I’m not a thrifty man by nature, but after cobbling together enough
money to buy my first single-family home, I wasn’t about to take out a
second mortgage just to get the place decorated. In fact, the very
concept of hiring an interior designer or color consultant strikes me
as frivolous on an intestinal level. Color theory and design
inspiration is free online, and at the end of the day, what looks right
is right--because perfection in home decor is in the eye of the
beholder. That last thing I need is some woman named Astrid telling me
my walls would look better in “Butter Crème.”
Love it or hate it (or just want to continually gripe out its lack of Flash), you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with a pulse who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to spend some quality time with Apple’s latest piece of technology. So why is Apple insisting that we wait 60-90 days?
Welcome to San Francisco Macworld Expo attendees! Now that you've got
your bag filled with nerd-related goodies, you should take a break from
the expo floor and check out the glorious city of San Francisco.
Before Steve turned it into his personal showcase and the Apple booth
had to be draped in black curtains, Macworld was a place for fans and
professionals to share ideas free from the prying eyes of PC users,
where product announcements were welcome but not necessary, and the
keynote was the least interesting part of the show.
Apple's iPad announcement event didn't put an especially large focus on
the gaming possibilities of the new device, but what was shown
demonstrated how easily developers can modify current iPhone and iPod
touch apps with just a brief time investment. We've already seen how
updated versions of N.O.V.A. and Need for Speed: Shift will take
advantage of the iPad, but it got us thinking -- how might some of the
other best-selling or beloved iPhone games use the iPad's updated
features to enhance the existing experience? Here's our list of 25
games we'd love to see enhanced for the iPad.
While perusing the Apple site the day after the official announcement,
we noticed that the accessory options for the iPad were limited to only
a charging dock, what seems to be a Bluetooth keyboard, and a plain,
black leather case. Of course, the usual case makers started announcing
their multi-colored coverings. For shame, we thought. Such an
industry-shaking product deserves more than just a measly line-up of
We decided that instead of staring at
an empty page at Apple.com, we’d put our brains together and conjure up
some of our own ideas of incredibly useful add-ons for the iPad. We
figure that with these particular add-ons, the iPad won't be
referred to as an oversize iPod touch. After all, it's much more
difficult to watch an iPod touch at arm's length.
The fruits of Apple’s 2008 acquisition of P.A. Semiconductor finally saw
the light of day when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s iPad. Underlying the
sleek user interface and minimalist hardware is the Apple A4. The A4 is a
system-on-a-chip (SoC) running at 1GHz. No mere CPU, the A4 includes
integrated 3D graphics, audio, power management, storage and I/O
Let's face it. This week's column is useless, completely and absolutely useless. Seriously. Did you miss anything this week, anything at all? Weren't you here every day, gobbling up the latest tablet rumors -- what would it be called, would it do this, would it do that?
And then, January 27th arrived, and from 10 am EST, you were here on the hour, hitting refresh every five minutes. Then the aftermath. What else would be revealed, what other new trickles of news would slip out?
Well, just in case you were buried under a rock or just secured parole yesterday, here's the roundup of the week the iPad made.
After a decade of guesswork and anticipation, it was almost a given that
the magical unicorn we now know as the iPad could never be as good as
the wild visions conjured up by our minds and the media/rumor sites.
We contacted publishers and developers to get thier take on the newest Apple product.
To paraphrase Eric Cartman: "Yes, I have used the iPad; who wants to touch me?"
EIC Paul and I were supa-stoked to get some hands-on time with the iPad after this morning's event. We played with it for about 90 minutes, lingering as long as we could even while Apple's uber-patient gadget-handlers politely mentioned (and rementioned) that "we're getting ready to shut it down."
Shut it down?! Never! We are geeks with a new toy! Christmas morning and whatnot! Anyway, after they pried it from our sweaty trembling hands, we jotted down these first impressions just for you. (Plus video, after the jump...)