Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 29 September, 2020


FRESH FROM quenching the fire that was the iPhone 4′s antenna problems, Steve Jobs has another bit of fire fighting to do.

Three customers are suing Apple in the US because they say the iPad is rendered “virtually unusable” in common conditions such as sunlight.

The costumers say direct sunlight can put the iPad out of use, as it causes the computer to shut down after only a few minutes.

The complaint filed on July 23 by Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning – at a federal court in Oakland, California makes multiple accusations against the computer giant.

The complainants say Apple used “misleading and deceptive advertising,” and that it breached business and consumer protection law. The trio also take issue with Apple’s claim that the iPad is “just like reading a book”. “Books do not close when a reader is enjoying them in sunlight,” they say.

PC Magazine editor Zach Honig put his iPad in the fridge in order to revive it when it cut out in hot weather.

Apple has yet to comment on the matter but the firm’s loyal supporters have, however come to its rescue, “I dont know any hardware that is a computing device that says operating in direct sunlight is approved,” said an Apple loyalist of the firm’s official Apple forum.

The iPad’s instruction booklet warns the device could stop working if it is used in temperatures above 95F (35C).

The iPad launched in Ireland last week and over three million iPads have been sold worldwide.

A Youtube user shows how the iPad shuts down after 12minutes in direct sunlight.

THE iPAD has become the latest must have medical gadget for doctors in Cork.

A Cork based tech start-up KM Medical Software has developed iPhone and iPad apps to help medical practitioners access live patient data and medical records while on the move. Surgeons and physicians at the Cork Medical Centre will soon begin using the apps in their work,  according to SiliconRepublic.

The iPad allows quick and effect communication between staff allowing them access to theatre lists, x-ray and lab results and much more.

The iMedDoc app is sold across the world and will be launched in the US in the coming months. 80 consultants in Ireland are currently using the software and full training is provided. A similar product has also been launched in the Beacon Hospital in Dublin

iMedDoc app demo.

Thousands crowded around London when it launched there – but the official launch of the iPad in Dublin seems like it’s set to be something of a damp squib.

With city centre Apple resellers gearing up to sell Apple’s tablet device on opening this morning – with some shops summoning their staff to report for duty at 6:30am, ahead of anticipated 7am early openings – huge crowds were expected.

But the relatively small size of the Irish market – and the fact that the device had been available in Apple’s UK stores, including its outlet in Belfast’s Victoria Square, from May – seems to have poured cold water on early sales.

As visited one city centre store at 8am this morning – an hour after its anticipated opening – there were just 41 people queueing outside the store, many of them (like toddlers) obvious non-buyers.

The smaller queues may have been down to a general dispersal of sales outlets, however, with 13 outlets in Ireland reselling the device, rather than the usual Apple Store-only scenes witnessed elsewhere in the world.

PC World’s South Dublin store reported to have taken more cash at the till by 9am that it would ordinarily make on an average Friday, simply because of iPad sales alone.

(Updated at 11:30am)

GAINS have been seen on world markets as a result of better-than-expected earnings from Apple.

Revenues rose 88% in the third quarter up to June 26 to $15.7bn and the company saw a 78% jump in profits yesterday. The results show income jumping to $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per share, from $1.8 billion, or $2.01 per share a year ago. Shares for Apple are up 5% as a result.

According to Business Insider iPad, Mac, and iPod shipments were all stronger than expected: Apple shipped 3.27 million iPads, 3.47 million Macs, and 9.4 million iPods during the June quarter.

Reacting to the results Steve Jobs said “it was a phenomenal quarter that exceeded our expectations all around, including the most successful product launch in Apple’s history with iPhone 4,” said Apple’s CEO. “iPad is off to a terrific start, more people are buying Macs than ever before, and we have amazing new products still to come this year.”

This good news comes despite reports of antenna problems with the iPhone 4. Bloggers however are said to be positive about Jobs recent conference on the phones problems.

APPLE HAS CONFIRMED this lunchtime that its iPad tablet machine will be available in nine additional countries, including Ireland, from this Friday. Prices will start at €499, and the product will be available from the online Apple Store and from authorised resellers.

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