Posts Tagged ‘iPad’
A new ultrathin iPad keyboard cover from Logitech is about to drop. The aluminum encased cover sports an ultra-quite Bluetooth® wireless keyboard and enough battery to keep it all running for months of regular use. The cover integrates well with the magnets built into the frame of the iPad 2 and iPad (3rd generation) to secure the cover, and wake and sleep your iPad as it should. From the pictures, it looks sharp enough to hang with the iPad. Available later this month for about a Benjamin. If you spend a lot of time writing email on your iPad, you might just want to pre-order one of these.
Good news movie fans, Apple released an update for iTunes Movie Trailers for iPad today that adds support for the new iPad’s Retina Display. Now you can watch your favorite movie trailers in Retina Definition.
Apple released a new iPad commercial today to highlight the stunning Retina Display that will be included with the new iPad – a feature they’re expecting will set the iPad apart from the growing number of iPad competitors. Ordered my new iPad today, looking forward to the stun.
When a screen becomes this good, colors are more vibrant. Words are pin sharp. Everything is more brilliant. Because when a screen becomes this good, it’s simply you and the things you care about. The stunning Retina Display on the new iPad.
THE VERGE is reporting that the new iPad is going to ship with 1GB of RAM. That’s awesome – and double what the iPad 2 is sporting. Won’t know for sure until the 16th, but I’d say there’s a good chance this is true.
Square, founded by Jack Dorsey in May 2010, made a big splash by making it easy for iPhone users in the U.S. to accept credit cards inexpensively. Square has been showing up everywhere lately, from Farmers’ Markets to Girl Scout cookie stands. Square Register looks great, and I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit with small business owners across the country. Is Square the new Intuit? It’s starting to feel that way.
The Magnus Stand from Ten One Design (t: @TenOneDesing) is good enough to carry the Apple brand. The design is minimalist, it’s made from recycled aluminum, and it uses the iPad 2′s build-in magnetic hinge to lock your iPad in place. The stand only works in the portrait orientation, but the minimalist design and use of the iPad 2′s magnets to support the iPad leave the various ports, controls, and camer unencumbered.
The Magnus was unveiled at CES 2012, and will be shipping later this week. Available from Ten One for about $50 bucks, which a bit steep for what you’re getting, but like I said it’s good enough to carry the Apple brand.
Attach the VooMote Zapper to the 30-pin port on the bottom of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (iOS 5 required) to transform it into a universal remote control. After installing the free VooMote Zapper App, and running through a quick set up process (learning function supported) you’ll be set to control all of your devices from your iDevice. The VooMote supports: multiple room configurations, macros, custom remotes, and multi-remote views.
The VooMote Zapper dongle is available in a variety of colors and costs $70. A matching cover for the iPhone will cost an extra $10, and a cover for your iPad will cost an extra $20.
IK Multimedia introduced the iRig Mic Cast ultra-compact voice recording microphone at CES this week. The iRig Mic Cast was designed for iDevice slingers that conduct interviews, podcast, and need to capture the occasional voice memo. Connects to your iPod, iPhone touch, or iPad headphone port. A stand is included (pictured) – nice touch – and it even has a mini-jack you can use with headphones to monitor what you’re recording in real-time. Suggested retail price is $39.99 – available later this month. A great little accessory, at the right price-point.
Pundits of all types have been predicting the end of the iPad’s dominance since it was launched in April of 2010. Fortunately for Apple, and Apple investors, the enemy hasn’t been able to muster a proper offensive yet. Will Amazon’s Kindle Tablet finally end the iPad’s dominance over the burgeoning tablet computing market?
The dust has settled on the streets around the Yerba Buena Center, the venue Apple selected to pull the white sheet off the iPad 2 Wednesday. Tim Cook sat in the front row of the audience, as Steve Jobs took the stage to present the all important iPad – responsible for 17% of Apple’s revenue last quarter. The unveiling went as expected, except maybe for Steve showing up, and now a lot of us are anxiously waiting for March 11th to arrive.
Apple streamed the event, and as usual Steve did a great job of walking us through the changes to the iPad. There weren’t any surprise features, and that disappointed some. I for one, think it would have been a mistake for Apple to mess with a product that’s doing as well as the iPad is. Refining the iPad, and adding a few well thought out features, e.g. the cameras and upgraded processor, was a smart move on Apple’s part.
The improvements include:
- A 1GHz dual-core A5 chip, which will make the iPad 2 nearly twice as fast as the origina iPad
- 2 cameras, 720p video recording at 30fps from the rear-facing camera
- 1080p HDMI output
- The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor, and a slim 8.8mm
- Both white and black options, and an improved shell
- Ships with iOS 4.3 installed, which offers all kinds of cool improvements
A lot has been written about the iPad 2 and Apple’s announcement. Scoble weighed in on the iPad 2 vs. the Motorola Xoom, HP’s TouchPad, and the RIM PlayBook. He even wrote an iPad lovers review of the Motorol Xoom post. The iPad 2, in Scoble’s opinion “wins big time.” Engadget did a nice job with their iPad 2 first hands-on post. And Engadget rounded-up the best selection of Apple’s press pictures and videos, one embedded below.
The rumors and speculation that preceded the unveiling were fun to follow as usual. Devin Coldewey did a great job with his iPad 2 Rumor Roundup post over on CrunchGear – fortunately the high-resolution display didn’t materialize – that would have been tough on developers. Fortunately, iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad did materialize and the iPad thinned out and lost some weight.
I for one am looking forward to getting my iPad 2 next week. I think Apple made some smart improvements, enough to make 2011 another iPad year. A number of good Android tablets are available now, and more are coming this year, but it’s Apple’s software ecosystem that’s the real barrier to entry competitors are going to be banging their heads agains for years to come.
Engadget does a great job of summarizing the new multi-touch gestures available in iOS 4.3 in this short video. You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps.
Good news for those of you that miss having the ability to lock the iPad’s screen orientation using the physical switch on the side of the device. The iOS 4.3 beta includes a new setting that let’s you determine how you want the switch to work – you can select between “Mute” or “Lock Rotation.” “Mute,” the current behavior in iOS 4.2, is selected by default. If you choose “Mute,” “Lock Rotation” will appear in the multitasking tray, if you choose “Lock Rotation,” “Mute” will appear in the multitasking tray. Pretty cool.
I’m glad Apple is making the setting available for a couple of reasons. 1) I preferred it when the switch locked screen orientation, so I’ll be taking advantage of this setting. 2) It shows that Apple is willing to backtrack on usability decisions based on feedback from their customers.
Enjoy reading the latest from The Economist over a latte and a biscotti? Well, there’s an app for that.
On Friday, The Economist launched iPhone and iPad apps. Built by TigerSpike, which also built The Times’ Eureka iPad app, the apps contains all the content from the print magazine, in a UI that’s customized for iPhone and iPad.
Full access to The Economist on iPhone and iPad will be free for current print or online subscribers. If you are not a subscriber you can purchase a digital subscription ($110 a year) from within the app or subscribe online. New editions will be available to the digital apps by 4pm (U.S. East Coast) every Thursday. If you like to try things like this on before you buy, an “Editor’s highlights” selection of content is available for each issue.
The apps are fairly reserved, which is appropriate for The Economist. There is one feature that sparkles a bit in the apps – audio is provided for all the articles. A button at the top of the interface provides you with easy access to audio versions (read by professionals) of all the articles. So… instead of putting yourself to sleep reading The Economist, you can let the sweet lullabies of The Economist lull you into a slumber. Kidding.
The interface is clean, and easy to use – you won’t find yourself getting lost in these apps. Pages are flipped through (as opposed to scrolled through) and it’s easy enough to flip your way through a whole issue. Ads are included, but they don’t get in the way of the experience too much. All the illustrations from the print edition are included – unfortunately, you can’t do anything interesting with them – i.e., you can’t zoom in on a photograph.
The Economist is a great publication – one of the few news publications that can boast a growing subscription base – and they’ve produced equally great apps for the iPad and iPhone.
My wife just asked me if I could come up with a way to mount the iPad in the kitchen – she wants to be able to access the Epicurious app while she’s cooking. A quick search turned up the iPad Case system from modulIR. I might just have to bite. I especially like the Universal Swing Arm they’re getting ready to launch. The video below is a good introduction to the system.
The SamSung Galaxy Tab, slated for launch in November 2010, has been getting a lot of attention in the press – for good reason – it stacks up nicely feature-for-feature against Apple’s iPad. I’m not going to write a review here, it’s been done over and over again, but I will provide you with a list of the resources I’ve used to research this popular device and the things I like most about it.
- Official Samsung Site
- TmoNews - the Unofficial T-mobile blog – has an obvious interest in the Galaxy Tab, T-mobile will be one on the carriers subsidizing the device here in the U.S. – $399 after rebate and a 2-year contract
- Engadget’s Samsung Galaxy Tab Preview
- YouTube Videos: Official Samsung Galaxy Tab Commercial, intoMobile DEMO, Official SamSung DEMO HD
What I like most about the Galaxy Tab:
- Size – the 7″ screen makes the Galaxy Tab more portable than iPad which has a 9.7″ screen
- Weight – at .82 pounds it weights about 1/2 of what the iPad weighs
- External memory – adds capacity for an additional 32G
- HDMI out – can’t do that with an iPad
- The FF and RF camerera (w/ a flash) is a nice addition
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab may just be the 1st Android powered device I buy. Most of all, I’m glad to see competition in the tablet space heating up.
Wired, AppAdvice, and Engadget all did a good job of covering the release of the iOS 4.2 BETA this week. iOS 4.2 will finally bring features like multitasking, and folders, to the iPad witch has been stuck with the aging iOS 3. I think Joshua Topolsky, over at Engadget, summed-up what this means for iPad owners best.
The addition of multitasking, folders, and big improvements in mail (amongst other things) finally make the device feel more like a computer and less like a gigantic iPhone. – Engadget, Joshua Topolsky
iOS 4.2 will bring a collection of new features to the iPad as well. AirPrint will allow you to connect to a wireless network for printing – apparently, without needing to install a printer driver. And AirPlay, a feature that allows you wirelessly stream media from your iOS device to an Apple TV or an AirPort Express.
I’m looking forward to the release of iOS 4.2, because like Joshua, my iPad feels like an old iPhone at this point. And… I’m not quite ready to test my luck with the BETA.
Apple is now accepting iOS 4 applications for review and approval. The idea here is to have a wide variety of applications that take advantage of the goodness available to developers in the iOS 4 SDK ready for the June 21st release of iOS 4. Formerly called iPhone OS, iOS 4 is the rebranding of the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Version 4 introduces new features for developers and users that may require modifications to existing apps for full compatibility.
Apple claims there are over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) available for developers. iOS 4 will be available to iPhone and iPod Touch owners for free on June 21st. iOS will not run on the original iPhone or 1st generation iPod Touch and will only run with limited features (no multitasking) on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch.
Apple did a great job with the new iPad commercial. It’s inspiring and it communicates one of the biggest benefits of the iPad without even saying it — freedom. Go Apple. Go.