Everything iPad Week in Review — Week 15 2010
Welcome to another edition of Everything iPad’s week in review. It’s been a pretty intense week, with the iPad catching some major flack for WiFi inconsistencies. Along with a few fun stories, it seems that the iPad isn’t going to leave the consumer’s attention any time soon. And we can’t help but think that’s a good thing. Unless, of course, it keeps getting banned from things. In any event, let’s get right into it. We wouldn’t want to keep you waiting, now would we?
We started off the week with a couple different ways for you to multitask on your iPad. The first of which would take some doing, and you’d have to get some good ol’ Windows 95 on your new tablet, but hey, you’d get to run more than one (third-party) application at a time, right? Take one for the team! As for the second method, we showed you the Citrix Receiver, which gives you a very thin client that provides you with a virtual office of your Windows-based desktop somewhere. It also works for Macs. Just download a desktop client, and an app on your iPad, and you’ll be seeing yourself on your virtual computer in no time.
And then we’ve got the iPad getting delayed internationally. We already knew the iPad was a pretty huge success here in the States, but apparently Steve Jobs and company didn’t foresee it being this big. According to the company, international orders for the iPad have now been delayed until the end of May. But, that does mean the iPad WiFi and 3G+WiFi will ship at the same time, so that’s a bit of a silver lining, if you ask us. And probably worse, the entire country of Israel has put a black-list on the iPad, telling Customs agents to restrict access of the iPad, to the point of confiscating them on sight. Rough waters, as the country’s Communications Ministry has cited wireless security issues as the cause of the issue.
Ten days seems to be a nice benchmark to test things, because that’s where the iPad was being tested quite a bit over the last week. It’s been out now just two weeks, and company’s are already testing where the tablet stands in Internet data traffic. And, shockingly enough, it’s catching up to standard rivals like Android and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices. In its first 10 days, the iPad accounted for 0.03% of online traffic. That’s impressive.
And despite the fact the iPad has been out for two weeks, people are still reeling about the whole “no Flash Player” thing. Yes, it’s a big deal, but not this big. Unless, of course, you’ve got a huge publisher like Conde Nast telling the world that they’re going to still use Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone tool, CS5. That goes against Apple’s strict rules, but Conde Nast doesn’t seem to care. They feel they’ll get into the iPad’s app store without a problem. So, we’ll have to see where this goes. And then finally, those WiFi security issues are becoming quite the bother for Apple, as the company’s tablet has now been banned from three very prolific universities: Cornell, George Washington, and Princeton. All three schools are ciiting WiFi security issues, the same as the country of Israel. Very troublesome.