“While the rumor mill was churning with all kinds of crazy possibilities for the Apple tablet, I mostly rolled my eyes, because I felt strongly that all Apple needed to do to revolutionize computing was simply to make an iPhone with a large screen. Anyone who feels underwhelmed by that doesn’t understand how much of the iPhone OS’s potential is still untapped,” wrote Joe Hewitt (see below), software engineer from Santa Cruz, CA. Continue reading
Apple’s "Meet iPad" ad, which debuted during the Oscars, became the second-most viewed viral video ad last week. Michael Learmonth, writing for AdAge, points out that "Apple has had a YouTube channel since 2005, but only recently started using it. In the past, they’d focused on driving views on Apple.com, but for the iPad, they allowed the video to be embedded across the web, and views were distributed across 100 different placements."
Near 2.5 million views. I reckon this is another little sign of how interest in the iPad has been growing in the weeks since its announcement.
Gizmodo’s Adam Frucci calls VIV magazine’s iPad concept ‘the most visually arresting’ he has seen yet. I wouldn’t argue with that.
It’s a great example of how multimedia can enhance text content in a digital mag.
Click the image above to check out the video demo.
Vers iPad case is handcrafted from locally sourced and managed hardwoods like Eucalyptus, Pine wood, and also bamboo. These cases are each unique and stunningly beautiful and guaranteed to draw envious looks from their natural texture to their warm color. For every tree that is used in making these cases Vers has a partnership with Arbor Day Foundation to replant 100 trees where they are most needed (click the link to see how you can help too).
Striking looking (especially if you’re into wood cases for your mobile devices), and with some solid green principles behind it, this Vers Audio Bamboo iPad Case looks quite interesting.
Photographers, designers and artists rejoice… iPad, the ultimate portfolio has arrived! Continue reading
TUAW and others are reporting that Ngmoco – prolific iPhone app publishers of Rolando, Elimnate Pro, several Touch Pet apps and nearly 50 titles overall for the iPhone App Store – are planning to have up to six new iPad titles ready for the iPad’s launch day. Apparently the folks at Touch Arcade have predicted the six will be:
- We Rule
- Flick Fishing
- NBA Hotshot
- Warp Gate
Flick Fishing is one of my daughter’s favorite iPhone apps. Word Fu – another Ngmoco title – is one of my favorite iPhone word games.
Have any of you got any Ngmoco titles you’re especially keen to see come to the iPad?
Apple is now accepting app submissions for the iPad. A developer friend just shared an email from Apple on this subject. Some of the interesting bits of information in the mail include:
- The mail talks about ‘the iPad App Store’. It’s the first time I’ve seen it referred to as a separate app store.
- Developers can now start submitting apps for ‘initial review’ and get feedback on their app’s ‘readiness for the grand opening’
- Apps need to be submitted by March 27th to have chance to get into the iPad App Store on opening day
Pretty exciting stuff – makes iPad launch day feel just a little closer.
If you’re a developer submitting apps for this initial review, we’d love to hear your feedback on how the experience goes. Roll on new custom iPad apps.
PadNotes is a powerful looking upcoming iPad note-taking app. Based on its video demo, it’s more like a note-taking app on steroids – with quite a few slick features, such as:
- the ability to write, type, draw or highlight in a document
- and to write, type, draw and highlight on new documents or over the top of any PDF or image file you open up in it
- then export your work as PDF or image files via email and network sharing
The video demo of an app called Redfish for iPad looks quite good. It’s a very interactive, lighthearted and fun looking app aimed at younger kids. It looks like an app that will entertain while also educating a little.
I have not found any details as yet on when we might see this and cannot find an existing app in the App Store, but it looks like potentially quite a fun little app for those with young kids.
Click on the image above to view the demo.
I spotted this one via a post at Mike Cane’s iPad Test site.
National Public Radio – or NPR as it’s better know as – is planning on both a native iPad app and a version of their web site that is optimized for the device.
The optimized version of the site should be ready on Day 1 of the iPad being available.
Features like the NPR audio player have been given greater visibility and adapted for the unique technical requirements of this new platform; we’ve modified the navigation and made the site more "touch" friendly; and we’ve improved the sponsorship experience — all without changing the main site.