If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that Steve Jobs was one-of-a-kind iconic, this speech should put all that to rest. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Laura, for turning me on to this remarkably-power, deeply-moving commencement speech. Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs…
OK, I know I’ve been away for a while — we were in NYC for a friend’s wedding and then returned with wicked colds, so, we have a good excuse — but when I heard that Apple was finally unveiling their long-rumored tablet computer today, I knew I had to write about it!
That’s right, amigos, after months of wild speculation, Steve Jobs pulled a rabbit out of his hat again with the announcement of the groovy new iPad touchscreen computer. Roughly the size of a magazine the iPad is like a marriage between an iPhone and Macbook…only way cooler.
You can surf the internet, upload pictures, and music and best of all, read a digital book with a lovely full-color page view. Take that, Kindle! But I think my favorite thing about this sleek, revolutionary gadget is the price tag. Get this, the iPad starts at the low, low price of $499 for the 16GB version.
The 32GB version is going for $599 and the 64GB version will set you back a very reasonable $699. 3G versions are also coming down the pike soon, but even they top out at well under a thousand dollars. So, get in line now, people, because these things are gonna fly off the shelves.
I know I totally don’t need an Apple iPad right now, but, wow, soaking up the beauty of this lovely new creature right now, one word comes to mind: iWant!
Since Christine and I are already a three iPod household — our old grey iPod mini, Yoda, is for the cats, yo! — we need another iPod like we need another season pass on our Tivo. But, man alive, the new iPod Nano’s announced today by Apple are so damn pretty, we might just change our minds…wow!
To read more about the many new features of these gorgeous little Nanos — I seriously wanna sprinkle them on ice cream or something! Yummy! — and the new-feature-tastic iPod Touch models (also announced today) check out the links below. And, as always, go Mac!
Unfortunately, Christine and I have not joined the iPhone generation yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from following every new release and upgrade with the greatest of interest! So, when we heard that Steve Jobs pulled a lighter, faster and, best of all…cheaper, iPhone out of his pocket at Apple’s WWDC in San Francisco today, we were breathless with anticipation!
Not that either of us are in the market for a new phone right now — and honestly, as long-time Sprint users, we aren’t really looking to upgrade until iPhones are open to all phone carriers! — but man, these things are so damn cool to play with! And with the announcement today of scads of new third-party applications going on sale soon at a separate iPhone Apps Store, well, wow…how can you lose?
Practically everyone on the set in New Mexico had iPhones, and even though the browser was a little twitchy sometimes, it was still pretty cool to have all that power in your back pocket. Need to look someone’s credits up on the imdb? Bam! There you go! So cool…
And now, with a faster speed and even the inclusion of a GPS system, man, that thing is gonna rule the earth! Scheduled to go on sale at Apple Stores nationwide and online on July 11th, the new and improved iPhone will cost $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB version. That’s a pretty huge drop from last year’s original release price of $599 and $499 for far less space.
Though we were hoping to hear that Apple had opened the floodgates and made the iPhone available for use on the cell phone carrier of your choosing, we are still encouraged by the fact that the European version of the iPhone is open to several different carriers overseas.
So, hey, given time…maybe the same thing will happen here! Until then, we’ll just drool over all the shiny new iPhones when we visit the Apple Store…