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2 March 2011: Come see what 2011 will be the year of…

24 Feb

NEW SCREEN SIZE

The rumor lately is that a 7″ model is on its way to sit right beside the current 9″ model, and due to Apple’s resolution independence and growing number of developers, a new size won’t cause many issues beyond a few optimizations that have to happen from App Store developers to make things look perfect. For the most part, Apple’s going to make sure most apps “just work.”

The new screen size will help iPad reach a lower price point for consumers and compete with the Amazon Kindle in size and price. Soon, an iPad with thousands of apps will sit along-side the Kindle nicely and make Amazon drop its price even lower to compete.

NEW SCREEN RESOLUTION

You can be sure that Apple’s Retina Display, or something very close, will make its way to iPad. More and more iPhone 4 users are telling me that they use the iPhone over iPad because of the beautiful screen and how the iPad just feels empty and flat. This is an inevitable upgrade that is going to force us early adopters who own an iPad and iPhone 4 to jump in line. That screen is addictive and we want it.

FACETIME

Apple’s FaceTime making its way to the next generation iPod touch (via a front-facing camera) and Macs (by the way of a software update) seem like logical steps, but what about iPad? Steve’s promise of “millions of FaceTime devices by the end of the year” is starting to sound empty as we approach September, but it’s this month that we’ll see more of those “millions” of devices available to the public when new iPods and a new iPad is released.

In Apple’s latest iOS betas, you can FaceTime someone based on their email address so devices that aren’t phones (everything but iPhone) will be able to use FaceTime no problem. This is when things really start getting interesting

NEW FORM FACTOR

I’m doubtful of this one but it’s worth mentioning in this post. Apple generally waits two to three refreshes before redoing the overall hardware of its devices, but a thinner iPad may be in line that mimics much of Apple’s iPhone 4. Squaring off the design would help the device lay flat, but would also make it more susceptible to scratches. I’ve long wanted an iPad bumper case to help in the event of a drop and wish Apple would move away fromsteel aluminum as it’s so darn slippery. This is a maybe as Apple can legitimately call this a second generation iPad without modifying the outer shell. Of course, if it’s releasing a smaller screen size, it might be a good idea to change things up a bit to throw off the competition. We’ll see.

Source: http://gigaom.com/apple/why-ipad-2-is-coming-and-what-to-expect/

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Walk the talk or Talk the walk?

6 Dec

A lesson learnt today…

During this morning’s retreat, we had break-out sessions and were expected to share using flip chart. Since our data is captured in Google Form, we wanted to merely put together the summary of responses and present.

Using my iPad…

Plan A: Create Google Presentation and insert the screenshots
Outcome: Only able to create Google Docs & Spreadsheets on the iPad

Plan B: Create a PowerPoint presentation using DocsToGo and insert the screenshots
Outcome: Only able to create a text-based presentation using the app

Plan C: Create a post in my WordPress blog and insert the screenshots
Outcome: Post created had no images

Plan D: Create a post in my Posterous blog via email and attach screenshots
Outcome: Only 5 images can be attached each time!

In the end…

We did the slides on the presenter’s notebook!

It’s easy to talk about the wonders of iPad and how it transformed my life now that I email, blog, etc on-the-go and have chucked my netbook in a corner and how everyone should just get an iPad and do everything on it! Epic fail!

Moral of the story: Walk the talk, THEN talk the walk! I guess “do everything on it” came a little too early when I’ve yet to execute the “everything” myself.

Next on the agenda: Try to get Plan C working! This explains my text-only entry as this was composed on my iPad.

Who’s iPad needs a camera?

30 Sep

Alice in iPad-land!

29 Sep

I ♥ FREE iPad Apps

22 Sep
Alright, so I’ve finally got myself an iPad,  and I don’t really want to buy apps for now. This is a norm for me. When I first got my iPhone3G, it took me a while to start getting the hang of buying apps. Ok, I am lying. I just couldn’t bare to part with my moolah on little icons that sit on my mobile phone and my first purchase was SIMS3! Ok that’s old story so let’s get back and focus on my new toy – iPad.

To ensure ROI, not counting hours on Farm Story & City Story on my iPad, there are tons of other free iPad apps that I have downloaded and explored. Have I mentioned I ❤ FREE stuff??? Hehe…

So here goes the list of free/lite apps downloadable from iTunes Store Singapore:
  1. Adobe Ideas 1.0 is your digital sketchbook which offers simple vector-based drawing tools, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop® software. You can trace over photos and email drawings as PDFs too! Neat.
  2. Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers. Remember to sign-up for an account!
  3. Evernote turns your iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.
  4. IM+ Lite is the first free multiprotocol instant messaging client with iOS 4 multitasking support! IM+ will keep you connected to GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Jabber, Facebook chat and Twitter.
  5. PaperDesk LITE is a simple, easy-to-use notebook replacement made specifically for the iPad. The entire design goal behind PaperDesk was to mimic, as closely as possible, a simple pad of paper with no unnecessary frills. Yet it still boasts features that enable quick and responsive note taking. Pages can be emailed as PDF, bookmark pages to navigate easily and record audio while taking notes! But LITE version restricts you to three pages per notebook!
  6. PCalc Lite is a fully functional and free taste of our popular scientific calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode, multiple undo and redo, unit conversions and constants, as well as two stylish themes and our highly praised design. The absence of the regular built-in calculator app doesn’t bother me now 😉
  7. Granimator is a creative wallpaper app. A free-form, immersive touch and sound experience that allows you to create designer wallpapers for your iPad from an extensive range of artist packs. Once your masterpiece is created, save the wallpaper or forward to friends through Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, and online gallery space Granimator.com.
  8. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedias files and various streaming protocols. It is simple to use, yet very powerful and extendable. VLC has all codecs built-in. It comes with support for nearly all codec there is. And what is more it can even play back the file or media if it is damaged! Missing or broken pieces are no stop to VLC, it plays all the video and audio information that’s still intact.

A colleague also introduced to me Secrets for iPad Lite – the Lite Guide to Secrets for iPad.

  • Get the most out of your iPad with THE essential guide to shortcuts, hidden features, tips & trick.
  • Whether your an intense or casual user, Secrets for iPad will lead the way to a better, more exciting and useful iPad experience!
  • This is the LITE version of the full guide and contains 15 useful tips from the full version.

There is way more to explore so look out for updates!

Are there any must-have iPad apps that you are dying to share? Please leave a comment so that newbies like me can benefit! Let’s care & share 🙂

Pocket University: iTunesU FTW

23 Jul

Toy with Holo says “HoloToy”

22 Jul

Everything and anything  is possible with “i” 😉