Ever since I got my first iPad in April 2009, I have been obsessed with finding the ultimate keyboard solution to turn it into a versatile notebook. I even shared my own DIY solution but have to admit that I actually never used it as it couldn’t really hold your iPad upright. Apple’s very own keyboard dock could only operate in portrait mode and was clearly not portable enough. Until very recently, the best alternatives were the Origami case combined with Apple bluetooth keyboard, Zagg’s keyboard case (acquired by Logitech) and the Logitech Tablet Keyboard. I have bought all three but never truly adopted them. None of these met the portability and stability required to turn your iPad into a sleek notebook you’d actually want to use. Well, it seems that Logitech’s 3rd attempt – the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – might be the right one. They seem to have finally come up with the ultimate keyboard for your iPad.
Since the iPad was released last year and despite its huge success (10-15 millions have been sold in 2010), there has been lots of discussions with regards to using the iPad as a work/productivity tool. It certainly rocks as a family and traveling entertainement device (music, web, movies, games, etc…) but it seems to lack a few things to act as your perfect work companion. If multi-tasking (introduced with the latest 4.2 iOS update) has helped, here is another way to bring that iPad closer to your business need: a keyboard. Read more to see how I have attached one to the slim Apple iPad case.
Steve Jobs just revealed the long awaited iPhone 4 during the opening keynote of the WWDC 2010 conference. Despite creating no surprises with an external design leaked all over the net for the past few weeks, Apple has once again designed an amazing product, well ahead of its competition: highest screen resolution ever (retina display), thinest body, HD video recording, huge battery life, etc… (check out the iPhone 4 product video on the Apple website).
Apple may have failed (intentionally or not) to protect the secrecy around this iPhone 4 (lost/stolen in a Silicon Valley’s pub and disclosed in Vietnam), they remain nevertheless famous for religiously keeping their products from being disclosed before Steve Jobs himself gets a chance to reveal them to the world with his very own set of “amazing”, “great” and “fantastic” superlative adjectives.
Such secrecy around Apple’s truly amazing products contributes to creating huge expectations and rumours about the next big launch. Now that the iPhone 4 is here, we surely should expect geeks and techies of the world to start blogging about what they expect or believe the next iPhone (and iPad) will be made of.
As far as I am concerned, I honestly believe that this iPhone 4 doesn’t leave much space for an iPhone 5 and I can hardly come up with innovative features that next year’s iPhone could bring (Apple has been releasing a new iPhone every year since the initial 2007 launch). But there again, we can probably count on the Cupertino’s gang to surprise us.
We could however easily expect the next iPad (there will be an iPad revision 2 one day) to bring:
- High resolution retina display
- Front camera and FaceTime video calling
- iMovie for HD video editing
- iOS 4 (with groups, multitasking, etc…)
What’s your take ? Let us know what you either wish or think (or know?) the next iPad (revision 2) and iPhone (revision 5) might bring.
I left Paris 10 hours ago and I am 2 hours away from Singapore as I start drafting this post on my iPad. Usually a great sleeper on any short and long distance flight, the 12 noon departure time of Singapore Airlines SQ 333 flight from Paris to Singapore made it difficult to actually get more than 2 hours of sleep so far, leaving me more than 10 hours to experience and enjoy the Apple iPad as a flight companion. Read more to find out 7 work and leisure activities (and apps) that the iPad turns out to be the perfect match for while traveling on a long haul flight. Read more…
The iPad has now been out for a week and the web is full of quality reviews which give you in-depth details of Apple latest revolutionary device. The App Store already offers 3,500 apps specially designed for the iPad which happens to be a fantastic device for playing games, browsing the web, watching videos, as well as working and being productive. Here is the list of my top 7 productivity apps for the iPad.
Browsing the web on the Apple iPad: 15 screenshots of how most common websites will look on your iPad
It is now officially confirmed by Apple, the iPad will be in store by April 3rd in the US and shortly after in some other countries. As Steve Jobs himself emphasized during his January 27 keynote, the iPad is aimed to be the perfect device to, among others, surf the web from your living room couch. We now know that the iPad will not support flash, which might actually impact your browsing experience on some flash intensive websites. Other websites may actually detect the iPad as an iPhone (most WordPress blogs currently do) and present you with a page meant for a 3″ screen. But for most sites I tested, the iPad truly looked like the perfect internet tablet we have been waiting for.
If you can’t wait for another month and if you are dying to see what your favorite websites will look like on the iPad, read more and take a look at 15 screenshots taken from the iPad simulator that Apple was kind enough to provide iPhone developers with (I actually hope that I am not breaching the Apple SDK NDA by publishing these screenshots, after all, I am only revealing what Safari looks like on the iPad, which Apple already did to the whole world on Jan 26).