I try to keep an open mind when test driving an app for the first time. The 3 main questions going through my mind are – what does the app do? Does it do it well? And, will I use it? I apply these three basic questions to any app, whether it’s being heralded as the Next Big Thing in the app universe or it’s a humbly obscure offering of the mom-and-pop variety fighting for press attention.
One of the foundational elements of the Apple experience has always been a sense of community. Being from a Windows background, I only have a few years of personal experience with this phenomenon, but I have always been aware of its existence. If you haven’t been a part of the Apple ecosystem for very long, it can be a little difficult to understand, but it is everywhere you look. From enthusiast sites and blogs, to podcasts, to user groups, to the Apple retail stores themselves, there is something at the core of the Apple experience that seems to inspire a higher lever of loyalty and devotion than your typical computer or electronics manufacturer.
One of my most-used iPhone apps is Instagram – the photo sharing platform/community that gives users an entertaining and pleasurable way to post, customize and comment on images (check it out here in case you haven’t had the chance yet) so it was no surprise that having gotten my iPad, I was soon itching to use it on the iPad as well. Since Instagram on iPad is not yet available – what are the alternatives around today?
I am one of those people who loves to read. Back in the day I loved the smell of books from the library, magazines from the newsstand, encyclopedia volumes in our home library. My mother would hoard past issues of various magazines and periodicals, refusing to throw them out for years and years (!).
Times are a-changing. Every self-respecting magazine publisher now has an app version of their formerly printed product and most have opted for a pay-per-issue type system, often with a sample issue to whet your apetite and to let you know what you’re getting from your cash. While I remember the olden days of physical reading material quite fondly, I’ve resolved to place myself firmly in the present and accept the new formats. Thus I decided to download Reader’s Digest and see if I could adapt my reading habits and love the iPad issue as much as I once loved the print version. Continue reading
If you don’t need to sell your iPad V1 in order to help finance your iPad 2, or just find yourself with extra iPads laying about your house, here’s a great way to re-home them.
Apple now has a program that can match your obsolete iPad with someone who really needs it — an educator in a low-income school district. Through alink on the Apple Retail web page, Apple is directing those who want to share the magic of the iPad with an appreciative audience to the Teach For Americawebsite.
Teach for America is an organization that aims to end ‘educational inequity’ and help ensure that even children in low income communities receive an excellent education. I think that’s a great objective and a very worthy cause – especially now with all the looming cuts to schools and teachers here in the US.
To donate your iPad to Teach for America you just need to take it into an Apple retail store. They’ll do the rest and get it prepped and delivered to a school district that can put it to good use.
For those of you who have recently got an iPad 2, what did you do with your first-gen iPad, or what do you plan to do with it?
That’s the question I am trying to answer as I wait for Wednesday with my fingers crossed, hoping that the rumors of a quick iPad release are true. Like so many others have done, I put my iPad on eBay in advance of Apple’s impending announcement, hoping to get ahead of the impending price drops. I ended up doing ok, I guess, but the prices on eBay and Craigslist are already starting to fall a bit. After Wednesday, you can expect those prices to take an even bigger dip, so if you are planning on selling to raise a little cash for the iPad 2, you should probably act right now.
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OK, so it’s not like whatever we wish for the iPad 2 will magically come true next week when Apple unveils it. But … now that we know the unveiling is coming so soon, it’s the ideal time to start pondering all the recent rumors, ‘leaked’ mockups and case designs and so forth, and come up with a wish list for the iPad Dos.
Here’s a quick top of the head list of some of the main changes that now seem to be widely expected for the iPad 2:
— Slightly thinner and flatter
— Slightly lighter
— Cameras – at least one, likely two
— An upgraded (probably multi-core) processor
— An improved, larger speaker
— A better display, though probably still at the same screen resolution
— Possibly a mystery extra port.
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Southland is one of my favorite TV shows at the moment. I love a good, gritty cop show and Southland epitomizes that genre. It’s one show I really look forward to each week, and there aren’t very many of those.
Usually during commercial breaks of the show, I’m staring at an iPad screen. In this past Tuesday’s episode I was suddenly staring at an iPad screen on the Southland screen. Bonanza – two of my favorite things on one big screen.
Lydia and Josie – two of the featured detectives on the show – were shown browsing the iPad to learn more about the past of a flaky witness they were trying to get in shape to testify in a case of theirs.
I know the iPad has made plenty of TV appearances. Just thought I’d mention this one as it’s a big favorite of mine.
Have you spotted the iPad on any of your favorite TV shows? If so, please tell us about them in the comments.
Thanks to the success of Apple’s iPad, the Mac-maker accounted for 17.2 percent of all mobile PC shipments worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2010, making it the overall segment leader. DipslaySearch reports Apple shipped over 10.2 million MacBooks and iPads combined during the period, giving it the edge over closest competitors HP by almost a million units.
Wow. That’s an impressive milestone for Apple – and well deserved as their laptops are just stellar devices.
Oh, and the iPad’s contribution to this milestone is a massive one – since Apple told us last month during their earning call that they sold around 7.3 million iPads during their last quarter. So 70% of their market-leading 10 million units are iPads.
That’s Engadget’s ‘tale of the tape’ chart listing the main tech specs for the current iPad and three of its supposed main rivals for 2011 – the HP TouchPad, the Motorola Xoom, and the Blackberry PlayBook.
The thing that immediately stands out in the chart is that the iPad compares well on specs with the others. Again, that’s the current iPad, released nearly a year ago – and the three potential rivals are of course not even on the market as yet. The iPad 2 will hit the market around the time or even before the other three shown, and there’s a good chance it will one-up them on at least some of these key specs.
Even if it doesn’t, and just matches them on specs, it still has the benefit of a huge head-start – in time on the market, momentum in both the consumer and enterprise spaces, and in the one area that leading tech blogger Robert Scoble feels is the only one that matters: Apps.
From TUAW this morning:
Sorry to burst your bubble, iPad owners, but owning and using an iPad doesn’t exactly make the opposite sex swoon, at least according to Retrevo ‘s Gadgetology Report. The report asked consumers if they notice other people’s gadgets and, if so, how they react to them, and it turns out that seeing someone use an iPad is lower on the standard "I find you attractive" scale than seeing them with a pile of books. Only 36 percent of men are attracted to a woman because of her iPad, versus 42 percent liking a woman reading a book. As for the women, 29 percent like a man with an iPad, and 30 percent prefer book readers.
Uh-oh. That’s a bit of a blow for those of us who consider the iPad to be such a cool device. Only to find out it’s less attractive than a book (I could’ve sworn Steve told us nobody reads anymore) and even less attractive than a laptop – what the?