Steve Jobs vs. iPad Mini Rumors, iPhone Case with Stun Gun, Scan and Print Apps, and More
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News, Reviews, & Opinion
- Steve Jobs 7" iPad Attacks from Beyond the Grave
- Enjoying the Google Nexus 7 but Yearning for a 7" iPad
- Growing Demand for Smaller Tablets
- 'The iPad Is Only Enterprise-ready in iFantasyLand'
Apps & Services
- Scan, Print, and Fax from Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Canon USA Launches Mobile Printing and Scanning App for iPhone and iPad
- Griffin Technology Selling Schatzii Smart Cloths for Cleaning iPhones, iPads, Other Touchscreen Devices, and Laptop Screens
- GoSmart Precise Stylus for iPad and Other Touchscreen Devices
Presentation & Protection
- iPhone Case Adds Stun Gun Feature to iPhone 4
- Luvvitt Gorilla Skin Back Cover for New iPad
- CAZE Zero 8 Pro Claimed to Be World's Thinnest Case for the New iPad
- Twelve South Presents The Little Black BookBook for iPhone
- Retro Camera Style Back Cover for iPhone 4/4S
- Hard Disk Style Back Cover for iPhone 4/4S
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The Register's Rik Myslewski notes that rumors of an impending iPad Mini continue to proliferate, with The New York Times being the latest to weigh in, and Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal already having had their say, so it's a good time to recount the late Steve Jobs' arguments as to why such a device will be doomed to failure - with an attempt to move down into the less-expensive Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 market being exactly what Cook & Co. are planning, exactly what Steve Jobs said would be a bad idea.
Some quotes from Mr. Jobs:
"Almost all [Android tablets] use 7" screens as opposed to iPads near 10" screen. Let's start there.
"One naturally thinks that a 7" screen would offer 70% of the benefits of the 10" screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7" screen is only 45%* as large as iPad's 10" screen. You heard me right. Just 45% as large."
"Apple has done extensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them. This one of the key reasons, we think, the 10" screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.
"Every tablet user is also a smartphone user. No tablet can compete with the mobility of the smartphone - its ease of fitting in your pocket or purse, its unobtrusiveness when used in a crowd.
"Given that all tablet users will already have a smartphone in their pockets, giving up precious display area to fit a tablet in their pockets is clearly the wrong trade-off. The 7" tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with the smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad."
* Publisher's note: Jobs' math is off by a little bit. A 7.0" tablet would have 49% as much display area as a 10.0" tablet - almost exactly half as big. Additionally, the current iPad is a 9.7" device and rumor has it that the iPad Mini will be a 7.85" device, which means its display will have 65% (7.852/9.72) as much surface area as the full-size iPad. When you consider that the most popular Android tablets are 7.0" models (mostly with 800 x 480 pixel displays, although a few have 1024 x 600 pixel widescreen displays), it only makes sense for Apple to take them on in their own space. As long as the iMac mini has the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad and iPad 2, it should do very well - and they could always call it an 8" iPad so people know it's a bit bigger than those 7" tablets Herr Jobs despised. I know it's a size I would prefer over today's bulky 9.7" model. dk
New York Times blogger Nick Bilton says that in the past, when he's tested a new Android tablet, the process is usually open the box, spend a few minutes trying to figure out where the power button is to turn it on, shuffle through the software, and then quickly realizing that it isn't a contender to the iPad, it goes back in the box. However, he says that with Google's new Nexus 7, the opposite happened. He's been using it a lot, and while it hasn't convinced him to switch from iOS to Android, which he still deems clunky and confusing, it's making him yearn for a 7" version of the iPad.
He especially likes the 7" form factor's handholdability, with the Nexus 7 weighing in at just over half the iPad's weight, and after experiencing the Nexus 7 for two weeks and realizing the potential of an iPad with a 7" screen, he'll be lining up to buy an iPad Mini.
PCMag's Tim Bajarin says that whether or not Apple is planning a 7" tablet for the near future, 7" tablets are becoming a rather important product in the market, a a real demand having developed for 7" tablets as media consumption devices, which are are smaller and lighter but more than capable for viewing mobile movies, listening to music, and even reading magazines. Early studies reveal that Generation X and Generation Y users are more than comfortable using this smaller screen tablet, while older generations prefer the larger versions.
However, Bajarin concedes that a 7" tablet is really too small for any serious productivity usage, and that when it comes to heavy lifting tasks like editing large documents or spreadsheets, even the 9.7" iPad falls short in functionality.
The Register's Matt Asay says that while Apple has given us much with its iPad, it hasn't given us is a serious replacement for the conventional laptop or desktop computer, maintaining that while Apple enthusiast magazines like Macworld may hype the iPad as "The New Business Machine", the reality is that the iPad is only enterprise-ready in iFantasyLand.
Asay observes the uncomfortable truth that across the board, Apple's iPad apps are consumer grade, with Apple's Numbers and Pages dismissed as pale shades of their Microsoft competitors, and that with nearly every Apple app that runs on both the desktop and iPad, the iOS version is subpar, although he concedes that while Apple's Numbers, for example, is a weak-kneed alternative to Microsoft's Excel, a third party could develop a serious Excel replacement that runs on the iPad.
However, he makes the general observation that while we may indeed be entering the post-PC era, you'll want to keep a Mac around for larger, more complex tasks - probably for a few more years, at least. Asay notes that if you've ever tried to do production heavy-lifting using iPad apps, you know what a drag they can be on getting work done, with even simple things like embedding images in documents or emails made almost gratuitously difficult in the iPad experience and counterproductive to getting work done in the enterprise.
Then there's Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Surface tablet computer which will support business productivity apps that enterprises want, and they're not going to be the toy versions that Apple ships for the iPad, Asay noting that 62% of mobile developers are saying they plan to develop for Windows 8, according to a Vision Mobile developer survey.
In any event, someone is going to make enterprise-grade applications for tablet computers, although Apple appears to have neither the interest nor the ability to do so, while Microsoft will be offering a core application suite that enterprises need to get work done, and until Apple does the same, he can't see the iPad being more than a spectacular bring-your-own-device success story that ultimately gives ground to platforms that deliver hardware and serious software.
Publisher's note: You can buy an iPad today, or even an Android tablet, but the version of the Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 RT on an ARM processor isn't expected until October 26, the official release date for Windows 8 - and it will only be able to run software written for its 4-core ARM CPU. The x86 Microsoft Surface Pro, which will run standard Windows software, is expected in early 2013, and when it arrives, I expect it to be a runaway success as a replacement for or alternative to Windows notebooks, netbooks, and Ultrabooks - but not so much as an alternative to the iPad but because it can run the Windows software people are used to or that is required by their jobs. dk
Apps & Services
PR: Mobile smart phones are changing the way we live, socialize, and do business. Our phones have replaced many other once-common tools, from GPS devices to handheld gaming consoles, notebooks, calendars, point-and-shoot cameras, newspapers, and portable audio players.
At a local technology event in San Jose, Nexscience, a California-based startup, announced the release of a new mobile application called iScanner for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app is the latest in a series of innovative ideas introduced to Apple users by the developer community.
The new application allow users to download, scan, print, fax, view, and share documents on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It supports Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, text, and wide variety of sound and image file formats. Users can download files from virtually anywhere: from the Internet, from a computer in their WiFi network, through a USB cable, or from an external file management system like Google Docs.
"Mobile Smart Phones are now capable of doing what we used to do with our desktop computers" says Faisal Faruqi, CTO for Nexscience and an Industry veteran. "With more and more computing power and rich hardware capability in smart phones, the innovation in applications is taking the benefits of mobile technology directly to common users"
- iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
- Requires iOS 3.2 or later
- 14.4 MB
iScanner 1.0 is $3.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category.
PR: Canon USA has announced the availability of the Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile Application for iPhone and iPad. The application provides users with a mobile print and scan solution that easily integrates their iPhone and iPad with their Canon imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems.*
The Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile application provides communication between Canon multifunction products (MFP) and an iPhone and iPad, allowing users to perform print and scan functions between the two devices, such as scanning from the MFP to an iOS device or printing from an iOS device to an MFP.
"The Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile application allows our customers to manage their printing needs on the go," says Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon USA "The users workflow process is streamlined through instant access to important documents along with the ability to utilize Canons renowned printing technology for high-quality results."
The Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile application is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPad.
Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile, coupled with a compatible Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE or imageRUNNER MFP, expands the capabilities of the mobile workforce with an array of printing and scanning opportunities. Customers will now be able to easily print emails, PDFs and photos from an iOS device to a Canon MFP, scanning hard copy documents from a Canon MFP to an iOS device, and remotely manage Canon MFPs, print finishing features, and scan options from an iOS device (e.g., select paper size selection, select scan resolution, duplex printing, color vs. black and white, select number of prints, collate and more).
* Compatible imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs and mobile iOS support is available on the Canon USA website.
Griffin Technology Selling Schatzii Smart Cloths for Cleaning iPhones, iPads, Other Touchscreen Devices, and Laptop Screens
PR: Mobile accessory leaders Cleer Gear and Griffin Technology have announced a partnership to sell the Schatzii Smart Cloth, billed as "the ultimate screen cleaner," on the Griffin Technology website. The Schatzii Smart Cloths are available now on GriffinTechnology.com to provide ultra-clear Antibacterial Screen Cleaning for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other touchscreen devices. The Schatzii is available in a variety of cool & unique designs and patterns.
Schatzii Smart Cloths are claimed to make all your touchscreen devices sparkling clean and virtually germ-free, without having to use any messy sprays or wet wipes, which can damage your electronic devices and leave a residue.
"We've teamed up with Cleer Gear to offer their line of Schatzii Smart Cloths to our customers, who are avid mobile users always seeking convenient solutions to keep their devices smudge and germ-free," says Scott Naylor, Griffin Technology's Director of Product Development. "Available in a variety of fun colors and designs, we're pleased to offer the Schatzii Smart Cloths on the Griffin website."
Schatzii Smart Cloths are treated with AEGIS Microbe Shield, a fabric treatment that is claimed to provide the Schatzii with Antibacterial, Anti-Static and Anti-Dust protection for your devices. Schatzii screen cleaners are naturally hydrophilic, meaning they absorb oils, dust and moisture left from your fingers rather than spread them around. They are made of 100% Microfiber for 100% Scratch-Free Cleaning, and provide high performance cleaning that allows you to quickly clean your touchscreens like iPhones and iPads, making them spotlessly clean and smudge-free with only a few quick wipes No spray required.
"Schatzii Smart Cloths make cleaning your screens & lenses easy and convenient when you're on the go without looking around for a spray bottle," says Peter Tsou, Cleer Gears CEO. "We are pleased to partner with Griffin Technology, and hope to together deliver new & innovative products like the Schatzii Smart Cloth to the mobile market."
These screen & lens cleaning cloths are durable and machine washable for long life, and are dual-sided, with a plush microfiber side for buffing and a uniquely patterned silky smooth side for polishing your favorite gear.
The Schatzii Smart Cloths are available now in many trendy designs to fit everyone's taste and style such as Twister, Buddha's Feast, GI Joe and the Bond - available for sale on the Griffin website now. The Schatzii can also be customized and branded with logos and licensed artwork.
Schatzii Smart Cloths retail for $11.99.
PR: GoSmart, Inc. has announced the GoSmart Stylus for iPads, touchscreen tablets, smart phones and other devices. Made of ergonomically designed solid aluminum, the GoSmart Stylus features a flexible patent-pending see-through Teflon coated stainless steel tip with Capacitive Coupling Technology for precision pointing, perfect for painting, drawing, sketching, scribbling, writing, clicking, and selecting on any touchscreen device, even with sticky protective covers.
gosmartpaint.jpgGoSmart Stylus' Teflon-coated metal tip quietly glides on the iPad or other touchscreen for clear and accurate visibility for a precise touch unimpeded by clunky foam or plastic discs which encumber most other styluses. The GoSmart Stylus tip is claimed to be strong and flexible at the same time, pivoting easily to accommodate various hold angles, never scratching your devices touchscreen display.
2 Models with Aesthetic Design: No Tapping Noise When Taking Notes
Priced at $24.95, the GoSmart Stylus is available in two ergonomic designs: 300 Series (rocket-shape style) and 200 Series (pen-shaped style). Both designs include two rare earth magnets embedded inside for attaching the stylus to the newer iPads. And unlike other plastic styluses, you won't hear tapping noises when using the GoSmart Stylus - a key feature for silently taking notes during meetings.
Capacitive Coupling Technology
The GoSmart Stylus provides unique clarity and precision via its patent-pending tip, which employs Capacitive Coupling Technology, the principle that a conductive wire has electric fields extending well beyond the wire itself. By combining several wire rings, the GoSmart Stylus acts like a solid conductive surface with minimal material, providing a clearer view of the touchscreen display.
"The GoSmart Stylus experience is completely different from anything else on the market," says Jae Son, President and Inventor, GoSmart, Inc. "With GoSmart, now you can finally write, draw, and select with fine detail on your iPad. And unlike most styluses on the market that have a thick rubber or plastic disk tip making it difficult to be precise because you cant see exactly where the tip is touching, the GoSmart Stylus unique see-through tip gives you clear precision to click smarter."
GoSmart Stylus General Features:
- Flexible patent-pending Capacitive Coupling Technology stainless steel tip.
- Tip is see-through for clear and accurate visibility.
- Smooth writing, painting, and drawing.
- Works with sticky protective covers.
- Quiet - no tapping sounds.
- Strong and flexible.
- Does not scratch the screen.
- Includes two rare earth magnets for attaching the stylus to the iPad or other magnetic surface.
GoSmart Stylus is available in two models:
GoSmart Stylus 200 Series:
- Shaped like a standard pen.
- Made for those who like to keep things simple and straightforward.
- Includes a clip for easy storage in your pocket.
- Made with the same high quality materials and precision handling as 300 Series.
GoSmart Stylus 300 Series:
- Features unique aerodynamic rocket-ship look and solid ergonomic feel.
- Constructed from solid aerospace-grade aluminum.
- The caps rocket fin shape complements the body design, preventing the stylus from rolling, and allows the GoSmart Stylus to stand on its own.
The GoSmart Stylus 300 Series and 200 Series will be available August 8, 2012, priced at $24.95 each, available for preorder now at the GoSmart site or through Amazon.com.
Presentation & Protection
PR: A startup called Yellow Jacket have designed a iPhone 4 stun gun case claimed to be easily deployable with one hand. In less than two seconds, both safety mechanisms can be deactivated and the Yellow Jacket stun gun is ready for action.
The Yellow Jacket iPhone stun gun case is claimed to be capable of stopping an aggressive attacker with a 650K volt of electricity flowing from its electrodes and into the assailant upon contact providing a potential victim with the opportunity to escape danger.
Yellow Jacket's battery also provides one full, complete charge to your iPhone 4.
The developers say that creating a safe product was the number one focus of their design team, noting that Yellow Jacket features a safety switch and a rotating electrode cap, both intended to prevent accidental discharge. Theoretically, a user can disable these safety mechanisms by moving the switch forward, rotating the cap downward, and then be ready to press the activation button to fire the electrodes and be prepared to confront an assailant in less than a second. The smartphone is securely snapped into Yellow Jacket's inside housing assembly, and the rubber sleeve then wraps around the device, giving Yellow Jacket a smoother look, feel, and added protection to your smartphone.
Yellow Jacket is charged through the same charging cord as the matching smartphone model. The first Yellow Jacket model is for the iPhone 4 & 4S, so in this case, an iPhone phone charger could be plugged into Yellow Jacket. Yellow Jacket is claimed to be capable of extending your smartphone's battery life by up to 20 additional hours. A switch on the bottom is capable of alternating Yellow Jacket's battery from standby power of the stun gun to actively powering the smartphone. Also by switching this device to powering the iPhone and plugging the device in, the iPhone can be charged without requiring removal from the device.
The size and weight of Yellow Jacket was of secondmost design concern behind the safety features of the product. Yellow Jacket is comparable in size to an Otter Box Defender or Mophie Juice Pack. Coming in around 1" in thickness, it adds another 3/8" in height and nothing in the form of width. The device weighs approximately 4 ounces, and when coupled with an iPhone comes in at 8 ounces, keeping the device impressively light. Overall, Yellow Jacket in no way hinders a user from one handed operation or extended periods of time holding the device.
The shock Yellow Jacket delivers is incapacitating and capable of inflicting pain and injury, but the effects are claimed to be temporary and a subject will recover in a matter of minutes. The developers note that stun guns are legal in most of the United States and World, although there certain states/countries do prohibit the sale and use of stun guns, and that even in states that allow stun guns, airports, courthouses and other venues prohibit electroshock weapons, and that while traveling through a public airport, you will be required to check your Yellow Jacket into your carryon bag and retrieve it at your destination.
PR: The Gorilla Protective Back Skin fits snugly to the back of any iPad 3 and iPad 2 for added protection. Made from a high-tech, multilayer structure with pressure-activated adhesive, the futuristic alternative to traditional iPad cases is durable, long lasting and heat resistant.
Eli Altaras, the founder and CEO of Luvvitt says: "The Gorilla Protective Back Skin for iPad is the next generation of iPad covers and is a very exciting new addition to the range. We have made it our mission to source the best, newest and most innovative accessories that combine ultramodern design features with the highest levels of usability the Gorilla achieves this effortlessly."
The protective skin features the same aluminum color as the back of the iPad itself, keeping the sleek curvature of the tablet intact while providing high-level protection against dust, dirt and scratches.
The multilayer material with new micro glass beads technology that makes up the iPad cover is pressure activated. It can be fixed, removed and moved with ease throughout the installation process. Application is simple and can be completed in minutes - simply align the skin with the back of the case and when in position, wipe a finger gently across the skin itself to activate the micro-bead adhesive. Once stuck in place, the Gorilla Skin will fit snugly until removed, fending off marks and abrasions to keep the iPad 2 or 3 looking as good as new.
When it is no longer needed, the protective iPad skin can be peeled off quickly and easily. It will not leave any residue on the device when removed.
To order The Gorilla Protective Back Skin for iPad securely online, visit luvvitt.com.
Shipping is free for United States.
PR: CAZE has announced a new addition to its family of Zero 8 series for the New iPad (3rd Generation), Zero 8 Pro (0.8mm), which it claims is the world's thinnest clear case for the New iPad, measuring just 0.8 millimeters. The Zero 8 Pro is designed to compliment the Smart Cover and is sleek, slim and formfitting, with a Lock-on feature to keep the iPad securely fastened to the Apple Smart Cover.
The case is precisely engineered to fit the new iPad's multimedia openings for easy camera, speakerphone and microphone access. It maintains the sleek profile of the new iPad without compromising on either protection or good looks. Charging is easy since you don't have to remove the case. To ensure the back of the new iPad receives 360 degree protection, an Edge Sticker is provided for applying on the edge of the iPad before attaching the Smart Cover. If you don't use the Smart Cover, Zero 8 and the Edge Sticker alone are enough to protect the back of your new iPad. Instead of just leaving one large opening over the speaker there is a mesh grating that offers a bit more protection without altering the sound in any way. One noticeable advantage to this model is that the opening for the Smart Cover is narrower, leaving almost no gap between the two accessories. Together with the Edge Sticker, 100% of the iPad's metal back would be protected.
Looking for a super slim case that will protect your new iPad (3rd Generation) and fit the Smart Cover? That's what CAZE Zero 8 Pro (0.8mm) case does. As the name implies, Zero 8 Pro (0.8mm) is very slim with a maximum wall thickness of 0.8mm. Just snap the case in place, and use your Smart Cover as you normally would. It's made of durable TR-90 material which is lightweight, remarkably tough, highly flexible, shatterproof and highly resistant to UV damage.
Zero 8 Pro (0.8mm) is a bit raised to protect your screen from further scratches when laid on a flat surface. To ensure all-around protection, the package comes with an Edge Sticker and a front screen protection film for added shield.
Included with the case are an Edge Sticker, a front screen protector and a microfiber cloth.
The Zero 8 Pro Ultra Thin Case sells for $29.90
PR: Twelve South has unveiled a Classic Black version of its BookBook case for iPhone 4/4S as well as a refreshed Vintage Brown version. Like the original, the new black version of BookBook marries a wallet with an iPhone case, creating one convenient iPhone accessory. The Classic Black BookBook for iPhone, designed at the request of customers, and the Vintage Brown BookBook for iPhone are available now at twelvesouth.com and soon at Apple Store for $59.99.
BookBook for iPhone, introduced by Twelve South in 2011, launched the iPhone wallet category. The hybrid wallet and iPhone case looks like a pocket-sized book. Open it up and you will see that it holds a drivers license/ID, credit cards, cash and iPhone, eliminating the need for both a traditional wallet and an iPhone case.
iPhone features become even more valuable when combined with BookBook. For example, Find My iPhone becomes find my wallet - it's like a GPS for your billfold. Passbook, a new feature in the upcoming iOS 6, will store your digital cards right next to your plastic cards. And now you can share thousands of pictures of your kids or pets vs. the six plastic coated versions in your previous leather wallet.
"Taking pictures is just as easy," says Andrew Green, Creative Director of Twelve South. "You simply pull the top red tab out, push the iPhone up and snap a shot. You can always count on the highest performance from your iPhone camera when the camera is fully exposed."
In addition to handsome looks, BookBook cleverly disguises iPhone and your activities inside. While you may be texting a friend on your iPhone, from the outside it looks like you are studying the classic works of Shakespeare. Are you memorizing a short poem, or playing a quick game of Angry Birds? This stealthy security of BookBook lets you access iPhone in many places a regular iPhone case could not.
Both the new Vintage Brown and Classic Black BookBooks are hand-distressed so no two are exactly alike. Since it looks like a mini book, BookBook disguises your wallet and iPhone, while protecting you from looking like everyone else and letting you streamline your life by trading your traditional wallet and iPhone case for a BookBook for iPhone.
- As a Camera
- Stylish and Comfortable
- Perfect as a gift
This accessory is suitable for:
- Apple iPhone 4
- Apple iPhone 4S
Packaging: Gift Box
PR: This protective case measures 11.2 x 6 x 1 cm, and is designed for both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S case is constructed of solid polycarbonate in order to protect the iPhone 4 or 4S from bumps and scratches, and the backing of the iPhone 4 case features a unique hard disk drive design, and comes with subtle details from an original hard disk drive, so you can use the protective case to disguise your iPhone 4 as a hard disk drive. Apart from that, the custom cutouts allow you access all the buttons and functions of your iPhone 4 or 4S.
- As a Hard Disk
- Stylish and Comfortable
- Perfect as a gift!
This accessory is suitable for:
- Apple iPhone 4
- Apple iPhone 4S
Packaging: Gift Box
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