Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Review of the New iPad From Apple - Is it a Must Or a Bust

Apple has just announced the imminent release of the iPad, a touch screen device that could revolutionize the electronics industry. However, maybe it won't. There is already an extremely bi-partisan view when it comes to liking the new iPad device, and it isn't even available to the public yet! Here's a quick overview of what it will be all about.

If you like the iPod Touch and iPhone, you are may like the iPad. It is basically a larger version of the iPod Touch. However, there is an added feature that lets it act as a new type of ebook reader as well.

Touch Screen- Must or Bust? It was reported that Steve Jobs was making typos while showing the virtual touch screen keyboard at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It should be noted that there will be a keyboard that can dock in the device. However, this is the exact crux of the problem with "touch screen" devices.

Is the world ready for a touch screen device like this? The initial hype surrounding the product is tough to read. Will the public actually flock to buy this, or just look at the iPad as a novel idea? We'll know in time obviously.

Ebook Reader Function- Now Apple has joined the battle of the eBook Readers...kind of. The iPad will allow you to read, download, and buy publications and books in full color. That means you can read your favorite magazines and publications in full color.

This doesn't mean that anyone in the market for an ebook reader will automatically choose the iPad, though. The iPad kind of makes ebook readers on the market look silly, however, they are completely different devices. iPads are computers that can double as an ebook reader. It may be a tough sell to the person who just wants an ebook reader to spend the extra money for a "super device".

Videos, Music, and All the Rest...- Getting to view all your videos, read all your books, listen to all your music, play with all your games and apps: This is where iPad will win some fans. You can download stuff with Wi-Fi connectivity, however the 3G capability isn't available yet on the devices.

Applications- Is This Why the iPad Will Actually Work While Others Have Failed? The touch screen tablet PC is not a new thing. In fact, many companies have failed in the past trying to make profit on these. Cost is high and many have said the usability of a touch screen is suspect. But applications are what Apple has that no other company has had in the past.

One could make the case that we don't yet know how useful the iPad is going to be until we start seeing how people use it in conjunction with applications.

And THAT is why the iPad is going to work in my opinion. The consumers are going to make it work by creating apps that make it irresistible. That is where other "Tablet"-style PC's have been different, and maybe the reason they have failed.

This is a strangely compelling product to hit the market and it will be interesting to see how the consumer reacts.

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Can the iPad Use iPhone Applications?

It's no consequence that many think the iPad looks like a really big iPhone. It's basically the same look and feel working about the same way. This has led many to wonder if iPhone applications will run in the iPad device. The answer is yes they will.

The iPad uses a very similar platform or operating system as the iPhone. They are very similar devices except the tablet is obviously much more powerful of a device and has a much larger screen. From day one applications from the iPhone will work on this new device.

The next question many have is how these applications are going to look on a much larger screen. Are they going to be a in a small box or are they going to fill the entire screen?

The iPad will be able to do both of these functions. The application will launch in the center of the device with the same size as it is on the iPhone. There is a small button on the bottom right that will let users make the application fill the entire screen. The pixels will be a bit bigger meaning the picture won't be as clear, but at least it will fit the entire screen.

While some applications might be useful especially at first where there won't be as many, it's only a matter of time that many of your loved applications will be replaced with iPad ones made for the larger screen. Also many won't be needed because you can just use them as normal in the web browser like Facebook for example instead of having to use a smaller iPhone version.

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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Apple iPad

Apple has finally done it. Apple has released its new tablet device, that is. The Mac public was expecting, indeed clamoring -- for Apple to release such a device -- and soon! For Apple to have failed to do so would have been a major letdown (to its customers as well as its stockholders). The momentum was just impossible to resist.

After all, the iPhone is essentially a miniature tablet computer. Apple has shown that it can "do" such a device like no one else. So, despite Steve Jobs past protestations, releasing a new tablet was a no-brainer. All Apple had to do is scale up its brilliant interface to a larger device.

Did I say "all Apple had to do?" The technical challenges in producing this new device, called the iPad, were enormous. Apple had to essentially design a whole new operating system that is not quite the Mac and not quite the iPhone, rewrite its core applications from scratch, and basically rethink the entire way a computer operates.

Apple was not the first to release a new tablet computer, just as it was not the first to release an MP3 player or cell phone, but it may well be the company that succeeds in making the tablet computer truly "catch fire" with the public.

Apple has a tremendous head start with 140,000+ apps for the iPhone, and it wisely designed the iPad to take advantage of them. The iPad can run iPhone apps at their original size, or in "pixel doubled mode" twice the size as on the iPhone, so that they nearly fill the iPad screen. Developers can easily rewrite their iPhone apps specifically for the iPad in such a way as to take advantage of its new features.

How will the iPad affect Internet marketers? Of course, the "i" in its name stands for Internet (and it's also a clever play on the name of the "iPod"). Surfing the web will be a joy, and a larger screen will give users much more room to work with. Apple's developers brag that it's like "holding the entire Internet in your hand," or like reading a physical book or magazine.

Creation of new apps for the iPad by developers could rival the gold rush that sprang up around the iPhone. Apple offers the SDK 3.2 beta for developers with the tools they need to start creating applications for the iPad, and an iPad simulator that lets them build and run applications on the Mac, lay out the user interface, test memory usage and debug.

Web graphic designers and artists will enjoy the included Brushes application on the iPad's larger screen, although some may feel that it is something like fingerpainting -- a stylus that works with the iPad will not be supported, at least not initially.

Apple has completely rewritten its productivity software iWork for the iPad. Keynote contains custom graph styles, custom-designed themes, animations and effects, and brand-new features designed just for the iPad. Pages includes Apple-designed templates and formatting tools. Numbers offers over 250 formulas, flexible tables and sophisticated charts.

Want to catch up on your marketing reading? Apple has worked hard to make reading e-books, magazines and newspapers pleasurable on the iPad. Apple's e-book reading software has an interface that looks like a bookshelf. Flip the bookshelf over with your finger, and you're brought to the online store where you can purchase new books.

The iPad's built-in Safari browser works just like the one on your Mac. And, like the version on your iPhone, you can scroll through pages by flicking your finger across them, or pinch or double tap to zoom in on a photo.

The Mail application offers a landscape view with a split screen showing both the current e-mail and the unread messages in your inbox. Want to view the current e-mail message by itself? Simply turn the iPad to portrait mode and the message zooms to fill the screen. The iPad will work with popular e-mail providers such as mobile me, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL. To compose a message, you just tap and start typing.

This brings us to the onscreen keyboard. Many pundits wondered how text entry would work on Apple's new tablet device. You can use an external keyboard for typing long documents if you wish. However, I think Apple made the right decision in not attempting to build a physical keyboard into the tablet. The goal of the iPad is to bring your data and web surfing up close for an intimate feel. A keypad would simply get between you and the screen.

The on-screen keyboard is much larger, of course, than what is possible on the iPhone. In landscape mode, the keyboard is almost as large as that on a standard laptop. With just a few tweaks to the word recognition and auto-correction features of the iPhone software, typing on this virtual keyboard, I suspect, could be almost as fast as using a real one. Plus, I believe that voice dictation apps could come quickly to the iPad, just as they have to the iPhone.

And, of course, the iPad includes all of the same features as the iPhone, only in a larger form--video, YouTube, the iPod and iTunes, interactive satellite maps, the notepad, a calendar completely redesigned from the ground up for the iPad, Contacts and Spotlight search.

The iPad will be shipped in three different internal storage configurations and with the option of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G, for a total of six different models. The base model, the 16 GB Wi-Fi only, will start at a reasonable $499, while the top of the line 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model will tip the scales at a still affordable $829. Apple has said that, while most new technologies are introduced at a higher price point and slowly work their way down, Apple wanted to do things differently.

When will the iPad be available? Apple expects the Wi-Fi models to ship in late March and the 3G models to ship in April.

The thinness, just 0.5 inches, the light weight, just 1.5 pounds, and the flexibility of this new device are sure to make the iPad popular with Internet marketers and anyone on the go. With its high resolution LED backlight, it's larger display, it's responsive multi-touch screen and its powerful Apple-designed processor, the new iPad will be thin and light enough to take anywhere. And I suspect that many people will choose to do exactly that.

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Inspirational Video on the new Apple iPad

A shorter demonstration for those in a rush:)