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Major Sites Ditching Flash for Apple iPad

Many magazines and content providers on the web are expected to create their own iPad applications, and several of these same companies have already developed iPhone apps. The winds of change are on the web however, and several major websites have started to develop full fledged Flash-free versions of their content specifically for the iPad's web browser.

Apple iPad Adobe Flash

Companies including Virgin America, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) have already jumped on the Flash-free bandwagon, at least for an iPad-only landing page. Industry watchers expect more media organizations could follow suit in the coming weeks before iPad launch.

Apple iPad Sales Already Beating iPhone and Kindle?

Reports have leaked that Apple's iPad pre-order and reservation count is on track to surpass the number of original iPhones sold in the first three months of release. The Wall Street Journal claims sources have told them "hundreds of thousands of units" have already been reserved or sold. Analysts have predicted that Apple could sell one million iPads by mid-April.

If the numbers are correct, this makes the iPad the most successful electronic reader ever launched. Amazon's Kindle took months to sell an equivalent number of units. Apple, meanwhile is furiously negotiating deals with publishers of magazines, newspapers and textbooks as well as proposing to reduce prices on TV shows in iTunes to 99 cents.

Amazon Kindle Released for Mac: iPad App Coming Soon

A year after the release of its Kindle iPhone application, Amazon has announced a beta version of Kindle reader for Mac OS X. The company also said an iPad app of its popular e-reader software is on the horizon, allowing Kindle subscribers to access their library on Apple's tablet.

Apple iPad Kindle app

With over 450,000 books, including most New York Times Bestsellers, Kindle is poised to compete head-on with Apple's own iPad application, iBooks. iBooks will provide access to the iBookstore, Apple's answer to the digital library concept. Other iPad reading apps are also on the way such as the Barnes and Noble eReader.

Will the iPad Push AAPL Over $300 Per Share?

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone to argue with the notion that Apple as a company and in turn, AAPL stock, has been on a steady road of success and good fortune. AAPL, which has more than doubled in value, is currently trading at around $227 per share. Many analysts rate the stock's value well above $250 per share. With the iPad ready to hit shelves in just a few weeks, will another potentially successful product push Apple stock over the $300 mark?

AAPL

As mentioned above, it isn't uncommon to find analysts rating Apple stock well above $250. Some recent analyst values include: Piper Jaffray ($284), Broadpoint AmTech ($280), Kaufman Brothers ($253) and Deutsche Bank and Canaccord Adams ($250).

As a recent StreetInsider.com article points out, however, those projected values are based on

Some Apple iPad Accessories Shipping Late

Unfortunately for those who have pre-ordered an iPad, some of Apple's accessories will not be ready to ship on April 3rd. As of yet, the Camera Connection Kit ($29) has not even been listed on Apple's online store.

Apple iPad Accessories

Accessories shipping late include the iPad Case, Keyboard Dock, and 10W USB Power Adapter. The iPad Case costs $39 and will not ship from Apple's online store until mid-April.

iPad File Sharing: A Closer Look

One of the most requested features on the iPhone was the ability to natively share files between the iPhone and a USB or wirelessly connected PC or other device. Third party applications such as AirSharing and DropCopy have arisen to fill this void, but as useful as they are they don't offer the same flexibilty that a full OS integrated filesystem or file sharing system would provide.

ipad file sharing

Considering Apple's targeting of more complicated tasks, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation development with iWork, it should comes as little surprise that Apple has decided to handle things differently with the iPad.

Apple Details iPad Battery Replacement Procedure

In somewhat oddly preemptive fashion, Apple has released a support document on its website detailing the process for battery replacement on the Apple iPad. The crux of this document is that, unlike with the iPhone, iPad owners who have batteries that have a diminished capacity, fail to hold a charge, or are otherwise defective will have their entire iPad replaced instead of Apple servicing the unit and replacing the battery itself.

ipad battery replacement

The cost for this replacement service is $99 + $6.95 shipping, for a total cost of $105.95 per iPad. Service can be arranged through

iPad Sales Estimated at 91,000 Units in Six Hours

The numbers may not be official, however AAPL Sanity members at Investor Village have been tracking iPad pre-order numbers issued by Apple to get a handle on sales. Turns out approximately 91,000 iPads were ordered during the six hours after pre-ordering began.

Apple Store NYC

Apple offered pre-orders for shipping or in-store pickup on April 3 starting at 8:30 AM EST. Initially, sequential order numbers adjusted for "normal" Apple sales were indicating a sales clip of 25,000 units per hour.

iPad Will Read Books To You

As part of its pre-order launch day site updates, Apple posted updates detailing new apps that the iPad has brought into the fray. This includes the new iBooks application, as well as iWork suite. One of the most talked about details about the iBooks application that was revealed today is that, if you want it to, it will read books to you.

ibooks will read outloud to you

The dictation/read aloud feature is a product of Apple's VoiceOver technology. VoiceOver, which received an overhaul as part of OS X Snow Leopard, is an accessibility that can read

Apple Reveals iPad Data Plan Tools

Apple has revealed more details about how iPad owners can manage and monitor their 3G data plans directly from the device. Under Settings -> Cellular Data, the plan can be initiated without a contract at any time.

Apple iPad 3G no contract

Presumably you'll need to be connected over Wi-Fi to select your 3G data plan and process a credit card number. Once the plan has been purchased, the iPad will monitor your usage and give you an alert automatically when only 20 percent, 10 percent, and no data bandwidth is remaining.

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