You can follow my favorite live coverage at Engadget.
We know they are announcing the iPad 2, the question is — exactly what does that mean?
Personally I’m expecting a minor upgrade including:
- Internal Camera
- Faster Processor
- More Storage
- Possibly lower price points?
- Verizon compatible “3G” iPad?
Other rumors include:
- A new Social iOS app launch
- Possibly focusing on the release of “The Da Vinci Code” and Random House appearing as iBooks
- Mobile Me changes (we know there will be changes, just not sure if it’s announced today, and/or what they will be — maybe this is the new iOS Social app?)
Don’t forget, today the new iPhone 4G should be announced. I’m hopeful there will be a few other surprises today too!
To follow live coverage check out the following:
Apple will be previewing the new iPhone OS 3.0 on Monday March 17th, 2009 @ 1pm EST (10am PST) at the Cupertino Apple Town Hall.
This has been repoted by quite a few various sources including Engadget, Macrumors, etc.
As far as “What” will be presented, it is known that this will be a developer version of the operating system only. It will show off an updated SDK (for developing for the iPhone OS 3.0).
Rumors are running rampant on the net with regards to what the new OS major revision will contain.
Widely held to be true, are rumors of:
- MMS (Multimedia text messaging)
- Tethering via Bluetooth and USB (we’ve been talking about tethering on the iPhone for a while now, this isn’t a big surprise — after all it already worked almost a year ago)
More “out there” options, that have no confirmation, but seem likely are:
- New Home screen app (SpringBoard) – we all now have too many apps to efficiently manage with the 16 icons (+4 static) per screen
- Push notification to apps
- Background processes
- Copy & Paste
- Flash support
- Magnetometer support (digital compasses, as in the Android G1)
- Syncing of notes
- Better bluetooth support (headphones, car kits, etc)
- Horizontal Keyboard
- Video Conferencing (ok, we’re stretching it now)
In my opinion, we’re likely to see MMS, as well as tethering. Don’t get too excited, I’m sure tethering will come with a clause from ATT (most likely a monthly fee just like the blackberry).
Otherwise if we get just 1 or 2 of the wishlist items, I think we should be happy. We’ve been looking for Copy / Paste, Flash, Push notification, and background processes for a while. I know push notification is working for “MobileMe”, but I mean the type of push notification Apple was touting last summer (here’s a hint, its the same as the original Exchange push notification that Apple NEEDED to have in order to somewhat compete with blackberry).
Let’s hope there is good news on Monday for us all.
Check out this video of g-speak, an OS that combines “gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels,” to deliver what the creators call “the first major step in [a] computer interface since 1984.”.
Can this device rival the iPhone?
Based on the pure specs, yes:
- 3 Megapixel Camera (iPhone’s still stuck at 2)
- Android Market
- Amazon’s mobile MP3 store
- Google Maps
- Over the Air synchronization! (this is a big deal for me, I’m not sure how well it works, but why can’t my iPhone with WiFi access at least, synchronize over the air?)
- PUSH Gmail support
- Full QWERTY Keyboard
- All plastic
- Screen doesn’t look as nice (my own personal opinion)
- Just doesn’t look as nice overall