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Shortly after yesterday's event, I received a press release from Gazelle.com saying that they were eager to buy up people's old iPads if they were upgrading to the new. The release said that they would pay $375 for the original iPad, and more, of course, for the other models. Very shortly after, Apple listed the original models (new) on their website for $100 off, and refurbs at an even greater discount, starting at $349 for the basic model and $479 for the 3G. Wow.
Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2 on March 2. No one expected Jobs to do it himself as he's been on a medical leave of absence for a while now. He looked none the worse for wear, though I can't imagine that things are very good for him.
Okay, so the shine is off the Apple, so to speak, and we know what the iPad 2 is going to offer. Here are some things you need to know:
1) The "3G" model is really two different models. There is a Verizon (CDMA) version and an AT&T (GSM). So don't expect to buy "the 3G" version and decide which vendor to use with it later. You need to decide before you buy.
You can get a good feeling for the new iPad 2 and all its features from this video on Apple's website. It shows such features as the new cover, the cameras and more.
Everyone talked about what hardware Apple would introduce. None of the buzz was about software. Yet a major part of today's announcement are the new iMovie and Garage Band apps for the iPad. The description of Garage Band is awesome — with a bunch of different instruments, 8-track recording and mixing, over 250 loops, and more. The keyboard actually has dynamics: touch it hard for a louder sound. How on earth did they do that?
Let's cut to the chase. The iPad 2 was just announced and here's the scoop:
1) Two cameras. A front facing camera was overdue, but two brings the iPad 2 up to par with the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch. I can't wait for FaceTime chats with the big screen!
2) A 2X faster A5 dual core CPU with 9X graphics performance! There's a gyroscope, too.
3) Thinner and lighter, at 1.3 pounds instead of 1.5 pounds for the original iPad. At 8.8mm, not only is the iPad 2 thinner than the 13.4mm original iPad, but it's thinner than the original iPhone 4, which is 9.3mm!
4) A white model will be available on Day 1, which is a nice surprise. March 11th in the U.S. and March 25th in 26 more countries.
There were rumors that Steve Jobs might appear at the press conference, but no one expected him to host. Yet there he was, leading the show just as he's always done — and introducing the iPad 2. It's twice as fast, with a dual core processor. And graphics-intensive applications are up to 9 times faster. As expected, it has front- and rear-facing cameras. It's one-third thinner (even thinner than the iPhone 4), is two-tenths of a pound lighter. It now has a built-in gyroscope. The price structure is the same as before, starting at $499. And, surprise, it's available in white as well as black.
One of the things I like to use my devices for is music and movies. I don’t usually watch movies unless I’m traveling, but I do listen to music more frequently. I prefer to use my Bluetooth headset when I am walking or doing yard work. I do occasionally use wired headset in these circumstances, but most of the time use the wired sets when I am stationary.
I tried the ZAGGaquabuds while I was on vacation, mostly in the airport and on the plane.
I was planning on passing this game by, because I’m not a fan of first / third person shooters. With the way everyone was raving about it, however, I figured I wouldn’t be much of a reviewer if I didn’t check it out. Turns out it was a wise decision on my part. I’m still not planning on jumping up and down for joy the next time a big FPS gets released, but this particular outing has been well worth my while. Much like Half Life for the PC, Dead Space proves that an interesting story can turn an FPS into much more than a “run and blast” experience. The horror element of the whole thing doesn’t hurt, either.
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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.