Monthly Archives: March 2010

iPad Pre-order now, shipping on April 3!

Apple is accepting pre-orders for iPad, not only for the Wi-Fi Version, you can also pre-order the 3G version now. But for 3G iPad, you got to wait till late April where as Wi-Fi will be ship out by April 3!

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iPad start selling at USD$499 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi only.  The 32Gb and 64Gb Wi-Fi version runs at $599, $699 with free shipping.

To purchase iPad with 3G, you got to add $130 on top of the Wi-Fi model you wish to get.

Both 3G versions and Wi-Fi version’s battery are reported to run for 10hours with video running!

Pre-Order now @ Apple Store!

Please note that this iPad launch is US only, other countries like Singapore got to wait till they have a release date.

iPad comes with telephone technical support up to 90 days after shipment date, and 1 year of Apple Care warranty, the Apple Care can be extend to 2 years with a top up of $99 (Same as iPhone).

At the same time of iPad pre-orders, Apple also included iPad accessories for your purchase!

ipad-accessiPad accessories available on Apple Store are:

  • iPad keyboard Dock $69
  • iPad Case $39
  • iPad Dock $29
  • iPad 10W USB power adapter $29 (Let you charge directly to an electrical outlet)
  • iPad Dock connector to VGA Adapter $29 (Let you connect to TV, monitor or projects)
  • Apple In-Ear Headphone with Remote & Mic $79

Inside iPad box there will be iPad device, a dock connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power adapter, documentations and a SIM eject tool(3G model only)

Syncing can be done like iPhone through iTunes both on Mac and Windows.


iPhone users freeze, everyone is waiting for iPhone 4G?

Shares of iPhone has not moved up from October 2009 to January 2010.  Whereas RIM and Android moved up. Is iPhone losing its attraction?

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From our point of view, Android was very strong in the last quarter and first quarter of SmartPhone. They pushed out Droid, Nexus One and varies other phone within a short period of time. Not only that most of the Android Phone that were pushed out were very very good phone. On Par or maybe even better than iPhone 3Gs which has been in market for almost 1.5yrs.

What’s more is that iPhone lovers are all waiting for new updates on iPhone rather than buying back the 1 yr old iPhone 3GS which rumored to be coming out around June July period.

What’s your say on this? Are you waiting for the new iPhone or iPhone don’t attract you as much as before? Please leave your comment or reply to us @usingapple

[Chart from Gizmodo, stats from ComScore]





iPad first TV Ads live on Oscar!

Apple’s First ever iPad TV Commercial broadcast live on Oscar Awards, and as always Steve Jobs don’t wish to miss his day. Thus he attended Oscars Award.

iPad is really getting alot alot of attention on international TV, and we know it is marketing that makes Apple what they are now. 🙂


Opera Mini set to release on iPhone. And it is very fast!


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If you think safari in iPhone is not for you, or you think it is not fast enough when it is rendering the page. There might be a alternative soon. Opera is set to release Opera Mini on iPhone, and they have given a demo at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress.

Opera Mini has a very different approach in displaying web pages. When opera mini send request for a page, the request will be sent to Opera’s Server which acts like a proxy server. The web page sent to Opera’s Server will be processed, rendered and compressed by Opera’s backend server before sending the page back to Opera mini on iPhone. Due to the compressed format, the page sent over will be smaller thus faster. But time is not the only factor reduce, size of the file is also reduced. Opera Team claimed that page is 90% smaller than the original file, thus saving bandwidth for iPhone users who are not on unlimited data plan.

Cool har?

As Reported, Opera Mini is very fast!

This is a unique opportunity to introduce the fast, feature-rich Opera Mini experience for the iPhone, and to showcase our latest beta releases of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini on other platforms and devices. Opera’s mission is to bring the Web to the world, and by making Opera Mini available on yet another platform, we are one step closer.

People from wired was also very impressed with the speed of Opera Mini:

we were very keen to see how it would fare. Our first impression? It’s fast. …… Scrolling through webpages is silky smooth, with nary a glitch or stutter regardless of the size of the page. The interface is instantaneously responsive as well, just as you’d expect from the iPhone. However, those expecting a tightly integrated browsing experience will be disappointed.


According to Reuters, Opera Mini for iPhone has not been submitted to Apple for review, and it remains unclear if Apple will approve the App as it seems to be a direct competitor to iPhone’s Safari.

As Opera Mini is not out yet, please stay tuned to UsingApple for more information on it!




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