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Jobs e-mails detail iPad plans, universal iPhone inbox

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue March 23, 2010

No iPad sales at AT&T stores?

Several minor details of Apple plans have emerged through e-mail responses sent by CEO Steve Jobs. In regards to where the iPad will be sold in the US, for example, Jobs confirms that the only places to buy it will initially be limited to Best Buy and Apple's online and retail stores. Other authorized resellers are being kept out of the loop, including even AT&T, which is the official carrier for the iPad 3G. Owners will instead have to sign up for 3G access via their device.

Jobs is also reported to have acknowledged that it will be possible to load documents on an iPad through, as well as the iDisk feature of MobileMe. Such options will be paired with the likes of iTunes sync and local file shares.

The CEO meanwhile comments that the iPhone should eventually receive a universal inbox for e-mail. At present, iPhone users have no choice but to check each account separately. An updated Mail client would be most likely to arrive with the iPhone 4.0 firmware, anticipated for this summer.

Regarding the MacBook Pro, Jobs says "not to worry" about the lack of a hardware refresh. The notebook was last updated in June, making it overdue for a refresh in terms of Apple's normal production patterns. Evidence suggests that Apple may at least be trying to phase out current Pros.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hopefully the unified inbox is an option. I prefer to keep my accounts separate.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    loading documents

    "Yeah, you can load documents. As long as you use the for-pay or the for-pay .Mac. "

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I love how MacNN has apparently interpreted so much from a useless answer to a slightly less useless question.

    The question was "I was wondering if there was any way to get documents onto my iPad, through either or the iDisk?"

    The answer: Yes.

    So, first off, it says nothing about iTunes syncing or file shares or whatever other imaginative device they thought this meant.

    Secondly, there's nothing about the response that really states you could get anything off of The questioner said " or iDisk". Yes implies, at worst, one of those. Being that one can already access some of your files from your iDisk now, his answer merely confirms that, at the very least, the iDisk app will be available to the iPad.

    However, to interpret this to even imply that you would be able to load documents onto your iPad (such that you didn't need to get to your iDisk to get them again), or that iWork will be accessible, is just making c*** up.

    Of course it would be nice if Apple could actually give people an idea of any piece of functionality of the iPad, rather than everyone getting excited over every word, or just making up stuff.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I also would like to know if we will be able to transfer documents to the iPad directly via Wifi or syncing through iTunes/drag-drop/etc. I have put off buying an iPad because I DO NOT want to have to email a document to myself or use iDisk to download it to the iPad. I currently have some 33GB+ .pdf files that I cannot access via iDisk due to the 30GB download limitation. I also cannot email it to myself because the file is so large.

    We are in the 21st century and we yet it seems we cannot directly transfer files to a device such as the iPad. The now, almost-defunt Zune could transfer wirelessly (very cool feature for transferring small batches of files). I hope Jobs gets his head out of his arse and implements some type of direct file transfer to the iPad or I will simply have to pass on purchasing what looks to be a wonderful device. :(

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Documents in iTunes

    Next to the photo and music app we could see a universal document-app synced via iTunes, how ells would iWork export the documents made on the iPad? The iPad is also a content creation tool, there has to be a way to export documents.

  1. fizzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    many ways already

    There are already any number of file-transfer and document-reading and document-editing apps for iPhone. Why would you think that the pad would be limited to iWork and .Mac?

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