As if two microphones were not enough, Apple has gone a step further with iPhone 5 to improve its mic system. Clearer audio and a wideband range of frequencies are just two features that the three-microphone setup brings to the mix. We have heard from a close source that had
Ambrosia announced today they are having a summer sale on all of their iPad apps, marking them down to only $0.99 each. Two of the apps on sale are normally $9.99, so this is a good opportunity to pickup a couple of great apps without dropping a lot of cash. The sale started today and ends at midnight June 18 (EST).
HP is planning to unveil a line of printers that have their own email addresses, allowing users to easily print from devices like the iPhone and iPad. One of the issues with printing from a smartphone is the need for all of the printer drivers. Being able to email the file directly to the printer eliminates that need. A range of printers are expected to be available from $99 to $400, which is inline with current printer prices, and should be available in July.
A minor announcement in today's keynote was a change in the name of the iPhoneOS. This makes a lot of sense considering the OS runs on three devices, not just the iPhone. The new OS name is now iOS, with iOS4 being released on June 21 to current iPhone and iPod Touch users. One interesting highlight, the update is now available for free to iPod Touch users for the first time. More information about iOS4 is available on Apple's website.
Before making any sort of iPhone announcement, Steve Jobs introduced a small but significant update to iBooks for the iPad. The app will now include a much needed notes option, which looks like a yellow sticky note. iBooks will also support PDFs, which is a huge feature upgrade. Jobs says the update to iBooks will be available "later this month."
Update: iBooks will now be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch! Download the same book on all of your devices at no additional charge. Notes and bookmarks sync across all of your devices as well.
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In what may be the least-evil AT&T story in months, it seems as though the exclusive carrier for Apple mobile devices may show a glimmer of evilnessless. AppleInsider reported today that AT&T might offer users who cannot purchase an iPad due to scarcity a chance to purchase the unlimited data plan before June 7.
According to a new uglified graph by NetMartketShare, the iPad has topped both the iPod Touch and all versions of the Android. Keep in mind, there are 20 times more iPod Touches in use than iPads. In addition, the iPad web usage is double the usage of Android 2.1 devices, and is higher than all versions of Android combined.
In other news, AT&T claims the majority of iPad users only need 200MB of data per month.
Last night Steve Jobs was on stage at All Things Digital answering questions about the iPad, iPhone, and Apple in general. Today it was Steve Ballmer's turn, and unfortunately he was put into a defensive mode by Walt Mossberg because a number of the questions were centered around responses from Jobs the night before. That said, I'm reminded of what I heard happened in the Nixon-Kennedy debates back in 1960. Historians argue that Kennedy won, not because his words were better, but he appeared better. When you watch Steve Ballmer, it's almost impossible to remember that this man is the CEO of the largest software company on the planet. He has to be smart, but he is such a horrible public speaker, I always end up wondering why Microsoft hasn't fired him yet.
Check out the video clip below, where it's borderline impossible to understand what he's trying to say. Be sure to check out the clever, if inaccurate, jab at the iPad around the 3:55 mark.
If you were planning to tether your iPad to an iPhone for on-the-go wireless, we have some bad news for you: You can't. According to AT&T it's not their fault. They claim the iPad simply won't allow it. While I'm no huge fan of AT&T right now, this time they might actually be correct. Keep in mind, when a user in Sweden asked Steve Jobs if the iPad could be tethered to an iPhone, Jobs simply replied, "No."
Sadly, accessibility is not something I think about when playing with the latest gadgetry, but people who are blind or partially blind certainly do, and it appears that Apple is paying attention as well. Apparently, despite only offering a touchscreen for input, the iPad is a great device for the blind. UK's Royal National Institute of Blind People is the most recent group to come out in support of the iPad for people with vision impairments. Apple has also been commended for its work in making the iPad a suitable device for the blind by our own National Federation of the Blind and the American Federation for the Blind. Comparatively, Amazon's Kindle has been promising more accessibility options for its eReader, but has yet to deliver. Apple's iPad offered it from day one.