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bq. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
I have stared at this screen for hours and couldn’t really find the words to describe the emotions when I learnt about his passing.
And I realised that it wouldn’t be what he want us to feel.
The best way to pay tribute to the life and work of Steve Jobs, is that if you own a Mac, or an iPhone or iPad, make full use of it. We don’t need to create something that will change the world like he did, but do something.
Type your next masterpiece, or simply clear up that long awaited To-Do list. Call up a friend or email a photo to your family.
He had spent his life creating tools for us to improve our lives so make full use of them.
Thank you and good bye, Steve.
On Sunday night, I walked out of an Apple reseller empty handed, even though they had stock for the 16Gb 3G + Wifi model.
You see, my biggest gripe about the iPad is that I really don’t need one.
(We can discuss all we can about the differences between needs and wants but that’s for another blog altogether)
I have my iPhone so when I’m mobile, I have the ability to check my tweets, reply emails and do most of what the iPad can.
I seldom carry a bag so my iPad would stay indoors most of the time.
I have my Macbook Pro at home so if I need to surf the web or stalk people on facebook, I have a tool to do that anywhere in the house.
I read but right now, physical books offer a much greater selection of titles compared to what you can find on iTunes SG store.
So yes, I’ll be waiting for the next generation iPad because as it is, the hardware specs are already slightly behind the new iPhone 4, which has double the memory of the iPad at 512MB. The iPad has a 1024×768 pixels resolution across a 9.7 inch screen while an iPhone 4 sports a 960×640 pixels resolution screen across a 3.5 inch screen. That’s about 132 pixels per inch for iPad vs 326 pixels per inch for iPhone 4.
The specs is one thing but pricing is another. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t really justify it’s price tag for something I don’t need. which ranges from S$728 to $1,228 depending on which model you pick up. And as with all Apple products, every generation tends to get slightly cheaper. So if my crystal ball (recently renamed as Paul) is accurate, we should see the next generation iPad to be slightly cheaper and with better hardware specs. While I’m wishing, I might as well wish that it’ll have a thinner bezel around the screen and perhaps, a camera + Facetime app and a reduction in weight.
But having said that, I know there’s many of you who have bought an iPad. Did it live up to your expectations? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Everyone knows that Apple will be releasing iPhone 4 in the summer. Like all Apple fans, we are intrigued and always anticipate what Apple will release with not just baited breath, but like eager puppies waiting for our next meal.
So when certain tech news blogs start putting up images and videos of what they claimed (and now we all know is true) was the next iPhone, we were seriously excited. Unlike previous times when all you got were blurry images or mock ups, this time we got the real deal (or at least in “development mule”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_mule case). There are close-up photos, and nicely panned videos of the product. Everything that a rabid Apple fan is craving for.
However, we are not going to post any of these nicely shot pictures here, after we found out how the iPhone was obtained.
In a nutshell, an Apple employee was out in a pub for a drink. He happened to be working on the new iPhone and was carrying it with him. Why he was allowed to do that will probably be something Steve Jobs will be questioning. Unfortunately for the fella, he left the phone in the pub and it was subsequently picked up by some guy, who, instead of returning it, somehow got richer by selling it for “US$5,000″:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100419/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_apple_iphone. And that is how those photos and videos came about. So far so good. What irked me about this whole thing was how the website who purchased the phone decided to post the name/photo of the Apple employee and lay him out for the whole wide world to know – “hey that’s the guy who got drunk and basically gifted the prototype to us – whoopee – SCOOP!”.
That essentially screwed up that poor dude’s career in the technology industry! If they had kept it anonymous and put the story up, it may or may not have saved his career in Apple but at least it meant that his next employer might not know.
Besides that, we have also not touch on the legality of obtaining the iPhone and its complication to the person who picked and sold it, and the company that bought and post pictures of it. These are legal issues beyond our shores and best explain by “others”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/apr/19/gizmodo-paid-iphone-4g.
That said, as much as we would like to share those shiny photos and videos, we won’t be covering that. Just look around the Internet and you will find them there.
We now know that there will be something happening on Jan 27 10am (2am Jan 28 SG) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The headline of the invite says “Come see our latest creation” which is not surprising since almost everyone expects an announcement for a new Tablet-like product from Apple.
From the multitude of rumors mixed among news, a few things about the new product might have leaked: