9to5Mac has reported that Apple has extended the purchase period of AppleCare+ to 60 days.
If you’re planning to buy iPad 2 with Wi-Fi+3G in the US, then it is important to remember that you get an option to select the model that either supports AT&T’s network or Verizon’s CDMA network – not both.
Though Verizon was selling the original iPad along with AT&T, the original iPad with Wi-Fi+3G only supported AT&T’s network so Verizon had to offer the MiFi mobile hotspot with the original iPad with Wi-Fi only model for 3G data.
AT&T has published the final details on its 3G data plans for the Apple iPad.
AT&T is offering simple and straightforward 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad – complete with easy, on-device activation and management. Data plans for iPad include access to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide at no additional cost.
Apple has unveiled its policies relating to their iPad Battery Replacement Service.
Customers who purchase an iPad and realize that their iPad’s battery is dead can make use of this service.
However, unlike what the name suggests, Apple will replace the iPad with a completely new device and does not simply replace the battery.
This means that users may lose all their saved settings and contacts while requesting for a battery replacement. Apple explains:
“You will receive a replacement iPad that will not contain any of your personal data. Before you submit your iPad for service, it is important to sync your iPad with iTunes to back up your contacts, calendars, email account settings, bookmarks, apps, etc. Apple is not responsible for the loss of information when servicing your iPad.”
The iPad Battery Replacement Service comes at a cost of $99 with an additional $6.95 for shipping. The service does not cover devices that have their batteries damaged due to accident, liquid contact, disassembly, unauthorized service or unauthorized modifications.
Customers wishing to avail the service can contact the Apple technical support, local Apple retail store or authorized service providers. The entire replacement process is expected to take close to one week’s time.
We will have to wait for someone tear down the iPad when it’s available to find out why Apple has opted to go with this approach rather simply swapping a new battery in customer’s existing iPad. I also think Apple will send a refurbished iPad rather than a new iPad.
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts.
On Feb 25, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple’s iPhone. Today’s patent reveals yet another innovative concept that is designed to help users control their incoming calls and voicemail by simply swiping their finger over the external camera lens. It will controlrewinding and fast forwarding voicemail. In addition, the new methodology will also enhance one handed navigation of web pages, documents, a contact list or your iTunes library by simply swiping the camera lens in different swiping motion combinations. In the future, the iPad may be able to take advantage of this feature if the camera is positioned correctly. This would theoretically allow a user to simply flick a finger over the camera lens to turn the page of a book or scroll a webpage without ever having to move your hand. This is an excellent idea on several fronts that will have Apple’s competition on the run, again.
Apple’s patent FIG. 1 shows an iPhone 100 having a built-in digital camera in use for a telephone call or voicemail retrieval. The device technically could be any portable multi-functional portable device (iPod touch, iPad) with a built-in digital camera – but for the sake of clarity and simplicity, the following text will focus on device 100 only being an iPhone.
The built-in digital camera includes a lens 105 located on the back face of the iPhone can capture digital images of a scene that is before the lens and process those images and also detect finger swipes across the lens.
As seen in FIG. 1, a user is holding his iPhone to his ear so that he can hear the voices in a call or voicemail message. The user could easily reach the lens with a finger of the same hand that holds the iPhone. A voicemail command can be controlled by a swipe of the finger in the direction of the arrow 120 over the lens.
For example, during access of a voice mailbox, the user may swipe his finger in the direction of the arrow 120 over the lens to rewind the playback of a voicemail message. The user may swipe his finger over the lens in the direction opposite the arrow to fast forward the playback of a voicemail message.
In general, there could be one or more different directional swipes defined as corresponding to respective voicemail commands. Note that the user need not actually touch the camera lens when sliding his finger across the lens.
Alternative Tap Control: In another embodiment of the invention, the user could use his finger to tap the iPhone so as to pause playback of a voicemail message, or stop the rewind or fast forward of a message. While voicemail message playback is paused, the user may tap their iPhone to resume playback of the voicemail message. These voicemail functions can be performed without having to move the iPhone from its position over the user’s ear as depicted in FIG. 1, to in front of the user’s face. Therefore, the user is able to control voicemail playback while their iPhone is up against their ear, and without having to look for any buttons. Also, only one hand is required to implement these functions.
A similar concept may be applied to control call functions during a telephone call conversation with a called or calling party. The motions described above, namely sliding a finger in various directions across the lens and/or tapping the iPhone could also control call functions, such as merging multiple calls, setting a call on hold/unhold, and switching between or among multiple simultaneous calls. The setting of these motions to correspond with call control or voicemail control commands may be put into place by Apple or customized by the user.
Control iPhone Display Navigation via Camera Finger-Swipes
Apple’s patent FIG. 2 depicts another use for camera finger-swipes, this time for navigating the iPhones interface. The user holds their iPhone in the palm of their hand so that they could view the display screen 200. To scroll or navigate a handle location or to move the view of the display screen, the user moves their finger over the camera lens, in a direction analogous to the one that they wish to move the handle of the screen. FIG. 2 depicts the user using their index finger to swipe across the camera lens, but depending on the hand that is holding the device (i.e., the right or left hand) and the location of the camera lens, a user may choose to use another finger, such as his middle or ring finger, if it would be more comfortable.
Consider the following example of navigating the display screen. If the user wishes to scroll down on a webpage or text document, then the user would simply move their finger across the camera lens in an upward direction (i.e., towards the top of the screen 200). This would be consistent with moving the page “up” so as to bring a bottom portion of the page into view. To move the page down (and thereby bring a top portion of the page into view), the reverse needs to occur, i.e., the user needs to swipe across the lens in a downward direction. Note that navigation on the display screen (using a finger swipe across the camera lens) need not be limited to straight up and down, but rather could be performed in other or additional directions (e.g. left and right). Now that Apple is introducing “iBook” – think of flipping the page of a book using this method so that you don’t even have to move your hands from the iPhone or future camera based iPad.
In another embodiment, the finger swipe over a camera lens corresponds to the movement of one or more scroll bars for the page on the screen. For example, swiping a finger in the downwards direction would move an up-down scroll bar downwards, resulting in bringing the bottom portion of a page into view. Likewise, swiping a finger in the left or right direction would move a left-right scroll bar in the left or right direction, respectively (causing the left or right portion of the page into view, respectively).
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TechCrunch reports that an “industry insider” has revealed that Hulu, the second largest video service in the US is working on a non-flash player to bring its content to iPad and hopefully the iPhone.
Hulu currently requires Flash player, which is not supported on the iPhone or iPad.
One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked directly by Om Malik whether Hulu has any plans for the iPad, CEO Jason Kilar recently hemmed and hawed about how he is a big believer in mobile, but wouldn’t confirm or deny anything.
YouTube had recently released a new video player (currently in beta) that supports HTML5 and doesn’t require the Flash plug-in. However, the HTML5 version does not support ads (they can only play on the flash player), which is a major source of revenue for Hulu. So it will be interesting to see if Hulu chooses to adopt HTML5 or develop a native iPhone app.
TechCrunch notes that “putting Hulu on the iPad boils down to a business decision, not a technical one” as Hulu’s videos are already encoded in the H.264 format that is used on the iPhone and iPad.
YouTube iPhone app has been available ever since the iPhone was launched so it’s high time Hulu’s website works on the iPhone and soon-to-be-available iPad. What do you think?