In all the excitement (or lack there of) for the iPad, it seems many have already jumped to conclusions over the device. Calling it a failure, a mistake, a waste of money, etc. Well while the iPad is not the revolutionary device we all thought it would be (I blasted the thing in my post-show review), we can’t call it a failure. Everyone needs to take a step back and realize that while this iPad is not the Knight in Shining Armor to kill netbooks, Apple has established a platform that can, and most likely will, become something viable in the future….. I hope.
In general, Apple generates far more critical response, skepticism and hatred than other companies. And many of you will read this and say “Damn right! They deserve it!” It all goes back to the days when Apple was actively fighting Microsoft for domination – before Windows 95 solidified Microsoft’s lead. Apple and Microsoft both fueled active and voracious fanbases to let the battle not only take place in sales and PR, but amongst the populace. So as we know, Mac fans became vehement believers that they were running the superior, under appreciated hardware and software; while PC users believed they were running the standard, complete with all the options that come with that, while Mac users were being different for the sake of being different. I’m not going to go into who’s right, because you’re both wrong. Continue Reading
Apple just released the Quicktime video of their event today and I’ve taken a few minutes to see what every journalist saw and see if it changes my mind a bit. And it does… sort of.
Really what the video did was solidify what I felt the iPad should have been and what it can be. Seeing Jobs (who by the way is looking much healthier) use the device which such ease and efficiency really does expand the possibilities of how useful the device could be in my day-to-day life. Browsing, viewing movies, and enjoying content seems so much better on the iPad than on my lowly netbook or an iPhone, it’s just a shame I can’t do it all at the same time.
But what’s the most assuring thing is that Apple gets it, at least in theory, about why this is the solution to their device in between a Macbook and iPhone, and not a netbook. As Apple said, you have a smartphone, and you have a laptop, and both can do similar features, but neither is solely built for those features. A phone is primarily for voice calls, with internet and media playback being secondary. It can be done well, but that is not the primary design. Laptops also do those things, but at least from Apple, laptops are built with hardware and capabilities that far exceed those tasks. So your in-between device needs to be something that does those common tasks as elegantly and easily as possible. Continue Reading
Yeah. If you’re reading that title and you know what that means, you get a feel for my response to Apple’s Event. Today, Apple announced the iPad, a multimedia tablet designed to slot between iPhone and Macbook. Overall, I was not incredibly impressed by the presentation or the product. However, it is not black and white, because there are many very awesome things about the machine that we should take note of. But at the same time, this just wasn’t the game changing device we expected. Let’s take stock.
In terms of hardware, this thing is absolutely beautiful. It is .5 inches thick and sports a beautiful 9.7 inch IPS LED backlit LCD. It’s a fantastic display with excellent color contrast and a nice 1024×768 resolution (the first iMac has the same resolution). It has capacitive multi-touch just like the iPhone along with the standard iPod connector, speaker, microphone, ambient light sensor, 802.11n Wi-Fi. What is the most interesting is that this device does not use any standard microchip but rather a completely new, Apple-designed chip called A4. Not much is known about the chip but it runs at 1Ghz and has extremely low power consumption – good for 10 hours of use or a reported month on standby. I can’t wait to get more info on A4 and see if it’s an ARM derivative or something wholly different. And you can bet that A4 will be used in other devices in the future. The processor blazed through every task given to it during the presentation, with perfectly smooth scrolling and app launch, leading me to believe that there’s some fancy design under the hood. No news on the graphics processor in the thing, but I’m expecting it’s another PowerVR SGX. Storage comes from either a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB model. There is also a version that comes with AT&T 3G service, but more on that later. Continue Reading