I always wanted to use my iPhone for instant messaging with Facebook chat and MSN messenger, but the screen was just too small to display contact lists, conversations and the keyboard all at once. I bought Beejive, and while I was initially impressed, I very rarely used the app because dealing with more than one conversation was a nightmare, not to mention the endless bugginess and the fact that my 3G sometimes struggled to run the app smoothly.
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Many have hailed the iPad as the savior of news, but as I discussed in my last post, news readers are hesitant when asked to pay for news that they can get for free elsewhere. But what about magazines? This is where I think the printed industry could thrive if it adopts the iPad quickly and effectively. Within a year I’m sure that we’ll see a magazine store with the iBook store, with all the major publishers offering digital magazines with embedded videos, interactivity and even games, as well as the usual printed content.
First out of the blocks to get the iPad magazine absolutely right is Wired. The magazine looks great on the iPad’s 9.7 inch screen as you’d expect, but it’s the content and navigation that makes Wired so much better than other magazines I’ve read. I’m looking at you, iCreate and Mac User; offering no new content and a shoddy navigation system will not sell digital copies for you.
With newspapers loosing hundreds of thousands of pounds a week, the iPad has been hailed by many as the saviour of the news industry. The tablet from Apple has been launched right at the edge of a huge change in the newspaper market, with the Times and Sunday Times to soon charge for access to their websites. While it seems that many will not pay for news online – 59 out of the 60 people I asked said they’d refuse to pay and would simple go elsewhere for their news – the applications market is huge and the consumer has been well-trained in the act of paying for them.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the iPad was launched in the UK last Friday, and I was lucky/sad enough to be in the queue that morning. Since there’s so much to discus, I thought I’d break this review down into several bite-sized chunks, and I’ll throw some app reviews into the mix too.
First up, the product launch and hardware design…
Along with the rest of the Internet, I have got myself an iPad. Yes, I’m an Apple fanboy, a geek, I have more money than sense and I bought the £429 ‘big iPod touch’ without a specific need for it. I hope that covers all of your complaints, so let’s move on.
If you’re on this site then you will probably have seen the article posted over on Gizmodo, claiming to show the new iPhone. Incase you haven’t basically some Apple employee forgot his prototype iPhone 4G in a bar, it worked its way to Gizmodo, got remotely wiped and they have ripped it apart showing the world that it’s the real deal.
Sure, it’s a bit chunky and the buttons and shut lines are a bit naff, but remember this is probably a roughly-made prototype so I can forgive those details. We’ve been told about the screen, the cameras, the ports and the microSIM housing, but what about the processor? Surely the chaps at Gizmodo would be fighting to show us if the phone has the new A4 chip, as seen in the iPad?
And another thing, I’m not so convinced about the ‘lost in a bar’ story. Hours before the iPad was announced a photograph was leaked showing a prototyped bolted to a workbench, and even when iPad were sent to reviewers they had to be kept securely in a darkened room. So why the hell was some engineer using a prototype 4G iPhone in a bar, and how did he manage to loose it? Knowing Apple, I’d imagine only a handful of employees have these iPhones in their possession, so I think not loosing it would be at the forefront of his mind. It even had a 3G-style cover to keep the new design hidden from prying eyes.
The pages at Gizmodo – and most tech blogs now – haven’t been yanked by Apple’s once-notorious cease and desist requests as was the norm when genuine leaks are published. And I can’t think of another leak on this scale. It’s the whole damn phone with loads of clear photos and videos, for God’s sake!
So it’s marketing on Apples behalf.
This prototype may not appeal to everyone but look at what it does have:
Front-facing camera? Check
Better quality rear camera with flash? Check
High resolution screen? Check
Mic for noise cancellation? Possibly
Dedicated button for the camera? Possibly
Larger, possibly removable battery? Check
Sleek, new design? Check
That list matches almost every sensible request made by current iPhone users; so by leaking this product Apple have drummed up a huge amount of interest in the new iPhone. The dodgy shut lines are probably going to be removed by the time we see this phone for real and then what is there to complain about? Apart from the VERY outside chance of having 4G technology – not to be confused with this being the 4th generation iPhone – I can’t think of anything.
One thing though; if the new iPhone doesn’t have just one of the above features, then Apple is going to be in serious trouble. Why would the prototype have more features than the finished product? That’d be suicide.
Expect an announcement in late May/early June and a release date of the new iPhone around mid to late June. We’ll then know if this is the real deal, but I guess we’ll never know if this is a deliberate leak by Apple, or a breach of their famously bulletproof secrecy.
Xzibit would be proud.
Anyway, enough of the ropey Pimp My Ride link…
As well as having an unhealthy obsession with tech and all things Apple, I’ve had a life-long love of cars and all things automotive. Cars and tech seem to go hand in hand.
So when I stumbled across this video of a chap installing an iPad into a car dashboard, the 5-year-old in me almost exploded with excitement, and the 20-year-old on the outside mentally planned out how this could be done in my mum’s Corsa.