Live Coverage of Apple Event

Its here! Its finally here! The Apple event is finally going to begin in less than half an hour now. All the gadget freaks must be eagerly awaiting the launch of a new revolutionaryproduct from Apple. In the past, all the products from Apple have changed the whole technology industry. Even after 3 years of the launch of iPhone, all the major phone companies have been unable to come up with an iPhone killer. The rumors suggest Apple launching a tablet based touch screen device. The Apple iTablet device has been hogging all the limelight in all the popular tech blogs for nearly the whole of the month of January. Looking at the leaked screenshots of the iPad/iTablet, iPhone OS 4.0, everyone can be sure that Apple won’t be letting us down today.

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Readers can read our article on the round-up of all the rumors around the Apple iTablet/iPad. It will be interesting to see whether all these rumors turn out to be true or not. Earlier today, we posted pictures of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where the Apple event will be held. Things looked calm in the morning, but by now there must be a huge hurdle of news reporters outside the Center. The effect of the event can already be seen on Twitter. 4 out of the top 10 trends in Twitter this morning were regarding the Apple event only. Twitter is also working slow right now, so the impact of the event can be clearly felt now.

Techie-Buzz will be covering the event live, so readers can check back this post for live updates about the event.

Live Updates -:

9:58 AM: The event will start is just a couple of minutes now.10:00 AM: The event has started!

10:01 AM: Steve Jobs enters *applauds*

10:10 AM: Steve Jobs wishes everyone a good morning and gives a small introduction about Apple and its background.

10:11 AM: Ladies and gentlemen! The rumors have turned out to be true! It is the iPad! A touchscreen tablet based device for browsing the web on the go.

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10:12 AM: Steve Jobs now explaining all the features of the iPad one by one.

10:20 AM: The homescreen of the iPad can be extensively customized. Steve says that typing emails thanks to the large on-screen keyboard is an awesome experience. It’s a dream to type on.Steve Jobs.

10:30 AM: The UI of the iPad is quite different from that of the iPhone and OS X. It features a 9.7inch IPS display. There is a Two-pane view for Email, along with Photo Scrubber bar with Fast, Smooth Transitions

10:35AM: The iPad runs on a custom Apple 1Ghz A4 Chip. It features all the usual Compass, Accelerometer sensors. Also onboard is 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset. The device has got a staggering battery life of 10 hours and a standby battery life of 30 days!

10:40 AM: Steve demoed few games on the iPad. They looked beautiful, but were a bit sluggish. The developers only got 2 weeks of time to create something for the iPad so I guess the game is still not polished. Also there is a native newspaper reading app which captures the essence of a newspaper, but it’s so much more.There is also inline video clips for Newspaper applications.

10:45 AM: Steve now demonstrating an art browser and painting application for the iPad named Brushes.

10:47 AM: Now Steve is demonstrating Need For Shift for the iPad by Electronic Arts.

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10:48 AM: The game is both touch and motion controlled. Users need to tap the mirror on the screen to look behind.

10:50 AM: The Amazon Kindle has some competition here. Steve introduces a new application for the iPad called iBooks. There is also an online book store to go along with it. Users can directly purchase ebooks from the iBook store, and start reading them on your iPad.

10:56 AM: Steve demos the iBook store along with the iBook application. Tap left or right to change pages or just drag the page. Neat! There is also an iWorkfor the iPad. Good Job Steve!

10:59 AM: The whole of the UI of iWork has been reworked for the iPad. Steve is now demoing iWork for the iPad. First up is Keynote.

11:01 AM: Phill shows off a demo of how Keynote works on the iPad version of the iWork.

11:03 AM: Oops! Apple stock value is down by nearly 2%.

11:04 AM: Phill is now showing Numbers on the iWork by doing some typical speard sheet tasks.

11:06 AM: So what are we going to charge for applications like this? We’re gong to charge just $9.99 each.9.99$ for keynotes, Numbers etcetera.

11:08 AM: Steve’s back! The iPad syncs over USB just like an iPod Touch/iPhone via iTunes. Here sync includes everything from your Music, Movies, Photos to Calendar and Applications.

11:10 AM: There will be few models of the iPad with 3G modems built-in.

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11:15AM: 14.99$ per month with a data limit of up to 250MB is great for casual use. There is also an unlimited plan for 29.99$. AT&T is again the network provider here. AT&T is also providing access to free Wi-Fi hotspots. Good move here considering the poor 3G network of AT&T.

11:17 AM: Steve then gives a small review of the iPad and gives a quick rundown of all its features. Then he announces the pricing of the iPad. The prices of the iPad starts from only 499$ for the base model with 16GB on board storage. The 32Gb will set you back by another 100$. The 3G models cost an additional 130$.

11:20 AM: There are some accessories for the iPad as well. First up is a Keyboard Dockaccessory. The size of the keyboard is roughly the same as that of a Laptop.

11:25 AM: A video being shown of the iPad. Pretty impressive I must say!

11:27 AM: There is only a 30 pin connector on the iPad. No USB port, no SD card slot, no Camera. Disappointing!

11:31 AM: Time for a another video We think we’ve got the goods. We think we’ve done it. Another thing we’re excited about is that there’s already 75m people who know how to use this because of how many iPhones and iPod touches we’ve shipped.

11:33 AM: This is a magical device, at a breakthrough price. We’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts — we want to make the best tech, but have them be intuitive. It’s the combination of these two things that have let us make the iPad.

11:34 AM: Apple’s the one place we can do this: we built battery tech, chip tech, software — we bring all those things together in a way no one else can do.As the video ends, Steve comes back on stage.

11:36 AM: The official site for iPad is now up! There are also some videos of the iPad on the site. Check it out!

That’s it folks! The event has ended.

Apple Tablet Leaked Screenshot and Videos

The Apple event is drawing closer and with it, the rumors surrounding the possible launch of the “iPad”. Apple is supposedly going to launch a touch screen based tablet device at the event, which is being held tomorrow in San Francisco. The touchscreen based tablet device was earlier known as the “iSlate”, but is now being referred to as the “iPad”.

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Now fueling the rumors of the iPad, before the event are some leaked pictures of the iPad/iSlate/iWhatever. TechCrunch somehow have managed to get their hands on a couple of nice pictures of the upcoming device. Dustim Curtnis , the UI designer, uploaded these pictures on his posterous. He received these pictures from his friend who is working at Apple. From the picture, it seems that the iPad is more of an entertainment device. The size of the device gives me a feeling that the primary use of the device shall be browsing the web and watching movies. The device is also believed to be running the iPhone OS 4.0, and not Snow Leopard. We had earlier posted some leaked screenshots of the iPhone OS 4.0 as well.

A 36 second commercial of the iPad has also been leaked on Youtube. The video can be a fake one though. The commercial states that the iPad has supposedly been under development since the last 10 years. It also states the iPad will bring a “Revolution in personal computing”.

Here is the video of the commercial –

Apple Tablet Heading to Verizon Wireless

Looks like Verizon is finally getting their share of the Apple pie. The Street is reporting that the highly anticipated Apple Tablet aka iTablet, which will be unveiled at the Apple Event this month will be sold subsidized on the Verizon Wireless network and not on the AT&T network.

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Like with the , users will be able to get the Apple Tablet at a subsidized rate of $200 along with a two-year data plan worth $60 per month from Verizon. This is not a bad deal for end users considering that the unlocked device will retail for anything in between $800-$1000 per unit.

Another interesting thing about the Apple Tablet is that it will come with docking station so that users can connect an external mouse or keyboard to the device. This just builds up the excitement about the unknown device from Apple.

The Apple Tablet or iTablet will go out on sale in March or April this year, however there is no confirmed news right now on the actual sale dates.

Apple Tablet Illustration courtesy The Street

Apple To Launch A Touchscreen Based iMac!!?!?

It seems that Apple will be launching a 22iMac with touch screen sometime this year, a Chinese newspaper Commercial Times stated. Looks like the year 2010 will see the launch of many touchbased devices from Apple. Already rumors of Apple launching a touch-screen tablet based device at their upcoming event to be held on 26th Jan in San Francisco, is at its peak.

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The Chinese newspaper also stated that Apple has outsourced the production of the 22iMac with touchscreen to a company called Quanta, while the touchscreen panel will be supplied by a Taiwan based company called Sintek Photronic. Currently the iMac line-up has 2 models – one with a 21.5screen and the other one with a 27screen. Nothing can be taken for granted right now, as Apple has not officially confirmed anything. In fact, Apple has not even confirmed the Apple event to be held on 26th January, but Fox Times confirmed it, earlier this month. These rumors have definitely been helping Apple a lot as the prices of its shares have been rising with each passing day.

It will be interesting to see whether these rumors around touchbased gadgets from Apple turn out to be true, or not.

Apple Not To Use Intel Atom Processors In “iSlate”?

It seems that Apple has ditched the popular Intel Atom processor for their upcoming but still unannounced iSlatetouchscreen tablet device. The folks over at pocket-lint.com had a conversation with the Apple’s design manufactureapple-logo partners, and they have indicated that Apple won’t be using an Intel Atom processor to power the iSlate.

Apple instead seems to have used a processor made by a firm which they had acquired 2 years ago, named P A Semi. The report from pocket-lint.com says that Apple will not be using the Intel Atom processors, which contradicts the leaked specs of the iSlate , we had reported to our readers a few days ago. The leaked specifications of the iSlatestated that the device will be using an Intel Core 2 Duo low voltage processor. The leaked specification do look over the top to me as fitting all the above said stuff in such a small form factor seems impossible right now, with the available technology. The iSlatewill hopefully be announced on 26th January at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts as we had reported earlier. Even though Apple has not mentioned anything about a touchscreen tablet device, the whole of the internet is currently abuzz with Apple’s iSlatedevice. Whether these are just plain rumors or whether these rumors are true to a certain extent, can only be found out at the upcoming BigApple event. These rumors have definitely helped Apple though, as the value of there shares are soaring right now.

Apple’s Tablet To Be Sold For $1000 In March

Much speculation has been done around the heavily rumored and over-hyped tablet by Apple. The initial price tag people expected was around $700 but Wall Street Journal just reported that the tablet will sold for $1000 and would be offered starting March 2010. Apple is expected to make the announcement on 27th of January.

Apple’s tablet is potentially called iSlate and would have a 10 or 11 inch screen. With MacBook being sold around the same price tag, the tablet might have a hard time unless it completely stands up to the hype being created. People are also speculating that the tablet would implement a new kind of 3D graphics which will change the future of UI at Apple.

Do you think the tablet will live up to the hype or be a massive failure as some people predict.

Apple Tablet (iSlate) To Be Unveiled on January 27th?

Apple-Tablet-Launch-DateGet ready Apple fans and Tablet aficionados. The much talked about Apple Tablet is coming. AllThingsD is reporting that Apple is planning a major media event later this month. The event will be held on 27th January, 2007 in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Last month, Financial Times had reported that Apple had rented the stage at Yerba Buena Center for several days towards the end of January. Of course, like most of the information available about Apple Tablet at this moment, this is also a speculation. However, Apple has utilized the Buena Center on several occasions in the past.

iSlate Specifications Leaked?

Looks like there is a pretty good evidence that the specifications for , the tablet that Apple is working on has been leaked. The specifications suggest that the iSlate will definitely be a really good device and have a powerful processor and huge RAM.

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It also suggests that iSlate may come with a good deal of accessories, including something called as the iSlate SuperDrive, which is an external CD/DVD drive. As rumored earlier, the iSlate may not come with a 10.1" screen. It will come with a 7.1" widescreen display as earlier suggested.

Here are some of the specifications for the iSlate:

  • 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB L2 Cache
  • 1066Mhz System Bus
  • 2GB 1066Mhz DDR3 SDRAM, can upgrade to 8GB
  • 120GB SATA HDD
  • iSight Camera
  • 7.1 inch display widescreen
  • Two USB Slots
  • Built in Networking and WiFi support. Will also support Bluetooth
  • Mac OS X Leopard v10.7

We cannot elaborate on whether these specifications are really true, and these specs may be totally fake. However, considering the above specs, we can certainly say that much of it would not be possible, but trust Apple to do the unthinkable. If the specs are really really true, this device will be a real killer. Now only if the screens were really 10.1".

Apple will be announcing the rumored iSlate later this month, you can expect a confirmation at that event.

HTC To Announce A Touchscreen Tablet Device At CES?

Apple has not yet even officially announced or confirmed the existence of the iSlate, and its competitors banking on the rumors have started making tablet touchscreen devices. Many Mobiles manufacturer’s and Computer manufacturerhtc-logo must be waiting to see the response of the public when Apple officially announces the iSlate.

Previously many manufacturer’s tried launching a tablet touchscreen device but failed miserably to capture a sizeable market share. Few days ago we told you about Notion’s Ink Adam Tablet, and now if rumors are to be believed, HTC is all set to announce a Touchscreen tablet device at the upcoming CES. The tablet touchscreen device is believed to be using a Qualacomm based processor and will be running the Android OS. There is no word whether the tablet touchscreen device supports Multi-touch or not. HTC has been known for making WinMo and Android based phones until now.

It will be interesting to see whether this rumor of a tablet touchscreen device from HTC turns out to be true or not.

“Big” Apple Event Scheduled On 26th Jan

Fox News just confirmed that Apple has scheduled an event on 26th Jan in San Franciscoapple_tablet at Yerba Buena. The spokesperson from Apple told that the scheduled event is going to be a bigone. Nothing at this point is official, but my guess is Apple will be announcing about the Apple iSlate/Tablet in this event, about which we have been hearing a lot since the past few weeks.

The spokesperson from Apple also said that the event will focus on the mobility space which indicates something related to Apple’s iPod/iPod Touch line up. The upcoming bigApple event will be held at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, where previously Apple has held its iPod centered events every year. Rumors of Apple Tablet where enough to push the stock of Apple at an all time high. While there is a strong probability of Apple announcing a Tablet PC, the fact that Apple is also known to scrap products just before its scheduled announcement must be kept in mind as well.

This will be the first time in recent memory that Apple will not be announcing a product launch at the Mac World.