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AP Developing Subscription iPad App

The Associated Press (AP) announced a new business unit dubbed AP Gateway would take over the development of AP products and content distribution for mobile devices. The company is putting the finishing touches on an iPad application to be ready for release when the iPad ships in late March.

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Pricing for the AP app was not announced, although the company suggested it could be released free of charge for a limited time. The AP Mobile iPhone application is currently free and provides access to over 1,000 news sources updated in real time.

SquareTrade to Offer iPad Insurance

SquareTrade, a third party company that sells insurance/warranty policies for a wide range of technological gadgets, announced recently that it will unsurprisingly offer coverage for the yet-to-be-released Apple iPad. SquareTrade's policies offer an additional period of coverage extending beyond the original manufacturer's warranty on most devices and also offer accidental damage coverage, similar to many coverage plans for mobile phones.

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Although the details of Apple's AppleCare warranty for the iPad are yet unknown, it is assumed that it will -- like all other AppleCare warranties -- fail to protect device owners in the event of accidental damage. SquareTrade expects iPad owners to

Survey: iPad Demand Beats Original iPhone

Apple may have another winner on its hands. According to a survey of 3,200 consumers 13 percent of respondents declared they were somewhat or very likely to purchase an iPad. A similar survey regarding the original iPhone in 2007 found that only 9 percent gave the same answer.

The main reason more people are interested in the iPad has to do with its lower starting price of $499. Almost a third of survey-takers in 2007 thought the iPhone price was too high. Similar negative responses about iPad pricing only comprised 8 percent.

iPad to be Sold at Best Buy Retail Locations

During a presentation at the Goldman Sachs annual technology conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook revealed that his company intends to sell the highly anticipated iPad not only through Apple online and retail locations, but through their assisted sales partners such as Best Buy.

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iSuppli: Entry-Level iPad Costs Apple $230

According to a report authored by iSuppli, hardware and manufacturing to create a 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad costs Apple $229.35. At a retail price of $499, Apple will make a whopping 54% profit on each unit.

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Looking at production costs for the 32GB 3G iPad, iSuppli estimates the cost at $287.15. This model is the most profitable for Apple on a percentage basis (61%), as the unit retails for $729. Shipping costs are not included.

iPad Available for Pre-Order This Week?

Rumor has it the Wi-Fi version of Apple's iPad could be available for pre-order as early as February 25. Right now, the Apple website has an email signup for those who would like to be notified as soon as the iPad is available.

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Steve Jobs initially stated the first iPads would be ready in 60 days, which puts the official launch date at March 29th. AppAdvice received the pre-order tip from a source who also said the advance ordering would be limited to US sales only.

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Unannounced iPad Features Revealed in SDK

Apple could have kept a few things under wraps until the iPad actually hits shelves beginning next month. The iPhone OS 3.2 SDK (Software Development Kit) has a few features Steve Jobs neglected to announce that could make their way onto the first generation iPad.

One discovery that received quite a bit of attention was the fact that support exists in the iPad OS for a camera. Speculation on this front has been rampant, with some reports suggesting that Apple will wait until the second generation iPad to add a front facing webcam.

Apple iPad Could Ship With Built-in Camera

Evidence has surfaced that Apple iPad prototypes and possibly the model demoed by Steve Jobs himself have an integrated forward-facing camera. Photos have shown possible built-in cameras just like the iSight camera installed on current iMac models.

Apple iPad webcam

By no means definitive, this enhanced photo from Wired shows a light, round spot right where one would expect the iSight camera to be located. The iMac bezel has an identical design and existing iSight cameras, which are used for video chat and photo taking, appear much the same.

Apple in iPad Negotiations with Verizon and UK Carriers

Some industry observers expected Apple to roll out the iPad on multiple wireless data carriers, but as we all know the company settled on AT&T. Reports have surfaced that AT&T simply outbid the competition to get the deal.

Discussions between Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to be ongoing, however the carrier's CDMA technology will be obsolete in the not-too-long run. That being said, rumors are still floating around that the iPad will hit the Verizon network before the end of 2010.

Get the iPad Wallpaper for your Desktop

A few days ago, we posted the iPad Wallpaper for your iPhone. For non-jailbroken iPhone users, this allowed you to achieve little bit of an iPad feel, while jailbroken iPhones could be combined with Winterboard and other mods/applications to achieve a theme almost identical to the iPad seen during the Apple iPad announcement event.

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Despite thousands of users already having downloaded the iPhone version of the iPad Wallpaper, many users have inquired about a desktop-sized version of the

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