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Apple iPad crushing competition in consumer demand and customer satisfaction ratings

Despite growing competition as new tablets begin to enter the market, Apple's iPad is still king when it comes to consumer demand and customer satisfaction according to a recent ChangeWave survey.

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iOS 4.3 features: In-app purchases always require password

iOS 4.3 means you no longer have to worry that your little ones might spend away your fortune on Smurfberries and other in-app purchased goodies. According to the Washington Post, Apple's latest iPhone, iPod touch and iPad software updates requires a password to be entered each and every time an in-app purchase is made. Under the old system iOS would remember your password for a short period of time meaning your children (or significant other!) could tap away at potentially costly in-app purchases with impunity. No longer.

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iMovie now universal app for iPhone 4, iPad 2, and 4th generation iPod touch

Apple has updated iMovie for iPhone to a universal app to support the iPad 2 and also brings new themes and HD sharing directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CCN iReport.

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GarageBand now available in App Store

Apple has released GarageBand for iPad today. Create music with virtual instruments, or plug in your own and record, edit, and share your music.

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iPad 2 launches tomorrow in the US

Apple has sent out a press release reminding us -- as if we needed it! -- that iPad 2 will go on sale tomorrow in the US. Online orders via begin at 1am PT/4am ET so it'll be early to rise for internet buyers. Retail sales start at 5pm local time but if you plan to get one in person be aware the lineups will probably start much earlier!

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Apple publish guided tour videos, get ready for iPad 2

Apple has released some new guided tours for the iPad 2, which goes on sale tomorrow in US and on the 25th in additional countries. The guides are pretty in depth and cover existing features of the original iPad like iBooks, AirPlay, Mail, Safari etc, but also now cover GarageBand, FaceTime and iMovie which are new to the iPad 2.

There are a total of fourteen guided tour videos. If you are planning on picking up an iPad 2 tomorrow, you really should check them out. Get ready to enjoy your new iPad to the full!


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Apple to open temporary store at SXSW

Apple is set to open a temporary store this Friday in the Scarbrough Building at the SXSW (South by Southwest Interactive Conference) in Austin.

Earlier this week construction workers started retrofitting a 5,000 square foot area of the building which Apple has leased for two weeks only.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, March 10

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Foursquare: 3.0 update brings personalized recommendations, a whole new leaderboard, and more types of Specials! [Free - iTunes link]

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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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