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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The iPad Mini and the cost of Retina

Marco Arment has an excellent post over on explaining why the iPad Mini does not have a retina display.
A Retina screen at iPad resolution has a much higher cost than the price of the panel. I’m convinced that the other tradeoffs and costs are why the Mini doesn’t have a Retina screen.
Check out the entire post here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

AT&T to offer $100 discount on iPad (with contract)

AT&T will offer a $100 discount on iPads with a 2 year data contract.
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, AT&T* today announced it is offering a promotional discount to tablet customers.  Beginning Friday, Nov. 9, customers will receive $100 off any tablet purchased at an AT&T company owned store or online at or at selected agents or retailers with a two-year data plan agreement.
I have always thought it would be great for the carriers to subsidize the additional $130 for a cellular enabled iPad, this deal is getting pretty close.  If I could get a cellular iPad for the same price as a wi-fi only model, even if I had to get a contract, I would be much more likely to get the cellular enabled model.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What's up with Apple's iPad Announcements?

My latest post is up on
Following Apple’s recent iPad announcement, there were two big questions that most people had. First, why update the New (now old) iPad? And second, why such a high price on the iPad mini? To answer these questions, we need to take out our crystal ball and gaze into 2013...
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Is Apple planning another event for October?

Check out my latest post over at
Hot on the heals of the Apple’s September 12th iPhone 5 event could be another event this October. It was originally thought that Apple might also debut its smaller iPad during its iPhone launch event. However, as the date approached, it was suggested that Apple did not want the new iPad to share the stage with the iPhone 5 and would instead wait a month or so to debut the smaller iPad...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

On iPad ‘Mini/7′ colors, TV remote, pocket-ability, price and kids

Seth Weintraub writing for 9-to-5 Mac also gets the need for a smaller iPad.
Remember: Steve Jobs said you need to sharpen your fingers to use a 7-inch tablet. Well, kids have ‘sharp’ fingers and even sharper eyes, and the whole 10-inch experience scales down to a ‘scaled down person’ very nicely.
Hmm, where have I seen this idea before?

Read the whole story here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Why the mini-tablet is the children's toy of the year

Mike Elgan, writing for Computer World, gets the reason why the iPad mini needs to happen.
iPads for children became a surprisingly huge phenomenon, which toy companies and others jumping on board with apps galore.
Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WWDC Keynote Recap

Apple kicked off last week’s annual developer conference with the company’s customary keynote address. Click here for my take on the WWDC presentation’s content on

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Why 1984 was like 1944

Check out this Apple Sales Video created in 1984.

Click here to view the video.

Click here for the back story on how the video came to be.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Embracing the educational iOS device

Good article by Chris Breen over at MacWorld about the reactions to children using iOS devices.
I recently offered some advice on how to configure an old iPad for a child, and while the subsequent reaction was largely positive, there were the few (and expected) replies that suggested exposing a child to an iPad would lead to a machine-dependent future, devoid of fresh air, firm muscle tone, and true human interaction.
Check out the whole story here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The difference between 7″ and 7.85″ is everything

Here is a different take from Kosmatos on Tech on a 7" device from Apple that is more of an iPod Maxi as opposed to an iPad Mini.
A 7″ diagonal screen (7.08″ to be exact) just happens to be the exact size of two by two iPod touch retina displays. That’s a 4″ x 6″ display surface. An iPod touch screen has 326 PPI. The 7″ screen would also have 326 PPI just like iPhones and iPods. This would yield a resolution of 1920 x 1280. This resolution would be able to run current retina iPhone applications pixel perfect using the traditional 4:1 pixel scaling, like retina displays do with non-retina apps.
Read the entire post here.

What Will We See in iOS 6?

Check out my latest article over on
With iOS 5.1 out now and WWDC coming up, most likely in June, we should start getting a picture of what will be coming in iOS 6. 
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Why Apple is important to the U.S. Economy.

A good article over at Time on the importance of Apple to the U.S. Economy as a whole.

Now of course we can point out all the many ways Apple has been important to the technology industry at large, but I think that looking at the question as it relates to America is an interesting theme. Therefore, I’ve decided to focus my column this week on this question of what Apple has meant to America and why America needs Apple to keep doing what it’s doing.
Read the entire article here.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

How Apple is making the world a better place.

A great post by Mike Elgan over at Cult of Mac about how Apple is improving the world.
Apple is the global economy’s single most powerful economic force opposing a great death spiral in which margins are squeezed, goods get shoddier, people make less money and our lives just get cheaper in every way.
Read the entire post here.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Twelve Lessons of Steve Jobs

Here is a great TEDx presentation by Guy Kawasaki about the 12 things he learned from Steve Jobs.

The Apple Experience

Here's a good article over at about a new book called The Apple Experience by Carmine Gallo:

If you are wondering why your recent trip to the Apple Store left you loving Apple more than ever and want your customers to feel the same way about your company, we’ve got the book for you.
The Apple Experience by veteran Apple/Technology author Carmine Gallo deep dives into the Apple Retail experience and breaks down exactly what it is that Apple retail employees are trained to do to make a customer feel good about an experience (and want to come back).  The 235 page book goes through every aspect of employee training and pours through countless hours of interviews with employees and shoppers on Apple’sApproach, Probe, Present, Listen, End five steps of service.
The article contains a fascinating excerpt from the book about a buying experience at an Apple Store.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Why Apple will build the iPad Mini...

A.T. Faust III over at AppAdvice explains why it makes total sense for Apple to build the 7.85 inch display iPad Mini.
Apple will release a 7.85-inch tablet later this year. And yes, it’s going to be called the iPad mini. It may or may not have the “skinny” bezel everyone’s been talking about, but two things are crystal clear: It’ll sport a 163 PPI 1024 x 768 display, and lots of folks are going to buy it.
Read the entire story here.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Would Steve Jobs Have Released The iPad 3?

This question is going to be asked from now on for every Apple product release.  Here's a good article by Gene Marks over at
"Of course he would. For starters, these problems are not significant.  I’ve been selling Microsoft products for years.  Believe me…I know what significant problems are!  Yes, the iPad 3 runs a little hotter.  But no one’s saying it’s going to catch on fire..."