The iPad may have taken down non-products like HP’s Slate (heavily rumored to be cancelled) and Microsoft’s Courier (straight-up confirmed cancelled) without breaking a sweat. But there is no shortage of challengers lining up to battle Apple’s magical device for supremacy. Some don’t actually exist yet, and of course, none of them run Apple’s superior touchscreen iOS. Some, we’re sorry to say, even run Windows, so don’t count on Mac integration. Still, we present this collection of iPad competitors to keep you informed about what’s out there and to help you make conversation at your next nerd party. Yup, we’re here for you like that.
In the latest Stevemail, Jobs wants iPhone users to be less concerned about the multitasking features and just learn to love them. MacDaily is reporting that in a latest email to a MacDailyNews reader inquiry, Jobs simply replied, "People shouldn't have to understand multitasking. Just use is [sic] as designed, and you'll be happy. No need to ever quit apps."
Board-game favorite, Carcassonne makes a smooth transition to the iPhone. While we'd like even more features, a clean interface and online matches show how to update a game for digital devices. Strategy fans--whether they know the original or not--will dock this one on the main home screen.
Do you find yourself wanting a physical keyboard for your iPhone? Well, according to a newly posted YouTube video, it's as simple as purchasing a small Bluetooth keyboard and hooking it to your iPhone with a small piece of clear tape. While it's not the most elegant solution, people requiring the physical feel of a keyboard could benefit from this do it yourself hack.
While not as meaty or fully featured as the actual newspaper (or its website), The New York Times' first stab at an iPad reader is a clean and easy-to-read digest of handpicked news stories, features, and editorials. Whether in portrait or landscape orientation, NYT Editors' Choice scales nicely to your preference, delivering clear text, sharp photography, and simple commands that let you quickly change pages with a single tap or swipe.
When a simple teardown just isn't enough, iFixit goes above and beyond to hone in on the real power behind the iPhone 4. With a little help from their friends over at Chipworks, iFixit took a good look at the MEMS (microelectromechanical system) that adds to the glory of the next generation iDevice.
Additionally, iFixit put another gyroscope, one not used in the iPhone, under a microscope to show just how truly complex the component is. It may look like a simple chip to the naked eye, but underneath all those layers of copper lies a truly intricate piece of technology. Click after the cut to see what we're talking about.
A Bloomberg report on Tuesday claims that AT&T competitor Verizon Wireless may finally get the iPhone come January (we’ll believe it when we see it!), while an Oppenheimer analyst claims that Apple has 12 million waiting customers from the rival carrier, which could add another $7 billion to their already loaded coffers.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have suggested that iPhone 4 reception problems could be solved by using a case, but he wasn’t indicating that the company was willing to give them out for free, according to a rumored internal memo leaked on Tuesday.
Last week’s debut of iOS 4 and the iPhone 4 has brought with them an avalanche of App Store updates that make improvements for the latest and greatest, and on Tuesday a trio of them went live -- one new and two updates.
It’s not so much a firm denial of reality--even Steve Jobs’ magical reality distortion field only extends so far--so let’s call it a “soft denial.” There’s been too many complaints in the form of YouTube videos out there for Apple not to address the issue. But as of this writing, official company policy remains what Steve’s email said: Just avoid holding it that way.
Despite AT&T claiming everything to be hunky dory, apparently some worries are continue to persist about possible loopholes within the iPad. While the exposure of high profile email addresses was certainly troublesome, apparently there's a bigger worry. It's a certain thing called an ICC-ID number.
Welcome to our brand new regular weekly column. Every Tuesday, we march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems.
This week, we added a new featured called the Editor’s High Score. Just try and beat us.
You know how we were mentioning iWork for iPhone 4 earlier? Well, it appears that 9to5Mac has snagged some photos of the notorious mobile application that everyone in the Apple sphere is talking about.
For kicks, we've included a couple of screenshots of Pages from the iWork suite after the cut. This particular version of iWork seems to utilize the same user interface as the iPad version, except for the obviously smaller form factor.
Word on the street is that the premium Hulu service that's been around the rumor mill is now officially happening. Hulu Plus will be a 10$ a month service with entire seasons of shows available in limited quantities (along the lines of the same model that Hulu has now) and other programming that the web-streaming service has available. This service will include an iPod touch and and iPad app, which will enable streaming over WiFi or 3G, and support for televisions and Blu-ray players from companies like Vizio and Sony, as well as consoles like the PS3 and the XBOX360.