Ah, now that's more like it! The blogosphere is abuzz today, with new and improved mockups of the speculated, soon-to-be-released iPad "mini".
These mockups show the new iPad looking more like an enlarged iPod touch, a device that can be held and even operated one-handed! This is a marked difference from previous design mockups which have the purported iPad mini looking more like a shrunken down iPad.
These redesigned concepts of the iPad mini reveal a device that is incredibly thin, incredibly light and rather than having the thick and bulky bezel of the iPad, these renderings show an iPad that for all intents and purposes, looks much more akin to a large iPhone "5".! Though we must be clear, this new iPad will of course, be running the iPad version of iOS, and will (may or may not) have the same aspect ratio as the current iPads. I love it and can only hope that IF indeed Apple does unveil an iPad mini on September 12th, that it will look something like these images.
Of course it's all speculation at this point, but apparently a number of reliable sources have indicated there will be an iPad mini in our future. And iMore has reported that it will be announced along with the new iPhone on September 12. iMore has also done a recent analysis of what we might expect in regard to the size of the iPad mini. They say it won't be that much smaller, and that it should retain the experience of the larger iPad screen of the current iPad. At 7.85 inches, it will be about two-thirds the size of the current iPad.
Gangster Granny allows you to play as a somewhat strange protagonist when compared with what we are used to from gun running apps. For once we see a grandmother with very few morals as we help her bust out of prison and go on a rampage to try and rob the biggest bank in the city. With gun toting madness bringing Grand Theft Auto into mind, this is sure to be a game you will become addicted to very quickly in the near future.
iMore is out ahead again. After being the first to report that the new iPhone would be announced September 12, iMore is saying that pre-orders for the new phone will be available starting that day. As before, they say that the phone will be shipping and available in stores on September 21. And today they also break the news that the international launch will be the first week of October -- likely October 5. Of course, nothing is known for sure, and one can't be sure of anything until Apple actually makes an announcement.
And the winners are... (drumroll please): Darth Macmillan, Enrique Mendizabal, Jeff Godfrey, Karen Erwin, Shelly Feibel, Joan Lesko, Jason Thompson, Marisol Esquivel, Balaji J, Amy Hernandez, Donna Wagner, MarkDobrovolsky, Cindy Derthick, Lori Mitchell, and Doreen Young!
For many months now, the rumors and whisperings have been building as to the purported existence of a smaller version of the iPad. In fact, as a tech journalist, I've been discussing the importance of Apple releasing a smaller format iPad ever since the iPad was initially released years ago! Even though Steve Jobs clearly stated that he wasn't keen on a smaller iPad, not only had he been known to change his mind, but a smaller format iPad just makes sense, just like a larger iPhone just makes sense. Further more, and with all due respect, Mr. Jobs is dead, and he left the company in what he deemed were capable hands, and these capable hands can direct the course of Apple in ways that they see best.
So, keeping in mind that Apple has yet to confirm an official name for the rumored iPad mini, or if in fact there even is an iPad mini about to be released, and if there actually is an iPad mini in the works, if that announcement will come on September 12th (which is the date current rumors have pegged for the announcement of the new iPhone), keeping all that in mind, here's a round up of what information we have so far. Please note, if I’ve included the rumor in here it's only if the rumor is being floated around by multiple reliable sources. That said, a rumor is a rumor and can't be taken to the bank, so only time will tell...
This week, I played 2 great games that are very different, but both great fun. Trigger Fist is a combat game that you will both love and hate. Hate it because like real combat, it's so easy to get killed, but love it because it's so freaking cool!! Cool enough to warrant an iPhoneLife video demo, also included in this review. The other game I played the week, Flight, is a simple 2D-scroller recreating the fun and nostalgia of paper airplane flight.
With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!
What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.
Thin, lightweight, and powerful
The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.
iPad runs iPhone apps!
The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.
The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.
An ebook reader and more
Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.
The ultimate media device?
The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.