“New times demand new journalism,” said Rupert Murdoch at the launch of The Daily, an iPad only newspaper, in New York today. “So we built The Daily completely from scratch — on the most innovative device to come about in my time — the iPad.”
It will be a daily newspaper which will be available exclusively on the iPad for now. It is priced at $0.99 per week and $39.99 per year. It will be free for the first 2 weeks though, thanks to Verizon.
It will offer a combination of traditional journalism and technology and will be packed with a lot of interactive multimedia content. It will be updated daily and comes with videos, audio content and will allow users to share content directly via Twitter or Facebook. It also has a built in browser as well as an apps and games section, which is linked directly to the App Store.
With the launch of The Daily, Apple also unveiled a new feature for application developers – in-app subscriptions. Apple will be enabling one-click, in-app subscription pricing for apps on the App Store soon. It would be ideal for media companies who rely on subscription based services. Expect an announcement by Apple on subscription pricing soon. Rupert Murdoch stated that The Daily will be launched on all major tablets eventually.
However, 2011 will see a lot more new tablets coming into the market and the iPad will definitely have more competition. So which are the tablets that you can look forward to in 2011? Here is a list of top 5 tablets which you can buy in 2011.
Apple iPad 2
Well, iPad was a run-off success; however, it did lack quite a few features including a camera. In 2011 (most likely in April), Apple will announce the iPad 2. It is rumored to do away with the home button and replace everything with multi-touch gestures, similar to what you would see on a Mac.
iPad 2 is also rumored to have a camera which can be used to record videos and video chat using Facetime. Rumors also suggest that the next generation of iPad will feature a Retina Display’. Users should also expect the iPad 2 to sport a dual-core processor which should be easily able to play back 1080p videos.
What users should not expect the iPad 2 to feature is the support for Adobe Flash. The iPad 2 will be running on a new iOS version which might include some basic photo and video editing capabilities as well. Expect Apple to set the bar so high with the iPad 2 that rest of the manufacturers will be playing the catch-up game for the rest of the year.
Apparently, Apple is planning to finally launch the iPad in India. It will be launched on January 28, according to a report by the Telegraph, exactly an year after it was announced by Apple.
The Apple iPad has had record sales and has single-handedly conquered the whole tablet market. Since its launch, many Chinese tablets have been launched with Android and other OSes, but none has seen the kind of success that the iPad has.
The only tablet that has managed to come close to the iPad has been the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but it’s still way behind the iPad in terms of sales. Apple plans to launch the iPad 2 soon, which is a great move considering that Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate as well as other tablets like the Blackberry Playbook and HP webOS tablets will soon be available.
The iPad will be available in both versions – Wi-Fi only, and Wi-Fi + 3G. The Wi-Fi model will be priced between Rs. 26,000 and Rs. 37,000 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions.
The Wi-Fi + 3G model will be priced between Rs. 33,000 and Rs. 44,000 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. This is very competitive pricing, especially when the Galaxy Tab sells for Rs. 32,000 in the Indian market. Maybe Apple is looking to sell off its entire iPad stock before it launches the iPad 2. Whatever the reason may be, I know many people who would readily buy the iPad at these prices.
Just as you would expect with any modern smartphone sold nowadays, continued support is in very high demand, namely software support and updates. Unlike Android, iOS has very controlled hardware that it runs on and only devices sanctioned (read: designed and built) by Apple get the thumbs up for iOS. This gives Apple the great ability to control the user experience and control what features a user has access to and what they don’t.
With the update of iOS 4.3b2, developers should expect a slew of new features including the ability to create a personal hotspot on the device (for WiFi tethering) and some new API for gesture control. Apple has indicated that end-users may not be getting gesture support once 4.3 goes live and it is mainly for developers to test their applications, implement gesture support or ensure that their code does not conflict with any changes.
You can register as a developer (you’ll need to fork over $99 while doing that) to get access to this beta directly from Apple and you’ll receive access to the firmware images that support the Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS as well as the 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch. As always, the XCode and Apple SDK are available to download as well.
Most users will want to stay on the carrier supported release, since this is technically beta firmware and is aimed at developers who want to get a jump on gesture controls and any other API calls that Apple has added in.
It’s rumoured that the 3rd beta will be released within a few weeks and should be the final seed before iOS 4.3 is release sometime in February.
Hugh Hefner, the notorious founder of the erotic magazine Playboy, has announced that, come this March, an official Playboy application for the iPad will be available on the App Store.
Hefner’s announcement was made through a tweet on his twitter account :
Big news! Playboy–both old & new–will be available on iPad beginning in March.
This was followed by more updates from him mentioning that the Playboy Magazine App will be uncensored. Furthermore, all the editions of the magazine, even past editions will be available on the iPad.
It’s not that the App store currently does not have sexually explicit Apps on the App Store. In fact, there is already a Playboy app for the iPhone. We have previously covered Apple’s dual policy, where Apple thought it fit to ban 5000 Apps, but did not touch the Playboy app. But having a completely uncensored version for a bigger form factor, like the iPad, is quite another thing.
Could this mean a surge of such applications for the iPad ? Will this eventually penetrate the iPhone and iPod Touch devices too ?
When iOS 4 came out, one of the most interesting things to be introduced was the Game Center. Game Center provided game developers with a centralized way to track scores and show top scorers for any game that integrated with it.
Now, each and every user who plays games on their iPhone or iPod Touch would definitely want to be on the top of the list so that they can brag about it to their friends. However, that required users to be exceptionally well at games they played.
Now, you can put all those efforts aside thanks to a new app in Cydia store called Hack Center. This new app allows users to submit any score to the Game Center. So you can easily beat anyone at the top of the league with this app and then brag about it to everyone.
This app will only work on jailbroken iPhone which has the Cydia app installed. Considering the number of jailbroken iPhone’s out there, it will now be really hard to trust all those Game Center top scorer listings any more. You can watch a video of the HackCenter app in action below (courtesy 9to5Mac). Click here if you can’t watch the video.
Would you prefer to cheat your way and add a fake score using HackCenter? Would you be able to trust the Game Center score boards anymore? Do let me know through your comments.
Research in Motion has apparently ordered shipments of close to 1 million Blackberry Playbook tablets. Quanta Computer has begun production of the tablets, and RIM expects to sell them in Q1 2011.
RIM plans to launch the Playbook in March with a 3G version coming later. Honestly, 1 million Playbook sales seem a bit too ambitious now, with a flood of Android tablets coming soon.
Even Motorola expects to sell about 800,000 Xoom tablets, but that is more realistic, as Android is a much more popular OS than the QNX based OS in the Playbook. Even HP plans to launch a webOS tablet soon and Apple may launch the iPad 2 in April.
Deleting photos on iPad is not as simple as deleting images from other devices. Yes, you cannot delete photos from your iPad, however, you need to use your PC or Mac and sync your iPad with iTunes in order to delete photos from it. Even when using iTunes, users won’t be able to delete selected images from the iPad. They will have to delete a whole album. The only images which users can delete right from within their iPad are Saved images.
Saved images are those images which a user saves on his iPad while browsing some websites in Safari or via some other applications. Below is a screenshot which shows the Save Image’ option in Safari Mobile.
Below are the steps to delete saved images from your iPad :
1) Open up the Photos’ app on your iPad and navigate to the Saved Photos’ album.
2) If you want to delete multiple saved images, then press the more options button in extreme top right. Then select the images you want to delete by tapping on them and press the Delete’ option at the top.
3) If users only want to delete one specific image, they need to open that image and press the trash’ icon present at the extreme top right and then select the Delete Photo’ option.
There are many third party iPad managing software which may allow users to delete specific photos from the device. However, more often than not these kind of software never work properly.
The only option we iPad owners have is to pray and hope that Apple will soon allow us to delete specific images from Albums in our iPad in a future iOS update.
In what might be a first, NBC has made available the pilot episode/premiere of their new show The Cape on an iPad before it hits television on January 9, 2011.
NBC is working really hard to promote their new show "The Cape" and it looks like they will be giving viewers with an iPad an early view of a one-hour pilot episode of The Cape via the free comic book iPad app from DC comics. The episode will be available for free on the DC comics app between January 5 and January 8.
If you don’t have an iPad, you can catch up on the premiere episode of The Cape on Sunday, 9th January, 2011 at 9PM EST. The series stars David Lyons ("ER") as Vince Faraday, a cop who is unjustly accused of a crime and becomes a secret crime fighter. After the premier, The Cape will return to it’s regular slot on Mondays at 9PM from January 17th, 2010.
So go ahead and watch the pilot episode of The Cape for free using your iPad. You can download the DC Comics application from here.
It’s CES’ worst nightmare come true. Apple products hogging the limelight even before the event could kickoff. Earlier today, Engadget spotted an eager exhibitor at the CES 2011 showing off what appeared to be cases for the yet to be unveiled iPad 2.
Very little is known about iPad 2, and even that too is mostly through unconfirmed rumors. However, that hasn’t stopped several manufactures from designing cases for the highly anticipated successor to the king of tablets. Dexim, the manufacturer in question, has gone a step further than others, and has even prepared an iPad 2 dummy to display with their cases. The dummy iPad 2, as captured by Engadget, is displayed below in its full glory.
If Dexim’s sources are correct, then the iPad 2 will indeed be slimmer and slicker than its predecessor. It will also have a camera at the rear and front, along with a larger speaker. Apple is expected to announce the iPad 2 in the coming weeks.