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 ibooks.com 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?
Only youtube video I could find of the event was a 41 second clip courtesy of NY Post. Oh well.
Swapping out Apple Xserve hard drives
Build Iphone Apps in Minutes! Just Minutes!
Need Supplies? Check out
Brother LC-21BK Black Ink Cartridge (Brother LC21BK)