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Apple’s next iPad to include FaceTime?

Saturday, September 11th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

According to AppleInsider, it may be a reality.

I’ve been saying since before the iPad came out, that it needs to have an inward facing camera.  It would be the perfect video calling solution.  Video phones have been selling for decades (albeit not selling well) at prices around or above the current iPad price points.

Add to that all the existing FaceTime compatible devices, and you have a perfect storm of video calling.

Based on the data in the AppleInsider article, the new iPads should be released no later than Q1 of 2011.  I have a feeling it’s going to be January.  The article says it may be before the holiday season, but I have a feeling Apple will want to benefit from the new iPod’s FaceTime for the holiday season, and not introduce a product that competes.  The perfect time for Apple to launch a product would be right after those on the fence, buy the last one.

This year it’s my parents, who finally got an iPod touch 2 weeks before the new iPod Touch came out.  I warned them…

If the iPad comes out with the inward facing camera, I’m finally in!

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iOS 4.1: Released for iPhone and iPod Touch

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

For those of you who didn’t know, it’s been released.

Changes include:

  • Game Center
  • HDR photos from iPhone 4
  • TV show rentals on iTunes
  • Upload HD videos to YouTube via WiFi on iPhone 4
  • iTunes Ping support
  • Facetime calling directly form Favorites

Bug fixes are:

  • iPhone 4 proximity sensor performance
  • iPhone 3G performance
  • Nike+iPod fixes
  • Bluetooth improvements

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Apple TV: Why I believe in It

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I’ve had an Apple TV for about 3 or 4 years now.  The old one that is, and have been very happy with my purchase.  I know it wouldn’t have had a major impact being it costs about $300 and to be useful, requires the end user to be pretty saavy with the setup.  I think the new Apple TV is enough of a departure to possibly be a BIG thing.

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iTunes 10 is Available, iPod/iOS/AppleTV updates!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I’ve been trying to download it all day, finally seeing it available at Apple.com.

Yesterday Apple announced some new features to iTunes 10, some new iOS builds (4.1 and 4.2), new iPod models, and a new Apple TV line.

I’m a big fan of the Apple TV, and am very excited to hear it’s getting an upgrade (and a huge price cut, I paid $300 and was happy to do so).  I may finally be able to have one on every TV in the house — without feeling guilty about it.

Apple TV has been the viewing platform of choice in our house on and off.  It’s so easy to rent a nice looking movie (sorry Netflix, but the quality is just much better on Apple in my opinion — but I love the free movies).  With the news that TV shows will be rentable, suddenly that $150 a month cable seems more optional than ever.

At $0.99 (the rumored price of renting a TV show) that’s 150 tv shows a month.  Bye bye cable!  If only you didn’t have my internet connection.

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Web development with the iPhone and iPad in Mind

Friday, July 30th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

In the very near future, I will be posting a series of posts on what you should/shouldn’t be doing to develop a website where the iPhone and iPad are a target demographic.  jQuery will figure prominently in the series, as I’ve seen almost all websites now require work with jQuery (or anther AJAX platform).

Let me know if you have any specific questions / concerns, and I’ll be glad to answer them.

Some interesting things to think about:

  • How are mouse clicks triggered? (It’s not as straightforward as you’d think)
  • How are hover states triggered? (Hint: the iPad has a hover state, but it’s not what you think — remember you only have a single touch, no arrow following your finger)
  • What types of gestures can we use?
  • What special considerations must we make for CSS?
  • What are the ideal screen dimensions? (this is easy, but remember we have multiple devices, and multiple orientations)
  • What types of video can we play? (iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G and the original iPhone all have different specifications, it’s not that easy)

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iOS4: Funny Video of Performance on iPhone 3G

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I was told about this video a few days ago, but never checked it out until today.  I’ve been having very few issues with iOS 4, but I’m still on my 3GS.  I feel bad for those on iPhone 3G, and it’s very difficult to downgrade back to iOS 3.

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Apple’s iPhone iOS 4.0.1 Update Released

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

From the update:

iOS 4.0.1 Software Update for iPhone
This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
  • Improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display
Products compatible with this software update:
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
Anandtech has analyzed the changes in the 4.0.1 signal “fix”.


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iPhone 4 Fix may have been revealed?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

According to an article on TheStreet, Apple iPhone 4 Fix Revealed:

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple(AAPL) has a “fix” for the iPhone 4 antenna problem after all. Now the problem becomes how the company will handle the replacement or repairs of the 3 million phones already sold.

Instead of defending its “there’s no problem” stanceanticipated at a special press conference Friday, Apple is likely to announce that it has a solution.

Apple has created “a design fix for the iPhone 4 that more adequately insulates the transceiver,” said Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who spoke to the company’s manufacturing partners.

This would be great news, and make sense.  As the article mentions, unfulfilled orders › Continue reading

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iPhone 4: Signal Frustrations

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.

That says a lot for me.  For the past 3 years, I have lined up at Apple stores as soon as I could to buy the product.  Most of the time I was there the morning of the launch before the new toy launched.

I am the target demographic.  At least for launch, I am.  Every year I shell out about $400 for a new iPhone.  I renew my AT&T contract annually (for 2 years), and will purchase tons of apps (I had 8 screens before folders).  I am an early adopter, and have seen the iPhone sold for fractions of the initial price only months after launch.

I still don’t have an iPhone 4

What’s the big reason this year?  Well there are a few reasons:

  • It really is expensive to buy a new iPhone every year, and it’s taking longer to rationalize the irrational purchase.
  • What if the iPhone actually ends up on Verizon?  I don’t want to pay an additional $375 to leave AT&T (when my monthly contract is already $190 a month)
  • Signal issues — my current iPhone 3GS requires that I turn off 3G service in order to use it during the day (and not drop a call).  I shouldn’t have to do that
  • More signal issues — after hearing about signal issues, I am happy I have not jumped on the bandwagon yet.  If every time I touched that corner of the phone I spend the whole day on and off of — it disconnected, I would be VERY unhappy.
  • Apps need to change — the biggest upgrades of the new iOS 4 require apps to change more than the phone
  • Where’s my 4G?  If download speeds were faster, I’d have jumped on — but upload speeds are just faster, and even that is proving tough.
  • Micro SIM – Yes, this is a big issue for me.  I love the new Micro SIM, but it means I can’t just pop the SIM card and put it in an old iPhone.  I’d be losing all my old phones that I test apps and websites out on (yes, they all behave different, and I prefer it to an emulator sometimes)
  • Facetime? – It’s cool, but only on WiFi, and the other user has to be an iPhone 4 user

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HTML5 – Showcase and Experiments (Apple and Google)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Apple released their HTML5 Showcase a month or so ago.  It was cool, but the showcase required Safari to view it (not sure if this is a technical limitation, or just marketing making the decision).

I just saw the Google equivalent, Chrome Experiments: Not your mother’s JavaScript … and it’s damn cool.  Most of these (if not all, I haven’t gone through them all yet) are NOT limited to Chrome.  If you can’t run it in your browser (and why NOT) – you can see videos of each of them.

Some of the featured experiments:

  • Sketchpad – We’ve seen this before, showing off the ability to create vector graphics in HTML5 (we’ve linked to this before)
  • Canopy – Impressive fractal zoomer implemented with HTML5
  • Browser Ball – Some interesting animation of an element between windows.
  • Wavy Scrollbars – physics simulation using browser scrollbars.
  • Pong – Pong implemented through browser windows (annoying sound warning)
  • Google Gravity – Physics applied to the Google homepage (demos very nicely physics as well as CSS rotations)
  • Harmony – Sketching app
  • Destructive Video – This is cool, blow apart a playing video (I’ve linked to this before) — notice how the video keeps playing
  • Ball Pool – Another physics demo … rotations, animations, large numbers of objects.

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