It’s spring and the mind of the geek turns to new hardware releases.
Well, the Apple WWDC came and went with no mention of the much rumored iWatch.
My guess is that Apple has several prototypes in the works and just doesn’t see the market demand to push one out yet.
I do like the look of this HP tablet. For the rumored $600 price tag, it supports an impressive feature list.
- 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor
- an 8.9-inch, multi-touch display
- 32 or 64 GB of Flash storage
- 1 GB of DDR RAM
- Windows Home 7 Premium
- a VGA Webcam
- an Intel UMA graphics chip that supports 1080p, high-definition video playback
Oh, and it supports Flash, has at least one USB port and a SD slot.
One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans.
Hulu is a major source of online videos direct from the content providers (i.e. quality streaming videos instead of hacked, malware ridden stuff), so having it on the iPad will provide a lot of added value. I still hold that the apps customized to take advantage of the iPad will be a major factor in driving sales.
From what I’ve read, there was nothing really eye popping at CES this year. Some cool stuff, but nothing to really thrill anyone.
Apple is having their own press announcement next month. So of course, Apple tablet rumors have been running hot and heavy again. I heard the name “iSlate” dropped several times.
My favorite rumor was on a recent episode of TWiT, where one pundit quoted his inside Apple source as saying that there will be a lot of Kindle’s on e-Bay after this announcement.
Apple made a long anticipated product launch on 9/9/09. What was missing was more interesting than what was announced.
What was announced was interesting. An iPod touch with 64 Gig of memory, but no camera, and a Nano iPod with not just a camera, but a video camera and a FM radio. The Nano’s camera is VGA quality, not HD. The FM radio is a nice touch, but Microsoft is releasing a Zune with a HD FM radio soon.
The 64 Gig iPod touch is interesting, it takes a lot of video to fill up that much RAM. The strictly internal memory in the Apple devices is a solid money maker for Apple. What they charging for additional RAM is no where near what a SD card of the same size would cost. It would also provide a conduit for data in and out of their devices, which isn’t going to happen as long as Steve Jobs has anything to say about it.
What was missing was the Beatles catalog on iTunes and a tablet sized iTouch. The ‘iTablet’ would have made a big splash, and killed the Kindle. The resolution wouldn’t have matched the E-Ink display that the Kindle uses, but the increased functionality would have been the deciding factor. Apps would have to be rewritten to take advantage of the larger screen size, but I think the development community would step up to the challenge. I’m sure that Amazon would update their e-reader app for that platform, even if they understood that it would result in much reduced Kindle sales. Amazon would do so they wouldn’t lose a big chunk of the e-book market that they currently dominate.