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Apple iPad: All You Need To Know

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

After months (more like years) of speculation and countless rumors, Apple’s fabled tablet has finally been unveiled.  The device was announced earlier today by Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs at a press event held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA.

Here is a full round-up of all the news from the event.

The device is known as: iPad

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Brief Overview:

Steve Jobs, and others, have spoken in the past about the necessity to have an “in between” device other than the netbook that would essentially fill the void between your smart phone and your personal computer.

I believe we have seen Jobs’ answer to that dilemma.

The device itself sits at with a 9.7-inch multi-touch screen, 16 to 64 GB of memory, custom iPhone OS with the ability to run iPhone apps and iPad specific apps, play HD video, act as an ebook reader, sync with your Mac (basically like a huge, awesome iPod Touch).  This device is sporting some major hardware and software.

There have been a lot of different price ranges thrown out over the past few months, but the one that (I believe) was seen the most was $1,000- I personally didn’t think that this was going to be the case.  There is a clear price range missing from Apple’s line-up of good and Jobs knows this.  Pricing starts at $499:


Specs:

– SCREEN: 9.7-inch IPS LCD screen. The LCD provides the backlighting, but most of the technology is IPS, or In-plane switching. This gives it a stronger viewing angle than most screens.

– RESOLUTION: 1024×757 pixels

– SIZE: 0.5 inches thin.

– DIMENSIONS: 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.5 inches

– WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds (1.6 pounds for 3G)

– CHIP: 1 GHz Apple A4 chip. They went in-house instead of going to Intel.

– MEMORY: Three models with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB solid state hard drives.

– INCLUSIONS: Accelerometer, Microphone, 30-pin connector, Compass, full capacitive multi-touch,Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G access on higher-end models

– BATTERY LIFE: 10 hours at full blast. On standby, it will last over a month.  [mashable.com]

iPad Interface:

Jobs and the rest of the execs at Apple are playing the “you are already familiar” card big time with the upgraded iPhone OS being used.  It is essentially a huge iPhone/iPod Touch when it comes to the interface.  Once you pick it up- you should have no problems moving throughout the device.  I (somewhat) like this.  Simply because it is truly easy to pick up an iPhone and learn how to do it.  I feel that they were betting on this when they chose this OS.

Applications play a huge role in the iPad. All iPhone/iPod Touch apps will work with the iPad and with the release of the iPad SDK today, devs will have the chance to create iPad specific applications.

One of the more important aspects of the iPad is the keyboard.  The keyboard basically looks like a big iPhone keyboard.  I don’t really have a problem with this, but I do feel that this should have been taken into consideration:

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Connecting with the iPad:

The iPad comes in two different models.  One has the good ol’ standby Wi-Fi and the other has Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.  The 3G enabled model will cost you $130 more.

The one thing that I was worried about when there was supposedly going to be 3G on this tablet…and that was having to sign a contract with a service carrier.  Apple avoided this disaster by going with a No Contract data plan from AT&T (although AT&T is ROUGH) $14.99 for 250MB or $29.99 for Unlimited Data.

TV, Movies, and Video:

From looking at the Keynote and seeing all the photos from the event, it is clear to see that the picture/video on the iPad is amazing.  Down right pretty.  The video interface is the same as the iPhone.  There is an iTunes-esque set up to search and purchase movies and TV shows.

One of my favorite aspects of the iPad is going to have to be the ESPN app that will allow you to get THROUGHLY involved in your favorite games and watch live TV.

Reports are saying that this device is not a widescreen device and can cause some frustrations, but I think this is a preference sort of issue that Apple may fix later.


EBook and Publishing Savior:

Now many of you might think that using the word “Savior” in regards to the publishing world is a little bit much, but I think that this is just what it needs.

Readers today aren’t going to the stands and picking up the latest issue of any magazine- Creating a new type of DIGITAL magazine that is more interactive than a simple browser page is essential…and I think that Apple is paving the way for this.

iBooks, announced today at the iPad event, is a new native application for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that allows you to browse, download and read e-books. At launch, five book publishers will have publications on iBooks: Penguin, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillian and Hachette. Left off the list is McGraw-Hill, whose CEO accidentally spilled the beans on the tablet a day too early. We think it’s possible that Apple handed retribution to McGraw-Hill for the leak, although you’ll likely see its books on the iPad at some point.  [mashable.com]

I know a few people that feel that the iPad, as an ebook reader, is going to fail simply because you can’t dim the backlight of the iPad (their wittle eyes can’t take itttt)- I personally don’t think it is a problem, but thats because I am pretty much used to looking at a bright backlight screen alllll day (and I am DEFINITELY OK with that 🙂 )

Getting The Job Done:

Apple has created an iPad version of iWork.  I like that Apple has attempted to make their productivity and work applications more accessible to users, but my only problem with it would have to be input.  Using the iPad keyboard might be a little difficult if you have a lot of work to do.

Here are the details regarding the iWork app for the iPad [via mashable.com]:

A rundown of the key features and applications in iWork for the iPad:

– Keynote: Apple’s flagship presentation software has gotten an overhaul that allows you to easily view and add slides using the touchscreen interface. You can made edits, browse through slides and more.

– Pages: Word processing on the iPad goes through Pages, which allows you to type more effectively without a physical keyboard and provides touch-based formatting options. For example, dragging images on a page is easy since there’s auto-wrap.

– Numbers: Apple’s spreadsheet feature lets you design data cells and spreadsheets with the multi-touch interface.

– Cost: It costs $9.99 for each app in the app store.

When Can I Get One?:

Jobs didn’t state a specific date on when you can get your little hands on one of the iPads but he did say that:

Wi-Fi only version ships in 60 days

Wi-Fi and 3G version ships in 90 days

You can do the math.

Accessories and Attachments:

Apple loves accessories and it seems that they already have a few set to release with the iPad:

Dock/Physical Keyboard:

Leather Case/Kickstand:

USB, SD, Dock, and Various Cords:

What the iPad SHOULD have had:

  • USB Port (without attachments)
  • Front Facing Camera (or a camera in general)
  • Multitasking, multitasking, multitasking
  • HDMI Port
  • Flash Support
  • I’m sure there are more

Overall:

I feel that Apple has a winner on their hands- Of course, the first generation of any product will have its problems (shoulda, coulda, woulda), but I still believe it will be successful

I think that tablet interface is the future of personal computing and I believe Apple took the first big steps to making that future obtainable.

What do you think?

Many thanks to Gizmodo, Engadget, gdgt, Mashable, and others for providing readers with their Live Blogs of the Apple Event!

2010 CES Daily Round-Up: Press Edition, January 5th

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

With CES right around the corner (January 7-10) and with all the press events going on right now, I thought I would give a daily round-up of all that went down.

Today, January 5th, has been a fairly quiet one, but we have already seen some interesting products/concepts!  Here is a rundown on what we have seen thus far:

-Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Hands-On

-3D TV is going to be HUGE at CES- ESPN has already set a date for when they will be airing a 3D World Cup.

-Skype HD: Skype directly through your LG or Panasonic TV

-ASUS has a slew of new netbooks, laptops, and desktops- Unveiled at their press event

-Spring Design Alex dual-screen, Android based e-reader

That was about it for today’s CES news- I’m sure that there were a few things that I may have missed, but I will do my best to catch any and all that comes out of CES this week

On a different, but somewhat similar note;

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LG Projector Phone For Everyone!* (*=Business Customers Only)

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

As I was watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation tonight, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a commercial for an awesome looking phone called the LG eXpo.

Now normally I wouldn’t be all excited about the release of a phone (unless it was the iPhone for Verizon) BUT I saw an interesting feature on the LG eXpo that caught my eye.

Yes…thats right…that is a projector on the back of that phone.

The phone itself runs Windows 6.5 and has the S-Class interface overlayed on to it.  The projector itself is basically an accessory that clips onto the back of the phone.  Some of the other features are a 5 megapixel camera, microSD card slot for increasing storage as well as the usual Wi-Fi connectivity.

This would be a great idea when you have a fun video to show a group of friends or when you have some free time and no TV or computer…..think again.

The LG eXpo is only available for Business Customers.

Why AT&T and LG chose to make it exclusively for business customers I will never know, but I do know it is a dumb decision….although personally….I would probably never use the projector.

Here is a video showing a quick review and demonstration of the projector:

What do you think about it?

Publishing Power Houses Combine For E-Publishing Venture

December 13, 2009 2 comments

In recent news, there has been a lot of talk regarding e-publishing.  A great deal of companies have already stated that they are working on projects that will revolutionize the industry and take it into a new era.

This video from a collaboration between The WonderFactory and Time Inc. shows an AMAZING concept of what e-publishing could eventually (hopefully) be:

I know that this is simply a concept, but just looking at it and seeing the possibilities gets me excited.

That being said, this past week the biggies in the publishing sector, News Corp, Conde Nast, Hearst, Time and Meredith, announced a new and exciting venture.

They announced a digital publishing venture that will strive to develop new standards in the online news and magazine industry.  They are working to develop an online store that will try to focus on giving end users access to content via  portable digital devices. (AKA Tablets)

This is exciting news because why would these HUGE companies be putting time and money into developing this new type of store front if they didn’t have any inside info regarding the release of a tablet like device.  Honestly, hurry up already.

They are hoping to create an application that will attempt to retain the look and feel of the original publications.  They also want to offer a platform that will work for numerous different devices and screen sizes, which will give readers an extensive selection.

“For the consumer, this digital initiative will provide access to an extraordinary selection of engaging content products, all customised for easy download on the device of their choice, including smartphones, e-readers and laptops,” says John Squires, the venture’s interim MD. “Once purchased, this content will be ‘unlocked’ for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime, on any platform.”

The five publishers have an equal share in the new venture, which makes it even if this venture fails….and I don’t think it will- We just need to see the devices they plan on publishing for.

The JooJoo, Apple Tablet, Microsoft Courier, and My Obsession With All of Them UPDATE

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the past few months there has been an explosion of rumors regarding the ever elusive tablet PC (or Mac).  I am growing more and more anxious as the days roll by as to when we will actually see these coveted pieces of modern technology.

Here is the most recent information regarding all the rumored tablets:

The Apple Tablet-


There have been countless (and I mean COUNTLESS) rumors circulating the web regarding this amazing piece of (unconfirmed) technology.  The hype being created for the tablet could mean huge sales for Apple if they ever decide to release it.  The rumors have come from manufacturing data, filed patents, and analysts, but we still have had no word from Apple regarding the existence of a tablet.

Most Recent Rumor:  Via Gizmodo

Citing his investigation into Apple’s supply chain, analyst Yair Reiner claims that Apple will ramp up production of the wonderdevice in February 2010. His date for the Second Coming of the JesusTablet: March or April. And apparently, it’ll kill Kindle.

Let’s hope he is right.

UPDATE- We have a video that has surfaced (clearly a fake, but I like to dream) of the Apple Tablet:

The Microsoft Courier

First, I must say that I was enthralled with the idea of an Apple Tablet…because we all know that Apple makes amazing products, but when I saw the Microsoft Courier…I became a Microsoft Fan Boy (for this product ONLY)

The Microsoft Courier is a product that is (maybe) being developed by Microsoft and has dual 7-inch screens that are said to be multitouch.  The device is being designed for writing, flicking, and drawing with a stylus, in addition to finger gestures.  The screens are connected by a hinge that has an “iPhone-esque” home button.  The device is also supporting a camera on the outer cover.

I personally feel that this is one of the coolest devices I have ever seen.  Yes, there are netbooks out there that are small and portable, but this is in the shape of a BOOK.  How many movies have there been where we’ve seen people from the future using devices like this?? Exactly.

Looking forward to hearing more about this device as soon as humanly possible.

The JooJoo (or the artist formally known as CrunchPad)-

The JooJoo is the only device of the three that has actually been held by human hands.  This device is an browser based device that is basically for internet usage.  The screen is a massive 12.1 inches and is supposedly in full HD.  The touchscreen has different finger gestures for making your way through different apps or web pages and looks to be like a pretty solid device.  Other than the $500 price tag for a device that only offers a way to get on the internet…this is a pretty interesting piece of technology.

UPDATE– The JooJoo has officially gotten some press shots and is now available for pre-order through their website, thejoojoo.com.

Here are some of the amazing press shots:

UPDATE- JooJoo Pre-Order Violates PayPal Rules

A few days ago someone pointed out (here)that the pre-order going on right now over at TheJooJoo.com is in clear violation of PayPal rules.

Right now when you pre-order the JooJoo it says that they should be shipped with 8-10 weeks, but according to PayPal user agreement…thats not possible:

ll.4 – Prohibited Transactions. […] You also agree not to use your PayPal account to sell goods with delivery dates delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment, or to sell securities, business opportunities, franchises or multi-level marketing or goods with delivery delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment.

This is another road bump in the already bump road of the JooJoo (aka CrunchPad)- It is a little discomforting to put down that much money and only have PayPal to do it.  I hope they figure this out ASAP because I still have high hopes for this piece of technology.

UPDATE- Notion Inc. Enters Tablet Wars

The people over at Slashgear.com have released some information regarding a new tablet device that is making its way into the ongoing tablet wars.

This device is of course being shown of in its render stage, but it still is enough to spark my interest (and I’m sure yours)

Stuffed into this device is a GPS, a digital compass, accelerometer and proximity, and ambient light and water sensors.  t’ll be available in 16GB and 32GB SSD options, and will have an SD card slot too. The Pixel Qi display measures 10.1-inches, and offers 1080p resolution video playback and connection wise it has a USB, HDMI, 3.5mm jack and microphone input. With Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

These are some pretty amazing specs and it looks like we will see more of it at CES 2010 in January.  I would keep my eyes and ears open on this one.

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I needed a chance to clear my head of all these rumors and broken promises.   These devices could revolutionize the way we access and share information.  I will constantly keep my eyes and ears open for new rumors and update as much as possible.

I can’t wait until these devices become reality…until then…I will just have to survive on rumors.

Shoot on over to Gizmodo.com, Engadget.com, or Wired.com for the full reviews, hands on, and rumors galore for each device and more.

RUMOR: Apple’s Black Friday Ad Leaked

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Dear sweet, innocent baby Jesus, please make this true.  Thanks to Boy Genius Report for the heads-up:

Thats right:

30% off all iPods

25% off all Macs

15% off all Accessories

If you have been holding off on making the switch to Apple or buying the new Magic Mouse…I suggest waiting until Black Friday….although your local Apple Store will probably look like this due to everyone trying to get in:

Either way, if you have been waiting, what’s a few more days?  If not, you are back to where you started

[via Boy Genius Report]

Nvidia CEO Spills About Tablet; Undying Love for Apple

November 10, 2009 Leave a comment

[via Gizmodo.com]

In a recent interview, Nvidia CEO reveals 2 very important pieces of information.

One:

Nvidia Tablet

This alone would have been enough.  I can’t tell you how badly I want one of these devices.  With this, hopefully, coming to market soon, I may have to hold off on getting the Microsoft Courier (but who knows when the hell that will be released) This tablet looks exactly like what we all THINK the Apple Tablet should look like.

Now the only reason I (or anyone else) would think this has anything to do with Apple is because for the rest of the interview with Nvidia’s CEO, he declared his undying love for Apple and their computers.

Two: [In my home we are] all Apple. Apple uses the best technology for their [computers]. Apple says to their customers: if you buy a computer from us you can be sure we have selected the best technology inside for you. That is their promise to consumers. Their promise to consumers isn’t we’ve selected the best technology for you with the exception of what Intel allows us to use. That’s not their promise. And that’s why Apple uses the best technology where they want whenever they want. And that’s why I’m all Apple! At home it’s just Macs everywhere. It’s Nvidia’s technology in all of them but I use Macs. My son has two Macs, my daughter has a Mac, there’s an extra Mac just in case and my wife has a Mac. It’s just Mac, Mac, Mac! Because I know it’s got the best stuff inside.

Final Tally:

Apple = 5x

Mac = 9x

So,

5x + 9x = Chapped Lips and a Brown Nose

I love Apple too, but damn.  I’m still hoping for this tablet to be released directly to me.  and only me.

Categories: Apple, Computers, Gadget, Nvidia, Tablet