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How Apple and ATT can fix the iPad 3G pricing bait-and-switch

At&T iPad 3g price change

After having a couple of days to let the absolutely ridiculous bait-and-switch that AT&T just pulled on Apple’s 3G customers sink in, I’ve come to the conclusion that one, or both, of these companies needs to do something for the customers that just got screwed.

In a nutshell, when Apple announced the iPad, there was the Wi-Fi-only version, and there was the 3G version. The big draw with the 3G model was that it had a very reasonable unlimited data plan for $29.99 for 30 days of access. You could start and stop at any time, no contract required. Let’s not fool ourselves here—this plan was a major selling point for the 3G iPad. However, in just three days—just a little over a month after the iPad 3G went on sale—that unlimited plan goes away and is instead replaced with a $25 plan that allows you just 2GB of data. A true bait-and-switch if we’ve ever seen one.

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AT&T kills unlimited iPad 3G data plan after just 38 days

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Wireless / WiFi

iPad 3G unlimited dataYeah, so, alongside the sweeping changes that AT&T has made to their data plans comes news that the much-hyped unlimited 3G data plan is ending on June 7th, just 38 days after the iPad 3G went on sale. Honestly, we don’t even really see what the point of all the ype was, since you just know that AT&T spent some time going over the details on how their new plans would work. This one almost feels like a bait and switch. We picked up a 3G iPad and have yet to sign up for a data plan. We just wanted to 3G option just in case, with the knowledge that if we needed unlimited 3G in a pinch, it would be there. However, that is no longer the case.

iPad owners will instead get the same DataPro plan option that all other data users on AT&T get—that means you get 2GB of data for $25. If you run out of data, you pay another $10 for each addition gigabyte of data used. The changes go into effect on June 7, but if you’re a current subscriber to the $30 per month unlimited plan, you can keep it. Just don’t let it lapse, because you won’t get it back.


Apple sells 2 million iPads in 59 days

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPad 2 million sold

Any way you slice it, the fact that Apple has been able to put an into the willing hands of 2 million customers in just under two months time is pretty amazing. For the record, the iPad is selling faster than even the iPhone did when it launched.

“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

We can definitely attest to the fact that iPads are hard to find at Apple Stores and Best Buys, but if you really need to get one, and money isn’t an issue, there are plenty of people buying and reselling them on eBay and Craigslist for ridiculous amounts of money. Just for reference, it took Apple 28 days to sell the first million iPads, and another 31 to sell the second million.


iPad not allowed in Yankee Stadium

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds, PC / Laptop

iPad yankee stadiumIf you plan on taking your with you to Yankee Stadium, you may wanna think again (or wear a loose-fitting jacket with a large pocket.) Yankee Stadium has a policy where they don’t allow laptop computers inside their gates, and recently they’ve decided that the iPad falls under that same category. Over on the IGN Message Boards, user Spacekatgal tells her tale of being turned away at the gate due to having an iPad with her. She walked away, stuffed it in a jacket pocket, and came back and got through.

Of course, we find it odd that the iPad is being given laptop treatment here, when it is an iPhone OS device. In our opinion, if you can bring in an iPhone or iPod touch into Yankee Stadium (which you can,) then the iPad shouldn’t really be given a hard time. Your thoughts?

Read More | IGN Boards

iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4 reveals AT&T tethering option

iPhone OS 4.0 AT&T tethering

So check this out, we’ve been waiting for iPhone tethering since the original device, and when Apple built tethering into iPhone OS 3.0, we figured that was where our dreams would turn to reality—but of course, in the US, this is AT&T we’re dealing with, which means…we are still waiting a year later. However, in the just-released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4, there’s finally an option to enable tethering, and when you tap it, you are instructed to contact AT&T at 611 or to visit the AT&T website to add tethering to your account.

Obviously, there’s been progress here. Still, no word from AT&T as to when they will give us tethering. Also interesting that this news comes well after the launch of the iPad 3G, as we’re sure that many iPhone owners that bought the 3G model of the iPad would have just gone with a Wi-Fi model if they knew tethering was around the corner, right?

Read More | MacRumors

iPhone OS 4.0 SDK beta 4 released

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

iPhone OS 4.0 beta sdk 4

For all you iPhone and devs out there, you can now head on over to the iPhone Developer Portal to grab iPhone OS 4 beta 4, which Apple just released, alongside beta 4 of the SDK. The software build is 8A274b, while the SDK build is 10M2252. Apple is right on time, continuing to deliver iPhone OS 4.0 betas about two weeks apart from each other, every other Tuesday. It should drop down to weekly releases sometime soon here, what with the rumored to make its debut sometime next month.


iWork for iPad 1.1 update details

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Productivity, App Updates, Apple, $9.99

iWork iPad Pages Numbers Keynote 1.1

has just updated their iWork suite to version 1.1. All three apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) see feature additions and bug fixes. Here’s the rundown:

Pages 1.1

  • Support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Toolbar and ruler are now available in wide-screen landscape view
  • Documents automatically fit to page width in landscape view
  • Enhanced Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel
  • Improves reliability when exporting Microsoft Word documents
  • Addresses issues with exporting documents previously imported from Microsoft Word
  • Fixes an issue with text wrapping in Microsoft Word after exporting a document with a frame around an image
  • Addresses a chart font size issue when exporting documents previously imported from Microsoft Word
  • Resolves an issue with scrolling after inserting and playing a movie

Numbers 1.1

  • Support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, - Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Enhanced Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel
  • Improves reliability when importing Numbers ’09 spreadsheets
  • Addresses a chart font size issue when exporting spreadsheets previously imported from Microsoft Excel
  • Fixes an issue when formatting a table pasted from Keynote or Pages
  • Addresses an issue where formulas did not properly update when dragging and dropping cells
  • Fixes an issue with applying a new style to a table in a template after an Undo

Keynote 1.1

  • Support for French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Enhanced Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel
  • Added the option to show additional alignment guides at smaller intervals
  • Improves reliability when importing Keynote ’09 presentations
  • Improves reliability when importing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
  • Addresses a chart font size issue when exporting presentations previously imported from Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Fixes an issue preventing access to some table cell color fills in landscape mode with an external keyboard

Square mobile payments app now available on iPad, iPhone, Android

We can’t say enough about the love we have for what the folks over at Square are doing. In a nutshell, they are bringing credit card processing to the masses by way of connected smartphones (like and devices) and s as well. You download the free app and sign up, and they send you a free credit card reader that hooks into the audio jack on your device. From there, whether you are a big business, small coffee shop, a seller at the flea market, or just wanna collect half the check from your friend after dining out, you can can accept a credit card payment right on your phone. The video above explains it way better than we can, but the news here is that Square is now available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Android.

Read More | Square app

iPhone HD leaked again (images!)

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors

iPhone HD inferno

The way that the upcoming and still yet to be announced has been fondled by people who’ve gotten their hands on leaked goods is getting downright ridiculous, because it’s happened again for a third time. The guys over at Taoviet have gotten their hands on a newer version of the iPhone HD that was leaked a month ago by Gizmodo, and we can see some minor (but still nice) improvements. A couple of significant things here. First, the screws at the bottom of the device are gone, so the enclosure looks cleaner. Second, the back of the phone indicates that there may likely be a 16GB model. In the past, the iPhone dropped its low-end, moved the high-end down, and then doubled the high-end. So with the iPhone HD, we were expecting a 32GB model and a 64GB model. Here’s hoping they give us all three.

Last, but certainly not least, they took apart the iPhone and found an Apple-branded processor in there. As we know, the was the first iPhone OS device to rock the Apple A4 custom chip, and it looks like we’ve just confirmed that the next iPhone will as well.

Read More | Taoviet

Gallery: iPhone HD leaked again (images!)


Bleeding Edge TV 346: Apple iPad Case review

When launched the , they knew that users would need some sort of accessory to use with the device that would make it easier to type on and use as an entertainment consumption device. That said, they released the first-party Apple iPad Case in the hopes of providing that relief. The Apple iPad Case serves three purposes in our minds—first, it provides a layer of protection. It’s soft, and it keeps the screen covered when you are transporting it around. It isn’t the most protective cover you can get, but it serves the purpose. Secondly, it acts as a stand that lets you comfortably type on the iPad. In fact, it’s so comfortable that we wrote our entire 4,000 word iPad review on the iPad itself, using the case to prop it up. Lastly, the Apple iPad Case also let’s you stand the iPad up vertically in the landscape orientation. This lets you use it to view content like videos and such, without having to hold onto the device.

We give you a look at the iPad case, and give you our opinions as well, in this episode.


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