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!
OK, I don’t mean to sound like the annoying new Dad bragging about how smart his daughter is or anything, but Greta has been doing something the past couple of days that really blows both Christine and I away. No, she’s not reading yet and her first novel (or screenplay!) is no doubt months away from completion, but what she has been doing since the Fourth of July is taking her own picture on our Macbook’s Photo Booth application.
For the non-Mac users out there, Photo Booth is a pre-installed program that uses the built-in iSight webcam on your Macbook to take pictures and/or video of you like in a real life photo booth. It’s really kinda awesome.
Anyway, I knew kids dug the program because my niece and nephews fire that thing up every time we visit them. What I didn’t know was that babies would love it too. So one day when Greta was getting a little fussy, I flipped open the Macbook and introduced her to Photo Booth.
And from the minute she saw herself on the screen, she was hooked. Like most babies, Greta is totally in love with her own image right now — seriously, mirrors are her new best friend — but unlike most babies she learned that if you press down on the big white bar on the Macbook’s touchpad, you can actually take your own picture.
That’s right, amigos, every picture you see here was taken by a four month old. Man, I can’t even figure out how to take pictures with Christine’s cell phone and Greta is already the Photo Booth master…Crazy, huh?
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!
Apple Hot News: New iPod Nano
Apple Hot News: New iPod Touch