Apple iPad: The Computer For The Rest Of Us (Five Years From Now)

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Once you’re done laughing at the stupid name (by the way, “Wii” isn’t funny any more, either), you might realize that that despite the lukewarm reaction by the tech press, the iPad might very well be the culmination of the “Computer For The Rest Of Us” goals that begot the Macintosh line 26 years ago. If you don’t, read on–I’m going to explain why.

I know plenty of people with Apple products who buy it for the cachet–especially recent adopters of the last 5 years or so. These people are generally fully capable of dealing with the intricacies of a Windows PC (whether they like it or not is another story, of course) but they opt to get an iPhone and/or a MacBook because they look prettier. My bet is that anyone who has ever been able to make that kind of purchase will eventually consider an iPad–maybe not now, maybe not next year, but certainly within the next five years.

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Apple iPad: This is what happens when you bring a bunch of geeky dudes in one room

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When you bring all dudes into a product branding committee meeting, this is what we get: The iPAD.

Hopefully... this blog is iPad supported

Steve. Really, you couldn’t run this idea by any females before sending it to the press?

$100k Bounty On An Apple Tablet? It’s On.

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Looks like Valleywag is posting a $100,000 bounty on the rumored Apple tablet. Allen, Brendan, Izzy: you guys busy this weekend?

We’ve had enough of trying to follow all the speculation around Apple’s impending tablet — how it’ll work, its size, the name, the software and whether it will save magazines. We want answers, dammit! And we’re willing to pay.

Apple has said absolutely nothing about its tablet, but everyone expects it to be unveiled in San Francisco on Jan. 27. So, that gives you to two week’s to play in Valleywag’s Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt: If you can find genuine photos, video or — the holy grail — the actual messiah machine itself, we’ll give you a cash prize. We’ve even drawn up the helpful menu above.

via Announcing Valleywag’s Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt: Win Up to $100,000! – apple tablet – Gawker.

CES 2010 Predictions

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In no particular order:

  • We’ll see the first few HDTVs with 3D support announced for early adopters who like to spend too much on their TVs so they can watch Avatar and Up at home.
  • Netbook manufacturers will find more creative ways to sell tiny computers which are woefully hamstrung by Microsoft’s insistence on crippled specs. (Hi, Samsung!)
  • Google is officially announcing their Nexus One phone tomorrow, and everyone will realize that even Google can’t give you a cheap smartphone with a cheap data plan. Cue the haters.
  • Everyone is going to talk about how their tablet is so awesome, and no one is going to care about the JooJoo. Apple will eventually release theirs later in the year, and people will spend entirely too much money on it.
  • Once the Apple tablet is out, a hypothetical Google Tablet will be the next big thing that everyone talks about.
  • A bunch of companies you don’t give a shit about will announce new streaming video/TV-set-top-box doodads that would be really cool if you didn’t already have an Xbox 360 and/or a DVR that gives you more TV than you could handle.
  • Canon will release a few billion cameras, and they’ll all end up permanently on sale at Dealnews a week later.
  • Hard drives will get bigger.

-patrick miller