Some fancy new tech company claims to have created a device with infinitely better battery life, and a more intuitive interface than the iPad. They call it the 2015 IKEA Catalogue, and they’re giving it away for free with pre-loaded hi-resolution content. I don’t know if this is some sort of cheap market share play by a newcomer, but I’m tired of hearing about new device manufacturers that think they can just waltz onto the scene and de-throne the iPad.
I’ve thought about this for a few minutes and I can’t figure out Bladis wrong with them. First of all, IKEA clearly copied many of the iPad’s key innovations, like fitting beautifully onto a coffee table, and swiping to turn pages. Then there’s the fact that they ripped off Apple’s style in their ad, which shows a Lack of creativity.
Thankfully, this catalogue seems to be available in just one size and weight, so users looking for flexibility in reading or surfing will still be better served by an iPad mini with Retina Display or an iPad Air. Although I have to admit, IKEA’s HD content does looks surprisingly good and is reminiscent of some of the premium furniture I own in my own home.
This is a pretty fun video, done by the Connect School of Languages in Toronto.
Here’s a little of the backstory for the video:
We are a small language school in Toronto. We teach English as a Second Language to international students from around the world. We have transformed our school from a traditional classroom to one that is flipped and uses the iPad, iBooks and apps to help teach students.
We put these spots out on YouTube to poke fun at teachers who refuse to change with the times. The reaction we have had has been incredible – not only in the number of views on YouTube but by the comments and debate the ads have sparked. It has been intriguing to watch these comments flow into YouTube. For us, the iPad in our school has totally transformed the way we communicate.
My only suggested edit would’ve been to re-think the 2020 part of the tile. I think technology years are like dog years, on steroids. By 2020 I imagine the teacher with the iPad may well need to do some major changing with the times.
Gotta love the Onion. Just this headline is epic:
Man Taking Photo With iPad Oblivious To How Badass He Looks
As you can imagine, the article continues in that vein, and is a short but hilarious read. It’s got some Not Safe for Work language, so be careful about where you open the link – but do check it out at the Onion for a good iPad related laugh.
Great news, via The Onion:
In what tech giant Apple is calling a “major leap forward” for one of its most beloved products, the company announced Tuesday it would begin selling a new version of its popular iPad tablet with an extra attached storage drawer… “With slick ball-bearing slides and an ultra-light frame, the 4D can easily carry photographs, pens, calculators, legal pads, iPhones, and other personal belongings. Life just got a whole lot better, iPad users.”
Clearly a feature that will give the iPad a new competitive edge over all those copycat rival tablets. :)
Jonny Five and his pals are back at it with a Banned iPad mini promo video. Written by John Elerick, who also plays Jonny Five, it’s another fun spoof of Apple’s promo videos generally shown at their special events announcing new products.
I love the sad, frustrated Senior VP of Cameras.