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The iPad Will Change the PC Landscape

February 8, 2010 2 comments

Remember 2001, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod?  At the time, there was a mixed response, just as there has been with the iPad. Check out the negative (and some juvenile) comments you’ll find in this forum from the day the iPod came out in October 2001:

“iPoop… iCry. I was so hoping for something more.”

“Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player. Go Steve! Where’s the Newton?!”

“Hey – heres an idea Apple – rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up?  or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm?”

And my personal favorite:
“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time…and it’s not really functional.”

As we know now, the iPod was launching more than just an MP3 player. Along with iTunes, the iPod was the beginning of an evolution in the way we listen to, purchase and manage our music.

I believe that we are going to look back at the launch of the iPad and say the same thing.

The iPad’s e-reader capabilities will take the Kindle concept to a whole new level. Instead of pressing a hard-wired plastic button on the device to turn a page, we will reach with our finger and “flip” to the next page, as if we were flipping the paper pages of a book.

Portable gaming is about to look a lot bigger and more interactive. Anyone notice the racing game in the iPad promotional video? Doing that on an iPhone is novel, but add another six diagonal inches to the screen and it becomes intersting and fun.

And what about Web content? As the iPad and other tablet computers grow in popularity, web designers will begin creating content that takes advantage of the multi-touch capabilities. Swiping, pinching, and other finger gestures may be the standard way we surf the web and interact with the sites we visit in the near future.

Still not convinced that the iPad is a technology revolution coming of age? There are already reports of companies scrambling to come up with something similar. In the tech industry, if you are being copied, then you are the one in the lead.

Apple is taking that lead, and the others may as well follow (or get the hell out of the way).

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!

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.

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