Ricky Gervais gets an iPad 2 from Jony Ive, yeah!

Crazy how the world’s worst boss still receives tribute from the rich and famous, though admittedly, a gift from Ive (an iPad 2) ain’t quite centre stage at the Golden Globes. Gervais got another gift that day, signed boxing gloves from Mike Tyson (remember him?). Evidently, the old biter wants to get on Gervais’ show.

I’ve bought tickets, have you? What’s cringeworthy is that the world is queueing for these things, international iPad 2 orders backed up by 2-3 weeks, and all Gervais can say is: “it’s a work of art”. Come on mate, people are starving in Apple Store queues around the world!

Thanks Culf of Mac via RickyGervais.com

iPad 2 International Launch this Friday, March 25

Apple has confirmed that the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. They are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Online sales will begin 1 a.m. and Apple Stores (along with authorized resellers) will begin selling units at 5 p.m. local time.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore will have to wait until April for the iPad 2 to become available, with even more countries to be included in launch in the coming months. Full press release after the gap.

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iPad 2 Launch Sales Roundup

The iPad 2 launch is mere hours away and as expected, the App Store is littered with great deals. EA has launched their own iPad 2 Sale and all EA Mobile iPad games have been slashed up to 70% off. Even Gameloft has thrown in a few HD titles that can be had now for $0.99. If you already have an iPad or are planning to buy one this afternoon/in coming days, be sure to check out the entire roundup below. And as always, these deals are only good for a limited time, so act fast!

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GarageBand for iPad now Available, iMovie updated for iPad 2

Apple has just released the mighty impressive GarageBand app for the iPad ($4.99). Made to work on both iPad 1 & 2, GarageBand is a powerful music app that will turn your tablet into a mobile recording studio.

GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.

Apple’s own iMovie app was also updated today and it is now universal, supporting the iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4th gen) and iPad 2. Sadly, owners of the original iPad won’t be able to run this memory intensive movie editing application. If you already own it for the iPhone/iPT, be sure to grab the update as it offers quite a few new features. The guided video tour for both iMovie and GarageBand can be found here.

GarageBand Apple, GarageBand, 369 MB – $4.99
iMovie Apple, iMovie, 69.1 MB – $4.99

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iPad 2 Review Roundup

Only a day left before the iPad 2 releases and the reviews have started to appear on the web. From the likes of Engadget to New York Times, the overall impression of the iPad 2 is an overwhelmingly positive one, save for weakest link, which happens to be the shoddy cameras. In fact, the general consensus is that the second gen iPad remains the best in the booming tablet market. Check out the entire review roundup below!

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iPad 2 Online Sales Start tomorrow at 1AM PST

Apple has pushed through an official Press Release this morning and confirmed that online sales for the iPad 2 will begin at 1AM PST (4AM EST) on Friday, March 11. And starting at 5pm local time, the iPad 2 will be available at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US, along with AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers. As part of every sale made at the Apple Store, customers will be receiving a free (optional) Personal Setup service, which will help new iPad owners customize their device by way of setting up email, loading new apps and more.

The full Press Release can be found after the gap.

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Apple Posts Guided Tours for iBooks, iMovie and GarageBand

Apple has posted guided tours for iBooks, iMovie and GarageBand - a day before the launch of the iPad 2. They range from about 3 – 6 minutes and provide a great overview of what they’re capable of, especially for those who are new to the iOS platform. You can check out the videos on Apple’s page here, or view them via embedded youtube clips below.

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iPad 2 Cases Roundup

The iPad 2 was officially unveiled 2 days ago and it sure didn’t take long for third party manufacturers to announce their own line up of iPad 2 Cases.  From the Apple iPad Smart Cover to the ZAGGmate w/ Keyboard, there will be plenty of choices for those planning on buying the upcoming tablet. Here’s a glimpse of some of the iPad 2 cases that will hit the market in the very near future.

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Apple Posts “iPad: Year One” Video

If you missed Apple’s iPad 2 Keynote yesterday, the nearly 6 minute long video dubbed “iPad: Year One” is now available online. It takes a look back at how wildly successful the tablet’s been over the past 12 months and the way it has impacted not just individual consumers, but professionals from all walks of life.

There’s never been anything like iPad. It changes the way students learn and teachers teach. It transforms how businesses do business. It helps doctors take better care of patients. And it’s a whole new way to see the world.

The full video can be found below…and it’s worth watching.

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iOS 4.3 Set to Arrive on March 11th

Along with the announcement of the iPad 2 earlier today, Steve Jobs also introduced the next version of the iOS. Set to be released on the same day as the iPad 2 launch, iOS 4.3 will bring forth several enhancements, some of which will undoubtedly be welcomed with open arms by iDevice users. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect:

  • Improved Safari Performance - Debut of the new Nitro JavaScript engine that will power Safari. Promises to run JavaScript up to twice as fast than on iOS 4.2
  • iTunes Home Sharing – Easily the most sought after feature in new OS. Users will soon be able to play their entire iTunes library (music, movies, tv shows, podcasts etc) over the same Wi-Fi network. As long as it’s on your Mac or PC, you’ll be able to stream content to your iPod Touch, iPod or iPad.
  • iPad Side Switch - Ability to set switch on side of iPad to either lock screen rotation or mute the volume. Good for users to have a choice as to what function the switch performs.
  • Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 - First seen with the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4, users will be able to turn their iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot using 3G connection. You can share it with up to 5 devices at once over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB.
  • AirPlay Enhancements - In addition to streaming music, movies and photos from iDevice to Apple TV, 4.3 will allow additional content (including video) from 3rd party apps (along with Apple’s own Photos app) and websites to be streamed.

The full press release of the iOS 4.3 announcement can be found below.

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