take the number two spot in tablets, after Apple, by the end of 2012. The CEO suggested Sony’s lengthy development period was so that the slate could be sufficiently differentiated from other Android tablets, and hinted that 3D was a possibility.
Apple today has issued a new press release confirming iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 countries this Friday. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
The press release also contains information about UK pricing of the iPad 2 follows as:
£399.00 for the 16GB model, £479.00 for the 32GB model, £559.00 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for £499.00 for the 16GB model, £579.00 for the 32GB model and £659.00 for the 64GB model.
Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and “additional countries” will be able to order the iPad 2 in April.
Full press release:
iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday
Available in Hong Kong, Korea & Singapore in April
CUPERTINO, California—March 22, 2011—Apple® today announced that iPad® 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.
“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.
Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.
iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad apps are available for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store℠ on iPad orwww.itunes.com/appstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 (US) or rich leather for $69 (US).
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
It’s now confirmed that Apple has killed hacker’s last hope, after iH8sn0w confirmed the expiration of limera1n exploit in iPad 2, now MuscleNerd of iPhone dev-team confirming that Apple also has patched SHAtter exploit in iPad 2.
Early testing also seems to show at least one thing SHAtter depends on was gone by March 2010 too
This means any early iPad2 jailbreaks will have to be purely userland
More clarification? All current jailbreak tools, specifically which used to jailbreak firmwares starting from iOS 4.0.2 is based on Geohot’s bootrom exploit (hardware exploit). Apple has patched them on the newly iPad 2 by upgrading its hardware.
You have to know that Geohot found his bootrom exploit in October 2010, then it has been patched by Apple after 5 months (March 2011), so you can conclude that these kind of exploits have a long lifetime, but also they are harder to find. So, now MuscleNerd expect that the upcoming iPad 2 jailbreak will be a userland-based jailbreak like Comex’s JailbreakMe. Any way let’s wait and see !
Confirmed: limera1n is patched in iPad 2.
For who don’t know, all current jailbreak tools are based on Geohot’s boot room exploit (hardware exploit), so Apple was able to patch this exploit by upgrading iPad 2 hardware.
So we’ll not be able to jailbreak iPad 2 with any of the current jailbreak tools. But really I trust that hackers will be able to handle this issue soon.
Sony has started banning the PS3 hackers, modders and offenders in Europe and the US! The move came after Sony issued an official statement yesterday warning PlayStation 3 jailbreakers and homebrew software users that they will be ‘permanently’ banned from the PlayStation Network, as well as Sony’s Qriocity media network. First, those running custom firmware or using pirated software receive the following e-mail:
“A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system. Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system.”
If offenders do not reformat their hard drives and reinstall the official v3.56 PS3 firmware, they then receive this subsequent e-mail–which some have reportedly received with no warning at all:
“Notice: Access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation (R)3 system has been terminated permanently due to the use of unauthorized circumvention devices and unauthorized or pirated software on your PlayStation(R)3 system. This use violates the terms of both the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation(R)3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation(R)Network/Qriocity(TM) and its Community Code of Conduct provision.”
Those so banned will then receive error code 8002A227 telling them “You cannot use PlayStation Network with this account” and see the screen (above) when trying to log into PSN.
iBooks refuse to open on iPhones Jailbroken with greenpois0n on iOS 4.2.1 firmware. Users who attempt to open books purchased from the iBook store are prompted with the following error message: There is a problem with the configuration of your iPhone. Please restore with iTunes and reinstall iBooks. And, if you restore your device from iTunes, it will remove the jailbreak. Follow the steps below to fix iBooks problem on iOS devices jailbroken with greenpois0n.
Why iBooks fail to open on jailbroken device?
Whenever a user tries to open a Book purchased from the iBookstore, iBooks tries to run unsigned or improperly signed binaries as a test to see if the device is jailbroken. If those binaries run successfully, the device is marked as having been jailbroken and the eBook refuses to open.
- Jailbroken iOS device with greenpois0n
- MobileTerminal must be installed on the device.
- A SSH client for your computer (Windows: WinSCP – Mac: Cyberduck ).
- Download the fix files for iBooks.
How to Fix iBooks Problem on Jailbroken iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on iOS 4.2.1
Step 1: UnZip the downloaded fix file and locate the file ibookfix.sh under folder script.
Step 2: Copy the file into folder /var/mobile/device (via SSH or iFile).
Step 3: Launch MobileTerminal on your device and type and run the following commands one by one:
Step 4: Select your iPhone/ iPod touch model by typing the number in front of your model.(eg “3″ if you have an iPhone 4 and “4″ for Veerizon iPhone 4). For all other models refer the screen below:
Step 5: Wait for few seconds until following message appears: “If the procedure was successfully completed, respring or reboot your iPhone to complete the operation!”
Step 6: Reboot the device! Thats it!
iPhone Dev team and iH8sn0w has already ported the iBooks fix into PwnageTool 4.2sn0wbreeze 2.2 respectively. If you haven’t already jailbroken your device, you can use pwnagetool 4.2 (for Mac) or sn0wbreeze 2.2 (for Windows). Both these tools will retain your carrier unlock on old baseband in addition to fixing your iBooks issue.
Ice Cream will be the version of Android following Honeycomb, Forbes reported today. We haven’t even gotten to Gingerbread yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to the future.
Google has taken to naming different iterations of Android after desserts, in alphabetical order. Beginning at “C,” we’ve had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair and Froyo. Gingerbread and Honeycomb have been confirmed to be next and are expected to be announced later this year and early next year, respectively. Google has not said anything about what delicious desserts will follow Honeycomb, but that doesn’t prevent hardware partners from doing so.
Tudor Brown, the President of ARM, mentioned the codename to Elizabeth Woyke of Forbes. ARM, which manufacturers processors, integrates with a wide variety of electronic devices, many of which run Android; in other words, he would be in the know about future Android versions.
It seems that over in Taiwan an intrepid young leaker has let loose a new image of what he or she calls codename “Saga,” and it appears that it might be one o’ those flagship phones from none other than HTC herself. Also according to the leakster this phone is running Android 2.2.1 and belongs to a “client” of his. He’s decided that it’s approximately as thick as the HTC Legend or 7 Mozart.
This phone will certainly be popping up during Mobile World Congress 2011, which we’ll be at live to tell you how it feels in our claws. Besides the fact that the back looks less than appealing, we don’t know that much about this phone. Have you got any more info? Let us know asap!