I’m wondering if I might not find it a compromise less appealing than sticking with a laptop + tablet strategy. And if I ended up using the MacBook Air with external input devices, which I inevitably would, I’d might as well go with a larger laptop and a new iPad Air, using both machines for the things they do best. Maybe sometime the iPad really will become a viable laptop surrogate, but it’s not there yet.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup, RunKeeper can now make use of the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s to track your walking without you even doing anything. Google has updated their Search app with a ton of very interesting features, including super easy voice searching, notifications, reminders and more. But if it’s a new app you’re looking for, how about Star Wars Tiny Death Star?
A Rice University bioengineering and nanoscale physics student interning at biotech startup firm Nano3D Biosciences (n3D) in Houston, Texas, has written an iPod app to assist development of a high-throughput method to test for drug toxicity. Going with Open Source Android was considerd, but the research team needed the standard hardware format that the iPod offered. Unlike Android handsets, every iPod is the same size and has the same camera location—two factors that were key for getting the repeatable, standardized results required for scientific experiments.
Berenberg analyst Andaan Ahmad thinks Apple should buy Tesla Motors and make Elon Musk—who he perceives to be an innovative presence like the late Steve Jobs—Apple CEO. Mr. Ahmad suggests that by buying Tesla Apple would obtain in the person of Elon Musk a new iconic partner to lead Apple’s innovation — a move that would be analogically similar to the company buying NeXT in 1997 and getting Steve Jobs back as a bonus
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Hopefully you didn’t overdose on sugar from all the candy you likely collected yesterday. The good news is that the treats aren’t done yet, because there are a ton of great apps and games to be downloaded for free this week. My favorite among them is the official Thor: The Dark World game. This time around, the Thor game is free to play and it looks awesome. Asgard and the Nine Worlds need Thor to save them from Malekith. Are you worthy?
For one reason or another—and I’ll assume it’s not because they hate men my age—Apple has decided to stop allowing online preorders of their products. They did this with the iPhone 5s (though, oddly, not the iPhone 5c), and they’ve now down it with the iPad Air. Of course, I need one of these for reporting purposes (and because I just want one), so that means I have to get in line at the local Apple Store at some ungodly hour, right? Wrong.
The Canadian dollar exchange rate has been slipping for about a month now, although it’s still within five percent of par, and with its October 18 new product announcements, Apple has also quietly raised Canadian prices on the newly announced models.
Just before Apple swamped us with a tsunami of product announcements last Tuesday, I posted a blog entitled “Here’s what the iPad 5 needs in order to be really exciting.” However, I expressed doubt the new iPad would include any of the features on my fantasy wishlist, and I was right in that prediction. Apple went in the opposite direction with the iPad Air, but is Microsoft’s Surface 2 really a satisfactory alternative?
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Garageband is free for everyone on iOS. Musicians are going to love this app if they don’t already have it. But the fun doesn’t stop with Apple. There are a bunch of other great free apps this week. Like Seene, which is a unique 3D photography app. Or maybe you’d like to save the world from the zombie apocalypse, again, in Dead Trigger 2.
I’m doubtful the new iPad 5 will include any of the features on my list. It will be a fine piece of work and an excellent content consumption device, but all indications are that Apple will once again snub content creators and other productivity oriented users who would like the iPad to be a more satisfactory production tool. Hope I’m wrong. Maybe next time?
It’s four months since the nominally entry level MacBook Airs got their Haswell CPU upgrade, and about 16 months since the MacBook Pros were upgraded (save for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which was released just short of a year ago). So, how much longer until the Haswell MacBook Pro arrives, and is the delay part of the Mac sale slump?
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Are you bored? You won’t be after downloading Mega Dead Pixel, Paint it Back and Batman: Arkham Origins.