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Apple’s latest creation will be in your hands in 60 days and may revolutionize the way you or I compute. Steve Jobs clarified just what we can expect from Apples iPad, a device that appears to be an iPod Touch on steroids. The iPad platform is very similar to the iPod Touch but its capabilities are far more advanced. “It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had. Way better than a laptop, way better than a phone,” Steve Jobs said.
Here are the Specs:
- only 1.5 lbs
- only .5 inches and a 9.7-inch LED display
- powered by Apple’s own silicon technology, a 1 GHz Apple A4 chip
- available in memory configurations of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 802.11N WiFi
- 10 hours of battery life and over a month of standby time
- on-screen keyboard
Apple has already released an SDK program so that after market developers can create amazing new applications that are befitting to a device like the iPad. Apple is launching a brand new service called iBooks (and the corresponding iBookstore). Apple has reached an agreement, similar to the deal struck with record labels, with all the major publishers to market their content on the new iBookstore. Reading on the iPad will be very similar to Kindles, giving the reader the least strain possible on their eyes. There will be an external keyboard available for when you’re in the office, something that we begged Apple to provide with the iPhone. One of the most important features on the iPad is the fact that you will not need a contract with AT&T to access the 3G network; $30 a month will give you unlimited access.
I have saved the best for last, “The Price is Right”! Only $499 for 16GB model, $599 for 32GB, and 64GB for $699. Models with built-in 3G (like the iPhone) will cost more, adding about $130 dollars to the price of each unit. I could make a pretty long list of what the iPad is missing. However, there is no sense in getting worked up about the 1st generation iPad; naturally as the product evolves and is tested by consumers more advancements will find their way to the iPad. I would much rather marvel at the sheer potential this product has to revolutionize the work place as well the classroom than complain about what the device lacks – which seems to be the trend with all the critics. The iPad is scheduled for release in April 2010.
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Push notifications will not work on your unlocked iphone. There is a problem with push which appeared few weeks ago when Apple released the iPhone OS 3.0 which included support for Push notifications. Weather the application is free or a paid version it will not work.
Keep in mind if you did not go through the process of unlocking your iPhone, which means you are still using AT&T as your carrier, you will not encounter this problem. I personally have not tested the push notifications personally yet but majority of the people using it on an unlocked phone said it either did not work or was not working correctly.
Will there be a solution? Probably not. Apple decided to sell the iPhone to AT&T and no other carrier. Therefore, this is not a problem Apple plans on resolving. Perhaps in the future if the iPhone is available on other carriers such as T-Mobile, then there might a possibility.
Have you tested your iPhone’s Push notification?
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Why would anyone want to risk breaking an iPhone worth few hundred dollars to use on another carrier? They say unlocking any phone allows you to use it on other carriers. Jailbreaking an iPhone allows you to install applications that have not been approved by the App Store (which also have the possibility of causing harm to your phone).
Now, why would someone want to risk buying an expensive phone for that? A better approach to using an iPhone is just signing up with AT&T. The best part of having an iPhone with AT&T is support. Since they are the only carriers for that phone, they are the only ones who can provide network support.
What are your thoughts on the risk involved with unlocking/jailbreaking your iPhone?
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AT&T Announces the release of the Fuze (HTC Raphael 101). For those of you familiar with the Diamond that came out not too long know how the new HTC interface, HTC TouchFLO 3D, which is convenient and addicting to use.
Sprint released their version of the same device but kept the original name, Touch Pro. For the most part the devices are the same except Sprint’s Touch Pro is running on a CDMA frequency and AT&T’s Fuze is running on GSM (which can be used as a world phone by unlocking it).
Spring may have kept the name the same but AT&T kept everything else. RAM capacity on the Fuze is 288MB where as the Touch Pro by Sprint has 256MB (This could be because of the bloated software installed).
Both HTC devices allow you to watch TV, browse the internet, and even listen to XM radio via 3G network.
The best part is it has a 640 x 480 pixel resolution screen. Yes, a VGA screen on a Windows Mobile device. Has a 3MP camera on VGA screen that allows you to record videos as well; having a separate digital camera pointless.
This is quite an amazing phone starting at $300 with a contract (price is a bit high but should come down soon). If you like this, you’ll fall in love with HTC Touch HD (coming soon).
What do you think about the phone? iPhone competition or not quite?