Sunday, 30 May 2010

Early Screenshots of ProSwitcher HD for iPad

Ryan Petrich and Chpwn have posted some screenshots of ProSwitcher HD, an upcoming utility to easily switch between background iPad apps.

ProSwitcher HD still moving forward:

Take a look below...

Thursday, 27 May 2010

International iPads Arrive Early for Many

The iPad is set to launch tomorrow in nine countries; however, it seems that shipments are getting through a bit earlier than expected.

Reports indicate that customers in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK have all received early shipments. With the UK customers being the luckiest.

International iPad App Stores are also live so if you haven't already received your iPad you can get your apps ready.

via MacRumors]

UK Apple Stores to Open Early for iPad

Apple Stores in the UK will open at 8am on Friday for the launch of the iPad, according to an email sent to customers.

The Apple Retail Store is the best place to experience iPad. Have one of our Specialists show you all the amazing things it can do. If you buy one, we'll even help you get set up and running

The iPad will also be available at 139 Currys and PC World store locations across the country, according to The Times. The retailer is thought to have a 60-day exclusive window to sell the device outside Apple stores, although rumors suggest that the Best Buy’s mega-store in Thurrock may also have stock.

Read More

Saturday, 22 May 2010

iPad 3G is Completely Sold Out at Apple Stores

The iPad 3G is completely sold out at 50 Apple retail stores in the US, according to an AppleInsider report.

Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray said his team contacted representatives at 50 Apple retail stores and found that 74 percent of them were sold out of all models of the iPad, with the Wi-Fi model available in 26 percent of stores, and the 3G version sold out. It's been the same story for Apple since the iPad 3G first launched on April 30 in the U.S.

The typical wait time is about 4 to 7 days to receive an iPad.

Read More

Friday, 14 May 2010

The Solid Gold iPad SUPREME Edition

Stuart Hughes is offering a solid gold and diamond encrusted iPad to those who have an extra $189,000 to spend.

For the most elite individual, we bring you the the worlds 1st solid gold and diamond ipad. Encrusted with 25.5 cts of ‘I'F' Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in their solid 22ct Apple logo. The rear and screen surround are made from a single piece of solid 22ct gold, weighing an immense 2,100 grams.This most luxurious ipads appearance is outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful harmonious appearance. A magnificent combination of top of the industry technology and unrivaled craftsmanship was involved in creating this masterpiece.

The company says only 10 units of this item will be made.

Read More [via CrunchGear]

BeeJive IM for iPad Submitted to App Store [Screenshot]

BeeJive IM for iPad has been submitted to the App Store for review and should be available by next week, according to a Wired report.

The site had a chance to try an almost finalized version...

My favorite part about the BeeJive UI is it lists your chat sessions in a column on the right side of the screen. You can see a preview of what a person is saying in a bubble, which eliminates the need to switch back and forth between chats over and over. Selecting a chat in the right window displays the full conversation in the center screen.

You can scroll up and down the active chat window in the center, and there are icons to send an image, record and send a voice clip, e-mail a copy of your conversation and close the chat. I was surprised by how painless sending a photo and audio clip was: Rather than require a friend to accept a file transfer, BeeJive sends multimedia in the form of a URL for the recipient to view on a webpage. It’s fast, fast, fast, which is how the overall iPad experience should be.

BeeJive IM will be offered at an introductory cost of $6 and will cost $10 later. It is being sold separately from the iPhone version.

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

How to Access Your iPad Files Using Finder

These are instructions on how to access your iPad files including documents, photos, and video using Mac OS X Finder

Step One
Jailbreak your iPad. If you haven't already done this you can find instructions

Step Two
Press to launch
Cydia from your iPad Springboard.

Step Three
Once Cydia opens press to open the
Sections tab from the bottom of the screen.

Step Four
Tap to select
Networking from the list of Sections.

Step Five
Tap to select
Netatalk from the list of Packages

Step Six
Press the
Install button at the top right of the screen.

Step Seven
Press the
Confirm button to begin installation.

Step Eight
Once the installation has completed successfully, press the large
Return to Cydia button.

Step Nine
You must now restart your iPad. Press and hold the
Power button until the slider appears. Drag the slider to the right to turn off the iPad. Once off, press the Power button again to turn the device back on.

Step Ten
Open a new
Finder window by clicking its icon in the dock.

Step Eleven
Notice you will now see your iPad in the list of Shared Devices.

Click to select the iPad from the list then click the
Connect As.. button.

You will be asked to enter a name and password for the device. Input
root as the username and alpine as the password. If you have changed the root password then enter your custom password. Click the Connectbutton to login.

Step Twelve
You will now have access to the root filesystem of the iPad. From here you can get or put any files you choose.

For example you can find your photos at: root/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100Apple

Application folders can be found at: root/var/mobile/Applications

Japanese Customers Lineup to Pre-order the iPad

Japanese customers are reportedly lining up at the Apple Store for a chance to pre-order the iPad, according to Hard Mac.

One of our reader, took some photos of an Apple Store in Japan, illustrating customers queuing in front of the shop. Customers can only pre-order from the physical Apple Store, other distributors do not offer such option (well Apple made it forbidden for them).

Recently it was
announced that the iPad would be carrier locked to Softbank Mobile in Japan; however, it seems as though there is still plenty of demand for the device.

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Ship Date for New International iPad Pre-orders Slips to June 7th

It looks like Apple has sold out of all its international iPad inventory available for a May 28th ship date.

Customers pre-ordering the iPad now will have to wait until June 7th for their devices to ship.

Those who were among the first to place their iPad preorder should still see the device by the May 28th launch.

via AppleInsider]

iPad Supports Eleven Simultaneous Touches

Matt Gemmell has written some code to find out how many touches the iPad supports. The answer is: eleven.

Please note that the videos show only ten touches, but I previously established (with Lauren’s help) that the iPad supports exactly 11. You can reproduce the result yourself using ten fingers and the pads of your thumbs, or lowest knuckle-joints of your index fingers, or your nose and chin (or just ask a friend, which will look less odd).

Take a look below...

Read More [via DaringFireball]

Apple to Fix iPad Wi-Fi Issues With Future Firmware Update

Apple has updated its iPad Wi-Fi support document to reveal that they will address remaining Wi-Fi issues with a future firmware update.

A very small number of iPad users have experienced issues with Wi-Fi connectivity. This article outlines workarounds for these issues. Apple will also address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update.

If you are having Wi-Fi issues you can trying following some of their suggestions in the document linked below...

Read More [via MacRumors]

Monday, 10 May 2010

Apple to Release Carrier Locked iPad After All

When announcing the iPad, Apple promised that all 3G models would be unlocked. Turns out that is not the case.

The iPad releases to nine additional countries on May 28th. Eight of those countries will get an unlocked iPad. Japan will not.

All Japanese models will be SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile, Apple's iPhone partner in Japan, Apple said late Monday. The company confirmed the presence of a SIM lock but couldn't immediately explain why it was enforcing the restriction in Japan.

This runs contrary to a direct pledge made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "All the iPad 3G models are unlocked," he said.

Hopefully Japan is an anomaly and Apple doesn't plan to release more locked iPads to other countries still waiting for the device.

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Apple Starts Accepting International iPad Pre-orders

Apple has started accepting international pre-orders for the iPad Wi-Fi and iPad 3G.

So far Germany, the U.K., Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and France are accepting pre-orders. Canada and Japan will likely go live soon.

The iPad will launch in these nine countries on May 28th.

Read More [via AppleInsider]

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Force Your iPhone Apps into iPad Mode Using FullForce

Using FullForce you can make your iPhone applications run in fullscreen iPad compatibility mode.

We already posted an in depth tutorial on
how to accomplish this earlier; however, Ryan Petrich has released a tweak in Cydia to make the process much easier.

Once you install FullForce, simply open your, select FullForce from the Extensions list, and use the switches to set compatibility mode for whichever apps you choose.

You can download FullForce from the Big Boss Cydia repository.

Winterboard for iPad Makes Great Progress [Now Available]

Saurik has announced that he and DHowett have made great progress on a new version of Winterboard for iPad.

While not 100%, @DHowett and I have made great progress on WinterBoard's iPad support with version 0.9.3182.

This new version is now available in Cydia for your download. To install WinterBoard you must be jailbroken.

Friday, 7 May 2010

How to Make iPhone Apps iPad Compatible

These are instructions on how to make iPhone applications run as iPad apps without pixelation or size doubling.

Please note that not every app will format properly using this method; however, for some apps it may work very well.

Step One
Jailbreak your iPad.

Step Two
OpenSSH from Cydia. You can find instructions on how to do that here

Step Three
Connect your iPad to the same local network as your computer and launch
Fugu. If you do not have Fugu installed you can get it here.

Step Four
Enter the IP Address of your iPad in the
Connect To: field. Set the Username: to root and click the Connect button.

Step Five
When prompted enter in your root password. If you haven't changed it then the root password will be
alpine. Click Authenticate to continue.

Step Six
Click the
Go To... button on the toolbar.

Step Seven
/var/mobile/Applications, ensure Remotely is selected and click the Go button.

Step Eight
You will be presented with a list of application folders. Unfortunately its a bit difficult to determine which application is which. Use the date modified to help you.

Double click a folder and you will notice the another folder with the application name, for example:

Step Nine
Double click to enter the .app folder and drag the
Info.plist from the right pane to the left pane. This will copy the file to your computer.

Step Ten
Right click (Control+click) the newly copied
Info.plist file in the left panel and click Open form the contextual menu.

Step Eleven
Property List Editor will open the file. Click
Add Child from the toolbar and name the new child UIDeviceFamily.

Right click the UIDeviceFamily entry we just created and then select
Value Type then Array from the contextual menus.

Click the arrow to the left of
UIDeviceFamily so that it points down.

Click the
Add Child toolbar button twice.

Set the values of the newly created items to
1 and 2.

Save from the File menu to save your changes.

Step Twelve
Go back to
Fugu and drag the Info.plist file from the left panel to the right.

You will be asked to confirm. Click the
Overwrite button.

Step Thirteen
Respring your iPad or turn it on and off to see the improvement.

via FSM]