Category Archives: Apple Products
This video, brilliantly envisioned by Sam Beckett, makes you want to diss your remote control and cable/satellite subscription with every passing minute.
This video’s creator perfectly showcases how seamless and fluid an iTV experience could be, using Siri as a means to search deep within the programming database for information pertaining to shows, artists, recording times etc. it is remarkable. Truly remarkable.
This is what Macworld had to say in the article accompanying this video:
Siri could be used to set recordings, and there’s a intuitive TV Guide and Genius feature that would make discovering new shows quick and easy. In a forum post on The Verge, Beckett explains that he hopes to develop the concept further in the future, by adding App Store, FaceTime and Recordings app demonstrations.
So, Apple, let’s get moving here. How much longer do we have to wait to experience the full extent of what technology can contribute to our television viewing experience?
And, to the TV networks – get with the plan. Cable and satellite are so passé and so is the crappy remote control experience. We are in the touchy feely/voice activated phase of technology and I do not plan to spend the rest of my senior years living in the past.
How about you? Do you think this is the year that Apple finally cracks the television market? The answer: it better be!
Apple has pulled out all the stops making the event available to pretty much anyone that has a computer or iDevice.
That’s right! The event will be available for viewing via a LiveStream link that can be accessed in many ways.
You simply have to visit the LiveStream Page over on the Apple.Com site or, something new and exciting, you can access it via Apple TV in the new Apple Events section.
However, Apple TV owners must have either a 2nd or 3rd generation model to see this event.
And, as I mentioned above, you can access this link via Safari on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or Windows PC. Sorry Samsung geeks.
Scheduled to be unveiled today is the much-anticipated iPad Mini. But, Apple has a few other surprises tucked in their back pocket, one of which will be the newly designed iTunes interface, iTunes 11.
And, with the possibility of a revamped version of the new full-sized iPad, a refresh of the Mac Mini and new iMacs and a 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, Apple stands an incredible chance to, once again, wipe the floor with their competition.
The “big shew” begins at 10:00 A.M. Pacific (1:00 P.M. Eastern) and, given other Apple Event scenarios, will probably last two hours.
I will provide key updates on the inside page of this blog topic. Please come back and add your thoughts in the comments section. Live Updates inside.
Probably not a lot. But, one thing did occur to me.
Amid the naysaying and frustration of Apple consumers and investors, pointing out that Apple is struggling to find their footing minus Steve Jobs’ influence and guidance to steer them on course, did anyone really stop to think how difficult this time must be for those closest to Steve?
It has been reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook was having a difficult time dealing with Steve’s death and I can only imagine how hard this must be for brilliant designer, Jony Ive.
He was, after all, accountable only to Steve Jobs and, therefore, the kinship between the two must have been indeed extraordinary and profound.
Both men were incredibly close to Steve and, most likely, shared stories, memories, even intimacies that one would experience in any solid and cohesive friendship.
All of the Apple specialists must feel the lack of charisma and energy that only Steve could embody and, now, without him, they must strive to replicate and sustain these integral components in their daily lives at Apple.
These people lost more than a technological genius – they lost a friend. And a good one!
However, from what I have witnessed over the past year, Apple is alive and well and living in Cupertino – and in our daily lives.
The technological advances they have made over the last decade are phenomenal. We should never lose sight of this.
Yet, to move forward in technology, it requires patience and diligence – elements which the media is known NOT to have.
We can sit and gripe and tear apart what Apple should have done, but, honestly, isn’t it more rewarding and less frustrating to step back and marvel at all they have accomplished?
With 24 hours left to go before the Apple Event begins – where the new iPad Mini is rumored to take the spotlight – I think it would be wise to look around you, at everything Apple in your life and then understand the absolutely phenomenal technology this company has introduced into our lives over the past few years.
And It will only get better.
One must remember – iTunes wasn’t built in a day. The negotiating process that Steve Jobs used to convince all the music publishers, recording companies and artists to come on board still boggles my mind to this day.
Plus, don’t forget those beautiful and successful Apple Stores, spread throughout the world and enjoying unprecedented commercial success, much to the chagrin and embarrassment of the naysayers and the envy of millions of businesses worldwide.
Tomorrow, we will see what Apple unveils. I have no doubt that it will be spectacular and, if not for the unending assortment of leaks over the past few months, it would have been a jaw-dropper.
But then – who says that there may not be a surprise or two at the end of this keynote rainbow? The “one more thing” phrase, so famously associated with Steve Jobs, may evolve into a new phrase – “Oh, I almost forgot”. Works for me. Does it for you?
According to The Loop, Apple is in the process of sending out invitations to media regarding another Apple Product Event.
And lest anyone has any doubts whether or not this will address the long-anticipated iPad Mini, you simply have to read the little teaser in the invitation:
“We’ve got a little more to show you.”
Well, actually, they have more than a little if one is to believe the leaked specs and prices on the iPad Mini models. There will be a little something for everyone, of every age and price range.
However, I am still going with my gut and sticking to my initial thoughts about which sector of the population this iPad Mini will address.
Unlike the full-size iPad, this baby iPad will be a consumption device, especially designed for students of all ages. This is the only way Apple can justify the lower price vs. the higher end iPod Touch line.
And Apple wants to revolutionize the educational sector and this is a major step toward this goal.
Parents don’t want their children surfing the net and getting into all sorts of trouble – they want them to learn and enjoy appropriate media.
Judging by my very young grandchildren ( 6 years and under), the iPad is presently used for movies, educational apps, games and books. Sometimes music is accessed as well, but that’s why Apple made iPods, so it is not a priority for kids when using the iPad.
And the iPad Mini will be just the perfect size and weight for those little arms, hands and fingers to lug around.
I cannot wait to get my hands on this device for my grandchildren so I can reclaim my iPad when they come to visit. Finally, a Tech Toy worth buying. Gotta love Apple!
So, do you agree or disagree? Excited or no? How many are you buying and for whom? Share all in the comments section.
Darn! I wish I had thought of this! But, thank heavens someone did!
Of course, everyone knows about the FindMyiPhone App. And if you don’t, here is a link.
However, TheNextWeb.Com came up with a brilliant way to speed up the process if, in fact, you do lose your iPhone.
Now, we have to assume here that anyone that finds your iPhone is a Good Samaritan and will heed the instructions set forth by TheNextWeb.Com.
In a nutshell, you access your Notes App, start a new note, add pertinent information that would allow someone to contact you if they find your iPhone, then save the note to the lock screen on your iPhone.
An email address should be enough or a business phone number. I would NOT feel comfortable adding my home phone number. You could, though, add a family member’s mobile phone number – that would be another alternative.
However, in iOS 6, you can enable Lost Mode – which is an advanced alternative to the above suggestion.
Here is the video below: