It was January 27th be the day when Apple, after having revolutionized personal computing, music and voice, would create a new market altogether. And it starts with the AppStore : 140 000 applications are proposed for 3 billion downloads. Apple is also now – self satisfaction – the world’s number one mobile, says he. But it lacks a link between the iPhone and the Macbook, better than the two. Better Than the Laptop, Better Than the smartphone. It then defines the needs of today’s mobile surfing, email, photos, video, music, games, eBooks.
“This is the best web experience we have ever seen. It is phenomenal for email (the flow of messages appears on the left, the preview emails, right), typing is done through a very large virtual screen. iTunes Appstore is obviously the game, you watch movies on, television. The interface clearly mentions that of the iPhone. The Mobile Safari browser still does not support Flash. He read the PDF, phew. That’s Steve Jobs opens the hostilities of the conference planned for some time. Before coming to the “revolutionary product” that justifies the holding of this event, the CEO of Apple does not forget to recall some figures, falling for the record two days after the company announced improved financial results of its ever, with $ 15.6 billion in sales. The iPod would have topped 250 million copies sold worldwide. Today, Apple is simply more important than Nokia , Sony and Samsung in the field of consumer electronics. Annualized turnover reached 50 billion, and it is true that stock, Apple now weighs more than IBM. After celebrating the containing Jobs returns to the content available on the AppStore, his best defensive weapon against competition. It recalls its 140 000 applications already available. However, developers are now encouraged to optimize their applications to take advantage of the new screen, bigger. Focus passing on FaceBook. Still no word however on multitasking.
As you’ve proven in the field Apple iPad hardware is not impressive. The company speaks of revolutionary device but we only see it well in the field of applications and services. The IPAD works with Apple’s iPhone operating system, but big. Applications that are already in store for younger siblings will be adapted for use in the IPAD, but that runs by the developers. Applications we have already bought should work without pay again on the tablet. Apple has filed various applications and services that has worked with the creators. Have been impressive demonstrations of the online newspaper the Times and to IPAD iWork, which displays intuitive controls, keyboards that fit what we can do at all times and of course games, many games. The iWork will leave with a $ 10 application.
Integrated into the IPAD applications are fairly well achieved as maps, notes, Safari, email, photos, and much more. Special mention new iBooks store, where Apple will distribute electronic books in ePub format, which is limited to standard format. Amazon can now rest assured that the electronic ink is better to read that the LCD of IPAD, but nevertheless, the user base and the power of the Apple Store can play in its favor in a short time.
Apple iPad :
The Apple Tablet called the iPad finally well. A device that Steve Jobs looks good as an intermediary between a smartphone and the laptop, but according to him must fulfill its mission better than these two devices if he wants any purpose. Netbooks, ultraportables these computers at a low price, do not meet this objective should be to dedicate a new terminal: the shelf. The iPad includes the icons that we know about the iPhone. It also has accelerometer, so that the display switches automatically from portrait to landscape. A virtual keyboard, also similar to the iPhone, will occupy half of the screen. The interface appears, however, worked more than the iPhone, as if the will was actually to find the best compromise between either Mac OS Mac OS computer and mobile. Technically, the iPad resembles a large iPod unibody, a huge touchscreen and a single knob. The operating system is also similar to the Apple phone, except wallpapers and more airy home, widescreen forces. And who says similar OS, says similar applications. But not necessarily similar uses though. Almost all of those in the App Store will be compatible (a catalog of 150 000 applications, anyway), while some will have an unprecedented display (called HD, so full screen but not real HD as one might hear-1080p). For the rest, there are already known applications: Safari, taking advantage of a larger display because the size of the screen, malls, iPod function, Youtube, etc.. Nothing particularly novel to date, or at least nothing that warrants iPad in addition to or instead of an iPhone.
The hardware layer is structured around a new house processor, Apple A4. Deriving the purchase of PA Semi in 2008, it is based on an architecture known to the world of telephony: the ARM. Clocked at 1GHz, it also loads a graphics chip and another charge of multimedia content (e.g. HD decoding). The iPad knows obviously play videos. She would benefit from the HD set up by YouTube, but the support of Flash has so far not been addressed. However, it may well not be on the agenda, as evidenced by the lack of animation on sites visited by Steve Jobs, and the presence of the small blue square denoting missing software. The most important is its 9.7-inch screen. Multi-touch, it offers a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels. Embarking from 16 to 64 GB of flash memory, the device offers the luxury of being below the kilogram (0.68 kg) to 13.4 mm thick. Despite this, almost 19 inches wide by 24 cm in height shall prevent the return of your jeans pocket, jacket, etc. Question connectivity, it becomes complicated. If all iPad boarded a WiFi chip, only certain offers 3G to surf anywhere. The most promising is on the screen, which offers more opportunity than the iPhone. The striking example, should be possible in the manner of a conventional keyboard. Provided put the flat shelf. For desktop use, there exist anyway props turning into a mini iMac: a keyboard with stand, transforming the whole into a faux iMac. The resemblance is almost uncanny.
The small world of multimedia works by period / mode. There has been one of UMPCs, Tablet PCs, netbooks, and now that of eReader. Initiated by the Amazon Kindle, several other manufacturers have attempted, or try an adventure (Sony and Asus respectively). These devices, which allow libraries to embark on your device, offers Unlike conventional display devices optimized for reading. Few brightness and clarity for a minimum of fatigue maximum of the retina. If these devices prove to be very pleasant for the use intended for them, we must acknowledge that their lack of functionality is disabling. Especially at a time when a mobile phone can surf the web, play music and videos, and even run games.
All of the built-in apps on iPad were designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can’t do on any other device.
1. Safari –
iPad is the best way to experience the web. View whole pages in portrait or landscape on the large Multi-Touch screen. And let your fingers do the surfing. The Safari web browser on iPad puts the Internet in your hands — literally. View whole web pages in portrait or landscape on the large Multi-Touch screen with vibrant color and sharp text at a size that’s actually readable. When you rotate iPad to landscape, the page you’re viewing rotates, too, then expands to fit the display. This is basically a cross between the desktop version and the iPhone, which unfortunately seems to drag alone (at least in presentation) from the same shortcomings of the latter: you wanted to support Flash? It seems that so far nothing.
2. Mail –
There’s nothing like the Mail app on iPad. With a split-screen view and expansive onscreen keyboard, it lets you see and touch your email in ways you never could before. Your inbox just received a whole new look. The Mail app on iPad gives you a natural new way to see your email. Hold iPad in landscape for a split-screen view showing both an opened email and the messages in your inbox, each with a two-line preview of its contents. That makes it easy to get through lots of email quickly. When you want to focus on a single email message, turn iPad to portrait. The email message automatically rotates to fill the screen, so you can concentrate on its contents.
They are the best example of the changes we can expect most applications: to have a larger screen, the application runs in a mode of two columns with drop down menus and a huge virtual keyboard would make things easier for sure when working with it as if it were a real one.
3. Photos –
Tap, pinch, and flick through your photos. With the built-in Photos app on iPad, you can see and touch your photos in intuitive new ways. Your photo albums appear as tidy little stacks you can pinch to preview. Tap a stack, and the whole album opens up. From there you can scroll through thumbnails. Tap to view full screen. Or flip through photos one at a time. The gorgeous 9.7-inch iPad display shows off your photos in vivid color with excellent brightness and contrast. It uses a premium technology called IPS (in-plane switching) to provide an extremely wide viewing angle, so friends and family can crowd around your iPad and still get a great view.
4. Videos –
Your own personal big screen. A beautiful 9.7-inch high-resolution display makes iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos. Since iPad is essentially one big screen — with no distracting keypad or buttons — you feel completely immersed in whatever you’re watching. And you can keep watching for up to 10 hours, thanks to the lithium-polymer battery in iPad.* Buy or rent a movie on the go. Tap the iTunes icon and you’ll find thousands of movies — including HD movies — ready and waiting. Tap and browse around. When you find a movie you like, watch a preview. Whatever you buy or rent downloads right to your iPad video library, so you’ll be at the movies in minutes. You can also catch up on your favorite TV shows, watch music videos, and download podcasts.
5. Design –
The shelf looks like a large iPhone with a touch screen 9.7 inch IPS. The iPad will be equipped with a 1 gigahertz processor and exists in several versions, with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of memory, with or without 3G access. It will have a theoretical autonomy of ten hours.
6. App Store –
Apps made for iPad. Right now you can tap into the App Store to shop for over a thousand amazing apps made just for iPad — and more are added every day. They’re easy to find in their own special section, in every possible category: games, lifestyle, social networking, education, and dozens more. And they’re all designed specifically to make the most of the large iPad display, precise Multi-Touch screen, and powerful processor. If you’re just browsing, the App Store makes it easy. You can see what’s new in Featured, check out the Top 25, and even preview each app. Find apps by doing a quick search, then download them wherever you are and get started right away.
7. iBooks –
Two sides to the story. Download the iBooks app free from the App Store. More than a great ebook reader, it’s also an amazing place to browse and shop for books anytime, day or night. Tap the iBooks icon and your bookshelf appears. In the upper-left corner, you’ll find the Store button. Tap it and the bookshelf flips around like a secret passageway to reveal the iBookstore, where you can browse tens of thousands of books — many of them free. Browse by title, author, or genre. View what’s featured on the iBookstore, the New York Times best-seller lists, and more. When you find a book you like, tap it to see more details, peruse reviews, even read a sample. Download the book and it appears on your bookshelf. You can start reading right away.
8. OS –
The operating system is very similar to the iPhone, and the tablet will run all applications on the iPhone can play videos or music and browse the Web. A specific version of iWorks suite, as well as applications developed specifically for the tablet, especially games, will be available at launch. The IPAD OS (unofficial name) becomes a version of the iPhone operating system that only adapted to the new screen size. Thus, we usually find a few cosmetic changes except for a modeled Dock in Mac OS X and the possibility to use custom backgrounds. This new flavor of the iPhone OS can run most of your Apple applications in their original resolution or expanded to full screen view them if their developers have not bothered to devote a little time to edit them so they can take advantage of the advantages of the new screen resolution. The new version of the iPhone SDK with this role and IPAD simulator out today so … go for it guys! A detail, the operating system will offer support (also with dictionary) of nine languages
9. Maps – Maps offers a more fluid and satisfying experience in its mobile version and we can even access the view Street View running everything in a really smooth.
10. iCal and Address Book – This shows drastic differences in their design, much more original and fun that makes them seem more real agenda an application itself.
11. Media –
Apple is also launching its own online bookstore, iBooks, operating very close to that of iTunes. The firm relies on a report prepared pages and a brighter screen – and therefore potentially more tiring for the eyes – those of its competitors. The books of the iBooks will be available as open Epub, but it is possible that they are protected by technological protection measures. The company has also submitted an application of the New York Times, which presents itself as a journal paper, but with videos or portfolios.
12. The Screen –
The screen, capacitive touch, displays a diagonal of 9.7 inches for a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. With 1.27 cm thick, the tablet would show that 680 grams on the scale. Equipped with 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth and a compass, it would provide up to 10 hours in operation, varying up to one month before. The iPad would also powered by a processor from Apple! A true first, which follows the acquisition of PA Semiconductor in 2008 . We therefore looked forward to seeing what may be the characteristics and performance of this chip called “A4”.
13. Processor –
Note the presence of a 1 GHz processor produced directly by Apple under the name Apple A4 and probably produced by PA Semi, a manufacturer of semiconductors purchased in 2008. The advantage is that the Cupertino company could provide a precise specification for the processor, so it best meets the intended use, but it will be difficult for the competition to find an equivalent chipset so as to resume the main features of the iPad. If Apple cannot prevent anyone from copying its products, control the hardware gives it to keep a step ahead and prevent other companies to react quickly to launch similar products. During the presentation of the tablet, no mention was made of the possibility of multitasking. Furthermore, the OS of the iPad finally seems to be very close to that of the iPhone, contextual menus and more. A development kit to take advantage of specific features of the iPad will be made available to developers soon. The battery shelf iPad will be like for the other products Apple mobile non-removable. It will provide a self-announced 10 hours (which may vary significantly once the connectivity enabled) and one month on standby.
14. iPhone applications –
The iPad is 100% compatible with software designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch, announces Scott Forstall, head of the branch mobile software from Apple. The assertion is supported by the presentation of some of the success of the App Store on video games . However, there will be native applications, specially designed for the iPad and taking advantage of its screen resolution and its configuration, more robust than a phone, like brushes, dedicated … the virtual painting. The SPF futuristic Gameloft , Nova, will be among them. Electronic Arts also prepares a title for the iPad, as a port of Need For Speed Shift , where all controls are tactile, change of speed to blow eye in the mirror. Finally, the SDK for iPhone applications (SDK) is updated immediately so that developers can modify their software in order to make the most of the screen iPad. Last, we may transfer to the iPad iPhone applications that were already purchased.
With three million downloads, the iPhone application of the New York Times is set for success. This prestigious daily will inaugurate the new set by Apple with its destination publisher’s iPad. A new application is presented, which provides access to the newspaper with a layout similar to that of a duck paper. Interactivity, however, is well on the appointment in that, within this interface, you can click on the images, play video or launch events. Between paper and digital, are we the best of both worlds. Finally, the electronic book, one of the leading trends of CES 2010, could have been forgotten. An application called iBooks will be dedicated to this theme. An iBook Store, bringing together several large publishers (Hachette, Penguin, Harper Collins are among them), it is associated. The operation is simply similar to the iTunes Store or the App Store already so well-tested models that have been surprising that Apple did not simply transpose the world of books.
15. iWork –
The iPad would be a mere tool of entertainment. Apple announced in effect the arrival of his office suite, iWork, which is seen for the occasion with a new interface. Spreadsheets, word processing, etc., iWork for iPad aims to offer a user experience similar to that experienced today Mac users. To believe Phil Schiller, who introduced the software, only interactions with the software since they differ by operating a touch screen. One question remains: do we really consider to build a presentation or a spreadsheet on a touch screen? At the consultation, which may well be the main use, the management seems flawless. At spreadsheets, there is a dedicated virtual keypad, similar to a calculator. But can I connect a wireless keyboard?
16. USB Sync –
Just like an iPhone, iPad tablet can be synchronized with a computer via USB, says Steve Jobs, back on stage. But it does not stop there, since posting a second version of the iPad will integrate 3G + module, allowing him to connect to the Internet on the move! In the U.S., a formula to $ 14.95 per month will have 250 MB of exchanges 3G. The iPad would use maps via micro SIM and would, by default, is unlockable. In other words, the tablet will not be linked exclusively to one operator. All compatible networks can be used, provided that the operator is able to provide a micro SIM.
17. Connectivity –
As already mentioned, in addition to the basic model will be sold a second model with 3G contracts for which there will be made especially for it in a way similar to what happens with the iPhone. Thus, in the U.S. AT & T will offer two types of prepayment: a 250MB for $ 14.99 for users who seek only download mail and see some other site and unlimited downloads for $ 29.99 per month. Steve Jobs has placed emphasis on making sure there will be no permanent contract and may cancel it at the time we want.
Regardless of the country where we are, the IPAD 3G will be sold unlocked without exception, and although Apple will try to reach special agreements with different companies you work with You can always asking us to prefer micro SIM card.
18. Accessories –
Apple knows that accessories are a great way to increase the profitability of a product such as the iPad, whose cost is probably higher. A docking station, for positioning the shelf facing you in portrait mode, will be proposed and will be enriched with a real keyboard! For now, no mouse is mentioned, but since the iPad is Bluetooth enabled, it is not impossible that it is possible by its release they add a Magic Mouse. Apple has waited until other manufacturers put the batteries and make the fortune selling accessories for the IPAD. Do you want a bag? We IPAD Case, which not only protects our tablet but also allows us to put in different positions in a convenient and simple. You seek the comfort of a physical keyboard? No, you cannot use (at least not yet) your newly upgraded wireless keyboard but at least you have an alternative, the IPAD Keyboard Dock, basically a fusion of the Apple keyboard and a more balanced version of the classic Dock. Still you have money left on the card? Nothing, the IPAD Dock without keyboard, IPAD Camera Connection Kit for connecting via USB to import photos or downloaded directly by its version with SD card reader or USB Power Adapter IPAD to load directly from the power supply will do the rest.
Kindle Comparision –
It is the turn of the book the Kindle will be wrong (even if his record autonomy is always in his favor). Steve send elsewhere: “We will go a little further with the Amazon Kindle.” Cupertino comes with an application, iBook (which refers to an iBook Store, in line with iTunes), and he thanked Amazon not without irony, for his role of “pioneer.” There must have teeth that grind at Amazon. The first thing that leaps to the eye, it is colorful, unlike the current eBooks. One shot shows few books to download. The format chosen is ePub books – the open and standard format of electronic books, also used on the Sony Reader . Bulk now: a demo of the game is launched. “It’s like holding a HDTV a few inches of the face. A version tailored for the iPad iWork arrives. Phil Schiller (the right arm of Jobs, Marketing Manager) tumbling. It boasts iWork.
- 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
- 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Size and weight1 –
- Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
- Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
- Depth:0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
- 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
- 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
Wireless and cellular –
- Wi-Fi modelWi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
- Wi-Fi + 3G model
- UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- Data only2
- Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
- 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
- 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
- Ambient light sensor
Audio playback –
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
- Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
- User-configurable maximum volume limit
TV and video –
- Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
- H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Mail attachment support –
- Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
- Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
- Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
- Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
- Support for playback of closed-captioned content
- VoiceOver screen reader
- Full-screen zoom magnification
- White on black display
- Mono audio
Battery and power4 –
- Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
- Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
- Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network
- Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
Input and output –
- Dock connector port
- 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
- Built-in speaker
- Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)
Mac system requirements –
- Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
- Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
- iTunes 9.1 or later
- iTunes Store account
- Internet access
Windows system requirements –
- PC with USB 2.0 port
- Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
- iTunes 9.1 or later iTunes Store account
- Internet access
- Dock Connector to USB Cable
- 10W USB Power Adapter
Price and availability –
Each IPAD model is available with capacities of 16, 32 and 64 GB for 499, 599 and $ 699 for the model with WiFi connectivity and 629, 729 and $ 829 for the model with WiFi and 3G. The basic version with WiFi will be available for international sooner than expected: in just 60 days, while the 3G model will be delayed another month, probably because of the different tests that undergo this type of device to ensure complying with the regulations of different countries. The tablet to be sold from $ 499 for the model with 16 gigabytes of memory, and without 3G. It will take 599 and $ 699 for models 32 and 64 gigabytes, and add $ 130 to have 3G.
Positive Points –
- The IPAD is also an iPod because it has the same capabilities to play music and videos that younger siblings just that through an interface that looks more like iTunes for Mac than anything else. Furthermore, the additional power of Apple A4 processor allows you to play without problems up to 720p h.264 video and 30 fps.
- As expected, the App Store and iTunes also have their place in the IPAD offering little more than what we already know only more beautiful and larger.
- Maps offers a more fluid and satisfying experience in its mobile version and we can even access the view Street View running everything in a really smooth.
Negative Points –
- Voice – there will be a priori not possible to use the tablet to make calls.
- Flash will not manage the shelf technology from Adobe, which will prevent access to certain pages and Web applications.
- The camera
- Multitasking – Like the iPhone, the tablet cannot run multiple applications simultaneously.
- Support memory card: No SD slot does not seem to exist on the shelf.
Physically, the IPAD is really thin. Only 1.32 cm thick at the peak (the edges are rounded so that we can hold in a more comfortable) and a size of 24.28 × 17.87 cm. The weight is not a problem, 680 grams for the standard version and 730 for the model with 3G connectivity. As far as technical specifications are concerned, the IPAD is based on a 1 GHz processor speed itself developed by Apple that have called A4 and offers all the power needed to run the iPhone OS steroids and flowing smoothly in a 9.7-inch LED screen of 1024 x 768 pixel resolution (the screen uses IPS technology to offer improved viewing angle and has 132 pixels per inch). Available in capacities ranging from 16 to 64 GB, IPAD has accelerometer, compass, GPS, speakerphone, microphone and WiFi wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 802.11n that is extended with a second model to the 3G option. Unfortunately, all is not gold that glitters. As indicated at the beginning, the IPAD has created so much excitement with its controlled rumors as disappointment after her appearance has caused. Many expected Apple’s revolutionary invention, yet have met with a device that many, in possession of an iPhone and a laptop, consider unnecessary. With that handicap Apple ensures that the system does not suffer slowdowns, but even so is guaranteed 100% satisfactory experience. And is that the device returns to face compatibility problems with Flash websites. A defect and dragging the iPhone , and have not solved here.
As a reader ebooks seems a product to consider, if one is willing to carry the necessary restrictions of Cupertino. During the presentation of iBooks , the new digital reading software, we missed that hosted an open format such as ePub . Obviously there was a catch: the protection DRM books that are preventing you to read on another device other than the IPAD. Also missing a webcam integrated. The possibility of establishing videoconferences while you’re away from home is one of the great attractions of the netbooks. Possibility of the IPAD lacks completely. The GPS Navigator could earn you whole, but this is only included in the model with 3G .
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