Years before the iPad, Microsoft showed off its own tablet PC, but it failed to catch on. Then, in 2007, Microsoft showed off a cool touchscreen table computer called the Surface. But the $10,000 price tag was a non-starter for most.
If you're one of the thousands of New Yorkers who have found nada searching for a store-stocked iPad mini, only to be met with disappointing claims of "sold out" or promises that it's "on the way," consumer demand might not be the reason for the shortage: Apple recently suffered a major iPad-jacking at JFK airport.
An astute friend of mine once satirically defined our age of seemingly instant obsolescence: just buy and thro-o-o-ow it away. At first blush, it's funny because it can't be true — you don't buy something and then just throw it away. But after Apple's iPad press event Tuesday I'm not so sure.
Well, Apple went and did it. It was long rumored, and now here it is: a smaller iPad. Alongside the Mini, Apple also slipped out a fourth generation iPad that's twice as fast as the iPad 3. Here are the deets on both.
Urban Outfitters has taken a full-on dive in the 21st century (which is apparently run by Apple). The company announced that it won't be using those old-fashioned cash registers anymore. Instead, it will switch to iPods and iPads only.
Are you old enough to have used a typewriter? If so, you may may yearn for a simpler time when the loud clickity-clack of typewriter keys could be heard in every office and dorm room. This iPad typewriter dock concept brings back some of that feeling, with a manual keyboard that should be familiar to anyone over age 35.
What if instead of waiting ten years for a telepresence device so weird it'll scare your pet to death, you could simply mix an iPad with a Segway and start traveling virtually right now? Stop wondering, because that's exactly what a robot called Double promises.
The average person will look at the InSync Transport Case and think it's overload for being able to charge 16 iPads and a 13-inch MacBook at once, but hey, some rich billionaire or football team manager out there is looking at this rugged charging suitcase and drooling like a puppy.
Following the report of Steve Jobs' house getting burglarized is news that the late Apple CEO's iPad ended up in the hands of a local clown. And what did the clown use it for? Apparently, he used it as a giant iPod to entertain Bay Area children and tourists. Go figure.
All eyes might be on the new iPhone rumored to launch next month, but another device is starting to look like a lock: the 7.85-inch iPad, or iPad "Mini" or iPad "Air" as the media is now calling it. It's getting harder to deny that a smaller iPad is in the works.