The development community have wrapped 140 000 apps under their collective belt; Apple have seen 3 billion apps downloaded from the App store; and the hitherto iconic iPod is fading into Apple’s focal background even as it surpasses an impressive number of its own: 250 million units sold. Steve Jobs and Apple haven’t made any promises – the iPad isn’t even at market yet. But it has pulled at myriad heartstrings: it has grabbed the spotlight. But why is it important and is it worthwhile to buy, and if so, who will benefit from it?
The world waited with bated breath as the man himself, Steve Jobs, unveiled the much-anticipated Apple tablet device years in the making, bestowing it with the name “iPad”. Boasting of a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, and low-power system-on-a-chip, the iPad holds itself out as the ultimate internet browser, email client, video, photo and eBook reader – with a specially designed iWork to provide word processing, presentation and spreadsheets.
I assume that most of you will not be at Apple’s “Come see our latest creation” event in San Fran @ 10 AM PST (1PM EST) – neither will we. But, we will be here to greedily discuss new items, apologise for the reality, and sympathise with those who want just ‘one more thing’ after the show.
Remember that the event most likely includes the unveiling of the following:
- the iSlate, iPad, iTablet, iWhatever
- iPhone OS 4
- Possible MacBook upgrades
- Announcement of the iPhone 4G
- Duke Nukem Forever
Keep an eye here for TMA’s take of the event, but if you want to enjoy an up-to-the-minute show check out AppleInsider’s live coverage of the event.
With speculation that Apple’s new device will be aimed squarely at eBook readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, it may be high time to postulate its role as a modern conduit for the hoisting of eBook pirate’s flags. Not that pirates will directly use the iWhatever for straightforward stealing – though that’s hardly a far stretch – its almost certain popularity may manoeuvre into position as a pirate-pleasuring-platform.
NBC and McGraw have officially entered the fray: yesterday, the two met on the tube (no, not that one) to discuss nothing less than Apple’s new mobile platform. Rumouring has been stuffy in the last half decade surrounding what very well may debut today, and Terry McGraw, president of McGraw-Hill, elucidated the growing speculation that the iWhatever will run on iPhone OS and have ties with book publishers. 95% of McGraw-Hill’s content is available in some sort of eBook format. The platform should expand to include professional and higher educational materials and we can only speculate on subscription services.
Engadget has happened on a wonderful something somethin’. Evidently in a rush to prepare for today’s Apple Event, Apple have spilled the cat soup on the next version of the iPhone’s OS. The note which is viewable at Apple’s Developer agreement reads, “Need to update this for the 27th launch”. Well, that is cute – either devs will get a hint of the next Apple candy, or Apple have pulled another smear the leak campaign. Whatever it is, all will be revealed in a few short hours as Apple’s 27 January event is launched. The sad part of course is that both Apple and faithful rumourists will have to face reality as the new software or hardware either: lives up to expectations, or is trounced by them.[via Engadget]
The amount of rumours, having circulated around the iTablet in general and the possible upcoming event at the end of January in particular has probably been second to none. Some of bloggers out there have taken a tally and counted up to 70 news pieces on the Saturday following Christmas alone. And all of this without any confirmations from the big A themselves.
When I gets excited, I drop me grammar. Apple ain’t only gonna put up a new event, they is definitely debuting something. I reckon the ‘come see our latest creation’ ain’t just a new MacBook – though with my bloody breaking MBP, that would be nice – it will prolly be something ever more sexy. Think iSlate. Ain’t nothing confirmed yet, but the web’s knickers are all bunched up about the same thing: Apple’s iSlate tablet computer.
Bad Apple. How can you blind your faithful fans with happy lights whilst causing the frowns of your competitors? How can you sit back feigning that ain’t nothing happening and meanwhile sink the world’s OLED touch screen tugboat?