Welcome to the 24th century

Welcome to the 24th century
Over the past 60 to 70 years humanity has leaped ahead technologically in what can only be described as a wild ride. The easiest way to notice this is to read science fiction books or watch an older TV series. Have you noticed how some of the advanced futuristic gadgets used seem like yesterday’s stuff? I’ve recently watched all of Star Trek TNG on Netflix with my son. This gave me the opportunity to observe more closely how things are portrayed on the show, from a 21st century perspective. I noticed, for example, how on an episode which showed their school, all the kids in class were...
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Apple: To map or not to map – That was no question…

Apple: To map or not to map – That was no question…
Since the introduction of iOS 6 a lot has been written about Apple’s new Maps application which replaced the previous one which was based on the Google Maps service.  Most of what has been written has been in either in defense or condemnation of the application.  I won’t go into any of that now.  I’ll just stipulate that there are a lot of issues with the service, while probably not as many as some of it’s most ardent detractors would like us to think there are. I’d like to look at the Maps situation from Apple’s point of view for a minute.  When creating the...
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iBooks 2 and the Apple Textbooks

iBooks 2 and the Apple Textbooks
I haven’t posted to iPadWatcher for a while, but the temptation was too much when two of my favorite subjects, the iPad and Books were so much in evidence as they were this week.  When Apple introduced version 2.0 of its iBooks application for for the iPad with new enhanced support for interactive textbooks, a lot of people had a lot to say about it. I was one of them, but I decided to hold out a bit and better digest the news, before I started to write about it. Lets’s start with what was announced, regarding books.  Apple introduced both a new version of its eBook reading application for...
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It took Gartner a while to figure it out…

A post about Gartner’s take on the tablet market and the iPad caught my eye today, on 9to5mac.com. It seems to have taken the folks at Gartner a good while to notice that it is really all in the software… While Android based tablets are considered to be expensive, the truth is that they are expensive for tablets that have very little software available.  After all, if Android and iOS applications ran the same applications, then having an Android tablet cost the same as an iPad would not be that bad for business.  It is bad for business because you pay pretty much the same, but get a device...
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The Post Steve Jobs Apple

This week a lot of people were saddened by the news that Steve Jobs was resigning as Apple’s CEO.  For many years Jobs has been seen as an integral and fundamental part of Apple and its driving force. While it is certainly true that Jobs was responsible for Apple’s turn around, he did it with the help of a group of dedicated professionals.  These people, who have been working for years with Jobs are part of his most impressive creation: Apple itself.  Apple is a company that works differently from just about every other company in the planet.  That is not simply the result of one...
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The iPhone, the iPad and the Mac

Last year, when OS X Lion was first demoed to the public, I commented on the influence of iOS and the iPad on the new version of the Mac’s operating system.  Now that Lion has been released, and most people have had a chance to at least look at it, there can be no denying this influence. Now we should consider why Apple has let so much of iOS seep into OS X.  Does any one think that it was just due to a sense that these related systems should have similar behaviors?  If you do, I have some nice real estate on Mars that I can sell you at a bargain price. For many consecutive quarters Apple has...
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iCloud opens new possibilities for Apps

iCloud opens new possibilities for Apps
While there has been much commented on the introduction of Apple’s iCloud service, little has touched on its deeper implications.  Sure, iCloud is a replacement for MobileMe, and allows people to sync files between different devices, but what else does it do?  How is it different from MobileMe or other such services which are available from other companies? The most significant difference in iCloud is that it is being introduced not as a “drive” where you can save your files, but as a service accessible through a specific API, which will be present in every Mac, iPad and iPhone that...
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Apple announces volume App sales for business

Apple has just announced that will introduce volume business sales to the App Store.  The announcement was made directly to developers and was not yet available on Apple’s website at the time of this writing. This initiative will probably receive a warm welcome from iOS App developers as it will make it a lot easier for businesses to acquire applications for a wide base of corporate users. Even more welcome will probably be the possibility having volume B2B sales of custom-made applications.  This development will make it easier for companies to place orders for specialized applications which...
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How the iPad spoils us for other computers

I do a lot of my reading on the iPad through applications such as Flipboard, Zite and Instapaper.  These applications provide an easy way for you to keep up with your regular news and blog reading, without having to navigate to all the sites individually.  These applications also allow you to share whatever you are reading through a variety of means. My personal favorites for sharing content are email and Twitter. While I tend to email articles directly to just a couple of close friends, I do so quite frequently.  Twitter is also a great means of sharing interesting news and articles, but with a lot...
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iCloud: Apple’s shot across Google’s bow

iCloud: Apple’s shot across Google’s bow
This Monday Apple delivered a clear shot across Google’s bow: iCloud.  Apple’s new service, announced today, demote’s the Web browser back to the status of a simple application.   In replacing MobileMe with iCloud, Apple has done away with the Web-based interface for accessing your information online. All changes to your information are handled through the native applications, with all devices getting the changes almost immediately. The most amazing thing is that they really seem to have managed to make it all “just happen”.  (Actual hands-on testing pending…) You...
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The iPad 2 sells out on the first day in Brazil

This past Friday, May 27th, the iPad 2 went on sale in Brazil.  While there weren’t many long lines of people waiting to buy their iPad as soon as the shops opened, it still pretty much sold out on the first day. Store representatives were unanimous in reporting that the 64GB 3G model was the one with most demand, but at the end of the day few stores had any model still available.  These same representatives were also mostly in agreement in stating that Apple made available a smaller supply of devices than when the first generation iPad was introduced in the country in November of 2010....
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Apple reports record numbers for the quarter

Apple reports record numbers for the quarter
During its scheduled quarterly earnings call, yesterday, Apple executives reported record numbers for revenue and profits.  Revenue for the quarter was $24.67 billion while profits came in at $5.99 billion, a growth of 85% over the year ago quarter. These numbers are the result of exceptionally high iPhone sales, with over 18 million iPhones sold in the quarter and a much smaller number of iPads sold than almost everyone was expecting.  Apple reported sales of only 4.69 million iPads in the quarter.  This number seems to be directly related to a constraint in production of the new iPad 2,  rather than...
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RIM Playbook and screwed up ideas

I had heard rumors that Research in Motion’s Playbook tablet would not have its own email and calendar client applications.  That you would need to have a Blackberry connected to it so that you could access these services.  This seemed just too screwy an idea to be true. It turns out that someone at Research in Motion didn’t think that this was so screwy and decided that it might be a good way to sell both a tablet and a smartphone.  Well, I’ve got news for these folks but this is a totally screwed up idea. I don’t really see that many people, but extremely hardcore Blackberry...
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An iPad 2 production line is being setup in Brazil

Rumors have been floating around for some time about the possibility of some Apple products being assembled in Brazil.  These rumors got a lot more substance today as one of the two largest newspapers in the country published an article stating that components where already being shipped to the location of a Foxconn factory in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.  This facility currently produces computers and other types of electronic equipment for HP and Sony. If this rumor turns out to really be true it should drive down the price of the iPad in Brazil by a large  factor.  Such a reduction would...
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Apple’s developer conference sells out in 10 hours

Apple’s developer conference sells out in 10 hours
Apple announced its 2011 developer’s conference this morning and before the end of the day it had already sold out. This year’s conference will have 5000 attendees. Many corporate developers will be left out of this conference because it sold out before they had the chance to secure approval to attend. While I was expecting that the conference would sell out quickly, it never occurred to me that it could happen so quickly. Just this afternoon I told a friend that he should register soon as it would probably sell out in a couple of days. Well, he won’t be going this...
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