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Finally! Apple has weighed in on all of this new iPad overcharging controversy, and as usual it’s much ado about nothing yet again. Meanwhile, the new iPad has been cleared for sale in China -- though Cupertino is mum on exactly when that will happen. But fear not -- today’s news is all about the new iPad, so read on and find out everything that’s making news for this terrific Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
AllThingsD is reporting that the new iPad has been cleared for sale in mainland China, which has certified the Wi-Fi only model as ready to sell. “The China Quality Certification Center recently approved the Wi-Fi version of the device for sale in the country, granting it the Compulsory Certification necessary for Apple to sell it in China,” the report explains, although Cupertino is mum on exactly when it might start selling the product there. As we’ve reported extensively over the last month or two, Apple is currently locking horns with a company named Proview in China over the trademark to the iPad name there, although AllThingsD suggests that the new iPad could be released in the country as early as mid-April.
In what is surely a sign of things to come with Apple’s own Worldwide Developer Conference this year, 9to5Google is reporting that tickets went on sale for the search giant’s forthcoming Google I/O developer conference, where they sold out in less than half an hour! Not bad, considering the $900 ticket price, with both general admission and academic tickets now sold out. Google’s own Vic Gundotra confirmed the sell-out on his Google+ account, where he revealed the company was “experiencing 6,250 qps load on our servers at 7:01am.” Thankfully, they plan to stream the I/O keynote and all key sessions live so everyone can join in the fun, with all session videos also available for viewing after 24 hours. But if you really, really have to attend, general admission tickets have already wound up on eBay, where they’re fetching a minimum of $2,000 each. What did Google expect when they handed out free Android tablets to attendees last year…?
Sensing the panic starting to build over battery charging issues with the new iPad, Apple VP Michael Tchao set the record straight with AllThingsD today, claiming that the tablet operates exactly the same way as previous iOS devices. The idea is that the device displays a 100 percent charge prior to actually hitting it, but continues charging and ultimately starts to discharge and recharge until the device is unplugged. “That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like,” Tchao said. “It’s a great feature that’s always been in iOS.” Ironically, no one seemed to notice this until last week, when Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation thrust the issue into the spotlight as part of a new iPad display shoot-out. “It's not the full admission that I would have liked, but it is actually more than I expected Apple would admit to,” Soneira noted in an email to MacLife.com. The bottom line here is that new iPad owners “can expect the 10 hours of battery life that Apple has promised.” Any more issues with the new iPad, folks?
Most users appreciate the convenience of the Mac App Store, but where developers are concerned, the virtual storefront continues to have one nagging flaw: No way to offer paid upgrades. While many users probably don’t see this as a flaw -- after all, who doesn’t like free upgrades? -- it’s posing a problem for many Mac developers who turn out a 1.0 product and then find themselves financially strapped when it comes time to further developing a title. Delicious Monster owner Wil Shipley has written a fascinating blog post on this very topic, shedding light on why Apple should allow paid upgrades. “The Mac App Store not providing for paid upgrades puts developers in an untenable situation,” Shipley writes. The problem is compounded for developers who currently offer their wares outside of the Mac App Store as well, where paid upgrades are not an issue. “Every combination of answers, we get screwed or customers get screwed, or both,” the developer laments. “Apple didn’t mean to do this -- we’re not angry -- but it still needs fixing.” Personally, we’d love to continue supporting our favorite developers the same way we always have -- through paid upgrades. Here’s hoping Apple will make it happen.
Electronic music pioneer Korg has announced two new products intended to rock the world of mobile musicians, introducing the microKEY-25 and microKEY-61, two new USB-powered keyboards. The 25-key model is compatible with the iPad, while the 61-key version -- as well as the existing microKEY-37 that precedes it -- are Mac and PC compatible and also do double-duty as a USB hub. All microKEY models feature velocity-sensing mini keys with a Natural Touch keybed; the microKEY-61 also includes a free Korg Legacy Collection software package for getting started immediately. Korg’s microKEY-25, 37 and 61 are now available through resellers around the world for $69.99, $79.99 and $179.99, respectively.
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