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3 years ago

So did you get your iPad 2?

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So did you get your iPad 2?

Whether you woke up early yesterday morning to order online, waited forever in an Apple Store line, or risked low stocks at a big box or carrier store we want to know if you survived and more importantly -- did you get your iPad 2?!

Let us know your story in the comments below. Where did you go, what iPad 2 model did you get and what accessories did you get with it? And if not -- why not?

Tons of pictures from the lines, including our now traditional TiPb T-Shirt give aways after the break!

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3 years ago

Why does iMovie need location permission to see your Camera Roll?

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Why does iMovie need location permission to see your Camera Roll?

Don't want to give iMovie for iPad the ability to know your location? Well then iMovie for iPad won't let you see your Camera Roll. No, it's not being petulant it's probably just an odd result of the way iOS handles permissions.

Camera Roll may contain geo-location data in the pictures and videos you've taken. If iMovie accesses Camera Roll, it gets access to that location data. My guess is that Apple feels it then needs permission to "see" the location data.

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3 years ago

Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

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Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

Consternated that Apple won't let you install the new iMovie app on your original iPad 1 and wondering how to get around that restriction? Sure it doesn't have cameras, a fancy Apple A5 chip or 512MB of RAM but iPad 1 can still handle some light video editing so if that's what you've got and iMovie is what you want, stay with us after the break and we reckon to show you how to get it!

WARNING: It may not work on Windows, it may disappear the minute you sync again with iTunes, it could cause conflicts in syncing with iTunes requiring a restore, and could otherwise aim to misbehave. Unless you really need iMovie on your original iPad, you may want to avoid this an just get ReelDirector off the App Store.

[fscklog via 9to5Mac]

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3 years ago

iPad vs iPad 2: RAM performance in Mobile Safari

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iPad vs iPad 2: RAM performance in Mobile Safari

As you can see from the video above, the iPad 2 using the Apple A5 chip combined with more RAM performs much better than the original iPad when browsing in Mobile Safari. If you load up all nine tabs, you'll see that the original iPad starts to choke up pretty badly when compared to the iPad 2. This is due to the original iPad only coming with 256MB of RAM while iPad 2 comes packed with 512MB. (We hoped for as much as 1GB in the video before getting more test results back. Maybe next year!.)

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3 years ago

Photo Booth on iPad 2 hands-on

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Photo Booth on iPad 2 hands-on

Photo Booth on the iPad 2 is a fun application that applies silly effects to your camera when taking photos. It is similar to Photo Booth on the Mac and is entertaining for kids and adults alike.

Photo Booth is equipped with 8 different effects: Thermal Camera, Mirror, X-Ray, Kaleidoscope, Light Tunnel, Squeeze, Twirl, and Stretch. You can edit the effect before snapping the picture by pinching and dragging on the screen. As you take photos (from either front or rear camera) with Photo Booth, they are saved to your Camera Roll and you can see thumbnails of the images at the bottom of the screen. From here, you can easily email, copy, and delete multiple photos. Be careful though, deleting a photo from Photo Booth also deletes it from your Camera Roll.

The quality of the photos taken with the VGA front-facing camera are not by any means outstanding, but given the nature of these shots - fun, quirky, and silly - it isn't too big of a deal.

Check out some images taken with Photo Booth after the break!

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3 years ago

iMovie for iPad 2 hands-on

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iMovie for iPad 2 hands-on

One of the new apps for iPad 2 is iMovie. It was originally released for the iPhone 4 this past June, but Apple recently updated it as a universal app for iPhone 4, iPad 2, and iPod touch 4. On the iPad 2, iMovie is fantastic.

The editing screen is set up similar to iMovie on the Mac and split into 3 different screens. On the bottom of the screen, you find the timeline for your movie, on the top left, you find available media, and video preview is located in the top right. The "My Projects" screen is beautifully designed to look like a vintage movie theater.

Editing movies is very easy on the iPad 2. You can preview clips by dragging your finger across them and trim the edges before adding them to your project. To move clips around in your timeline, simply drag it to where you want. If you want to split a clip, position the curser, select the clip, and swipe down along the curser. You can also easily record audio and video directly into the timeline.

iMovie is stocked with 8 different themes, each of which comes with its own title screen format, transitions, and theme music. It also comes with a plethora of sound effects to add to your movies. Sadly the new Trailer templates from iMovie '11 on Mac didn't make it into the iPad version but hopefully we'll see those in an update.

Sharing your movies is a breeze and iMovie is equipped the the ability to send directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport. Just tap the familiar sharing arrow from the projects screen and make your selection.

I am very impressed with how well iMovie runs on the iPad 2. It responds well and performs tasks quickly. iMovie on the iPad may well become my primary video editing software - yes, I will chose it over iMovie '11 on my Mac.

To check out the movie I created in the video above, follow along after the break!

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3 years ago

Infinity Blade and Angry Birds on 50" HDTV via iPad 2 HDMI video mirroring

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Infinity Blade and Angry Birds on 50" HDTV via iPad 2 HDMI video mirroring

Take an iPad 2 and HDMI adapter-enabled video mirroring and what do you get? Well in this quick test you get Infinity Blade and Angry Birds Seasons on a 50" HDTV screen. Sure on a 1080p display apps are letter- and pillar-boxed (black bars on all four sides) to maintain pixels (no blurry/aliased extrapolations that we could see) but video outputs full screen as always so it wasn't a huge deal. Playing iOS games at that size was.

No using iPad 2 as a big, tethered game controller probably isn't ideal and yes, business and educational institutions will likely be far more productive with video mirroring, but boy was this fun.

Anyone else trying out their apps and games on the big scr

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3 years ago

iPad 2 tear down

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iPad 2 tear down

Right on schedule the feisty folks at iFixit got their hands on an iPad 2 and tore it down to its constituent parts. Doesn't look like there's any word yet on whether or not it uses an ARM Cortex A9 and PowerVR SGX 543 but hopefully that's forthcoming. Highlights include:

  • The thickness of these components -- especially that of the glass -- could drastically reduce the durability of the device, especially the glass' resistance to shattering. We'll see in due time if the percentage of folks with broken iPad 2 front glass is dramatically different than that of the original iPad.
  • Lifting off the LCD exposes the iPad 2's battery. We found a 3.8V, 25 watt-hour unit. That's just a hair more than the original iPad's 24.8 watt-hours, so any improved battery performance should be attributed to software and other hardware improvements.
  • We confirmed via software that the iPad 2 indeed has 512 MB of RAM.
  • The markings on the 1 GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor appear to be Samsung's, but Chipworks will investigate in the forthcoming days to find out for sure.
  • Other components that power the iPad 2:
    • Toshiba TH58NVG7D2FLA89 16GB NAND Flash
    • Broadcom BCM5973KFBGH Microcontroller
    • Broadcom BCM5974 CKFBGH capacitative touchscreen controller
    • Texas Instruments CD3240B0 11AZ4JT touchscreen line driver
    • Broadcom BCM43291HKUBC Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM tuner combo chip
    • S6T2MLC N33C50V Power Management IC
    • ST Micro AGD8 2103 gyroscope
    • ST Micro LIS331DLH accelerometer
  • There's also an Apple-branded 338S0940 A0BZ1101 SGP chip. This looks like the Cirrus audio codec Chipworks found in the Verizon iPhone, but they'll have to get it off the board to make sure!

What you expected or did Apple slap any surprises inside iPad 2?

[iFixit]

Video after the break!

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3 years ago

Some iPad 2 users reporting yellow tint, will likely fade soon

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Some iPad 2 users reporting yellow tint, will likely fade soon

A few iPad 2 owners have written in to tell us they are experiencing yellow tinting issues on their brand new devices. This seems rather reminiscent of this past summer and the yellow tint issue with the iPhone 4

If history is set to repeat itself, it seems as if this issue will resolve itself the same way it did last summer -- the bonding agent Apple has been using on their displays will set and the yellow tint will fade away. Most users with the issue on the iPhone 4 were yellow tint free after a few days. 

Any TiPb readers out there seeing a yellow tint on their display?

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3 years ago

iPad 2 Hands On

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iPad 2 Hands On

The iPad 2 is here! You've run down the specs - including the 2x as fast A5 processor, the lighter 1.33lb weight, and the crazy-thin .34 inch "thickness." You've considered whether it's worth it for iPad 2 owners to upgrade. You've taken a look at what's new in iOS 4.3. Heck, you've even read up on how to transfer your data from your original iPad to the iPad 2. What's left to do? Check out TiPb breathlessly unpacking and examining the real deal.

If you waited in line today and picked one up - congrats! If you are wondering what we think of Apple's latest, here's the short version: it's a thinner, lighter, faster iPad with a couple of cameras. That may sound anti-climactic - but after using the iPad 2 for just a very short while we're starting to suspect that it's anti-climactic in the same way that "the iPad is just a big iPhone" was anti-climactic in 2010. In other words: it's an experience that can't quite be quantified but gets under your skin in the same way the original iPad did. There's "nothing new" here to most people, but the execution of all the little details adds up to something pretty special.

As far as the hardware is concerned, we're impressed. Looking at the spec differences between the iPad 1 and the iPad 2, you might be tempted to say that there's not much improvement here. But .5" vs .34" only tells part of the story. The full story is that the tapered back of the iPad 2 makes it feel thinner than any device this size has a right to be. It's kind of amazing. Unfortunately, we can't quite say the same for the weight - while the iPad 2 is lighter, it's still not something you're going to happily hold at arm's length unsupported for any appreciable length of time.

A full photo gallery is after the break and video is coming right quick - keep it locked to TiPb as we unpack our thoughts and impressions of the iPad 2 this weekend and, heck, for the months to come.

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