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Early iPad 2 review round-up

The early iPad 2 reviews are in and as expected it's getting its fair share of "evolutionary not revolutionary" and "a good thing even better" takes. We've already told you what key features might make you want to upgrade from iPad 1 to iPad 2, or to consider an iPad 2 as your first tablet. To hear what everyone else thinks, follow on after the break...

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Apple to partner with TSMC and move away from Samsung processors?

Apple is rumored to have signed a deal with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) to manufacture the A5 dual-core processor found in the iPad 2. The deal is said to be a foundry relationship. Apple will use TSMC’s 40-nm process for the A5 and will work with TSMC on a 28-nm process too.

This new deal could spell trouble for Samsung, the manufacturer of the A4 processor found on the original iPad.; Samsung also manufacture the processor for the iPhone 4. It is now "unclear" whether Samsung will play any part in building the A5 chip for Apple in the future.

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Angry Birds Seasons St. Patricks Day update

Angry Birds Seasons has once again updated, this time with a St. Patrick's Day episode.

  • Go green with Angry Birds Seasons
  • 15 lucky green levels
  • 2 new golden eggs and a St. Paddy's Day surprise
  • Pots of Gold everywhere
  • Send Happy St. Patrick's Day cards to your friends

The update is available for the iPhone version of Angry Birds Seasons and we expect the iPad update will shortly follow suit.

If you pick this one up and find a moment to escape from catapulting birds into green pigs, let us know what you think!

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South Korea getting GSM iPhone 4 under SK Telecom network

South Korean carrier SK Telecom announced yesterday that it will begin offering the iPhone 4 on March 16th, further expanding the reach Apple has made in Korea and breaking the exclusivity KT Telecom previously held for the iPhone.

"SK Telecom is proud to offer iPhone 4 on the nation's top network," said So Jin-Woo, President of Platform Business and Co-CEO of SK Telecom. "Our customers will benefit from flexible tariff plans tailored to their unique usage needs along with a high level of customer care."

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Expect white iPhone 4 when you see it...

Getting tired of white iPhone 4 rumors yet? How about white iPhone 4 rumors from analysts? No? Well then AppleInsider is reporting on comments from a securities analyst who claims Apple will begin ramping up production of the white iPhone 4 for a possible release in early April.

Apple is expected to begin production of its long-awaited iPhone 4 sometime this month, with shipments no later than early April, according to one analyst's checks.

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Apple releases Xcode 4... via Mac App Store

Apple has released the final version of the all new Xcode 4 -- the go-to tool for iOS development -- and they've released it via the Mac App Store!

Here's the link to go grab it, and the massive feature list is after the break! Anyone trying it out yet? If so, what do you think? Going to make me some great apps with it?

[$4.99 - Mac App Store link]

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iOS 4.3 brings MLB baseball, NBA basketball to Apple TV

iOS 4.3 has a little surprise in store for Apple TV sports fans -- integration of MLB baseball and NBA basketball. Sports has been one of the last strongholds of traditional broadcast, cable, and satellite. No longer.

Here's the MLB news:

Enjoy select Spring Training games and a full slate of regular season games on Apple TV. Regular Season features include:

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Apple releases iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV

Apple has jumped the gun and released iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV ahead of the previously announced March 11 schedule. The update includes Wi-Fi personal hotspot for iPhone, iTunes Home Sharing, expanded AirPlay support for App Store apps,

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Verizon iPhone Jailbroken to work on Cricket pay-as-you-go

So it looks like if you're willing to Jailbreak your Verizon iPhone 4 and trust a Cricket dealer on the shadier shade of shady to flash it onto the Cricket Wireless network, you can leave Big Red and go to tiny chirp.

Anyone making the switch?


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New DODOCases for iPad 2 get charitable

DODOCase -- those wonderful moleskin-like enclosures hand made with traditional book-binding techniques in San Francisco -- are coming for iPad 2 in multiple colors for $59.95 and even a special edition for $89.95. What's more, when you place your pre-order you can choose to donate 10% of the price to one of the three charities -- SFMADE, San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sounds as good as they look.


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