Apple CEO Tim Cook fired up the company's big unveiling today by talking mess about the personal computer. "Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future," Cook declared. "The devices you use the most are more portable, more personal, and dramatically easier to use than any PC has ever been." Cook identified the iPhone, iPad and iPod as accounting for a whopping 76% of Apple's revenue. "We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world," Cook said, adding, "the iPad had to be the best device for doing the things you do most often, like browsing the web and checking email." With that, Tim Cook rolled right into unveiling the 3rd generation iPad, which the company has so far only referred to as "the new iPad." (Taking a page from the Nook, apparently.)
In schools across the country, tablets are replacing traditional books. Check out the infographic below to find out what this means for the future of education and how much today's highly anticipated announcement of Apple's next iPad (3? HD?) will contribute to how kids today learn.
The iPad 3, iPad HD or whatever it's going to be called is the worst kept secret in the tech world. Based on all the rumors, we've got a nice solid picture of what Apple will probably announce on Wednesday. The iPad 3 will likely include a dazzling 2048x1536 Retina Display, a faster processor (either dual-core or quad-core CPU), better graphics performance, bigger battery, upgraded cameras and more pronounced tapering along the edges. Despite the Wall Street Journal "confirming" 4G LTE, it's still on the fence. As is Siri support. Does that sound slightly boring to you? Let us help you forget about the next iPad and tell you what we want to see in the next next iPad. We present to you 14 wild ideas that would have our pre-orders in faster than it would take Usain Bolt to run an Olympic sprint.
Want a thinner iPhone, iPod and iPad? On an engineering level, Apple's popular gadgets are about as thin as they can get. The only way for them to become even thinner is if Apple dumps the decade-old 30-pin dock connector in favor of a slimmer cable connector.
New York City taxicabs could soon be going high-tech, if a proposal to install tablets for the passengers gets approval.
I'm in this picture, but even I don't recognize me. It's because we're all dressed up in bunny suits: light cloth or paper coveralls and booties and hoods and face masks you wear in a clean room where microchips or sensitive equipment is manufactured. If you don't wear a bunny suit every day, you feel (and look) silly. Over the last 25 years or so, I've donned many a bunny suit during visits to numerous factories in Japan and South Korea and witnessed a sea of young, bunny-suited or uniformed factory workers toiling in stultifyingly sterile factories repetitively assembling cellphones, PCs, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, washing machines, microwave ovens, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. It's how our gadgets are made, like it or not. So the recent "exposés" about working conditions in Chinese factories making iPads, iPhones and iPods perhaps shock but don't surprise me, and they shouldn't surprise you.
The folks at G-Form wanted to demonstrate how well their Extreme Edge sleeve protects the iPad, so they hooked one up to a weather balloon, and sent it up 100,000 feet to the edge of space. Then the the balloon was popped, and the whole shebang came tumbling back to Earth.
You might know the old trick of bringing your passport to the bar if you've forgotten you ID, but what about bringing your iPad to the border if you've forgotten your passport? Yeah, it's a new one. This story has been updated.
Further proof that iPads are everywhere has emerged. Orangutans at the Milwaukee Zoo have been given donated iPads via the Apps for Apes program, and have taken to them naturally. Favorite apps? They love drawing, playing the drums and above all — checking each other out. One guy even cozies up to David Attenborough documentaries. Go ahead. You can collectively say, "Awww..."
The world needs more tech-savvy leaders like President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Leaders who understand how to use the latest gadgets like iPads. Cameron's moving ahead of the pack with app that'll provide him with real time data on England.