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Update 4/5/2010 : we had much more time to write an in-depth review if the iPad. It supersedes this one and can be found here: iPad Review . Shortly after the Apple Launch in San Francisco, we had the opportunity to play with an iPad for long enough to have an idea of how it feels to use one and how the iPad looks in the real world. After months of speculation, we have to say that the overall pre-launch perception correct was at times correct (hardware+OS) and plain wrong on other topics – like the pricing. You’ve seen all the info, and now it’s time to answer the question: how is it to use one? Responsiveness
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Now that the iPad is here, and everyone who waited in line has one in their hands, the opinions are coming in from actual consumers and everyone else. All of this iPad mania is splitting people into two even camps: either you are one of the few who is lovingly stroking one in your hands right now (or wish you were), or you don’t get what the fuss is all about and just want to stop hearing about the stupid iPad. If sentiment on Twitter is any guide, people Tweeting about the iPad either love it or hate it. And the haters are a slightly larger group at 51 percent.
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Apple’s announcements yesterday about OS X 10.7 pricing (cheap), upgrading (easy), iOS 5, and iCloud storage, syncing, and media service can all be viewed as increasing ease of use, but from the perspective of Apple CEO Steve Jobs they perform an even more vital function — killing Microsoft. Here is the money line from Jobs yesterday: “We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device – just like an iPad, an iPhone or an iPod Touch. We’re going to move the hub of your digital life to the cloud.”
It must feel good to be a part of Apple today: The company was proclaimed the world's top smartphone vendor by Strategy Analytics, and its cash reserves are now bigger than the U.S. government's balance. Apple is now the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with 18 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics ' report. Nokia is now number three with 15%, behind Samsung, which grew an amazing 520% annually to grab a 17% share of the global smartphone market.
Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music and is very near to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, multiple music industry sources told CNET. (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET) Warner Music Group already had a deal in place with Apple, CNET reported last month. The licensing agreements will enable Apple to launch a fully licensed cloud-music service to rival unlicensed offerings of rivals Amazon and Google. The negotiations with Sony Music Group and Universal Music Group could be wrapped up as early as next week, the sources said.