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:
- Personal Hotspot
- Airplay integration
- Released on March 11
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.
From All Things Digital:
Verizon Wireless’s Tuesday iPhone announcement will be headlined by President and COO Lowell McAdam, but there will likely be a special guest as well.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
While the appearance isn’t 100 percent assured, sources in a position to know tell me that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jobs will likely join McAdam onstage in New York when he announces the addition of the iPhone to its handset lineup.
.. and from Wall Street Journal’s News Alert @ 5:47pm:
Verizon Wireless is finally getting Apple’s popular iPhone. The wireless carrier is holding an event in New York Tuesday to announce the news.
It seems that Gizmodo will not be attending the event. They leaked some iPhone info in the past, and have been banned from Apple press events.
Things have been happening very fast in the past week or 2, and wanted to review them.
Hopefully, I’ll be covering the following:
- Beatles on iTunes
- iTunes 10.1
- iOS 4.2 coming soon
- Google Voice
- Mobile versions of Sites
There’s a lot on my mind, and I haven’t written in a while. Today I get to catch up.
This weekend in between the many activities I got a chance to sit down with my Wired magazine and read an article that has just been posted online, Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown.
An excerpt from the article:
For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true. A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009. The audience loved it. The 3GS was twice as fast as its predecessor, it included a camera that shot video, and the updated iPhone operating system enabled multimedia messaging and tethering — the ability to use the phone as a modem. Just one problem: While many customers in Europe and Asia could enjoy all those features, AT&T, the iPhone’s sole US carrier, wouldn’t allow video messaging or tethering at launch. In other words, the most advanced features wouldn’t be available to AT&T customers. What’s more, some current iPhone users who wanted to upgrade wouldn’t get the subsidies that new customers enjoyed. Incensed iPhone fanatics vented their fury on Twitter. “AT&T has been one disappointment after another.” “Is AT&T trying to squeeze more money from us poor suckers?” And they punctuated their complaints with a hashtag — the Twitter convention for grouping conversations — that became an eight-character protest slogan: #attfail.
Overall a recommended read, the article is well written and thorough in analyzing the relationship since inception.
Everyone has an iOS 4 review, or an iPhone 4 review, why shouldn’t I?
You can see the full video stream of the WWDC 2010 keynote online, announcing the iPhone 4.
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
Don’t forget, today the new iPhone 4G should be announced. I’m hopeful there will be a few other surprises today too!
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