But Huawei has a different idea with its UltraStick, a tiny 3G module that device makers can easily add to existing WiFi tablets without completely redesigning the hardware.
It’s not clear when UltraStick’s might be available in the U.S. or if it will remain strictly an option for device makers or, eventually, an accessory consumers could purchase to upgrade a WiFi tablet to cellular.
The promotion includes game titles such as Infinity Blade II, Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, Badland, Tiny Wings and Where’s my water? as well as some relatively pricier apps, such as Traktor DJ ($19.99) for the iPhone or iPad that are also now available as a free download.
Apple's first App Store, pre-iPad, launched in 2008 along with the iPhone 3G, the second generation of the iPhone.
Local newspaper The Australian writes that 11,327 Iconia W701 tablets will be given to year nine students, with another 2,665 to be handed out to other high-school students in the area.
Each tablet comes with a four-year warranty and 3G mobile broadband. Educators said that the latter was particularly vital as they are insistent on students being able to access all learning resources at all times.
QDETE chief information officer David O’Hagan has valued the deal at $12.9 million. The contract has been funded in-part by a government initiative (the National Secondary School Computer Fund) which is aiming to increase the number of computers in schools.
With today the first day the long-awaited iPad mini goes on sale, there are scattered reports that Apple Stores and other resellers are not attracting the same kind of long lines that new iDevices in the past have, such as last month’s iPhone 5.
But Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt says he estimates a headcount of 550 waiting in line before 8 a.m. for the opening of Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
“According to the records Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has been keeping since 2008 that's more customers than turned out for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S,” says Elmer-Dewitt.
“And by 9:56 a.m. — four [...]