Monthly Archives: March 2010

First hands on iPad reviews!

It appears that several major media outlets have had their hands on iPads for about a week and have been allowed to publish their reviews this evening.

David Pogue from the New York Times posted his review. Here’s an excerpt:

“The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right.

And the techies are right about another thing: the iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it — books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience — and a deeply satisfying one.

The bottom line is that the iPad has been designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine.

The only question is: Do you like the concept?”

Andy Ihnatko has one and has posted a review and was online at TWiT.tv this evening with an unboxing video. And here’s a snip from his review:

“It’s a computer that many people have been wanting for years: a slim, ten-hour computer that can hold every document, book, movie, CD, email, picture, or other scrap of data they’re ever likely to want to have at hand; with a huge library of apps that will ultimately allow it to fulfill nearly any function; and which nonetheless covers the dull compulsories of computing (Mail, the web, and Microsoft Office-style apps) so well that there will be many situations in which this 1.5-pound slate can handily take the place of a laptop bag filled with hardware and accessories.

In fact, after a week with the iPad, I’m suddenly wondering if any other company is as committed to invention as Apple. Has any other company ever demonstrated a restlessness to stray from the safe and proven, and actually invent things?”

The Wall Street Journal review from Walt Mossberg. And they included this video summary:

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(Photo credit: snap from the Walt Mossberg video)

The iFund goes to $200 Million For the iPad

Techcrunch is reporting live from a press conference that “Kleiner Perkins is doubling its iFund to $200 million for more than a dozen iPad applications in May. iFund portfolio companies include Booyah, Cooliris, GOGII, InMobi, ngmoco, Pinger, Shazam, shopkick, and Zynga.”

“Think back to March 6, 2008, the iFund was a little risky. There was no iPhone 3G. We now have 14 ventures in the iFund, 3 are stealth. 8 of them are here today. They’re kicking ass.

There are 100 million downloads, and there will be over $100 million in revenues from these companies this year. We’ve raised $330 million raised for them. But on the eve of the iPad, the iFund is out of money. To quote Bill Campbell, “You’ve gotta have the fucking money.” So we’re doubling down the iFund to $200 million.

This Saturday the iFund arrives, we believe it’s going to rule the world. I’ve held it, caressed it. It feels like you’re touching the future.

We’re going into a brave new world. From the old world of Windows interfaces to touch. The swoosh of liquidity. The iPad is direct, it’s natural. WYTIWis — what you touch, is what is.”

I want some of that money! 🙂

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(Photo credit: snap from the iFund site)

UPS Confirms Saturday Delivery

iPad Board made a phone call to UPS and confirmed that Apple has an agreement with UPS to deliver iPads on Saturday.

“A UPS Import/Export representative has confirmed that their agreement with Apple guarantees iPad delivery by end-of-day Saturday. She had my tracking information in front of her, and the fact that my address is way out in the sticks will “make no difference”.”

I thought some of you might wanna know that 🙂

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(Photo credit: snap from Apple)

Major iPad operating system upgrades may not be free

Macrumors posted an interesting tidbit that shows that Apple may charge for major releases of iPad OS software. But before you get all in a tizzy, remember that this is the way that they do upgrades for the software on the iPod touch (and it is only $10). The indications are that the first major release after the one you get when you buy your iPad will be free, but major releases after that will have a charge. For example, 3.1 will probably be on the iPad when it arrives this week, and when 4.0 comes out, that will be free, but version 5.0 (sometime in the future) would have a fee.

From macrumors: “The iPad licensing software provides the usual legal documentation for use of Apple’s software, Google Maps and YouTube videos, but also reveals one interesting aspect of Apple’s plans for iPad OS updates:

Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.”

That sure won’t cause you not to buy the iPad, but it is good to be prepared for.

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CEO of salesforce.com with a great article about the “Cloud 2” and the iPad

Marc Benioff (ceo of salesforce.com) has contributed a very intriguing article to TechCrunch about the future of computing and the iPad.

This is one of the most intriguing portions to me:

“Last week I gave presentations to more than 60 CIOs in various meetings throughout America’s heartland. My message to them: We are moving from Cloud 1 to Cloud 2, and the iPad is the accelerator. Many of them haven’t even made it to Cloud 1—some are still on mainframes. They are working on MVS/CICS, or Lotus Notes, and they have never heard of Cocoa, or even that there is now HTML 5. This is unacceptable. The next generation is here. The iPad that shows us what now is really possible—and that we all need to go faster. Unfortunately, some CIOs would rather retire than go faster.”

Many application developers have been talking about “Web 2.0” for the past 4-5 years – with rich Internet applications (RIA) and apps written in AJAX and Flash/Flex – but this new ‘touch’ user interface will extend that a great deal. I can’t wait!

While I hope he really doesn’t think the UI for Facebook is the way to go, he and I agree that the iPad will “inspire a new generation of wildly innovative new apps” and you must go read his article now!

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(Photo credit: snap from the story)

Should the iPad include something like HyperCard?

One of the things that I’ve been wondering a lot lately is how in the world can I learn how to write an application for the iPad in a hurry because I have all these ideas in my head that need to come out. It is one thing to already know how to crank out iPad code, it is another to try to figure out how to use Apple’s development tools and to think about the daunting task of getting your application thru the approval process and then finally out to the user community. Apple’s two known solutions are to write an application with their tools or to simply create a website with HTML and the like (which doesn’t require approvals because you would get to it thru Safari on the iPad).

And today, I found this article proposing a tool like HyperCard needs to be included with the iPad. HyperCard was simple. I used it a lot back in the 80’s and early 90’s. I even taught a class for the local Mac user group for a while. Altho HyperCard was incredibly useful, there were still some I think who didn’t get it and it was killed by Apple (Steve). There was also a lot of stuff created that wasn’t very useful or very elegant. But that didn’t mean it was bad, but some may have perceived it as being so. The thing about HyperCard was that it allowed non-programmers to develop their own applications without having to know how to program. It even taught many the ideals of object oriented programming.

I doubt however that it is going to happen. I believe Apple wants the truly elegant solutions to come to the iPad and those should be written by folks who know user interface design and programming.

So, if you’re interested, please read Dale Dougherty’s article over on O’Reilly Radar. There are lots of interesting comments there as well!

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(Photo credit: snap from the Wikipedia entry for HyperCard)

Will the iPad work for a student?

Mark Crump has written a very interesting post on his thoughts on the “Pros and Cons of the iPad in Education

“I’m not a full-time college student, but I’ve been pursing a degree at night for the last four years (Technical Communications, so my focus on educational tools tends to revolve around writing). I’ve used Macs and iPhones as tools for the entirety of my collegiate career. When I started thinking of the possibility of using my iPad as a single-source solution — mostly to reduce weight by leaving my MacBook at home — I came up with a series of pluses and minuses I’ll personally face with the iPad. My focus here is taking notes in class first, and doing coursework second.

Although, I’m a night student, I don’t think how I use technology is different from a full-time student. I use my laptop to take notes in class, research and study in the library, and work on my homework at home. I am hoping the iPad will let me start leaving my MacBook at home for everything but the most-intensive tasks. I’m going to take a look at how I think the iPad could help me in school, or be problematic.”

Jump over to his blog at theAppleBlog.com to see his list of pros and cons – it is worth the read!

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(Photo credit: snap from the Apple site – funny how I show a movie displayed on an iPad for an article about education?)

Apple posts large number of iPad guided tour videos

Along with a press release today describing the Apple iPad release this Saturday, April 3rd, and the ability to buy iPads at Best Buy as well, Apple released a whole slew (yea, that’s a technical term for ‘lots’) of guided tours for the iPad.

These are really nice overview presentations of the functionality of the major apps included with the iPad. I’m not finding many surprises here, but they are fun to watch and certainly tease the taste buds of those of us wanting to get our mitts on one ASAP.

There are tours for:

  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • YouTube
  • iPod
  • iTunes
  • iBooks
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • Numbers

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(Photo credit: snap from the Apple site)

Crazy iPad fanatic camps out 5 days early to get an iPad

You’ve just got to see this crazy guy – he wanted to be first in line to get an iPad so he tried to camp out at the
Apple store. Just watch this video report:

I think the video is fixed now – sorry – for a while youtube had it marked as ‘private’


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Ok, so that was really fun to make – of course it is just a parody! I read a tweet just after the iPad went on sale where someone posted something like “I’m surprised none of these crazy apple fanatics camped out in front of their own house to get in line for an iPad” and it gave me the idea for the video.

Hope you thought it was fun

Thanks to my youngest daughter for support during filming and to my oldest daughter for being embarrassed by me. I love them both!

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(Photo credit: snap from the video)

Shipment notifications begin going out for iPads

Engadget says they’re getting reports of Apple sending out shipment notifications this morning from Apple to folks who have ordered iPads! They even use the phrase “flood of tips” – but yet I haven’t gotten my shipping notification yet (boohoo).

Engadget's screen capture of an iPad shipment notification

I’ll let you know when I get my notification!

By the way, this doesn’t mean that you’ll possibly be getting your iPad before April 3rd, Apple likely has given instructions to the shippers not to deliver before Saturday – they did this with the iPhone as well.

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(Photo credit: snap from the engadget story)