App Industry Roundup: iPad goes global, Verizon customers want iPhones, Apple conference sells out

May 7, 2010
Finance

At long last, Apple’s iPad will be available in nine countries outside of the United States on May 28. Also, in today’s App Industry Roundup, we reveal why more than half of Verizon’s customers would ditch their current devices if they had access to the iPhone, and look ahead to Apple’s 2010 World Wide Developer […]

At long last, Apple’s iPad will be available in nine countries outside of the United States on May 28. Also, in today’s App Industry Roundup, we reveal why more than half of Verizon’s customers would ditch their current devices if they had access to the iPhone, and look ahead to Apple’s 2010 World Wide Developer Conference, which sold out in only eight days. 

iPad to take over the world 

iPad GPSPatient Apple enthusiasts in nine countries outside of the United States including Canada, Germany and the UK will finally be able to tap into the iPad on May 28. After previous delays associated with strong North American demand for Apple’s tablet computer, pre-orders for both the 3G and Wi-Fi models begin this Monday. 

Additional countries that will have access to the next wave of iPad shipments include Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland. It is expected that customers in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand and Netherlands will get their hands on the iPad in July. 

Of course, by the time Apple expands to markets outside of those named, North American customers will probably treated to a new generation of the device that may include features like a camera and telephone. 

The results are in: Non-AT&T customers want their iPhones

 Rarely does a day go by without a new rumor that says the iPhone will eventually be available on Verizon or other carriers outside of AT&T. This is for good reason. 

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recent survey by market research firm ChangeWave (PDF) shows that more than 50 percent of the Verizon customers queried would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to purchase an iPhone if it were available on their network. More than 40 percent of Sprint and T-Mobile customers also expressed their desires to purchase the iPhone if they didn’t have to change their cell plans. 

The survey, which gauged opinions from more than 4,000 respondents, ultimately concluded that the “results show an unprecedented level of pent up demand for the iPhone among Verizon subscribers. If Verizon were ever to offer the iPhone, the evidence points to it having a profound and likely transformational impact on the industry.”

Stay tuned. 

Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference Sells Out

The $1,600 price tag did not deter developer’s and Apple enthusiasts from registering for the company’s 2010 World Wide Developer Conference, which sold out yesterday (only eight days after passes became available.)

Not able to make the trip to San Francisco next month? Fear not! Appolicious will be there and give you the inside scoop on the 4G iPhone and operating software, and how the new technology will impact your favorite apps. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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