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Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been compared to a real-life Willy Wonka many times, and today, with the unveiling of the much anticipated iPad, it's once again plain to see why. But will the iPad live up to all the hype it has attracted?

In a press release, Apple calls the iPad a "magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price." PC World's Melissa Perenson reported that she had time to play around with the iPad at the San Francisco unveiling, and was "a bit underwhelmed." She also wrote that she "can see a lot of really useful applications for the iPad, but the reality is that it looks and behaves like an iPhone on steroids. And that's not exactly a good thing."

The tablet-like device for browsing the Internet, reading and sending e-mail, watching videos, playing games, reading and more has a 9.7 inch (25 centimetres) LED-backlit display. It will retail for US$499 for the 16-gigabyte model, half the price of what some analysts predicted, Bloomberg pointed out. The 32-gig model will cost $599. It will be available in late March worldwide, and Wi-Fi + 3G models of the iPad will be available in April in the United State and other selected countries for $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-01-28 00:18

Apple is scheduled to introduce its tablet computer at an event in San Francisco Wednesday, and in doing so, may give the media industry "a chance to undo mistakes of the past," The New York Times reported yesterday. Apple is expected to market the tablet as a way for companies to charge for content, which could prove to be a valuable new revenue stream.

However, there is a catch. In making content available on the tablet, content creators could fall into the same trap they have with other devices, such as e-readers: losing their direct relationship with customers to Apple and having to follow pricing restrictions.

But there is optimism.

"The iPhone was a harbinger," Trip Hawkins, a founder of Electronic Arts and now chief executive of Digital Chocolate, which makes games for cellphones, told The Times. "When you have a device that is this convenient and fun for consumers to use, you can get a lot more people interested in paying for and engaging with the content. Big media companies should be all over this like a cheap suit."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-01-27 00:12

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs suggested that he may be able to restructure industries such as textbooks, newspapers and television, the Wall Street Journal reported today. "People familiar with the talks" said Apple has been discussing possible ventures with book, magazine and newspaper publishers such as the New York Times Co., Condé Nast Publications Inc. and HarperCollins Publishers, as well as its owner, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-01-21 22:29

France Télécom/Orange Executive Stephane Richard hinted in an interview today with France's radio channel Europe 1 that his company may soon be offering the much awaited Apple tablet, CNet reported. He responded "yes" to the question of whether a tablet with a Web cam would be launched by Apple.

Richard unveiled a possible venture between the France Télécom/Orange and Apple, by responding "yes" to a question asking if Orange users would benefit from the launch. The tablet will be another step towards modernizing the videophone concept, Richard said.

According to the Washington Post, an Orange PR spokesperson interfered and said that Richard's responses "in no way" confirm the existence of the device. However, Reuters wrote Friday that Taiwanese manufacturer AVY Precision Technology Inc. would begin production of casing for the tablet in February, according to "two sources familiar with the situation."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-01-11 19:49

On Tuesday technology giant Apple acquired mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for almost US$300 million, "according to a person briefed in the deal," The New York Times reported. The venture is expected to spark more competition between Apple and Google, which recently acquired mobile ad firm AdMob, itself Quattro's rival.

Analysts say Apple may be more interested in apps than ads, making the iPhone the best device for applications to be built for, rather than focusing on ad revenue, The Times pointed out. Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster told The Times that 80 percent of three billion downloads from Apple's App Store are free and that an opportunity to sell ads may aid developers in making money.

According to Agence France-Presse, Ex-Quattro Wireless Chief Executive Andy Miller, now Apple Vice President for Mobile Advertising, said the mobile ad firm was "focused on delivering more engaging and useful ads to mobile devices, and improving the measurement and execution of digital campaigns."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-01-06 17:24

Google's Nexus One smartphone will be revealed on Tuesday at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, the Times Online reported yesterday. The project may help boost the company's presence within the mobile sphere as well as offer direct competition to Apple's iPhone.

"With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we've seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation. And this is just the beginning of what's possible," the invitation AFP and others received stated.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-01-04 13:56

Apple Inc. shares have continued to grow this week after reaching a record high Thursday, The Street reported. Apple's stock closed at US$211.61 on Monday, up by $2.57 (1.23 percent) over the day's closing price of $209.04. The proposed reason for the rise is Apple's alleged launch of a new tablet computer in early 2010. However, Frost & Sullivan analyst James Brehm said there may be "strong interest in it, but it won't be the wave of the future," according to CNNMoney.com.

QuickPwn speculates that the tablet will not be a larger version of the iPod/iPhone as expected, but would instead be an eBook reader to compete with Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook and other e-readers.

"But it makes more sense that instead of trying to invent a whole new product niche in the style of Crunchpad, Apple would try to steal an already proven market, the way the company invaded personal computers, MP3 players, TV consoles, and smartphones. Apple didn't create these genres, but the company brings in $30 billion a year in revenue with upmarket, smartly designed entries in all of them," VentureBeat's Paul Boutin wrote.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2009-12-29 16:56

Daily Mail & General Trust is setting its sights on being "the leading mobile publisher of applications in Europe," and to that end, will launch at least 15 new Apple iTunes applications over the next six months, Richard Titus, chief executive of Associates Northcliffe Digital (DMGT's digital division) announced.

The first half of the applications are expected to be launched early in 2010, including apps for Metro.co.uk, Mail Online, Motors.co.uk, Jobsite, Teletext Holidays, Findaproperty.com, This is and Local people, The Financial Times reported today.

However, Guardian.co.uk, Telegraph.co.uk, Independent.co.uk and some regional titles already have iPhone apps, paidContent UK's Patrick Smith pointed out today, asking why news publishers are "so keen on smartphone users downloading bits of software when there's a perfectly good Internet out there that displays everyone's content available to everyone? It's got a lot to do with marketing..."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-12-16 19:34

A meeting conducted at The New York Times last week seemed to further prove to many people that the Apple Tablet does or will exist, when Executive Editor Bill Keller hypothetically discussed platforms on which Times content would be delivered in the future. However, it's not clear if Keller is talking based on inside information, or if he's just as convinced as the rest of the media that the Tablet will be unveiled next year, Engadget points out.

"...we need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I'm hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that," Keller said at the off-the-record meeting, a video of which was posted on the Times internal server, and after that, by the Nieman Journalism Lab, Gawker, Engadget and others.

Engadget, which dubbed the Tablet "the most important product that never was," reported that it may have found a photo of the SIM card tray supposedly designed for the Tablet, which is larger than the iPhone's SIM tray.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-26 14:37

The much anticipated Apple tablet is expected to have a 10.7 inch s creen and follow after the iPhone aesthetically, Mirror.co.uk reported today.

According to an unnamed source, the screen will have 5 to 6 times higher resolution than the iPhone. The tablet is expected to be announced in January, and out in May or June 2010.

Michael Tchao, who previously worked on Apple's Newton, a failed personal digital assistant, was rehired by Apple Monday, The New York Times reported.

"No one knows what Tchao's actual duties are, but considering his previous experience with the tablet format, some are speculating Tchao may be back to help Apple figure out a way to market its mythical tablet," a PC World article stated.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-30 16:12

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