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Apple recently released their solution to syncing issues that most people with more than one Apple device have. It’s called iCloud and the aim is to integrate and sync all aspects of your digital life. Sounds pretty cool in principle and its yet another smart moves by the dudes at Apple.

There are a host of features that iCloud provides, like PhotoStream that syncs the last 1,000 photos taken for 30 days as well as pushing apps bought to any of your other devices (which I think is pretty cool, one does not need to buy the app 5 times). The same would apply to iBooks purchased within the App Store, and all personal data would also be backed up in the ‘cloud’ (a potential security risk, but a good thing to have just in case you lose your iPhone, iTouch AND iPad on the same day :0)

The biggest part of this whole thing would be the music aspect. Recently Amazon and Google have released cloud based music services (only available in the US 😦 ) and it was anticipated that Apple would follow suit. iTunes in the ‘cloud’ enables users to redownload previous iTunes purchases to other iOS devices as well as push new purchases to those devices at no additional cost. Another cool feature is iTunes Match, which for a nominal fee, any non-iTunes music in your personal library can be pushed to your other devices (one does not even need to upload it, if its in the iTunes Store). So in a nutshell, your entire music library can be online for you to download wherever you are. That is the power of iCloud.

What do you think of iCloud? Is it a step into the future or just another flashy Apple gimmick?

 

tech it or leave it  :p

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Yes, ladies and gentlenerds, the iPad 2 is here! Three months after the iPad 1 arrived on our sunny shores, South Africans were eagerly waiting outside Apple resellers on the morning of Friday 29 May 2011. Twitter was abuzz with anticipation with many celebs tweeting about its imminent arrival.

Its been touted as being slimmer, lighter and faster than its predecessor and it seems people that bought the first iPad are not hesitating to buy the second one! Details about the specs, features are here

Tech it or leave it ;P

Apple is taking it easy with the upgrades as usual – everything is carefully planned to ensure smooth traffic of new and repeat customers. It’s weirdly inconsistent with the hype about every new release. Anyway, faster-thinner-lighter is a fair deal to offer new users without making the original iPad adopters feel duped.

Main advantages:

  • 9.7” capacitive IPS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels; oleophobic coating
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity
  • Optional 3G connectivity (data only)
  • Optional GPS with A-GPS support
  • Apple A5 SoC – 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • iOS 4.3
  • 16/32/64GB of onboard storage
  • Weight of 601 grams (607 grams for the 3G version)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 10 hours battery life
  • Accelerometer, compass and three-axis gyro-sensor
  • Compatible with every iPhone app without any modifications
  • The cheapest version costs less than an unlocked iPhone
  • 0.7MP auto-focus camera, 720p video recording at 30fps
  • VGA secondary camera capable of Facetime calls
  • Impressively slim 8.8mm waistline
  • Four and five-finger gestures (locked by default, but easy to enable with a Mac and a R40 app)
  • 1080p TV-output with the Apple Digital AV Adapter (purchased separately for around R350-R400), 720p video streaming
  • Magnetic Smart cover (R400-R700)

Main disadvantages:

  • iTunes required for uploading content
  • No Flash support in the web browser
  • Poor still cameras – though, really, this thing isn’t meant for taking candids
  • No standard USB port
  • No kickstand – it cannot stand on a table without the help of a dock stand or a Smart cover
  • Non replaceable battery
  • No stereo loudspeakers
  • No GPS receiver for the Wi-Fi only version
  • No memory card slot
  • 3G model uses micro-SIM, instead of a regular size SIM
  • iPhone apps designed for HVGA resolution squander screen real estate or look pretty bad uspcaled

 

The Conclusion!

The iPad 2 is virtually competition-free for now. Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, save for the Moto’s XOOM, are still in the works. Motorola rushed the XOOM launch to counter the new iPad and ended up with no Flash and compatible apps. The XOOM is effectively an unsupported tablet for the time being. And to make matters worse, it’s prohibitively expensive.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are scheduled for June release. They both look capable of seriously challenging the iPad 2 and we hope Android 3.0 will have the desired level of support in time for their launch. They deserve it.

Android Honeycomb is quite a looker, has almost none of the restrictions of the iOS and is already reaping the benefits of a solid developer community. It has its flaws too – the Market has still to catch up, developers need to accommodate different resolutions and hardware differences.

Android Honeycomb is a dedicated tablet platform while iPads use an upscaled smartphone OS. Droid tablets will certainly get an edge from an OS designed from ground up to make better use of screen estate. But it’s Apple that seems to be a step ahead of the competition so far. Like it or not, Apple has done it again

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