Wednesday, January 27, 2010  
IPad buzz and live feeds

:: Posted by max @ 1/27/2010 02:13:00 PM
Updated: 5:20pm: So unless you're living in a cave, you will have heard by now that tablet computers are/maybe/aren't the great hope to save the publishing world.

As in most things digital now, everyone has been waiting for Apple to put it's weight behind the category. Well first off most missed the mark on the branding, the name is IPad. And so far from the bits and bites you can glean live online from engadget and elsewhere, it looks promising. Not so much a game changer i think as clear progress in the ongoing evolution of digital media.

Especially the entry price point which will make it possible for most people to get into the game - $499 for a 16gig wifi model! [see here for the different configurations and prices]

The thing itself is not quite as slick looking at first blush as some of the speculative images that have been posted over the last few months. But i think it's probably more practical, with a wide boarder on all sides and no buttons to accidentally press while reading. Bellow I've posted a couple of video clips, and at this time the engadget blog is still was posting live photos and bits of text from the presentation in Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

The name is getting a bit of flack for being tauntable in a school yard context. ISlate or ITablet might have been more macho, but I do think this might just be the player people have been hoping for in the print world. It's much more powerful than most of the other low end tablets and e-books out there that it's entry price let's it compete with, and comics are going to look really good on that color screen, much better than a kindle or other e-readers.

With a large keyboard and access to google docs it will make a viable alternative to netbooks for many users, and with 3G options it can play the roll of phone for some. The only thing i think is missing that keeps it from being an all in 1 is a built in camera, and no Adobe Flash! ouch. That makes Marvel cautious about the device, but even so the niche's this thing can play in are pretty wide ranging. Anyone feeling like being my sugersomone should be made aware that i'd love a wifi model myself. :)

Comics news site Newsarama has an extensive posting here too.

Parts of Steve's presentation in San Francisco




Apple's slick product ad


First hands on clip from engadget

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4 Comments:

Blogger Alan said...

Hey Max,
Would you be able to change your rss to a full feed instead of just the first five or so sentences?

Thanks!
Alan

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 8:17:00 AM EST  
Blogger max said...

Ah, but if i did that, you would not have to visit the site at all to read articles! :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 1:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger Alan said...

I thought you might say that!

Friday, January 29, 2010 at 3:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger max said...

Hey Alan, so you might like to know, i recently expanded the rss feed to include the full body of the posts. :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 8:15:00 PM EST  

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