So the Apple event has come and gone and there was no iPhone news. Needless to say, I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get anything...even if it was a minor OS update. So unless Apple decides to call another press event in the next four months, we'll have to save our wish list for the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June.
Today's Apple event obviously had the new iPad (latest news, screenshots, and specs here) as its main focus, but there were also hints of new software releases optimized for the iPad. We saw the unveiling of iBooks, a book reading software connected to Amazon for book downloading and reading on the nearly 10-inch touch-screen interface. But Apple had another software surprise as well, with downloadable iWork apps made specifically for the iPad interface.
During the presentation, Steve Jobs demonstrated new iWork apps optimized for the iPad's unique interface. All three of the main iWork apps will be available … Read more
Together with the announcement of the Apple iPad, CEO Steve Jobs also unveiled three accessories for the new tablet. The first is the iPad Dock that lets you dock and charge the device, allowing it to stand so it can function as a photo frame as well.
The second, and probably most useful of the three, is a keyboard dock. This gives a full QWERTY keyboard for touch typing while charging the iPad and will let users thump out long documents without having to rely on the virtual onscreen keypad.
The last one is a carrying case that can be … Read more
Who needs opinion columnists when you have Twitter? Once the hub of micro-punditry recovered from a molasses-like slowdown amid chatter surrounding the launch of Apple's iPad, it became clear that the Twittering masses had a thing or two to say to Steve Jobs about his pretty new gadget. And it wasn't all nice.
In general, people seemed optimistic about the pricing, since some rumors had pegged it as north of $1,000, and the iBooks store was getting reactions of eager anticipation--but many other tweets were underwhelmed or downright disappointed. No Flash, no camera, no multitasking, and too … Read more
Article updated 1/28/2010 at 4:25 PM PT with clarification from Apple about the availability of the iBooks app.
We only got a glimpse of Apple's new iBooks app when CEO Steve Jobs demoed it at the January 27, 2010 Apple event in San Francisco. What we saw was a stylish, crisp-looking, colorful e-book reader and storefront that will run on Apple's forthcoming iPad, and that looks strikingly similar to Classics, an e-reader app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Since the iPad will share the content (and layout) of the App Store, there's a chance … Read more
We recorded right after Steve Jobs finished his 90-minute announcement of the Apple iPad, Apple's new tablet computer. It's variably impressive depending on who you are, but will anyone buy it? We discuss. Also, it's over for the Mars rover Spirit. At least the roving part is over, but it's still alive and doing science.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1153
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After three months, only 35 subscriptions for Newsday’s Web site http://www.observer.com/2010/media/after-three-months-only-35-subscriptions-newsdays-web-site… Read more
Though I've never had a huge problem with AT&T's service on our CNET iPhone, I admit that I don't use it as my primary device. Frequent iPhone users, however, have more nuanced opinions, and I know that they're not imaging their dropped calls and intermittent data connections. Indeed, AT&T service remains the biggest gripe for many … Read more
When Apple dropped the Newton line of palm-computing devices in the late '90s, many people were severely disappointed. The project was abandoned by Apple, but die-hard Newton fans hunkered down and kept the systems going for years afterward. To give credit to Apple, the Newton MessagePad was designed well enough so that even today it is still considered a viable option by some people. Through Apple's ups and downs, there has been speculation on whether or not Apple would revive the Newton, and while recently it has been clear Apple's Newton days are over, the hope for the company to return to palm and tablet computing devices had not faded.
Though the iPhone can be considered Apple's next-generation MessagePad, after much speculation Apple's long-rumored entrance into tablet computing has finally arrived. In the past few weeks the hype has ramped up all over the Web, with fake images, speculation based on domain name registrations, "leaked" advertisements, patent investigations, and comments from various tech and media CEOs, all of which have built quite a stir around the latest "creation" from Apple. Today Apple has put the rumors to rest with the announcement of the iPad; however, what is the purpose of this device and will it succeed?… Read more
The iPod Touch and iPhone, defying many disbelievers, have, as a collective platform, succeeded in transforming gaming as much as they have transformed the smartphone industry. Low prices and a massive App Store library, it can be argued, helped the iPhone and iPod Touch out more than the platform's often better-than-expected graphics. We expected Apple gaming to take off, and indeed it has--in the portable space, at least.
The new Apple iPad hopes to take gaming even further, but the hurdles are higher this time. Everyone doesn't need a tablet, which is a significant challenge to iPad adoption. Millions of iPhone/Touch game players proliferated because millions of people need portable media players or phones, and found that it was easy and cheap to game on the same device they had in their pocket already. On the other hand, at $499, a 16GB iPad will have the same storage capacity as a PSP Go, which costs $249. Though the iPad lacks a memory card slot, its screen and battery life look to be far superior.
The good news is, the iPad looks set to run all App Store games, playing them in original resolution in a smaller window or doubling the pixels to full-screen mode on its 9.7-inch IPS screen. The iPad sports a custom A4 processor that should be much more robust than the iPhone/iPod Touch processor, which opens up potential for even more impressive iPad-specific titles. … Read more