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iPhone 5 is coming

In just a few days the iPhone 5 will be revealed by Apple, at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which Apple normally uses for such events.  The event will begin at 10am Pacific Time (or 1pm EST), just in case you received an invite and is planning on attending the unveiling.

So, what new wonders will the next generation iPhone deliver to the audience?

  • Photos have been circulated in recent months that the iPhone 5 will have a larger 4-inch screen
  • The dock connector is most likely changing into a smaller port, which also means you need to change some of the docking peripherals
  • New high-speed LTE connection will most likely feature too, which will put pressure on your data plan
  • It will no doubt be delivered with iOS 6, the new mobile software Apple revealed back in June

Are you getting the new iPhone 5?

What features do you think will be delivered?

Although the iPhone 5 mightn’t hit the European markets for some weeks, I’m sure the first indicators from the US will determine whether this will be another cool device released by Apple.  I’m still wondering how much more they can push the technology and whether consumers will continue to buy these awesome devices.


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WWDC tickets gone in two hors

U2 might be selling tickets within a few hours, but tickets to this year’s big tech event in San Francisco seems to be going even faster.

Ticket’s for Apple’s annual Developer Conference, WWDC, went on sale Wednesday morning US time, and were sold out within two hours.

What’s so special about these WWDC events?

The WWDC provides visitors an opportunity to not only get a sneak preview into the latest iOS and OS X broom-cupboards, but it also gives visitors a chance and interact with the real Apple engineers.

This year’s event is focusing on application development, which is a growing item on many organisation’s strategy and budgets.  However, given the huge interest in this year’s WWDC, I think it’s unlikely that many companies actually managed to get tickets, and they have to do like everybody else who didn’t get tickets – wait for the updates to come out on Twitter and YouTube.

Did you get tickets?

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Who’s at the helm now?

To be honest, I rarely get emotionally involved when celebrities pass away.  It’s sad to hear the news and I feel sorry for their families, but I do not get emotional.

Why would I?  I don’t know these individuals personally and I have only seen their performance on a stage or silver screen – which is probably not even their real personality.

But for some reason, when this message appeared on my iPhone, and shortly after on my iPad, it was like being told someone close to you had passed away.  I know it sounds very strange, given that Steve Jobs has never heard of me and I have never met him.

However, I admired Steve Jobs for what he accomplished within Apple and outside Apple.  You could probably say that he is my John Lennon.

When you then see the outpour of support and grief throughout the World, as the news circled the Globe, one can only begin to understand how many people he touched.  Wonderful pictures of people showing their sadness, almost brought tears to my eyes, all very personal and filled with sorrow.

Here’s a man who through his company developed so many amazing and utterly wonderful creations.  He changed the way we use music, the way we use phones, the way we can access information anywhere.  He introduced simple and yet powerful software and not to forget truly beautiful designs.

He did not only raise the bar for the technology – he was raising the game beyond the grasp of the competition.  The competitors could only copy what he created and rarely come close to what his products delivered.

He inspired young and old people around the World, by showing them that anything is possible if you dare to chase your dream.

Just imagine, a world without Toy Story?  Yes, Pixar was one of his ventures and NeXT paved the way for Mac OS as we know it today.  Even the first Mac introduced had the first pointing device, making sure users no longer had to rely on command line control.

The big question still lingering in my head is, how will Apple Corp progress without their talisman?

I’m certain Mr. Cook will be a great CEO, but does he have the same tenacious and involved approach as Steve Jobs.  I know Mr. Cook’s presentation of the iPhone 4s was a bit subdued, but now we know why.  As a close friend of Mr Jobs, he was probably aware of the state of his health, and it must have been difficult to launch something new, knowing that your friend was fighting a tough battle.

That said, will Apple continue to develop and release groundbreaking products / technologies, or will they just release updated versions of current products.  Only time will tell.

It is with sadness in my heart that I bid you farewell Steve.  I hope your family stays strong and understands that they have the support of millions around the Globe.

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A Genius Experience

During a recent trip to the US, I experienced some problems with my travel companion, aka iPad 2, and decided to visit the local Apple Store to test their hands-on knowledge.  It was an opportunity to see how the Apple corporation dealt with customers and whether it really is as hyped up as we hear in the news.

My perception of Apple is as follows.  Please note, this does not reflect my views of their products and is most likely a stereotype image of an Apple employee.  It all stems from the appearance of Mr. Jobs, who is the true visionary of  Apple.

Steve Jobs has always, to me at least, appeared as a very relaxed CEO with a very relaxed and simple sense of attire.  I have no objections to jeans and turtlekneck shirts, but sometimes it looks better to wear a suit – not necessarily a tie.

BUT, Apple is at the same time an organisation that strives on developing tools and applications that borders perfection.  You pay higher prices for their equipment primarily because of design.

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Are you getting one?

iPad 2. Thinner. Lighter. Faster. FaceTime. Smart Covers. 10-hour battery. Coming March 25.

Steve Jobs did surprise comeback yesterday, for his keynote, and for the release of the much anticipated iPad 2.  Mr. Jobs is meant to be out on medical leave, but I guess his personal attachment to the iPad was too much for him to leave for another guy to present.

The media have been talking about the iPad 2 for months now, so the majority of features and designs were not really a surprise.  It is worth noting that the iPad will have some enhancements, which probably will impress even the most hardcore Samsung Galaxy Tab or Motorola Xoom supporter.  It will be interesting to see if RIM can gain a little bit of market share with their upcoming release of the Playbook, but somehow I think Apple have beat them … again.

So, here’s a list of new noteworthy features – for more detailed information on the iPad 2, then I suggest you visit the Apple Store.  Please also note that the iPad 2 is set to be released in Ireland from 25 March onwards.  It’s still not clear if this day is when you start to purchase and how long the delivery time might be.

  • front and back cameras; provides you with two cameras, similar to iPhone 4, making it possible to use both Skype and FaceTime
  • dual processors; dual-core A5 chip, which is faster and should improve speed x2
  • faster graphics; allowing for better movie and game experiences
  • more movement sensitivity; accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope and compass all work together, making the iPad 2 more accurate
  • battery life; introduces an even better battery life … if that’s possible

– for people living in the US, you can order your iPad 2 from 11 march onwards.  Might be worth considering going to New York for a quick shopping spree mid March 🙂

I do have to applaud Apple for having reduced the “old” iPad, hoping to sell off the remaining stock before releasing the newer model.

Now, here’s the scary bit.  It is actually possible to buy pre-release models on eBay!  And, what’s even worse, the price quoted on the eBay site starts at $10,000 – ridiculous in my humble opinion.

The real question is, are you planning on getting the iPad 2, or would you be happy with getting the “old” iPad at a discount.

…I know I’m getting the iPad 2 🙂

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