Ah, it's Thursday. We're well into the final stretch, folks, so stay on track! We're happy to have you here with us, partaking in the Daily Slash that we love so much to bring to the world. We've got quite the assortment for you tonight, so we're going to have to get right into it. Hopefully you don't mind. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got some pretty impressive numbers for the Android community; we've got plans for the iPad Camera connection accessory; and finally we've got an internal document that may bring a little extra to a newly official handset. And then in the 'net, Sony seems to be outsourcing their VAIO lineup; Google is bringing the goats back to Mountain View; another report says the next iPhone is definitely getting announced in June; and finally, Boxee loves all screens types.
If you've read our Apple iPad review, you'll have seen Fusion of Ideas' StealthArmor skin for the tablet. Differentiating themselves from rivals by virtue of their carbon fiber film technology, the adhesive panels also get a significantly higher price tag too, so is it worth it? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
While you don't get much in the way of extras in the box with the iPad, Apple sent us away with a bag full of official accessories to play with. Apple have a range of six items intended to be used with your iPad, though not all of them will be available on launch day. After the cut, check out our unboxing video, gallery and some hands-on impressions with the iPad Dock, iPad Keyboard Dock, iPad Case and iPad 10W USB Power Adapter.
The first iPad kickstand. Yes, this is just the accessory we’ve all been waiting for. Created for you-know-what by Scosche, the kickBack (as the kickstand is formally known as) is made from polycarbonate and rubber, and is able to handle and adjust to both portrait and landscape mode.
Many of the iPad rumors we heard in the run-up to yesterday's launch turned out to be false - OLED displays, dual cameras and solar panels all come to mind - but one of the suggestions that had sounded reasonably believable was that the tablet would run iPhone OS 4.0. Last we heard, tipsters suggested that Apple had been sitting on the launch of the updated platform since it contained too many mentions of the iPad, something that would tip developers (and thus the press) that the nigh-legendary tablet was on its way.
I was fortunate to get to spend some nice hands on time with the iPad. This is a first take on my initial impressions of the device. I should have a final unit here shortly so look for a full review soon. Of course, post your questions in the comments and I’ll answer as many as I can.
There was so much information offered yesterday when the iPad was unveiled by Apple that it was a bit overwhelming. One of the key items of the iPad that didn’t get as much talk time on stage as some of the other features was the Apple A4 processor. The one thing that Apple was specific on was that the processor was its own silicon.
Certainly some of the biggest tech news this year has been the official unveiling of the iPad by Apple yesterday. The device looks pretty darn cool to me, though some complain the iPad didn’t live up to the hype. As you can imagine with any new product coming from Apple, the accessories are coming in force as well.
While we spent twenty minutes grabbing hands-on video with the Apple iPad yesterday, something we didn't get to play with were the official iPad accessories. Over at iLounge they've had better luck, giving some first impressions and pricing details for the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, Apple iPad Case, Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter and Apple iPad Camera Connector Kit.