While there are many styli for the iPad, none can really duplicate the look and feel of taking notes on a good ‘ol sheet of paper. Targus aims to bridge the gap between traditional and digital note taking with their iNotebook device, which passed through the FCC today. The iNotebook consists of a case, special pen, sensor and physical notepad, as pictured above. The iNotebook records notes taken with the pen and can transfer these notes to an iPad via Bluetooth. Users can then read their handwritten notes on an iPad with the free iNotebook App. The iNotebook App allows users to edit notes, create virtual notebooks, or even record audio.
Targus unveiled the iNotebook at CES this year, and today the device won FCC approval. The device is expected to be released in September for $150.
Last month Adonit announced the Jot Touch, the world’s first pressure-sensitive stylus for Apple’s iPad. The device uses Adonit’s unique precision disc tip and a Bluetooth connection to transmit pressure information to Jot Ready iPad apps.
Today the Jot Touch hit the FCC and got torn down in the process, above. You can see how Adonit fit a CSR Bluetooth processor and a rechargeable battery into the frame of the Jot Touch which is about the size of a Sharpie.
Keyboard cases for the iPad are great, but who wants to worry about another device to charge? That’s where Logitech’s Solar Keyboard Folio case comes in. From what we can tell, this keyboard case uses the same solar charging technology featured in Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard 750 that charges the device in all types of light, including ambient light in an office.
That’s a big improvement over traditional Bluetooth keyboard iPad cases, which require heavy batteries that are quickly sucked dry. While we don’t have specifics about the Solar Keyboard Folio other than the FCC picture above, we’d assume that Logitech will be able to make this device slimmer and lighter than existing keyboard cases out there.
Apple started taking preorders for its third generation iPad just a week ago, but according to Apple’s Online store, the device has already sold out. Ship times for all versions of the device are listed as 2 to 3 weeks, above, a much larger delay than last week, when the device was expected to ship on March 19th. The story isn’t much different abroad. The iPad is sold out in other launch countries, including Japan, the UK, France, Germany and Canada.
There is good news, however. It appears that Apple stores will open at 8am on Friday, March 16th, so you can pick up the 3rd gen iPad in person without waiting 2 to 3 weeks for an online order.
It’s been about 24 hours since Apple unveiled its next generation iPad and 20 hours since Apple’s online store went back up, yet most iPad models are still in stock. As you can see above, all versions of the black iPad are in stock and expected to ship on launch day, March 16th. White WiFi iPads are also still in stock, however white 4G AT&T iPads are delayed by 3 days (below), with orders expected to ship on March 19th.
It’s unclear if demand for the third generation iPad is weaker, or if Apple simply has greater stock this time around. We are used to seeing new Apple products sell out in a number of hours, so it was definitely surprising to see the iPad still in stock this morning.
Running out of storage on your iOS device? Kingston has an easy way to add up to 32GB of storage to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with its Wi-Drive wireless flash memory drive, pictured above.
The Wi-Drive is a WiFi enabled portable drive that connects to your iOS device via WiFi and free Wi-Drive app. The drive can be used to transfer files from a PC, or can be shared with up to two other users. The Wi-Drive supports a variety of audio, video, image and document formats, allowing users to bring a host of files to their iOS devices. Best of all, the Wi-Drive has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to four hours, so you can use the drive even when you don’t have access to a power outlet.
The Wi-Drive measures 121.5mm x 61.8mm x 9.8mm, so you can easily pocket the device. The drive recharges via miniUSB, and can connect to PCs via USB. The Wi-Drive is compatible with the iPad, iPhone 3G/3GS/4 and iPod touch (3G is limited to iOS4.2.1+).
The Wi-Drive will cost $130 and $175 for 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively. The device was originally scheduled to launch in late June, but it just passed through the FCC today so we’d expect to see a launch later this month.