Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for Monday:
iPad’s Happy, Happy Customer Ratings: Given the iPad’s $500-$830 price range and the blizzard of speculation and publicity that surrounded its release, consumer expectations for the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablet were understandably high. It turns out, though, that the device is doing a good job meeting those expectations. A recent ChangeWave Research survey of 200 new iPad owners, conducted from March 22 through 28, indicates that 82% of them are “very satisfied” with the product (74% surveyed in February said the same about the iPad 2). Two percent said they were “somewhat unsatisfied,” while no one said they were very unsatisfied with the tablet. The iPad’s high-resolution screen was cited as its “best” feature by 75% of respondents. No other feature even came close. (Battery life was next, capturing a “best” rating from 22% of respondents.) The least favorite things about the new iPad? Its cost, cited by 26%, and the cost of an accompanying wireless data plan, cited by 23%.
Button-Mashing for iPads? Gamers not content with the limited on-screen control capabilities of the iPad, take heart. Apple might be listening. In an iPad review (via Apple Insider), AnandTech’s Anand Lal Shimpi said “(I) know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market” for iOS devices, though he expressed doubt about whether it would ever actually be made. The iPad’s lack of physical buttons causes some difficulty for game developers, who have to find a balance between control specificity and display crowding with on-screen buttons.
Kutcher to Play Jobs: One of the world’s greatest executives will be played by one of the world’s most notable goofballs, according to a weekend report by Variety. Ashton Kutcher (of That ‘70s Show and Two and a Half Men fame) will play the role of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an independent film directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Despite his knucklehead film antics, Kutcher at least has some tech industry connections, with investments in Fab.com and Votizen. The film will be independently written, as Sony (NYSE:SNE) will be making a film based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography Steve Jobs.
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