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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #320 on: January 27, 2010, 11:33:14 PM »
this is the best showing i've seen of it so far

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhKhN_91IAc

Thats just confirmed what i thought it was, a big iPod Touch.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #321 on: January 27, 2010, 11:41:35 PM »
when you see it close up in action it's obviously a touch

they get 10 hours of use out of in on a charge cause it's got 4 iphones inside it :)
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #322 on: January 27, 2010, 11:52:22 PM »
There's a version for women:

http://www.break.com/index/ipad14.html
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #323 on: January 28, 2010, 12:07:22 AM »
http://www.apple.com/ipad/#video

Are they fucking kidding me. The opening of this video goes, "You know its true, when something exceeds your ability to understand how it works, it sort of becomes magical, and that's exactly what the iPad is." :lmao
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #324 on: January 28, 2010, 12:41:55 AM »
Are there a market for these sorts of products though? I mean a portable device like a phone with all they do suffices on your travels and a laptop suffices for work/net/multi media at home.

Is there a market for something that looks like its in the middle of them two or are Apple trying carve one out?
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #325 on: January 28, 2010, 01:07:30 AM »
Are there a market for these sorts of products though? I mean a portable device like a phone with all they do suffices on your travels and a laptop suffices for work/net/multi media at home.

Is there a market for something that looks like its in the middle of them 2 or are Apple trying carve one out?
It's the I<3Shinythings market.

But in all seriousness, there is a market, unfortunately the market is already buying iPhones and macbooks.
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #326 on: January 28, 2010, 01:10:08 AM »
@killer-heels, tablet PCs have been around for a while, & it's not a massive market - as you say there's not much gap between the smartphone & laptop spaces. I guess Apple are either trying to invigorate that market, or compete with the netbook market (which itself is shrinking due the rise of the smartphone). Either way I think they'll fail, though I'm sure the Apple marketing machine will go into overdrive to try & ensure they don't, & marketing is one of the 3 things Apple do exceptionally well (the other Being designing great UIs and building nice looking, though not necessarily great specced, hardware).
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #327 on: January 28, 2010, 01:29:26 AM »
The market for these is appolytes and soccer moms.  I still think it'll be more on scale with Apple TV as far as sales go.

so one question

can you transfer apps between this and the iphone and have it on both machines
me thinks they'd have to allow that or there'd be uproar

Another question is, if they have two versions of the same app, do you have to buy twice?

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #328 on: January 28, 2010, 01:57:16 AM »
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #329 on: January 28, 2010, 02:03:45 AM »
http://www.apple.com/ipad/#video

Are they fucking kidding me. The opening of this video goes, "You know its true, when something exceeds your ability to understand how it works, it sort of becomes magical, and that's exactly what the iPad is." :lmao

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #330 on: January 28, 2010, 02:46:58 AM »
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #331 on: January 28, 2010, 05:00:20 AM »
Just saw the Steve Jobs video. The man needs to learn how to dress. Wearing scruffy jeans and running shoes for a presentation looks like 1998.

His presentation was almost like a piss take. Like explaining it for 6 year olds.

Who the fuck would want to buy one bar the apple brown nose brigade?
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #332 on: January 28, 2010, 08:51:37 AM »
am i the only person who thinks the UI doesn't look right on the bigger screen? I expect it to actually look different from the iphone one, i just don't think it works
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #333 on: January 28, 2010, 09:18:18 AM »
am i the only person who thinks the UI doesn't look right on the bigger screen? I expect it to actually look different from the iphone one, i just don't think it works

Totally agree, after all the hype I am completely underwhelmed.
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #334 on: January 28, 2010, 09:20:53 AM »
Are there a market for these sorts of products though? I mean a portable device like a phone with all they do suffices on your travels and a laptop suffices for work/net/multi media at home.

Is there a market for something that looks like its in the middle of them two or are Apple trying carve one out?

Apple just made that market with this release.

I can't believe the amount of negativity towards something you've never tried. Yes, tried. Because I believe this is a gadget that you need to try to get a feeling of what it really is.

When I bought my first iPhone, i had no idea that I would use it the way I actually use it.

It's not about the physical gadget alone, it's about the content.

And with that content I believe this will be a very useful thingy to have around in my living room.
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #335 on: January 28, 2010, 09:23:11 AM »
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #336 on: January 28, 2010, 09:31:48 AM »
Wait until it gets jailbroken. Then they will fly off the shelves. Imagine getting a decent winterboad theme on it

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #337 on: January 28, 2010, 09:37:19 AM »
Another aspect that is forgotten.

Gaming.

How big is the market for Nintendo DS/PSP and other "smaller" consoles? Pretty big.

iPad will of course steal from that segment as well. I expect loads of games specially made for this format, and the will be good ones as well.
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #338 on: January 28, 2010, 09:39:24 AM »
Keyboard dock $70
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #339 on: January 28, 2010, 09:43:35 AM »
Another aspect that is forgotten.

Gaming.

How big is the market for Nintendo DS/PSP and other "smaller" consoles? Pretty big.

iPad will of course steal from that segment as well. I expect loads of games specially made for this format, and the will be good ones as well.

I would expect some real time strategy games, like command and conquer to be made for this specifically, i reckon the interface could work well
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #340 on: January 28, 2010, 09:44:22 AM »
I bought an ASUS netbook for £299 last year and it works pretty well, with a really comfortable keyboard.

For me episodes of television would look great on this iPad screen and I was wondering something....Sky Sports is now available on an Iphone for £4.99 a month (I think that's right)

-if the same offer was extented for the iPad (for less than £10 a month say) then that's pretty interesting, no?
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #341 on: January 28, 2010, 09:49:48 AM »
Not at all mate. It's for normal people not for Techies. It may surprise some in this thread but most people don't know or care what version of OS their phone has or what processor.


I am 'that' guy.

I still do not see why I should buy one.  I don't know what it does, I've read through this thread and all I can ascertain is that it's flat, tablet-like, can access itunes, and doesn't allow you to make phone calls.
It sounds very much like the Ipod touch, but of a size that allows you to watch movies on a bigger screen, or read an ibook, clumsily.

Can I take a stab in the dark, and venture that this device should have been called the ifacebook?
Seems like the most likely use for it, so unsocial socialites can sit in the corner of Starbucks and not have to talk to real people?
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #342 on: January 28, 2010, 09:59:02 AM »
From Gizmodo, sums up some of my thoughts

Big, Ugly Bezel
Have you seen the bezel on this thing?! It's huge! I know you don't want to accidentally input a command when your thumb is holding it, but come on.

No Multitasking
This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product.

No Cameras
No front facing camera is one thing. But no back facing camera either? Why the hell not? I can't imagine what the downside was for including at least one camera. Could this thing not handle video iChat?

Touch Keyboard
So much for Apple revolutionizing tablet inputs; this is the same big, ugly touchscreen keyboard we've seen on other tablets, and unless you're lying on the couch with your knees propping it up, it'll be awkward to use.

No HDMI Out
Want to watch those nice HD videos you downloaded from iTunes on your TV? Too damned bad! If you were truly loyal, you'd just buy an AppleTV already.

The Name iPad
Get ready for Maxi pad jokes, and lots of 'em!

No Flash
No Flash is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that's supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites. I hope you don't care about streaming video! God knows not many casual internet users do. Oh wait, nevermind, they all do.

Adapters, Adapters, Adapters
So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god's sake.

Update: Why stop at 8? Here are more things we are discovering that suck about the iPad.

It's Not Widescreen
Widescreen movies look lousy on this thing thanks to its 4:3 screen, according to Blam, who checked out some of Star Trek on one. It's like owning a 4:3 TV all over again!

Doesn't Support T-Mobile 3G
Sure, it's "unlocked." But it won't work on T-Mobile, and it uses microSIMs that literally no one else uses.

A Closed App Ecosystem
The iPad only runs apps from the App Store. The same App Store that is notorious for banning apps for no real reason, such as Google Voice. Sure, netbooks might not have touchscreens, but you can install whatever software you'd like on them. Want to run a different browser on your iPad? Too bad!
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #343 on: January 28, 2010, 10:03:59 AM »
From Gizmodo, sums up some of my thoughts

This sounds like a monstrous fuck-up, especially the lack of multi-tasking, flash-player, and no widescreen viewing.
Fuck me, it couldn't sound less appealing for £400+

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #344 on: January 28, 2010, 10:06:15 AM »
You would have to have more money than sense to have one of these "lying" about the house ready for use.

What does it actually do that you would need one for use in the house anyway?

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #345 on: January 28, 2010, 10:31:09 AM »
You would have to have more money than sense to have one of these "lying" about the house ready for use.

What does it actually do that you would need one for use in the house anyway?



Web browsing, news reading, book reading. The form factor is very good in that light.

It's a bit of a games machine with a unique UI also.

It can also do lightweight e-mailing, social networking if that's your thing - it is for many - again in a nice form factor that suits lounging about, picking up, putting down, here there and everywhere. Laptops are clumsy in that respect.

You can use the thing as a remote control for Apple TV, Windows (remote mouse), iTunes, again if that's what you've got. I have used the iPhone version to great effect.

Someone before me said it's all about the content, and they're right. Micro applications and software plus services are changing the way we do things. This device kind of optimises that trend and just makes more things a bit more possible, while trying to push the way we use computers in a different and arguable better direction.

Tablets are here, tablets will stay. And in years to come, we'll all be using them for little lightweight computing activities as the form factor is natural. But we'll all probably still have PCs/Consoles too for the more powerful applications, and they'll probably all work harmoniously together - eventually. Apple pushing the boat out early doors as they did with the iPod and the iPhone, markets they'd never even ventured into before. That's not to say iPad will be a raging success, but the form factor will be regardless if Apple are the king of the castle.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #346 on: January 28, 2010, 10:51:49 AM »
From Gizmodo, sums up some of my thoughts

Big, Ugly Bezel
Have you seen the bezel on this thing?! It's huge! I know you don't want to accidentally input a command when your thumb is holding it, but come on.

No Multitasking
This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product.

No Cameras
No front facing camera is one thing. But no back facing camera either? Why the hell not? I can't imagine what the downside was for including at least one camera. Could this thing not handle video iChat?

Touch Keyboard
So much for Apple revolutionizing tablet inputs; this is the same big, ugly touchscreen keyboard we've seen on other tablets, and unless you're lying on the couch with your knees propping it up, it'll be awkward to use.

No HDMI Out
Want to watch those nice HD videos you downloaded from iTunes on your TV? Too damned bad! If you were truly loyal, you'd just buy an AppleTV already.

The Name iPad
Get ready for Maxi pad jokes, and lots of 'em!

No Flash
No Flash is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that's supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites. I hope you don't care about streaming video! God knows not many casual internet users do. Oh wait, nevermind, they all do.

Adapters, Adapters, Adapters
So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god's sake.

Update: Why stop at 8? Here are more things we are discovering that suck about the iPad.

It's Not Widescreen
Widescreen movies look lousy on this thing thanks to its 4:3 screen, according to Blam, who checked out some of Star Trek on one. It's like owning a 4:3 TV all over again!

Doesn't Support T-Mobile 3G
Sure, it's "unlocked." But it won't work on T-Mobile, and it uses microSIMs that literally no one else uses.

A Closed App Ecosystem
The iPad only runs apps from the App Store. The same App Store that is notorious for banning apps for no real reason, such as Google Voice. Sure, netbooks might not have touchscreens, but you can install whatever software you'd like on them. Want to run a different browser on your iPad? Too bad!

I think he likes it and will be getting one.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #347 on: January 28, 2010, 10:56:08 AM »
I would expect some real time strategy games, like command and conquer to be made for this specifically, i reckon the interface could work well

RTS games on a good tablet MAC like this would be iiiiinnnnsane, with a good touch interface to select units and stuff it would be VERY impressive

EDIT: the above is, of course, only possible, if the machine can handle it, ie: sufficient hardware specs...which I doubt it will...unless its C&C: Red Alert 1 hahahaha
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #348 on: January 28, 2010, 10:57:51 AM »
Massive fail by apple there. Usually likes what Apple comes up with but this was just plain shite.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #349 on: January 28, 2010, 11:09:37 AM »
iPad, always on. Apple are so fucking boring.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #350 on: January 28, 2010, 11:17:59 AM »
Its like they used a rolling pin on an Itouch.  I wont be buying one, to be fair i couldn't afford one anyway but if I could I would not buy it. 
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #351 on: January 28, 2010, 11:23:13 AM »
STFU and agree with me.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #352 on: January 28, 2010, 11:29:20 AM »
why would you want HDMI out on a thing like this?

If you are to watch a movie on the telly, use your computer then...

I mean, it doesn't make coffe either..

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #353 on: January 28, 2010, 11:36:46 AM »
So is this thing still going on, will they announce 4.0 e.t.c today?  Or is that it for a few months?

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #354 on: January 28, 2010, 11:39:17 AM »

I mean, it doesn't make coffe either..

Why would it, it's meant to be a web browser/media player/ e-book, no?  HDMI playback on your TV would come in handy for movies and TV then.

I've never bought an Apple product but I have used my friends' Iphones and I was looking forward to this.  Sadly, it doesn't seem that much different to an Ipod Touch except in size.  I'm interested in the tablet form, but I'll wait til someone comes up with a reliable hand-writing input.

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #355 on: January 28, 2010, 11:43:13 AM »
Heres the full spec

Here's the spec-sheet you've been waiting for, plus the pricing and all the other stuff you might want to know about Apple's new iPad.

Pricing
WiFi-only models:


    * $499 - 16GB
    * $599 - 32GB
    * $699 - 64 GB

3G models:

    * $629 - 16GB
    * $729 - 32GB
    * $829 - 64 GB

Online plans are US$14.99 for up to 250 MB of data per month or US$ 29.99 for unlimited data.

 

Specs

    * 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

Display

    * 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology with 178-degree viewing angle
    * Touch has been reengineered for the iPad to make it "extremely precise and responsive"
    * 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
    * Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Capacity: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB flash memory

Processor: 1 Ghz Apple A4 chip

Sensors

    * Accelerometer
    * Ambient light sensor

Battery and Power

    * 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

Input and Output


    * Dock connector
    * 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
    * Built-in speakers
    * Microphone
    * SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

Buttons and controls

    * On off, sleep wake switch
    * Mute
    * Volume up and down
    * Home button

Built in Apps

    * Safari
    * Mail
    * Photos
    * Video
    * YouTube
    * iPod
    * iTunes
    * App Store
    * iBooks
    * Maps
    * Notes
    * Calendar
    * Contacts
    * Home Screen
    * Spotlight Search

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #356 on: January 28, 2010, 12:14:23 PM »
I love my mac, but they are bad rip off merchants and Jobs knows this. Make anything look good and people will fawn over it. Does anyone NEED this type of device?
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #357 on: January 28, 2010, 12:19:09 PM »
I love my mac, but they are bad rip off merchants and Jobs knows this. Make anything look good and people will fawn over it. Does anyone NEED this type of device?

Does anyone NEED a laptop?

Does anyone NEED a smartphone?

This kind of thing might persuade the non-laptop/smartphone owning folk into the fray - after all $499 is a decent price for what it is to a layamn - a little more than an iPhone (with no mobile-contract!) and a lot less than a MacBook

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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #358 on: January 28, 2010, 12:24:32 PM »
Web browsing, news reading, book reading. The form factor is very good in that light.

It's a bit of a games machine with a unique UI also.

It can also do lightweight e-mailing, social networking if that's your thing - it is for many - again in a nice form factor that suits lounging about, picking up, putting down, here there and everywhere. Laptops are clumsy in that respect.

You can use the thing as a remote control for Apple TV, Windows (remote mouse), iTunes, again if that's what you've got. I have used the iPhone version to great effect.

Someone before me said it's all about the content, and they're right. Micro applications and software plus services are changing the way we do things. This device kind of optimises that trend and just makes more things a bit more possible, while trying to push the way we use computers in a different and arguable better direction.

Tablets are here, tablets will stay. And in years to come, we'll all be using them for little lightweight computing activities as the form factor is natural. But we'll all probably still have PCs/Consoles too for the more powerful applications, and they'll probably all work harmoniously together - eventually. Apple pushing the boat out early doors as they did with the iPod and the iPhone, markets they'd never even ventured into before. That's not to say iPad will be a raging success, but the form factor will be regardless if Apple are the king of the castle.

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Not being funny but I would rather use a laptop or desktop for all those functions for various reasons and I would imagine most people considering one would own either of the above. Looks like another shiny, bling thing for the coffee table.
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Re: The Apple iPad.... awful name awful product
« Reply #359 on: January 28, 2010, 12:30:46 PM »
No USB? Jesus H Christ!