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Did You Purchase the iPad 2 Today?


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The iPad 2 was released in stores today and I was definitely one of those people who chose to stand in line to get one. Did that really surprise you? A friend of mine was holding my place in the line here in my local area. There weren’t many people in line when I headed over. I chose not to go to an actual Apple store so that I could hopefully avoid having to deal with larger crowds.

I am selling both of my old iPads and am actually getting a pretty good price for them. Who says that they won’t hold resale value?! The amount I’m getting for the two older models is enough to cover the new iPad, which will be the WiFi 3G version once again – mainly for the GPS option. I will also be getting one of the SmartCovers – likely a black one. My iPad will be black, as well. I personally just don’t like white devices.

I don’t know how many of you out there are getting iPads, but two of my friends who are anti-Apple normally are both getting one. You all know one of these people fairly well. I won’t disclose his name at this point in time. Suffice to say, you will be shocked when you figure it out. It’s someone you would never have expected to own an iPad.

After recording the unboxing video, I plan to record one giving my initial impressions of the new device as well as giving a comparison of the two iPad iterations. Additionally, I want to attempt to record a video showing the differences between the iPhone 4 camera and the one built in to the iPad 2 – which admittedly isn’t that great.

I don’t think the quality of the camera really matters all that much in the grand scheme of things. How many times have you complained about the low quality of a webcam on your notebook or laptop? Has that stopped you from wanting, buying and using the device? Of course it hasn’t, so why should it stop you from buying and using an iPad? The camera isn’t what the device was created for – it’s simply an added bonus.

It’s nice to see that so many of you plan to pick up the original version of the iPad now that the prices have been dropped. Even though it’s the first generation, it’s still a fantastic device that holds its own against competitors in the marketplace.

Will the New iPad Have a Camera and Retina Display?


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During live calls recently, one person asked if I felt he should buy an iPad now, or wait for a new version to come out. I think he should wait. I feel that Apple will include several of the things on the next iPad that we all wish it had now.

I do feel there will be another new one at the beginning of the year, likely in February or March. It’s not likely we’ll see a different form factor. There’s nothing wrong with the iPad as it is built now. The mold doesn’t need to change.

There has been talk in some of the patent blogs that the doc connector will be on the bottom and one of the sides in the next version. Also, they claim that there WILL be a camera. I believe this. The big push is FaceTime. Most likely we will see a new version of iChat, as well, when the new iPad hits shelves.

What are your thoughts? What would you like to see included on the new iPad?

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How to Get a Camera on the iPad


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One of the biggest shortcomings of the first gen iPad is the fact that it has no camera. There IS a workaround if you happen to have an iPhone. You’ll need two apps in order to make this work. One is free, the other is ninety-nine cents. The apps are called Camera-A and Camera-B. Once you get them, it’s pretty easy to start snapping pictures.

The Camera-A is installed on the iPad, with Camera-B being on the iPhone. I enabled Bluetooth so that they could see each other. Once everything was all nice and connected up, I was able to use my iPhone camera to broadcast on my iPad.

It gets better! I can’t really control anything on the iPhone. But, on the iPad I have the ability to take a photo and save it to the iPad. I also can save to the iPhone library if I wanted to.

If you’re looking for a monitoring device or a way to get photos directly to your iPad, this looks to be the best solution out there. It’s ugly and inelegant but it works. Sometimes the Bluetooth connection takes a bit to get going, but that was the largest drawback.

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Toddler Tests iPad and Wonders Where the Camera Is

This little girl may very well be the CEO of a large tech corporation one day. She certainly knows her way around a touch-screen interface. Look at the way she took to the iPad as soon as it was handed to her. You can tell she is already an experienced Apple user.

She asks right away where the picture-taking app is. Poor little child just wants to take photos. Sadly, she cannot do so with the iPad. She enjoyed being able to make her favorite games larger, and figured out how to do so without any help from her dad. She even noticed that she could watch videos on the large pretty screen.

The smart little princess even knows that there are problems with the device beyond that of not having a camera. Touching the screen-edge with your thumb while holding the iPad blocks input to all home screen icons. She also got a little frustrated with the UI and had difficulty figuring out how to open one of her apps.

All-in-all, I’d say that Apple got it right when it comes to ease-of-use. After all… if a toddler can master it I would think that pretty much anyone can.