Apple and iBooks and iPad

by admin on January 27, 2010

Insane traffic over at Tech Crunch which is covering the release of Apple's tablet, the ipad. I've ripped off the latest news just in case you have trouble accessing the site:

Steve Jobs revealed the Apple iPad today, its much-awaited tablet computer (see our live notes). Jobs positions it as a third computing device between a laptop and a smartphone geared towards the “key tasks” of Web browsing, email, sharing photos, watching videos, playing games, and reading digital books. All current iPhone apps will run on the device, as well as new games and digital books designed specifically for it. An enhanced iPhone SDK released today will support both the iPhone and the iPad.

"Some specs: The device has a 9.7 inch display, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is half-an-inch thick. It is powered by new chip made by Apple itself, a 1 GHz A4 and will come with 16Gb to 64 GB of storage. It supports WiFi, has an accelerometer, compass, and built-in speaker and microphone, just like the iPhone. The screen is a full capacitive multi-touch screen. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours. And it will cost $499." - Courtesy of techcrunch. Thanks guys

The iPad also comes with a new app called iBooks, of which there is absolutely no information about on the internet (yet). If you go to you'll see it's owned by a domain squatter who even now is probably getting a letter from Apple's legal representatives (give us the domain name or we kill you).

What is the ibook format? PDF? Ah, that would be interesting as we all know the printing industry runs on PDF. Probably not, as copy protection in the PDF is easily hackable so not very attractive to Apple. Still, the market has been missing an ebook reader/tablet that can give a nice visual presentation of colored PDFs and now the market has it.

The magazine publishers and newspapers are probably lining up at Apple's door trying to get their stuff in ibook format, whatever it is. As for printing? Well, this has been coming down the pipeline for quite awhile. What is your strategy for adapting?

UPDATE: Popular Mechanics liveblogged the event and has more info.

Only youtube video I could find of the event was a 41 second clip courtesy of NY Post. Oh well.


Jay Zipursky January 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

According to the Engadget live bloging, Jobs said iBooks uses the ePub format.

FubarGuy January 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

As with all things Apple these days, I’ll until at least Ver2 or Ver3 releases. It’s missing an amazing number of things that would make it a must-have item. Can’t even multi-task, are you serious?? So I can’t listen to my tunes while checking email & Twittering & being a Cool Connected Dude? No Flash support, so no YouTube or sites with embedded video. Sure it’s pretty to look at, but they need to go back to the drawing board on this one. Sorry Steve, it’s a bit of a letdown so far.

castellan January 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Since it’s running the iPhone OS, yes, you can listen to your music while doing other things. Everything the iPhone does, the iPad does, except make phone calls (and you know that hole will be filled with software since there’s already plenty of VoIP options on the App Store).

No Flash is still one of the best decisions Apple could have made. Flash is buggy, slow, and used in way too many places where it’s unnecessary. If you really think that Flash (or even Silverlight, for that matter) is the wave of the future, you’re not paying attention.

I’m still trying to decide if I want/need one myself, but it’s really not missing anything that I’d want except a built-in way to get photos on the device (the $30 dongle attachment really is silly). Other features that everyone wanted were unrealistic for such a device. Two cameras for videoconferencing? Really? Who wants to hold that thing up so it’s aiming at both of you? And if you say, “that’s what the dock is for,” then why have a tablet in the first place when what you really want is a laptop? And don’t say moveable/positionable cameras, because moving parts equal breakable parts, and Apple builds stuff to last rather than putting the latest fad items on their machines.

In the run-up to the announcement I saw predictions from, “it’ll cure cancer,” to, “it’ll go back in time and save Haiti!” I think a lot of people really lost their sense of perspective and reality with this thing. If you can look at it for what it is (and not the crazy near sci-fi-esque predictions of what it COULD be), it looks like a great device. If it fits in with my needs, I’ll be picking one up.

Laurens February 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

The local newspaper has a competition in which they give away an iPad every day. Somehow that strikes me as being very ironic. It is a bit as if the French emperor Louis XVI would donate a guillotine to the people of Paris every day during the summer of 1793.

SH February 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Exactly, castellan. (The second post up). We need to look at the iPad for WHAT IT IS and not how it compares with devices already in existence that perform a few similar functions.

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