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iPad promo video, product shots show functional Flash

New findings by 9to5Mac illustrate that both Apple’s promotional video for iPad and product shots on the company’s website show Adobe’s Flash plug-in functioning properly on the device, despite the fact that the plug-in was not functioning during Apple’s demonstration of the iPad earlier this week. As evidenced by our screenshot (below) of the New York Times article The 31 Places to Go in 2010, a large Flash-based slideshow dominates the top of the page, and is seen properly rendered on the above shot taken from Apple’s iPad Features page, as well as in Apple’s iPad promotional video. Flash content on the front page of the NYT is also shown as being properly rendered in the video and in other product shots used throughout Apple’s website, leaving the state of Flash on the iPad uncertain, as the plug-in was noticeably absent from the device during Wednesday’s Apple event, as seen in the below photo from Engadget. Adobe has publicly criticized Apple for the iPad’s lack of Flash support, claiming that the company was imposing “restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers.” [via Mac Rumors]

Jobs: iPad offers 140 hours of music, iBooks pricing ‘same’ as Amazon

In a brief, impromptu video interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, captured and posted online by AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal had the chance to ask several questions about the iBookstore and the iPad in general. When asked why someone would purchase a book from the iBookstore for $14.99 instead of paying only $9.99 on the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook, Jobs replied that “won’t be the case,” adding that “the prices will be the same.” When asked about battery life, Jobs replied with the already revealed 10 hour number, but when asked about music specifically, Jobs said, “140-something hours, I think.” Finally, when Mossberg made a comparison between the Kindle and the iPad in terms of reading battery life, Jobs said that “it’s not that big a deal… 10 hours is a long time. You’re not going to read for 10 hours.”

Adobe speaks out on iPad’s lack of Flash support

Adobe has posted a new article on its Flash Platform blog discussing Apple’s iPad announcement and the device’s lack of Flash support. After calling the iPad a “pretty good new device” and discussing the various Adobe technologies that do appear on the iPad, including PDF and ePub support, Adobe employee Adrian Ludwig lambasts Apple for its choice to leave Flash support off the iPad. “It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers,” Ludwig writes. “Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple’s DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers.  And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web. If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab—not to mention the millions of other sites on the web—I’ll be out of luck.” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in February 2009 that Apple and Adobe were “collaborating” in an effort to bring Flash to the iPhone, but no further statements have been made since.

Fujitsu claims iPad name ‘is ours’

Apple may be headed for a dispute with Fujitsu over the iPad trademark. Fujitsu applied for the iPad trademark in the U.S. in 2003, a year after it unveiled its own iPad, a handheld device designed to help shop clerks with inventory, sales, and price checks. “It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” Masahiro Yamane, director of Fujitsu’s public relations division, told the New York Times. Features of Fujitsu’s iPad include a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, an Intel processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and VoIP telephony. “Mobile is a keyword for Fujitsu’s iPad, too,” Mr. Yamane said. “With the iPad, workers don’t have to keep running back to a computer. They have everything right at their fingertips.”

The United States Patent and Trademark Office listed Fujitsu’s application for the mark as abandoned in early 2009, but the company revived the application in June; soon after, Apple began filing for an iPad international trademark via a proxy company, and has since filed requests with the USPTO for more time to oppose Fujitsu’s application. According to the report, Apple has until February 28 to state whether it will oppose Fujitsu’s claims to the iPad name. Notably, Apple faced a similar situation with the original iPhone, as that name was held by Cisco at the time; the two companies eventually negotiated a settlement. Fujitsu is a current component supplier to Apple, providing the company with laptop hard drives for its MacBook line of notebooks.

Quicktime video of iPad unveiling event now available


Apple has posted a streaming Quicktime video of its iPad announcement event, held earlier today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The video is one hour and thirty-three minutes long, and contains several demonstrations including the iPad, iBooks, iTunes, App store, iWork, various applications and other features. Apple is expected to release the iPad Wi-Fi 60 days from today and the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 90 days from today.

Complete iPad walkthrough video now online (updated x2)

iLounge has posted a complete walkthrough video of Apple’s new iPad tablet. Highlights of the 10-minute video include a complete interface walkthrough, showing each of the built-in apps as well as the iWork suite, multiple looks at the device’s external body, and more. The complete video is available in embedded form below and is also available on YouTube.

Updated: We’ve added the longer, higher-resolution Vimeo version of the video for your viewing pleasure.

Updated x2: Our complete iPad walkthrough video is now available in 720p HD on Vimeo.

Apple releases iPhone OS 3.2 SDK for iPad

Following its introduction of the new iPad tablet computer, Apple today made available a beta of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK, which supports iPad applications. According to information provided to iLounge by an anonymous source, the SDK itself is available, including an iPad simulator, but it does not support current iPhone or iPod touch hardware. New features available via the SDK include external display support, enhanced gesture recognizers, improved text support, custom font support, file-sharing support, which will allow apps to read and write to and from a shared folder that automatically mounts to the desktop when connected to a computer, the ability to associate documents with a specific application, the ability to generate PDF files from the device, and changes to the media player framework that will give developers more control over how video is presented to the user. The iPhone OS 3.2 SDK beta is available now to registered iPhone developers through the iPhone Dev Center.

iPad, iPad 3G sport different back casings

According to photos posted to Apple’s iPad Gallery, the Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + 3G models use different back casings. While the non-3G model features nothing but a black Apple logo and the normal model name, capacity, and other legal information on its back, the 3G model features a prominent black plastic strip occupying roughly two-thirds of the central top portion of the back casing, which is consistent with details provided to iLounge prior to the device’s unveiling. A photo illustrating the differences appears below.

Apple debuts iWork for iPad tablet

During its introduction of the new iPad tablet computer, Apple also unveiled new versions of its iWork productivity apps, designed especially for the new iPad tablet. Consisting of Keynote, a PowerPoint replacement, Pages, a word processor, and Numbers, a spreadsheet application, the iWork suite has been referred to as Apple’s competitor to Microsoft Office. Each of the new iPad-specific applications offers a multi-touch interface, the ability to add media stored on the iPad, and, in Numbers, user-switchable keyboards tailored to one specific task or another. The iPad versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers will be available separately through the App Store for $10 each. More photos showing the apps in action are available on our Flickr photostream.

Apple announces iBookstore for iPad

Alongside its announcement of the new iPad tablet computer, Apple announced its new iBookstore, an iTunes Store-like storefront for electronic books that lies within a new app called iBooks. Similar to the iPhone application Classics, the new iBooks application presents all purchased books on a virtual bookshelf showcasing the cover art. All books will be offered in the ePub format, and the iBookstore will feature books from both major and independent publishers—logos for the publishers Penguin, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Hachette book group were shown during the announcement. Notably, some books shown during the demo were available for as little as $4.99. The iBookstore will be available at the iPad’s launch.

Apple unveils iPad tablet computer

Apple today unveiled its new iPad, an iPhone OS-based slate tablet computer capable of running “almost all” of the apps available in the App Store, as well as new apps tailored specifically for the device. The iPad physically resembles an oversized iPod touch, with a 9.7-inch, 1024-by-768-pixel screen dominating the front and a black bezel surrounding it. The back is made from a solid piece of aluminum, with a 30-pin dock connector and speaker on the bottom, and volume, sleep/wake, and headphone ports around the other sides.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Photos of the new iPad tablet computer can be found in our Flickr photostream. Also available is a standard 10-minute Apple iPad interface walkthrough video on YouTube, or watch a higher-resolution, 12-minute version of the video on Vimeo. We’ve posted a third version of the video in 720p HD on Vimeo!

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