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Live Updates From Today’s Apple Announcement

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Thinking of coming to 98PoundGeekling.com for live updates from Apple’s big announcement today? Bad call.

I’ll be over at Gizmodo following the announcement there. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. Pacific., 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Head over to Gizmodo for live updates. Then come back here for some post coverage tomorrow!

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New Apple Tablet Dancing With Verizon?

January 21, 2010 1 comment

When a web site gets an exclusive on a rumor, it’s almost comical.  “We are the only ones bringing you this report that may or may not be true.  So stay tuned… it gets better!”

TheStreet.com is reporting on an alleged partnership between Apple and Verizon for a device that allegedly has phone capability and is allegedly being announced by Apple next week.  I love rumors as much as the next technology junkie, but remember that these are still classified as rumors.

The main part of what TheStreet.com is reporting reveals that Verizon might be a new partner for Apple because Qualcomm has been confirmed as one of the tablet’s chip manufacturers. For those hoping that the iPhone would soon be opened up to other providers (who isn’t), it is certainly a good sign. Whether or not it means a Verizon deal has been sealed is anyone’s guess.  Hopefully it means that Apple will be doing business with both AT&T and Verizon from this point forward.

What it would mean for Apple and Verizon if they teamed up on a tablet device?

If the tablet has a mass appeal, an input method that is accessible to the average Joe, and the Apple sex appeal, then Verizon and Apple will win big, even if the device takes a little time to catch on.  As it stands, their phone market is obviously limited, but I talk to people all the time who say they would love an iPhone if Verizon or T-Mobile was an option. There is a lot of low-hanging fruit out there for Apple if they can open things up.

Apple Sets Date to Announce “Latest Creation”

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks pcworld.com for the image

According to MacWorld, Apple sent media members invitations for an event to announce their “latest creation,” as the invitation called it.  The event will be at 10 a.m. PT on January 27 in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.

The most surprising thing about this event would be if they did NOT announce a tablet computer of some kind. However, the specifications are still up for grabs among those of us who enjoy speculating about such things. I’ll post my best guess this week so that when it is announced, you’ll know if I’m a genius or not.

Apple Lawyers Submit “Proof” of Tablet’s Existence

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

This is perfect irony.  Gawker.com held a “scavenger hunt” for readers in order to solicit proof of the existence of an Apple tablet. You’ll never guess who won…

You’ve got to read this, at least for a belly laugh.

Will More Multi-Touch Gestures Catch On?

January 13, 2010 1 comment
Detachable Bluetooth keyboard, perhaps?

Speculation abounds

Boy Genius has posted comments from a source close to Apple saying that “the tablet’s multi-touch gestures are ‘out of control,'” which I’m taking as a compliment. Now that the Apple tablet seems inevitable, there is a lot of speculation about input methods.

Will Steve Jobs give in and allow real live buttons for a keyboard? (When icicles form in hell)
Will the keyboard be an onscreen feature, similar to the iPhone, but bigger?  (Better learn some typing finesse)
Will it have a stylus? (Call it the PalmSlate 2000)

One of the big questions is with regard to multi-touch gestures.  These gestures are a great addition to the newest line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, but a CrunchGear article and video describes many new gestures that might be a part of the new Apple tablet.

Will multi-touch gestures catch on?  I’m enjoying the use of some of the gestures on my MB Pro, but when looking over the CrunchGear article, I realized that there are a few that I haven’t taken advantage of, simply because old habits die hard.

If Apple does incorporate a lot of new gestures into the input method for a new tablet, hopefully it will be intuitive enough to seem like the natural thing to do, even after a short learning curve period.

Apple creating an intuitive product?  I suppose that wouldn’t surprise any of us.

MacWorld Keynote Was Big Enough

January 8, 2009 2 comments

ilife2009Rumors of an iPhone Nano and a new Mac Mini abounded before the 2009 MacWorld Expo, but they were just as absent as Steve Jobs.  This led to disappointment from some onlookers, but there was plenty of interesting new stuff.

Here were the main announcements from the keynote:

A close second in the “Top Announcement” award goes to the iTunes announcement that all songs will be available DRM-free by March.  It’s about time.

My favorite announcement was the 17″ MacBook Pro.  With the thinness, the long battery life, and the screen real estate, this MacBook is miles beyond other laptops in its class.

Is Apple Releasing An $800 Laptop?

October 9, 2008 1 comment

New MacBooks are on the way.  This is not in question by most Apple observers.  The mysterious part regards the rumors of a new manufacturing process whereby the main shell of the laptop is created out of a “brick” of aluminum using lasers and water.

Another mystery revolves around the price point.  Duncan Riley is reporting at The Inquisitr that Apple will be releasing a sub-$800 MacBook.  This would be a great time for it and it may help Apple’s stock rebound in the midst of so much economic uncertainty.

Apple is expected to clear all of this up with an announcement some time this month.

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