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Unlike with the iPhone, Bangaloreans are divided about Apple's new offering and have mixed opinions about it
NT Balanarayan. BANGALORE What would it be called? iTablet, iSlate? When will it be released? Sorry folks, the magical device from Apple, is called the iPad and it'll hit the US market in March of this year. Now that the hype has settled, people - who have been on the edge of the seats awaiting black-turtle-necksweater-clad-Steve Jobs to come forward with another wonder gadget - are taking a breath and stating their views. But mind you, unlike the iPhone they are not fully 'wowed' by it. For Vijay Raj, a city-based tech blogger, it's just a larger iPod. "The resolution is no better than the iPod touch and many laptop screens out there. So, it might not be ideal to view high resolution videos or pictures. The biggest no for me is the missing multi-tasking ability This means you can't open and run . two applications simultaneously which , is indeed a great setback," Vijay says. However, Swaroop Hegde who is an app developer for the iPhone and director of Rackedhosting, has a different view point. "It has its pros and cons. The dependency on iPhone OS is a good and bad thing. The good: 140k apps ready to go. The bad: closed platform and the fact that Apple doesn't reveal the real power of the device. I use a Mac and a PC (Linux) and own an iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Bangalore, Friday, January 29, 2010
In the city, not everyone’s ready to dot the i just yet
People just think it's the screen of the Macbook Air, but it is not just a screen with touch interface. What is most remarkable about the iPad is the technology, even if it's just an exploded iPhone, it takes guts to do so, and kudos to –Sidhartha Thakur Apple
So, Apple needed to come up with something revolutionary They did it to an ex. tent but not much. Also, the hype was too much to live up to. So, we can't blame them fully Swaroop says. ," When asked if he would buy the device when it launches here he said that he may not buy the first generation device. "Considering the duty is quite high and the price may not be worth it here. The issue is same as the iPhone first-gen, but of course iPhone was revolutionary . From an iPhone developer's point of view, Apple did a fantastic job. I just tested our upcoming apps and other open source apps. They work quite well [on simulator]. You don't need to develop apps for the new device. Current apps run quite well. Of course, game developers will be adding some optimisations to look better on the iPad and may even take advantage of the larger screen which means more real estate. Apple is aiming at netbooks. Smart move. Let's see how it works out," he added. Sidhartha Thakur, is excited about buying the device when it launches here. "People just think it's the screen of the Macbook Air, but it is not just a screen with touch interface. What is most remarkable about the iPad is the technology even if it's just an exploded iPhone, it , takes guts to do so, and kudos to Apple," he said. Speaking of the availability of the device in India, one of the points to be considered is the absence of the iPhone 3G in India. Phani Raj is among those who're doubtful of iPad's launch in India. "Let's hope that 3G rolls out in India by July and also that Apple gets a good deal from any of the 3G-supported operators and we can hope that it'll be available in India. That said, I might not buy it as I already own a Nokia smartphone, a laptop, and I would go for netbook if at all I plan to buy a device in-between, considering the netbook has better functionality compared with the iPad. After all, I need functionality for fancy looks and multitasking to multi touch," he says. All said, Rohan Shravan, director and CEO of Notion Ink, a Hyderabad-based company who are working on a competing device - Adam - prefers to wait and watch. "They have priced it really aggressively, but I am a little disappointed with the user interface. I expected more innovation from Apple, after all they are a company that comes up with inspirational products. Also Apple doesn't always release all the features of their product at one time. So I won't be surprised if the final version sports a camera. That's one of the reasons why I don't want to compare our product to that of Apple's feature-feature," Rohan says.
Thanks Steve, Job's done!
San Francisco: Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Wednesday revealed the culturechanging company's latest must-have device, a touchscreen tablet computer annointed the 'iPad'. "We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and revolutionary product," said Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant last year and was making just his second public appearance since September. The long-awaited iPad has a 24.6-centimeter colour screen and resembles an oversized iPhone. It is 1.3cms thick, weighs 0.7kgs and comes with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of flash memory. "I think it's a home run," said Gartner analyst Van Baker. "It becomes a viable alternative to a netbook and I get the 140,000 applications in the App Store. It is a pretty compelling value." Apple said it would start shipping the iPad, which has a virtual keyboard but can also be hooked up to an external keyboard, within 60 days, making them available worldwide in late March. The 3G version will reach the market in late April. Dressed in his trademark blue jeans, black turtleneck and sneakers, Jobs appeared on stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater to unveil a product that had been the subject of months of speculation. Walking around the stage or sitting on a couch, he showed off iPad features which include browsing the Internet, doing email, working with spreadsheets and charts, playing videogames, listening to music or watching video. Jobs, who appeared thin but healthy, said Apple was launching an online "iBookstore" for the iPad and touted its abilities as an electronic reader of books, newspapers and magazines. "You can have black-and-white, colour, video in your books - whatever the author wants," he said. "We think the iPad is going to make a terrific e-book reader, not just for popular books but for textbooks as well. Amazon has done a great job of pioneering this functionality with the Kindle," Jobs said. "We are going to stand on their shoulders." The legendary Apple CEO said the iPad has support from five of the biggest publishers in the world and that Apple will "open the floodgates for the rest of the publishers starting this afternoon". The New York Times, Time magazine and National Geographic were among the partners whose content was displayed on the device on Wednesday.
APPLE'S iPAD LOOKS TO REVOLUTIONISE THE WAY WE READ, AND PUBLISHERS AND MEDIA GROUPS ARE ALREADY LINING UP TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON
Kindle’s safe from iPad threat, for now
Amazon's top spot in e-readers is secure for now, say analysts
Alexandria Sage & Phil Wahba. SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK The buzz in the gadget world has shifted from Amazon.com to Apple with the launch of its long-awaited iPad tablet, but analysts say the world's largest retailer's Kindle device is safe in its smaller market - for now. Industry watchers had speculated for months that Apple's new tablet would take a bite out of market share for the $259 Kindle electronic reader, its best-selling item introduced in late 2007 and touted by Amazon as "the" gadget to buy. "They [Amazon] don't have to worry about the market for their product suddenly drying up because everyone's migrating to the iPad," said Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey. "Amazon has a year's runway left to show that they're going to stay ahead of Apple, and if they don't, by a year from now, Apple will have a few more content solutions in line," he added. "At that point it becomes a threat if Amazon hasn't responded by then." James Friedland, a Cowen & Co analyst, agreed. "This doesn't change the game," he said. "At the same time, Apple is a formidable competitor and our view is that over time Apple and Amazon will emerge as the two largest The Nook, the players [in e-books]." Kindle should remain the newest entrant into device of choice for avid the e-reader market readers, analysts say, due to its e-Ink technology that from Barnes & minimizes eye strain and its Noble, may be the already-formidable network most threatened by of book choices. The iPad is backlit, which makes it more the iPad, due to its difficult to read. late launch and Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has long held that recent delivery the Kindle is intended for delays reading books, magazines and newspapers and is not a stepping stone to a more full-featured PC-like device that Apple has now delivered. "Let's face it, Amazon has millions of people buying books from them every day - they're putting in comments, they're putting in reviews. You're never going to have that at the iBookstore," McQuivey said. Still, analysts say while Amazon's headstart has allowed it to dodge a bullet for now, it can't afford to rest on its laurels. The Kindle will likely roll out new features like colour, music and social networking functions, they said. Amazon is due to report fourth-quarter results on Thursday, with analysts expecting a blowout quarter fuelled by market share gains in the competitive holiday period. The Nook, the newest entrant into the e-reader market from Barnes & Noble, may be the most threatened by the iPad, due to its late launch and recent delivery delays, said industry watchers. Shares of Barnes & Noble closed down 8.3 per cent at $18.07 on the New York Stock Exchange. It is too early to gauge sales of the iPad and analysts are already at a disadvantage since Amazon does not release Kindle sales figures. "Yes, there is a segment of the market that wants a dedicated e-reader. But how many of them are there? And did it peak out this Christmas?" asked BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis. REUTERS
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The Frogs XANTHIAS. SHALL I crack any of those old jokes, master, At which the audience never fail to laugh? DIONYSUS. Aye, what you will, except I’m getting crushed: Fight shy of that: I’m sick of that already. 4 XAN. Nothing else smart?
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DIO. Aye, save my shoulder’s aching.
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Is it a tampon? No it’s the iPad (wings not included)
Joking messages drawing attention to the connotations many associated with the name iPad were being uploaded by Twitter users all over the world
Washington DC: Twitter users responded snarkiPad come with wings?" wrote Justin Breese. ily Wednesday to the name of Apple's latest inTwitter account user "thelampnyc" quesnovation the iPad, pushing the phrase "iTampon" tioned why Apple's vast marketing resources to a number two "trending" topic on the mi- hadn't made the connection. "Really love that I croblogging site. have already heard the iPad called the iTamApple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new gadg- pon. Really Apple marketing geniuses? Didn't see , et amid high expectations, and Twitter users that coming?" followed his announcement online, with both Others pointed out that Jobs' company had "Steve Jobs" and "Official Apple iPad" scoring plenty of opportunity to work out what people high on the sites trending topics. But by late af- might think when they heard the name iPad, ternoon, joking mesthanks to a comedy skit sages drawing attenproduced years ago by tion to the connota- Jobs’ company had plenty of US show MadTV The . tions many associated skit featured two busiopportunity to work out what with the name iPad nesswomen discussing were being uploaded people might think when they the virtues of Apple's by Twitter users all heard the name iPad latest product for over the world, in a vawomen - named the riety of languages. iPad. "Dear Apple: Have fun trying to control all On Youtube, a video of the sketch was enthe teasing you're gonna' get for the iPad name joying new attention, with "NYHeineken" (i.e. iTampon, iPadwithwings etc, etc)," wrote summing up the views of many in a comment user Emily McLain. "I guess iTampon will be the posted underneath the 2006 skit. "I guess Apsmaller version to come out this fall," joked one ple forgot to Google iPad before they named user under the account name sTOOJ. "Does the it.... Hahahahaa." AFP
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