Thursday, January 28, 2010

Apple iPad - Complete features list.

iPad features

Today, Steve Jobs has finally unveiled the Apple's iPad, let's quickly list down the complete list of features that makes the iPad one of the most advanced tablet / eBook reader on the of face of this earth. If you ask me, I was expecting more out of yesterday’s keynotes. Anyways, looks like Apple is going to come back with a bang when the launch the OS 4.0 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

  • Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
  • Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

You can also check Apple for more on this. Here is the link.

  • 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
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/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)
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flashdrive
  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), AppleLossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit
  • Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p withApple Composite – A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V Cable
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 fps, 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
  • 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)
  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • White on black
  • Mono audio
  • Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speakers
  • Microphone
  • SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)


iPad Fact: No Multitasking, Notifications, TV Subscriptions, Camera or Textbooks

Apple's iPad Fact List

iPad is surely a winner, but despite the accessories, wi-fi and 3G options, there were quite a few things that we do not get. Hopefully OS 4.0 brings a few more rich features. TiPB (The iPhone Blog) has an interesting post of list of things that Apple might have missed. Check it out:

- Camera. Back, front-facing, or otherwise. There was no camera shown off and none visible. While this fits the "big apps iPod touch" metaphor, and allows Apple to do the typical "start limited, add functionality over time" strategy, we still wanted one now.

- Multitasking systems. Apple only showed one iPhone app or iPad app running at once. We've heard it’s running iPhone OS 3.2, and multi-tasking might be an iPhone (and iPad) OS 4.0 feature, but again, we wanted to see it now.

- Notifications. Did Apple show any form of notifications for email, apps, or otherwise? (Badges aside)? Again, we're hoping a better version is coming with 4.0.

- Textbooks. We saw the New York Times app, we saw iBooks for novels, but we didn’t see the much-talked-about textbooks… yet. (We’re guessing they’re coming soon though.)

- Verizon Provider. Only GSM/HSPA networking was announced. No CDMA, which would be required for Verizon to support the models shown off so far.

- TV Subscriptions. While print media is jumping all over themselves to get on the Apple's iPad, TV continues to show nothing approaching forward thinking. Not surprised, but hope that changes.

- Complex multitouch gestures. So far, the multi-touch gestures look like the ones on the iPhone, no swipe 3 fingers and twist in a circle to launch a document. Phew.

- Tethering. No word on whether the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad will tether to your existing iPhone (which would be nice), or if the 3G iPad will allow you to tether another device (we won’t hold our breath).

- HDMI out. Where’s our big fat video out cable so we don't need an Apple TV?

- Cloud. No mention of enhanced cloud-based services. Apple didn’t even mention MobileMe, never mind the rumored streaming media.

Apple's iPad


Friday, January 22, 2010

Macbook Pro 2010: Arrandale Core i5 Processors?

Macbook Pro 2010 Rumors: A video blog about the rumored Arrandale processor from intel, core i5 with benchmarks vs. the old core 2 duo at the same clock speed.


Microsoft CEO signs MacBook Pro - running Windows, of course

While Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville this week, He put his John Hancok on a Macbook Pro, and the event was captured on video.

While Ballmer meeting with a group of students, one of them asked the multi-billionaire: "Mr. Ballmer, would you sign my laptop?" The inquiry earned laughs from the group, as well as as the Microsoft executive. "It's got Windows on it," the student said, "I promise."

"Oh yeah," Ballmer said sarcastically, before taking the MacBook Pro and signing it with a marker. The autograph came with a note: "Need a new one?"

"It's all yours," Ballmer said as he handed the Apple machine back to the student.

Ballmer was in town for the Nashville Technology Council's annual meeting. The one-day visit from the Microsoft executive was part of a multi-city tour intended to promote the company as one that can solve problems for specific industries, the university said.

During his trip, Ballmer met with students from local colleges and universities, which is where he encountered the MacBook Pro. The full video of the event is embedded below:


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Might Apple sell iPhone 4G via Verizon?

This is a big news coming to all those unhappy AT&T customers who are on iPhone. Its rumored that along with Apple Tablet (aka iSlate) big launch at next weeks media event, Apple might also announce plans to sell iPhone 4G via Verizon starting June. Peter Misek, analyst of Canaccord Adams has shared this interesting bit of news and Tech Trader Daily has shared this interesting scoop:

In a research note, Misek thinks there will actually be “two more things,” in addition to the tablet announcement.

1. He expects the unveiling of iPhone OS 4.0.
2. He thinks the company will announce plans to sell the iPhone 4G via Verizon starting in June 2010.

According to Misek, Apple’s supply chain is already prepping for mass production of a new iPhone to ship late in the calendar second quarter, operating on the Verizon network on the CDMA network, but with support as well for the European GSM and HSPA standards. He says and updated 4G phone – he calls it the 4G S – with LTE support will follow in June 2011. Misek says he has no info on pricing for the new phone.

Misek adds that the new iPhone 4.0 OS will support OS-wide multi-touch gestures and multi-tasking, simplify navigation and may offer a new way to sync contacts and calendar apps; he says the OS update likely will be available only for 3G and 3G S phones.


Apple Tablet to be one device shared by the whole family

I got some fresh details last evening about Apple's Tablet, Apple sees its tablet as a device that will be shared by multiple falimy members - and it might even recognize their faces. AppleInsider shared this interesting piece on info: Reporters Ethan Smith cited numerous sources familiar with the tablet in revealing that Apple intends to focus its tablet on providing content from multiple "old media" business sources, including textbooks, newspapers and television. Apple has reportedly pitched the tablet as a device that can be shared amongst family members and used for reading news and checking e-mail.

“The person said that Apple has experimented with the ability to leave virtual sticky notes on the device and for the gadget to automatically recognize individuals via a built-in camera,” the report said. “It’s unclear whether these features will be included at launch.”


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

iPhone OS 4.0 will include Multi-tasking and Revamped UI

Yesterday, I received some information form a source regarding iPhone OS 4.0, which is rumored to be introduced at next week's media event in San Francisco. According to the source, The iPhone OS 4.0 will be limited to the iPhone 3G and 3GS (presumably including at least more recent iPod Touch models and omitting the standard iPhone) and will incorporate solutions for multitasking by running applications in the background and a revamped user interface for easier navigation.

- There will be multitouch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the Apple Tablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
- "A few new ways" to run applications in the background -- multitasking.
- Many graphical and User Interface changes to make navigating through the OS vervy easier and more efficient. We haven't had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
- The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS(iPhone 2G not included), but will "put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers" more than any other phone to date. Everyone is "really excited."
- The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.

The ability to run iPhone applications in the background has been near the top of many users' wish lists, but Apple has yet to implement full backgrounding and multitasking due to its effect on performance and battery life, instead opting to deploy push notifications as a means for closed applications to serve data to users. The expansion of the ability to run applications in the background beyond those few specified by Apple has been a relatively common theme, with multiple reports suggesting that Apple has been working on ways to deploy the functionality in at least a limited sense, although many expected such developments to be included in iPhone OS 3.0 last year.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

iPhone 4.0 and Tablet will be launch on Jan 27 ?

Apple has just officially the rumored surprise event that is going to be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on Jan. 27. This special event is by invitation-only and Apple has already sent out the secret invitation card to selected media outlets this morning.

As read from the invitation card “Come to see our latest creation”, the theme of the secret event is about new innovation. Apple is very likely to announce the rumored iSlate (Apple Tablet). And, according to Clayton Morris from, on top of the table device, we’ll see other surprises from Apple: iPhone 4.0 and iLife 2010.

Quoted from by Clayton Morris,

I spoke to a source at Apple this morning, before the invite hit my inbox, who said the event would likely focus on three projects: The tablet device, iPhone 4, and a new round of iLife 2010 software. While we won’t see new iPhone hardware just yet, we will see the next-generation software.

I’m sure it’ll be a specials event and bet that Apple will show us an innovative tablet device. I’ll keep you update about the event and all the products announcement. Stay tuned and start saving money as well :)


Monday, January 11, 2010

The next CEO of France Telecom Confirmed Forthcoming Release of Apple Tablet (iSlate)

Stéphane Richard next CEO of France Telecom and Orange has apparently confirmed in a radio interview that Apple will be launching Apple Tablet device as has been rumored for later this month. AppAdvice offers a translation of the exchange between Richard and Jean-Pierre Elkabbach of France's Europe 1:

Jean-Pierre Elkabbach (the interviewer) : According to Le Point (a french magazine), your partner Apple will be launching a tablet
Stéphane Richard: Yes.
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: ... equipped with a webcam.
Stéphane Richard: Yes.
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: Will Orange customers also be able to enjoy it?
Stéphane Richard: Of course!, they will actually particularly enjoy it because the webcam will allow live video streaming. It's a new take on mobile video-conferencing.

A video of the interview is also available, with the relevant comments beginning at approximately the 6:10 mark.

Richard has been tabbed as the next CEO of France Télécom, a position he will assume when current CEO Didier Lombard retires next year. As of January 1st, 2010, Richard assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer Delegate in preparation for taking the helm of the company.


Apple iSlate Set for 2nd Quarter Launch With Aluminum Case?

Apple iSlate Set for 2nd Quarter Launch With Aluminum Case?

Reports from Reuters on information from Apple's supply chain indicating that touchscreens for the company's rumored tablet device are in manufacturing and that production of the device's case, which is reportedly aluminum, will begin next month. The beginning of mass production of components for the device suggests that it is likely to launch in the 2nd quarter of this year.

Suppliers for Apple's new tablet computer have begun shipping touchscreen panels and will start delivering aluminum case for it next month, sources said, implying a 2nd-quarter product launch.

AVY Precision Technology Inc, a Taiwanese manufacturer of covers for electronic products, will begin production of the cases in February 2010, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

TPK Solutions, an unlisted touch screen panel maker also based in Taiwan will also supply panels for the product, a 3rd source said, on top of those already being manufactured by another Taiwan company, Wintek Corp.

The claims follow relatively recent reports that Apple will begin mass production of the tablet next month with availability planed for March or April. Another report just days ago from The Wall Street Journal pointed to a March launch for the tablet, with two different material casings reportedly under consideration. The latest report, however, suggests that Apple has settled on an aluminum case for the device.

Claims of touchscreen suppliers for the tablet have been muddled over the past few months, with early reports that Wintek had been awarded the contract called into question that Foxconn subsidiary Innolux could be tapped for the screens.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Apple’s Tablet: iSlate Read Different?

To be taken with a grain of salt: Apple’s long-time-rumored Apple tablet (iSlate) will arrive at market early next month and will feature a 10.6 inchs panel designed with ebooks in mind. This according to the occasionally accurate DigiTimes.

“Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be the manufacturing partner for iSlate from Apple, according to market sources,” the publication claims.

“The sources indicated they believe the iSlate features will focus more on ebook functionality more than music, and that based on Apple’s marketing strategy, long battery life, fast Internet connectivity and an easy to use user interface will be key features of the device.”


iSlate Specification Rumor

Although some of you might not wait for the latest developments on Google Nexus One date, these sources confirmed that iSlate (nearest inevitably still unconfirmed name again on the tablet from Apple) will be its main no message on January 26 as planned, but 27 or January 28 with her expectation that all our questions on a large "tablet" will put to rest.

According to mac4ever: Developers had been given an iPhone OS 4 SDK which includes a “simulator” for reformatting / scaling applications to a new, tablet-sized screen – Obviously, for beta testing purposes to make app’s compatible with the bigger resolution of the new tablet – and other purposes as well.

WSJ also said that ‘Cupertino tablet a.k.a iSlate’ will be presented to the ‘10-11 inches size’, estimated from the ears of a 7-inch" and is ready to send this March for $ 1,000. Hmm? Its sources also indicate that the new tablet could "Municipality way users interact with rich content" - as if something new to our ears? If we proceed according to two patented technologies Apple has been promising for their islation then it is probably more so this tablet can bring new interactivity for users, 'coz in fact it is (it departed intuition). You can read the entire statement WSJ is here (note that you must subscribe first breath all their juice)

That’s it for the official headstart – Now here’s the bomb! I know on our last ‘iSlate Specs’ post we only tackled a very minute percentage about what’s the full specs of the new tablet. Today, recent leaks suggest that they have full specifications of the iSlate.
But grr, a fakey. Just by looking at the texture of this so-called ‘Apple islate document scanned paper send to an email of a phonearena diddlers’ you can judge that its dubious – But hey, we are posting this for the avid enthusiast to criticize this one. So let’s bring it now, shall we?

It is obvious that this so called rumor glasses was made to stir the funny bone of geeks, while the official specs leak out. Funny thing though, is how PhoneArena Tipster treat this "day" for real glasses (as shown to me) and Woh, even if they have time to put a watermark on it? Bravo!

Anyway, we'll keep you guys posted if I ever will be another new "rumor in town for the Apple Tablet, I hope what is our next tickle even more. I will stay with the official statement.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Top 10 Apple iSlate concepts until date

What would a 10" Apple iSlate look like? I am sure that nobody can say at the moment. We will wait until 26th of this month(January 2010), for Apple announce the magic called the iSlate (iGuide). Last week, Matt Buchanan of Gizmodo pulled together an exhaustive guide to Apple tablet rumors, an awesome article covering every rumor surrounding the iSlate. According to Matt iSlate will cost about $800 and will be announce on 26th January 2010, but did not release to store until March or even to keep April.

I also tried to saving a little iSlate/iTablet concept pictures every time, if I'm going to see on the web. In this regard, if I pull'em em together and share 'em with you all . So, here's it . Enjoy!!


Friday, January 1, 2010

What is the finally Role of the Apple Tablet?

While we generally avoid purely speculative piece here on MacRumors, John Gruber posted a very interesting opinion piece on what need or void the Apple Tablet can be filled. Gruber acknowledges that it is not based on knowledge, but it is clear that a draft describes tablet in the works and a "cone of silence" to all persons involved in the project.

Exactly what purpose or role of an Apple tablet will fill a legitimate question is raised repeatedly. Since another tablets company’s which has so far not commercially that, what could Apple bring to the table that will make them success?, Steve Jobs himself has asked what is good for other than web surfing in the bathroom.

Gruber believes the upcoming Apple Tablet will replace the low end of Apple's portable computer market which is currently held by the MacBook and instead focus on some core functionality and do it well.

And so in answer to my central question, regarding why buy The Tablet if you already have an iPhone and a MacBook, my best guess is that ultimately, The Tablet is something you’ll buy instead of a MacBook.

Like all Apple products, The Tablet will do less than we expect but the things it does do, it will do insanely well. It will offer a fraction of the functionality of a MacBook — but that fraction will be way more fun.

Apple clearly has the capacity to reinvent a product category as are the MP3 player (iPod) and mobile (iPhone), and people certainly hope that will be capable of the same thing with the tablet to do. Much of the differentiation of these products have been produced with the software, we agree with Gruber that the Tablet operating system and can not simply be a bare iPhone OS Mac OS or be reduced.

One common prediction I disagree with is that The Tablet will simply be more or less an iPod Touch with a much bigger display. But in the same way that it made no sense for Apple to design the iPhone OS to run Mac software, it makes little sense for a device with a 7-inch (let alone larger) display to run software designed for a 3.5-inch display.

Exactly how that will be accomplished, of course, is the big secret.

Apple is rumored to be launching their Tablet in 2010 and Steve Jobs has been described as being extremely happy with the upcoming device.