The iPad 2, long awaited sequel to the original has finally been announced to the world. The thinner, lighter and altogether slightly more attractive device has been at last shown to us by Steve Jobs.
Since the first Kindle was brought out, e-readers have flooded the market, turning what was the reserve of the highly tech-savvy nerds who were going around with clunky PDA’s into something for the mainstream user, an electronic method of reading that appealed to everyone using some basic principles; strong battery life, competitive pricing and most of all convenience; the availability of ebooks which was stifling to the original models along with their technological constraints.
As readers of this blog will know, I own a Sony PRS-505. It’s a fantastic device, lightweight, comfortable to hold, good screen and it feels good and solid in your hand. There are some drawbacks, the basic memory isn’t strong (thought this can be fixed with the various SD cards on the market) it’s buttons are slightly all over the place which can be annoying and it has a general lack of connectivity; it just doesn’t like to play nice with other devices.
A new way to sync our iPhones and iPads might be on the way soon enough, doing away with those USB cables, which can be a bit of a nuisance at times when looking for a quick sync.
A bright spark of a developer has come up with a new App called Wi-Fi Sync, which enables users to wirelessly sync their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches to their computer using their home wireless networks.
Twitter has begun the next phase of it’s expansion into the online and mobile world, with the purchase of Atebits, creators of the third party Twitter iPhone app; Tweetie and it’s desktop counterpart which was surprisingly not mentioned in the buyout details, but it can be assumed is included. The take over of this extremely popular platform is seen as Twitter’s first and long awaited step in expanding itself to be much, much more than its current online presence.
The popular social networking site, which has shot to fame in a short time is the last of the major social sites to release an official app. The news follows on from the announcement of Twitter’s mobile development and ambitious growth plans, announced in January which are part of an over all service redesign.
A few days after the release of the long awaited iPad, many new owners are reporting problems with their gadget’s wi-fi.
Hundreds have reported that their new tablet computer, which has been lauded as the saviour of print media, and a revolution to portable computing, is having big wi-fi problem.
Apple is set to release one of the most anticipated and useful updates of the iPhone’s existence in June, along with a major mobile operating system update; iPhone OS 4.0. Multitasking is set to be included in the latest software update, filling what was seen as a gaping hole in the benefits list of the iPhone specs.
The iPhone is one of few smart-phones which has not enabled multitasking, which is seen by most as a serious downfall when going to consider a new phone. Mostly, however, the cult of Apple and the handsets’ momentum in sales has kept this from being too serious an issue for first time consumers or the company in general.
International users, including our good selves in Ireland and Europe will have to wait a little longer for the iPad 3G version, assuming that we get the WiFi version on time, that is.
Jobs announced at his keynote that Apple were working on international contracts with various networks to cover data plans and being able to use the internet on the go.
AT&T have already managed to bag the contract for the States, and many expect O2 to seal the deal on this side of the Atlantic, however with the iPhone recently being made available to Orange and Vodafone, it really could be anyone’s game.
Although the iPad 3G is going to come unlocked, and use new GSM micro SIMs, Apple are set to be beginning talks for various data plans. However the pads should work on WiFi alone and Jobs said that there was a ‘high probability’ that the devices would ‘just work’.
It would just be easier to buy the WiFi only version in this case, given that without a data plan, there would be little point in spending the extra few hundred and having what few features extra it offers without being able to take advantage of 3G’s mobile internet.
Apple seems to see the iPad, not as a device which is meant to fit in between your phone and your laptop, but instead to be a replacement for your laptop. Apple’s thinking could be that most laptops are vastly overpowered for what most people would use them for and netbooks are quite awkward and clumsy.
Most of the computer consumer market never really use the full potential of their computers – whereas the iPad will allow users to read papers, surf the web, view YouTube, write documents and listen to music without spending money on endless storage spaces and heavy(-er) notebooks and netbooks.