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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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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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iOS 4 Scheduled to Release Today

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

The new Apple mobile operating system, iOS 4, is supposed to be released today.  Historically Apple makes their moves at 1pm eastern (10am pacific).  I wouldn’t be surprised to hear someone finds the link to iOS4 a bit early today.

As soon as it becomes available, I will let everyone know!

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Web Developers: How to develop for iPhone / iPad / iPod Mobile Safari

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 | Business | 6 Comments

In short, don’t.  It’s an uphill fight.

There are a few obstacles in developing for the iPhone / iPad I thought I’d post while it was on my mind:

  • How can I test my “mobile” site?
  • How can I see errors on my iPhone?
  • Why is the iPad and iPhone different?

Basically Apple has decided to make life difficult for web developers.  This was ideally done to improve the user experience on their mobile platforms, but I don’t think it was fully thought out.

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Steve Jobs to do keynote at WWDC 2010: iPhone 4G to follow, HTML5 authorware?

Monday, May 24th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I saw that Steve jobs will be doing the keynote of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2010.

This can only mean a few things;

  • The new iPhone 4G will be announced (very likely)
  • Apple will move away from AT&T (hopefully, I’m getting doubtful though)

I also believe there will be other announcements regarding development environments for HTML5.  Given Steve Jobs’ strong HTML 5 support over the previous months, and the recent love/hate relationship (mostly hate) with Adobe — something tells me we will be seeing Apple competing with software for HTML 5.

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Adobe demos Android Table with Flash (and Air)

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 | Business | 6 Comments

From the article, Adobe Shows Google Android Tablet as Apple iPad Alternative, Adobe has demoed an Android tablet.

Now bloggers have seen it in action, thanks to Adobe, which showed off an Android tablet at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, held May 3 to 6.

The images and videos (and laughs) come courtesy of Zedomax, which scored this scoop, noting the device supports Adobe Systems’ Flash and Air.

Google and Adobe later confirmed that Android would support Flash, the ultimate riposte alliance to Apple’s snubbing of Adobe.

Adobe is obviously trying to bite back at Apple for the many comments about how bad Adobe’s Flash platform is for mobile devices.

Will the table running Flash prove any of Steve Jobs’ ‘Thoughts on Flash’ wrong?

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Adobe CEO, Shantanu Narayen, responds to Steve Jobs’ “Thoughts on Flash”

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Earlier I posted a response to the “Thoughts on Flash” article by Steve Jobs.  It seems Adobe has responded via a live-blog session on The Wall Street Journal.  I first saw this reported at Neowin.net, Adobe respond to Jobs’ “thoughts on Flash”.

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Apple’s Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash – and my response

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 | Business | 7 Comments

Steve Jobs posted a response to the whole Flash on iPad / iPhone / iPod issue, an excerpt:

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.

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