Technology

What I Know Of The Apple iPhone 4G Leak

Concept iPhone 4G
Credit: Gizmodo

Since everyone’s talking about it, and I want my readership numbers to go bump in the night, we’re going to be talking about the technology drama that has been plaguing the Internets.

At first, I was rather skeptical about ‘lost and found’ story, that an Apple employee got drunk at a bar and left a concept iPhone 4G behind. It gets picked up by a random who sells it to Gizmodo for $5,000. The Giz then proceeds to take it apart, examine the insides, posts the Apple employee’s details on the Internet and prove that this is a legit Apple concept phone. Apple then sends a snail mail to Brian Lam, Editorial Director of the Giz, asking for the phone back and thus proving that the phone is real.

So nobody cares if this is a leak or not, but not like it’d make a difference this late on the Apple roadmap. Their stock prices don’t seem to be severely affected either.

Well, this is the chronological order of events, so it gives you something to talk about when you meet your friends:

1. Apple employee leaves phone behind at bar

2. Gizmodo pays $5,000 for the phone

3. Gizmodo proceeds to rip the iPhone apart, and reveal compelling evidence that this is the real deal

4. Apple asks for their phone back

I’m still in two minds about whether this was a planted leak by Apple. The story just seems too convenient. Random guy picks up an iPhone left behind, when it goes dead, he decides to TAKE IT APART. Not go back to the bar and pass it to the bartender thinking that whoever lost it might come back looking for it. Oh well, their story’s got a bunch of holes, and I guess my own reasoning has a bunch as well. Either way, it doesn’t really matter does it?

Is this the new Apple iPhone 4G? Who cares? When the real specs come out, you can decide if you want to buy it or not. Sorry for wasting your time.

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Opinion, Technology

The Apple iPad: Revolution In A Tablet

iPad
Source: Apple

Aftter yesterday’s Apple Keynote, the news is out, and it’s official. The rumoured Apple Tablet, the iPad will stand in the gap of the iPhone and the Macbooks markets. Acting as Apple’s version of the netbook, but because they’re Apple, they turned it into something closer to a Kindle. On steroids. I’m excited, it’s got a 9″ form factor, retails from USD$499, 3G connectivity options and will ship worldwide by June 2010.

I will admit, when I was watching the Keynote and they revealed the iPad, I was rather underwhelmed. I mean, it looked like a glorified iPod Touch, twice the size of one in fact. That’s it? New way to surf the net, experience your media content, applications will be bigger and better, pay for more crap on the iTunes store.. bla bla bla.. What’s so special about it?

Then, they unveiled three things that sealed the deal for me.

1. The iBook application. It’s basically Kindle + Amazon. ’nuff said. iMerlion has noticed that Singaporeans may not get an iBook store in Singapore, and that would be a bummer if they don’t sort it out by the time it ships. But if it does happen, it changes the face of publishing. I still like books, but I wouldn’t mind a magazine subscription through the iPad.

2. iWork for the iPad. This is big, this is HUGE. At first, I was shocked that the iPad was going to try to battle the netbook market without OS X. Then this, an iWork application. It runs like a light version, it’s more than enough for presentations, it’s beautiful. And then it hit me, who needs fraken OS X when you’re not running heavy duty programmes, and little flecks of genius from the application community? In fact, bigger software companies will have to sit up and take notice, of developing some really great apps that will run on this entirely new device (but with the infrastructure of the iPhone.)

This is big big news. To me, iWorks represents what kind of computing power (courtesy of their signature A4 processor. If the chipmakers can’t deliver, you made your own damn hardware!) is in the iPad. It’s no longer a glorified iTouch, or a Kindle wannabe. It is an App MONSTER. So get ready, Apps will be wayyyyy bigger than you can ever imagine. As a musician, I want to see companies like Reason and Ableton acknowledge that the iPad has the potential to be a musical instrument / controller and actually create music sequencing applications, live video controllers.. the possibilities are really that endless! Things like the Lemur Sequencer or the Korg Kaoss Pad!

3. 3G Connectivity. I know that constant connectivity to the net will make the iPad a truly ubiquitous mobile device. Apple knows that too, and they know people hate the sole distribution of Apple products bundled with a telco service. So they’ve gone one step further. For all iPad 3Gs, the data plan is pre-paid and not locked into contract. This is mindblowing, and could change the way services are sold to the masses.

Steve is right, I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these! The cheapest iPad is USD$499 w/o 3G + 16GB Flash Memory and the most expensive is USD$829 w/ 3G + 64GB Flash Memory.

I’m hoping to get the latter because I know the applications are gonna be bigger and better, and being able to have a content delivery system that’s constantly updated from the source. That’s priceless.

To all the nay-sayers, that it’s not a netbook, or it’s just a Kindle, or it’s a glorified iTouch, in my humble opinion, you’re missing the point. Simply, the iPad is a mobile device that stays connected to the web. It is an electronic magazine (Would love to read Flyp Media on it, or create an app.), a netbook (that runs on apps created by the community), a presentation device (imagine doing a budgets presentation to your CTO in a coffeeshop and not a stuffy boardroom), a musical instrument (Drum sequencer.. etc) or a media controller (Video DJs anyone?). In fact, it can be whatever you want it to be, because you define what the iPad does for you.

I say this is a revolution, because there is no other product like it out there. Your netbooks are not touch based, so the very way you interact with it is defined by the keyboard and mouse. It’s a Kindle that does everything else, and with the iBooks and App Store, it redefines the way content is bought, delivered, subscribed, published. There has been no retail / media channel of its kind since.. ever! The new A4 chip sets the standard in making a mobile device. I think, this is the first true mobile device. It brings form -> functionality -> connectivity -> community altogether!

And lastly, to everyone who’s making maxipad jokes about the iPad, I’m calling mine Tabi. (like a tablet? geddit? Plus, the friend I’m naming this after probably likes the idea. So I have one more fan instead and ignoring all the haters.) So give yours a name, and save yourself from calling it by its horrible product namesake!

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