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Unboxing Live 056: Apple iPad launch

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, Handhelds, Videocasts

As has become the norm for us when launches a major product, the Gear Live crew camped out at the local Alderwood Mall Apple Store to be one of the first to pick up the on April 3. In this video, we not only unbox the iPad, but we also give you a brief look at the hype and store opening ceremony that each Apple Store does when they launch a new device like this. In addition, we give you a look at the iPad Dock and iPad Case as well.


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Apple updates MacBook Pro line with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

MacBook Pro Core i5 i7

It’s been a long time coming, but has finally released the refreshed line of MacBook Pro notebooks that are powered by the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The 13-inch MacBook Pro line is actually sticking with the Core 2 Duo chips, but they do bring faster 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz options, alongside a 10-hour battery. The real news here, though, is in the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The 15-inch models start at $1,799 with a 2.4GHz Core i5 (520M), 320GB hard drive, 8-9 hour battery, and the 256MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics chip which features Optimus switching. That allows the graphics chip to automatically switch from performance mode to a low power mode on the fly, rather than having to log out and back in. The next step up in the 15-inch line nabs you a 2.53GHz Core i5 (540M) and 500GB hard drive for $1,999, while the top of the line model features the 2.66 GHz Core i7 (620M) and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB RAM.

If the 17-incher is more your thing, it starts out at $2,299 with a 2.53GHz Core i5, 500GB hard drive, ExpressCard slot, and the 512MB 330M. Options for all include more RAM (they all come with 4GB by default,) and 128, 256, and 512GB SSD drives. The 15-inch models also have new display options. By default, they ship with a 1440x900 glossy display, but for an extra $100 you can get a high resolution 1680x1050 display. For another $50 on top of that, you can get the 1680x1050 with antiglare. Lastly, the new machines are capable of “inertial scrolling” on the trackpads. If you have an iPhone, it’s similar to flicking up and down to scroll.

You can pick up any of the new MacBook Pros now in the Apple Store.

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Live notes from Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 event

iPhone OS 4.0

Apple is set to show off the next major version of the platform this morning, and the event is just about to get underway. We will be bringing you live notes of all the action here, along with a running commentary on all the new things Apple is bringing to the table with iPhone OS 4.0.

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iPad review: An in-depth look at the Apple tablet

iPad review

When finally revealed the to the world back at their January 27th event, it was a long time coming for many an Apple fan. After almost three years with the iPhone around, everyone figured it was time for Apple to unleash a full-sized, proper tablet. However, time and time again the rumor mill was incorrect, as Apple Event after Apple Event came and went with nary a mention of a tablet device. So when the announcement finally came, and when pre-orders finally were being taken, many prepped to grab the iPad on day one. That day came on April 3 with the launch of the Wi-Fi iPad in the United States, which you can now purchase at the Apple Online Store.

The hype has been off the charts, so let’s step back for a minute and examine this thing. The iPad sits somewhere between the iPhone juggernaut and the ridiculously popular MacBook. Many have said that it is simply a “big iPod touch” and nothing more. Apple has called it “magical and revolutionary.” Who’s right?

We bring you the answers in our review, so hit that read link and follow along as we delve into the iPad.

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Apple unveiling iPhone OS 4 on April 8th

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Software

iPhone OS 4.0 event

Hot on the hells of the launch, Apple is continuing fell speed ahead, as they’ve invited a select group of media to come get a look at the unveiling of iPhone OS 4.0. As you can see in the image, the invite has a shadow of a large number “4” figure, and invites us to “Get a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS.” The event takes place at the Cupertino campus, it’s just 3 days away, and we are excited. You?


Marvel Comics iPad app video demo

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Books, iPad Apps, Videos, Free Apps

One of the more exciting apps that shows off what may be the future of literature and reading is the Marvel Comics app. Setting aside the whole problem where you can’t share the comics, and can’t sell or give away the old comics you’ve purchased and build community around it, we must say, it looks pretty slick. If you are a fan of Marvel, this will obviously be an app you’ll want to add to your iPad. The app is essentially a no-cost storefront that let’s you preview and purchase comics to read.


Netflix Streaming iPad app now available

Netflix iPad

For anyone concerned about a lack of killer apps on the that would differentiate it from the iPhone or oPod touch, we bring you news that the Netflix iPad app is now available for download for free from the App Store, and it includes Instant Streaming. That’s right, if you’ve got your iPad connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can use it to watch the entire catalogue of Netflix Watch Instantly movies and TV shows, right on your iPad. In addition, you can add movies to your queue, rearrange things, and everything else you’d expect to do with your Netflix membership.

Of course, none of this will work unless you are a Netflix member, but if you are, you can start enjoying the 20,000+ titles available on the service right from your iPad on Saturday. Oh, and for the record, the app currently works only on the iPad - there is no Netflix app available yet for the iPhone or iPod touch.

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Wormhole Remote iPad review

We’re getting really excited about the upcoming release of Apple’s this weekend, mainly because of the amazing apps we’ve been seeing. We managed to get our hands on a preview copy of Wormhole Remote, a remote access app by Nate True, friend of Gear Live. Wormhole Remote is designed to let you get up from your Mac desktop (or notebook) and use your iPad to control it remotely while you’re lounging on the couch.  Check out Wormhole Remote’s promo video as well as an exclusive walk-through of the app after the jump.

Gallery: Wormhole Remote iPad review


Most annoying iPad unboxing in the world

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds

Check out the video above if you want a look at the unboxing experience. We hope you can sit through it without hoping to shoot yourself in the face, but muting the video might help in that regard. Seriously, if you are gonna unbox a product, at least try not to get in the way of the whole experience, right?


Apple retail stores selling reserved iPads at 9 am this Saturday

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds

iPad In-Store Pickup

Hey, are you one of those future owners who decided to do an in-store reservation rather than relying on FedEx to get your new bundle of joy to you on day one? If so, here’s the scoop on how things will go down at your local Apple Store this Saturday, when the iPad will finally be unleashed. On April 3, Apple Stores will open at 9:00 am, at which time anyone standing in line with an iPad reservation will get to walk in and pay for their device. Apple will hold all iPads in stock for reservations until 3:00 pm that same day. After 3:00, all iPads that are left are fair game, and anyone can walk in and buy one, until they are all gone. So if you reserved and hoped to get one right away, make sure your calendar is clear this Saturday morning or afternoon, mmkay?


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