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iPad, iCloud & App Cards

At the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event on Tuesday, Apple unveiled its next generation iPhone, the iPhone4S, but Apple was also talking about iPads, iCloud and apps, too.


Apple’s iPad pilot program for schools has put iPads in classrooms, in every state in the U.S. new schools are being equipped with iPads according to a recent article in the NYTimes. Photo via NYTimes. 

Apple has been pushing innovation not only in the technology space, but innovating schools and business. Apple’s latest phone features voice recognition and while it’s an incredible technological step, the company is full steam ahead on all fronts.

Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, got a laugh for saying airplane pilots use of iPads makes airplanes more efficient. But it’s true; the FAA approved the use of the device and apps like ForeFlight. Hospitals are testing iPads, too. In fact, 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies are supposedly “testing or deploying” the iPad in their workplaces. And the amount of schools and summer camps using iPads has dramatically increased.

In addition to the new iPhone 4S, the Apple event was a chance for Apple to toot its own horn and talk about these innovations and outreach. And Apple continues to surprise us with its unique train of thought.


Instead of iPhone 5, Apple introduced…Apple Cards???

Digital Goes Analog 
Apple has surpassed 250 million sales of iOS devices. That’s iPads, iPod touches and iPhones. Apps make these devices truly shine. The App Store features some 140,000 for the iPad alone, with more than 500,000 total apps. More than a billion of them are downloaded every month. Leave it to Apple to introduce one that helps you send a greeting or holiday card. The Apple Cards app lets you create paper printed cards – right from your iPhone or iPad.


Cards are sent with a special postal mark barcode – when they’re scanned at the destination, you get a text message the card has arrived.

If no one else was excited about the Apple Cards announcement, we’re sure the Postmaster General is since traditional postal mail use is significantly down. People still prefer to send cards the old fashioned way, however.

High Above the iCloud 
In the future we’ll all be storing docs in the Cloud. Think of anything you save – a document, picture or song. It all goes in the Cloud. Google Docs has done this for some time, so it’s no surprise to see Apple follow suit by promoting iCloud.

Apple’s iCloud allows the storage of any file type, and serves up all your media on all your iDevices – MacBook, iPhone and tablet. When you sign up, you get 5GB for your mail and docs, and pay an additional $20/$50/$100 more a year for added storage. Users get unlimited storage for photos and music. Using iCloud allows Apple to see all the music you own, and maybe even if you paid for it or not.

But iCloud does allow you to share your media across your many devices, which could come in handy for work or home.

The Core of Apple 
Apple’s doing what it has always done; revolutionizing technology to make your life easier and more productive. Siri, the voice recognition software for your iPhone 4S, is billed as a personal assistant. The iCloud makes moving your media easier. Apple Cards let you send a mailed greeting card right from your phone. Apple is revolutionizing the way we live our lives. And owning an iPhone or iPad isn’t the only to get involved with the Apple revolution. Learning app development for iDevices is a great way to get started with the Apple iOS, too. You don’t have to work for Apple to change the world.

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iPhone 4S Available Oct. 14, iOS 5 Available Oct. 12, iPhone 5 ?

Based on what Apple did with the iPhone 3, we should have seen this one coming. But now we can finally separate fact from fiction. Today Apple wooed fans, technology followers and industry insiders but, for the most part, let down expecting iPhone5 owners at the “Lets Talk iPhone” event.


Inside Apple’s Town Hall conference center.

Introducing Tim Cook…
A thoughtful and steady Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, took the stage of Apple’s Town Hall. This was the same place Apple introduced the iPod; would this be also the place they would put it to death, as rumors had speculated? Thankfully, no. But Apple had other surprises and no, sadly, Steve Jobs did not make an appearance. Instead, news vans and tech writers swarmed the event in Cupertino, California, and mainly they came looking for a new iPhone.

“This is my first product launch since being named CEO.  I’m sure you didn’t know that,” Cook said upon taking the stage. “I love Apple and consider it the privilege of a lifetime to have worked here for 14 years and to assume this role. Today we’ll remind you of the uniqueness of this company as we announce innovations from our mobile OS, to apps, services and hardware.”

With that the show began. Apple started by unveiling the next upgrades for its coveted iPod and iPhone lines.

“Rumors of the iPod’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated.” 
The iPod launched 10 years ago. iTunes and the iPod have “revolutionized” the music industry, Cook said. Apple sold 45 million iPods last year alone. Sixteen billion song downloads have been served up to people all over the globe. According to Apple, the company is “very happy with the music business.” So Apple, most of all, must be surprised by the recent rumor that Apple might kill the iPod.

Instead, Apple said, it updated some apps. For example, the little tiny postage stamp touchscreen device called the iPod Nano. People use it for exercise, so Apple improved the pedometer software to keep records of your running and walking. Apple also built a “watch” app so you can wear your iPod Nano like a wristwatch. iPod Nano now sells for $129 for 8GB or $149 for 16GB.

Meanwhile, the best-selling iPod Touch will get iMessage for texting (via iOS5). At $229 for 8GB, it’s $30 cheaper. (32GB for $299, 64GB for $399, but no new hardware was discussed). iPods, like the iPhone and iPad, are powered by the iOS, and Apple took that opportunity to talk about…

iOS 5
Packed with amazing new features, Apple’s iOS 5 could be the best iOS upgrade to date. There are lots of new features: Notifications upgrades, which now allows you to see a message dashboard from the lock screen.


Reminders, iMessage and more are all a part of iOS5 and iPhone 4S. 

iMessage is text messaging app for Apple users. No more carrier texting fee; you can send photos, video and more using iMessage. While Reminders is an advanced to-do list that can remind you to perform tasks based on where you are, such as popping up a message when you get to work or home. iOS5 will be available on October 12th.

They also talked iPads, and about how 250 million iOS devices have been sold, but we came to hear about the iPhone and after about a half hour, Apple got to the point.


This was the first Apple media event in more than a decade that Steve Jobs wasn’t hosting.

Let’s Talk iPhone
The iPhone 4 has made up for more than one-half of all the iPhones sold since Apple introduced the iPhone, and according to Apple, the company is “pummeling the competition,” and growing the installed base faster than any other smartphones. ”People have been wondering, how do you follow up a hit product like the iPhone 4,” and with that, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S. Like Apple did with the iPhone 3, instead of leapfrogging the popular iPhone 4, they’ve added an S to the name. The “S” stands for speed.

The S Stands for Speed
The new iPhone 4S is powered by the A5 chip (which features 7x faster graphics for games) is twice as fast as the A4 chip in the current iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S features better battery life too, with 8 hours of talk time, or 40 hours of listening to music. The iPhone 4S has an “intelligently switch” wireless system that can swap between its two antennas for “even better call quality.” Data download data is also faster — using HSDPA cellular technology. In short, Apple is selling the iPhone 4S as a 4G-like phone. Note, though, that the iPhone4S is NOT technically a 4G phone.

New Camera
In recent months, Apple has also taken hits about the quality of camera in the iPhone 4. Apple’s Phil Schiller spoke directly to that point: ”Here we’ve really gone overboard,” he said. The iPhone 4S will have more accurate colors, a “five-element lens” with an f/2.4 aperture (which is much better for low-light situations), all delivered by an 8-megapixel camera. That’s 3264 x 2448 resolution, or 60 percent more pixels than the current iPhone 4. The 4S’s sensor is better, too.


Apple provided a little competitive analysis too: Droid Bionic 3.7 seconds to take a picture. iPhone 4S: 1.1 seconds.

“Can You Hear Me Now?” 
Possibly the coolest thing tech writers heard today, though, was the female voice of Siri, the voice control system for the iPhone 4S. While still in beta, the demo of the technology shown was nothing short of amazing. Holding down the Home button activates Siri, and you prompt her simply by using your voice:

“What is the weather like today?” you ask.

Siri pleasantly responds: “Here’s today’s weather,” and then the phone displays the weather forecast.

“Do I need a raincoat today?” you ask.

Siri agrees you might: “It sure looks like rain today.”

“Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” you request.

Siri instantly responds: “I’ve found 14 Greek restaurants…5 in Palo Alto.”

In addition to finding restaurants and scheduling lunch meetings (Yelp is partnered with Apple to provide restaurant reviews in Siri), Siri can read text messages, act as a calculator and is apparently fluent in French and German.

No iPhone 5? iPhone 4S 
Regarding the recent news and rumors, Apple did not release any details on the iPhone 5 or provide any information regarding Sprint’s recent deal to buy iPhones and be an iPhone carrier.  Apple did disappoint on several fronts, but nonetheless, the announcements made today will still make the Apple iPhone the most talked-about smartphone this year. The iPhone 4S will be available in 16Gb for $199, or with 32GB for $299 or 64GB for $399. (This is the first time Apple’s offered 64GB storage for iPhone.) iPhone 4S goes on sale Oct. 14th. Pre-orders begin Oct. 7th.

Update: iPhone 4 now cost $99 for 8 GB; the 8GB iPhone 3GS will be free – all phones require a two-year service contract requirement.

It’s a great time to learn app development for Apple iDevices, like the iPhone 4S. Who knows? If you start now, your app could be ready for the release of the iPhone 5.

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Learn with the Apple iPad

Heading back to school is easy and more enjoyable when you have the right tools for the job. Gone are the days when we shopped for a Trapper Keeper at the K-Mart…but we’re still taking notebooks and tablets to school!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5i1Dyj5k1A

Today we’re learning with the Apple iPad, thanks to app development for iDevices. Apps that teach astronomy, biology, science and math are great for students. Why? Many of these apps feature interactive, animated 3D graphics – making learning even more entertaining and fun.

On an Evening in Roma
Take, for example, the Rome Virtual History app. Students can take a fantastic voyage to ancient Rome and tour the Colosseum and other famous landmarks in Italy – all without leaving a classroom. Or, if you do decide to take a field trip to Roma, the app also provides a virtual guide. The app is highly recommended by educators.


The Colosseum was originally built on marshy ground. Explore it, Circus Maximus and other famous locations in ROMA, Virtual History

A Star is Born
Want to explore the deep reaches of space? Check out Solar Walk ($9.99 Apple App Store), the first app in the AppStore with real 3D TV support. Solar Walk, like it’s cousin, Star Walk ($4.99, Apple App Store) – the interactive astrology guide – was the winner of the Apple Design Award 2010! And it’s been featured by Apple as a “Best App ” in 2009 and 2010 and even appears in the iPad TV commercials.


A view of Earth, the third rock from the Sun, from outer space. 

Take A Note
If you need to take notes in class, you can use Penultimate (.99 cents, Apple App Store). You can quickly take and manage separate notes and notebooks (as many as you can create), all with infinite pages. View your list by scrolling through your notebooks in grid view. Browse your pages, plus insert, delete, duplicate, and reorder pages however you want. Check out Apple’s best apps for learning.


We tested Penultimate using a Wacom stylus with  - both the app and accessory worked great for note taking! 

If you prefer a more traditional (i.e., old school) method of taking and keeping notes, try the Trapper Keeper…

What is a Trapper Keeper?
Before notebook computers, believe it or not, people actually used notebooks. I know paper may be a foreign concept to younger readers, but before iPads, packs of three-ring binder paper were what you stuffed into your book bag. The Trapper Keeper is a loose-leaf notebook binder system made by Mead, and it became famous for its various storage pockets (hence the title). It was popular with students during the mid-1970s and well into the 1990s. In fact, the Trapper Keeper is still selling. And there’s a whole store-load of accessories for it, too.

For today’s educators and students, tablet computers offer an amazing platform for delivering education and content. On a classroom desk or in a lecture hall, devices like the iPad are compact and easy to use. Videos and other visual media work better than traditional textbooks because they can demonstrate firsthand an experience or even an experiment.

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iPad 2 Facebook App Revealed

It’s been rumored for a while that Facebook has been quietly working on a Facebook app for the iPad – and we can now confirm that the rumors are true! The new Facebook iPad app was revealed today by a hacker who was using a jail-broken iPad to run the app. The hacker was able to modify a file hidden within the Facebook for iPhone app to unlock the iPad Easter egg. (This according to our friends at Mashable.com.) The result? A fully functional Facebook for the iPad!


Check out all the screenshots for the Facebook iPad app over on Mashable.com.

Facebook for iPad: We Like!
Sure, iPad owners can still download Facebook for the iPhone and run it on the iPad, but the app doesn’t display in high definition. The newly discovered iPad app is legit, though. (We confirmed as much with a development source close to the project – who had seen the iPad app.)

The iPad app uses many of the same features that third-party Facebook apps use, but instead has full access to the Facebook API, making the interface much better. The iPad’s drop-down menus and built-in keyboard make it much easier to navigate and update your status on the go. The iPad interface is very close to Facebook’s online look, and while Facebook Chat is supported, video chat doesn’t look like it will be available for launch.

When does the Facebook iPad app release? As of press time there’s no official release date, although development insiders say it looks like it won’t be long, since the app is near feature-complete.

App Development for iDevices is exploding, and the Facebook app represents just one example of that trend. Why not get started creating apps for the iPhone or making games for the Android?

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