Remains of the Day: The iPad 2 heard round the world

Rumors percolate about international iPad 2 delays, Jony Ive will likely stay in sunny California, and how your wife could help you get a free iPad 2. But the remainders for Monday, March 21, 2011 remind you that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

iPad 2 international launch doubts resurface (Macworld UK)

While the Czech Republic was on the list of countries due to receive the iPad 2 on March 25, the country’s Apple Store Website reportedly listed a date of April 25 for a short time, before the date was removed entirely. This has prompted concerns that the iPad 2 may be in short supply, potentially delaying the international launch. I dunno, maybe the Czechs’ are in the mail.

How did a British polytechnic graduate become the design genius behind £200billion Apple? (The Daily Mail)

If you know me, you know I can’t resist a good biography of Apple design guru Jonathan Ive. This profile, from The Daily Mail, also suggests that Ive won’t be returning to his native UK, as previously rumored. Which is fair: I mean, would you go back to someplace where people might remember the high school version of you?

Smart Cover for iPad 1 (The Russians Used a Pencil)

In a move worthy of Jonathan Ive himself, one blogger came up with a way to adapt the iPad 2’s Smart Cover for use on the original iPad. As you might guess, the secret ingredient is magnets. So, I guess the Insane Clown Possee won’t be modifying their iPads any time soon.

iPad 2: Wife Says No, but Apple Says Yes (MacRumors)

Apple has reportedly been keeping close tabs on returned iPad 2 units. One story says that after a unit was returned with a note saying “wife said no,” Apple sent the unit back to the customer with another note: “Apple said yes.” After which, the iPad was returned to Apple with a note reading “wife said 64GB black version with green Smart Cover, thanks.”

Product Remainders:

Burn the Rope HD - Big Blue Bubble's puzzle title makes the jump to the iPad for $5, with a new control scheme that allows players to rotate puzzles.

IconBox 2.0.9 - The venerable icon organizer gets a revamp, with a brand new interface and a host of new features, including improved organization with Smart Boxes. $25, $10 upgrade for IconBox 1.0 users.

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