Not only did Steve Jobs make an appearance at tonight’s Oscars, but Apple’s iPad also got some screentime. The ad is everything you’d expect from the boys in Cupertino and then some. It avoids showing the video playback in motion, which we’re not too surprised about but what was shown looked flawless. The Apple iPad is due to hit stores on April 3rd, with pre-ordering to begin in the coming days.
The boys in Cupertino have finally officially taken the covers off their newest device. It’ll be called the iPad, a name that’s been floating around for quite sometime. It looks great. The body’s slim, looks pretty comfy in Jobs’ hands. The OS is like an exploded version of the iPhone’s with a few cool features like ability to view YouTube in HD and an email interface with some enhanced aesthetics. Landscape and portrait view are enabled in the majority of uses. You’ve got maps, calendars, built-in iTunes Store, and iPhoto integration with events, places and faces. Movies, TV shows, music videos, audiobooks, just about everything you can watch on your iPhone, you can access through this beauty.
Hardware specs – 1.5 lbs., 0.5 inch thick with a 9.7 inch display, full capacitive multitouch, all powered by the 1GHz Apple A4 chip. Storage can be from 16GB to 64GB of flash memory. The usual suspects are all here – bluetooth 2.1 EDR, accelerometer, compass, WiFi 802.11n, microphone, and speaker. The iPad has a 10-hour battery life with a month of standby time. Wow. (more…)
There’s a whole lot going on lately in the mobile industry. You’ve got Google pushing Android, VoIP and mobile advertising; Apple and BlackBerry are still showing strong stats but Palm’s webOS isn’t gaining traction like everyone had hoped. Nokia is a special case to say the least. The largest phone manufacturer in the World’s been dying slowly, but maybe that will change.The new Symbian OS was presented at their capital market day by the company’s CEO. The new os mostly updates the user interface, leaving the bones mostly intact. Users will notice slicker graphics, faster navigation and better web browsing. all of the new features are also being optimized for large format touchscreen displays, allowing multi-touch capability too.
We know TomTom’s Navigation app’s been available for the iPhone for quite sometime now, but now the package is complete, as the official car kit’s hit the US Apple Store for $119.95. That coupled with the $99.99 pricetag for the app, you’re looking at a total price that exceeds some TomTom car navis currently on the market. If this package is for you then, suggest you hit the App Store for the software (iPhone 3G and 3GS only) and the Apple Store for the kit. (via engadget)
It began with iPhone. Then came iPod touch. Then MacBook Pro. And now, friends, multi-touch technology has come to the mouse. But not just any mouse — the Magic Mouse. Apple’s latest peripheral has a low-profile design and a seamless top shell, boasting a sleek and dramatically different design. The Multi-Touch area covers the top surface of Magic Mouse, and the mouse itself is the button. Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere. Inside Magic Mouse is a chip that tells it exactly what you want to do. Which means Magic Mouse won’t confuse a scroll with a swipe. It even knows when you’re just resting your hand on it.
It’s included with the new iMacs but you can pick one up for $69 if you want to bring multi-touch to another model.
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With a more enhanced user experience by way of an addition of a few key features, the new iPod Shuffle may finally be the most functional mini music player on the market. Plus, the polished stainless steel finish is an eye opener for design enthusiasts and Central Park joggers alike. At a $99 pricetag for the 4GB model, it can pack 1000 songs and even features Apple’s VoiceOver technology.
Say you’re listening to a song and want to know the title or the artist. With the press of a button, VoiceOver tells you without interrupting your music. It’s such a simple and clever way to navigate your collection, VoiceOver is entertainment itself.
It’s available exclusively at the Apple Store.
Slingplayer for iPhone is now back to the App Store, but with a disclaimer — it only runs on Wi-Fi. So what’s in version 1.1? It brings native DISH Network navigation, improved widescreen support, and improved response times throughout the app. A 3G-friendly version has been submitted to the App Store for approval outside of the US, but guess everyone should keep their fingers crossed.
Sirius/XM has finally come to the iPhone, giving you access to more than 120 channels, anytime and anywhere you want. You can listen to the songs from the app or you can even click a song to buy it straight from iTunes. It comes with a 7 day trial so you can test the airwaves. After that, the service will cost you $3 a month.
Here’s something we didn’t see coming. It seems that AT&T’s pre-order service for the new iPhone 3G S has sold out. Anyone still making a new pre-order will be told that they won’t be seeing their precious beauty for atleast another two weeks. If you’ve already pre-ordered, don’t be alarmed as you’ve got a spot in line, it just stinks that you still have to get there at 7am.
I actually am surprised, as I didn’t think current iPhone customers would be happy about having to cough up atleast $200 atop the new contract price to get their hands on an iPhone. Guess there are just as many converts as the last time around. Unless I sell my current 16 GB iPhone (White) for atleast $400, I will not be a witness of the battle royal that is set to take place nationwide on June 19th.