iPad 2, iOS 4.3, and new Apps – review of the Apple iPad 2 event

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Steve Jobs managed to present for about a half hour, and came on and off stage after that.  It seemed like he was auditioning everyone, but still wanted to demo the iPad 2 himself.  At least we get to see the big product announcement before “1:55” in the announcement.

Lots of interesting things, most of which was predicted.

First the iPad 2 announcement:

  • Two Cameras
  • Faster – Featuring the A5 processor, which will have 2x the CPU power of the iPad, and 9x the graphics power of the iPad.
  • Lighter – down to 1.3 pounds from 1.5
  • Thinner – down to just 8.8mm thick, that’s thinner than an iPhone 4
  • HDMI out – up to 1080p
  • Gyroscope that the iPhone and iPod now have
  • Same Prices as before (I had hoped they would lower slightly, but they are already cheaper than the competition)
  • Will be available in both Black and White (upon release, no delays)
  • Will be in both AT&T and Verizon 3G models
  • 10 hour battery life (all the new toys, same battery life)
  • NO improved display
  • An interesting cover, which serves as a cleaner, stand, and a flap to protect the screen
  • Release date is March 11th (better get it out soon, while the iPad 3 is almost done)
  • Supports FaceTime

Also announced was the iOS 4.3:

Now Apple is getting into the App arena, and moving way beyond Poker:

  • Photo Booth – a photo manipulation app, seems ok
  • iMovie – Serious upgrades here, very impressive (social integration, great editing tools, only a few bucks)
  • Garage Band – Amazing that this can be done on such a mobile device

That’s it.  I’m excited, and would love to grab an iPad (and also want a new AppleTV to take advantage of the AirPlay functionality).

Seems in the coverage a term is being coined nowadays, called “post-PC”.  We saw it on mobile phones that can double as full computers, and now on tablets that have processing power to behave like a desktop.

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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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iPhone 4 Video on Apple.com

Monday, June 7th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

The video shows details on FaceTime, iPhone 4’s new design, iOS 4 (iPhone OS 4) details, and other pieces of information.

The most amazing things to me are the prices and the gyroscope.

Other details on the page include:

  • Engineered Glass
  • Retina Display
  • Stainless Steel Band
  • Apple A4 Processor
  • Gyro + Accelerometer
  • Camera + LED
  • Mic + Speaker
  • Multi-Touch

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iPhone 4: WWDC Demo by Steve Jobs, Video Chat announced

Monday, June 7th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Today, June 7, 2010, Steve Jobs demoed the new iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 in SanFrancisco.  iPhone 4 comes out on June 24th

Here are some pieces of information we have been given about the new device:

  • iPhone 4
  • 24% thinner than current iPhone 3GS
  • Mute button looks more reliable (mine always changes in my pocket)
  • Front Facing camera
  • Two mics
  • New Design (the one that was leaked)
  • Metal band around the phone is 2 antennas: Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS — UMTS / GSM
  • Pixel density increased, now a 960×640 display (existing applications already take advantage of this) — called Retina Display
  • An outward facing LED flash
  • 326 dpi screen (better than the human eye can see)
  • 802.11n Support
  • Gyroscope (this is a HUGE deal)
  • 720p at 30fps video recording
  • 5 Mega Pixel camera upgrade (and some other fancy ways that makes their camera better than everyone elses … of course)
  • Extended battery life: 7 hours 3G talk, 6 hrs 3G data, 12.5 days of standby time
  • Upgraded video editing — looks almost like a mini Final Cut :) — quite the large functionality set for a mobile device
  • iMovie for the iPhone will cost $4.99 at the App Store (uh oh, charging for their own functionality)
  • iPhone OS 4 (of course)
  • Video Chat! – over WiFi only, called FaceTime

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