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  1. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Sorry about that.
  2. waidt

    iPad predictions

    You're quite right about copy and paste, but if they don't mind making people wait, why are they releasing a beta version of FaceTime for the Mac just now? I mean, what's the rush, if not to shine an ever brighter spotlight on the lack of FaceTime for the iPad. And why would they want to do that just now with a beta release unless they are prepping for an immanent camera for iPad announcement to bring the last computing device onto the FaceTime bandwagon just before the holidays? I'm trying to think of another reason, and I can't come up with any.
  3. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Ask yourself, why would Apple introduce a BETA version of FaceTime for the Mac unless they fully intended to build more usefulness for the FaceTime ecosystem in anticipation of adding iPad to the FT mix prior to holiday sales. iPhone sales are by Apple's own admission beyond even their expectations, so making a BETA version of FT for the Mac seems puzzling since the only Mac being introduced is the MacBook Air, which has many other attributes that have already shown it to be a success. No, by introducing a beta version of FT for the Mac, Apple is saying they want to make it painfully obvious that the only Apple computing device lacking FaceTime is the iPad, thus making it's inclusion into the FaceTime ecosystem that much more emphatic. And how would Apple achieve this? By making a dock mountable camera accessory available for the iPad. What other reason could they possibly have for introducing a BETA version of FaceTime for the Mac? A BETA version, people. What's the rush, if not to set the stage for the dock mountable iPad camera? The only iOS device that didn't quite meet sales expectations in Apple's recent quarterly sales call was iPad.
  4. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Well, here we are on November 1, with the iOS 4.2 GM just released. So, I'm guessing an Apple press event on or before 11/17 to announce the public release of iOS 4.2. This is when we'll be introduced to the dock mounted camera for the iPad, as well as other iDevices. The 'one more thing' will be FaceTime for iPad. Timing is perfectly placed to maximize publicity and coincide with the start of the holiday shopping season. Get your iPads now, cuz you won't be able to get one in the two weeks before Christmas.
  5. waidt

    iPad predictions

    @Huskermn, @Dolphbucs You are both too generous. If you go back to my prediction status tabulation, you'll see that I already posted a WRONG in that column yesterday evening after the press release. I should have looked more closely at Apple's history before making that prediction. iPhone OS 4, as it was called then, was announced at a press event on April 8th, just one week after the iPad's launch. But it wasn't until the iPhone 4 announcement on June 7, two months later, that we were introduced to FaceTime. So, in keeping with Apple's history, it would make perfect sense for Apple to hold another press event in mid November where they would announce the public release of iOS 4.2, with the 'one more thing' being the dock mounting camera accessory that would bring FaceTime to the iPad. So, I was definitely wrong on the press event for the iOS 4.2 beta announcement, but am putting my money on a press event in mid to late November for iOS 4.2 public release where the dock mounted camera will be unveiled. This would be in perfect synch and harmony with what happened with FaceTime for the iPhone. It's too perfect NOT to be true. This dock mounted camera will be even better than the iPhone 4's rear camera so that even those owners will want to buy this accessory for their devices. Notice how with iOS 3.2, we saw upside down operation for the first time. This doesn't necessarily point to a dock mounted camera, but it would be a requirement for useful operation. I'm crossing my fingers!
  6. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Oh, come on, lighten up! Predicting Apple's next move has been good sport for years. This thread was created for exactly such a purpose, and narrowed in it's focus to just the iPad. No one has to participate, just as you aren't required to watch all the shows on T.V. It's just for fun. The only thing that disappoints me is that others have yet to post their own hopes/predictions for the iPad. I'm keeping score because too many media souces throw out predictions and are never held accountable. My adding another flavor to this forum in no way takes away from any other thread others are interested in or may want to create. Don't let your presumed notions of others' intent muzzle your own expression. And just because mine or anyone else's ideas are not brought forth by Apple does not necessarily mean they are bad ideas at all.
  7. waidt

    iPad predictions

    @Dolphbucs: Awe, you edited your post where you said you didn't think there would be a press event. This is my reply to that: Yes, I meant a press event, not just a press release. I think there are other features in 4.2 that have yet to be announced, such as the dock mounting camera, that Apple will want to hold an event to announce. AirPlay was already announced because of how it ties into AppleTV, and printing was announced to appease the masses. The other items on Apple's website are features already known to be in 4.1. Curiously, though Steve clearly included HDR as one of the 4.2 features to come to the iPad, it's not listed on Apple's website. I think he slipped up and mentioned it when he didn't mean to just yet. Another cool thing about this dock mounting camera is that it will be made to work with all the iDevices docks, thus bringing a better camera to augment the iPod Touch's low resolution rear photo camera. With the dock mounting camera being at least as good as the iPhone's rear camera, you now have an accessary that can enhance the photo, video, and FaceTime capabilities of all the iDevices. Price point for this camera will be no more than $79. I'm hoping for $49. It will give Apple yet another revenue stream for a user base of instantly 100 million or so iDevices (may not work with the first gen devices). Two more things make me think there will be a separate press event for 4.2 coming to the iPad: 1. Steve didn't break out the sales numbers for the iPad, which are sure to be something to brag about. 2. At the end of the keynote Steve said "See you soon". Hey, if I'm wrong about this dock mounting camera, it's just Apple's loss. You are generous to give me half credit for a press release.
  8. waidt

    iPad predictions

    @johnfoster: Thank you for your suggestion. iPad prediction update: #....Date made...Description....................................................Status -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.....6/8/10....Dock mounting swiveling/rotating camera for iPad................Pending 2.....6/10/10...Next gen iPad to have 4x screen resolution......................Pending 3.....6/11/10...At least 11 million iPads sold in 2010..........................On track 4.....6/13/10...Class action lawsuit for canceling unlimited data plan option...CORRECT 5.....6/13/10...GarageBand, iPhoto for iPad when iPad gets iOS 4................Pending 6.....6/14/10...iOS 4 beta for iPad release by July 1...........................WRONG 6.5...6/18/10...(Gimmie) iPad 2 will have 512MB of memory.......................Pending 7.....9/6/10....iOS 4.2 beta released in press event by Sept 30, 2010...........WRONG My apologies to the iPhone/iTouch people, but this looks good on my iPad, and presumably my Mac as well.
  9. waidt

    iPad predictions

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  10. waidt

    iPad predictions

    As I stated in my second point, HDR as it is implemented in iOS requires 3 photos for processing, of which only the middle exposure is kept. That means two more photos must be generated from a camera, and I don't think Apple is going to leave that up to a third party to implement. Apple is too much of a control freak to allow someone else to tarnish their HDR experience by giving a less than optimal output. No, the software works best when it can control the camera. Think about it, 3 pictures shot in rapid succession with 3 different exposures mandates a good deal of time critical control that is best handled through the dock. And getting any hardware to work with the dock requires much more stringent permission from Apple than is required for an app. It is quite possible that Steve didn't mean to list HDR, not because that functionality won't be there, but because it gives a clue that he didn't mean to reveal at that time. But much bigger than the HDR functionality is FaceTime, which Apple has proudly bestowed upon the iPod Touch. And I certainly don't think Apple is going to leave FaceTime video to an outside vendor. So, we have photos, video, and FaceTime provided by one swiveling dock mounted camera whose quality will be at least as good as the rear camera on the iPhone. To your point of product differentiation, you are quite right about Apple drawing clearer distinctions between their devices: Nano is Shuffle + multitouch display, Touch is iPhone - phone(and contract), iPad is Touch with much larger display and optional 3G. Notice that those distinctions remain even when a camera is added to the iPad.
  11. waidt

    Podcasts that us MacGeeks listen to

    I tabulated all the podcasts mentioned above and here are the ones mentioned more than once: This is an iWork.com link to the complete listing of all the podcasts mentioned above.
  12. waidt

    App Discussions

    Yes, put me down for iOS apps section! But that is so broad, that I really think you need subcategories like gaming, media consumption, production, etc...
  13. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Two things in the keynote strengthened my camera for iPad prediction: 1. The introduction of two cameras on the new iPod Touch, bringing it into the world of FaceTime, showing just how strongly Apple is pushing FaceTime as a selling point. 2. At 15:45ish into the keynote where Steve mentions that iOS 4.2 is all about bringing all the features of iOS 4.1 to the iPad, he specifically includes HDR as one of the features that the iPad will be getting. And since HDR is implemented with 3 photos, of which only one is saved for comparison, then that means the other two MUST be taken with a camera - the predicted dock mounted swiveling camera. Now, you may say that he mentioned printing in the sneak peak, so why not a camera? People have been clamoring for printing and growing impatient since they know it is basically a software issue, whereas everyone seems to think that a camera will be implemented in the iPad just as it is in the iPhone and now iPod Touch. So they wrongly assume it won't come until the next gen iPad. So, Apple is keeping people at bay by promising the long expected printing that an OS update will bring, but is not going to miss an opportunity to increase sales when it can do so by giving customers something they all wanted, but didn't really expect till the next gen iPad. And they wouldn't announce that camera now, as it can't be used till November anyway, and they want to infuse new excitement about the iPad with this added functionality just before the peak of the holiday season. I can't wait till November!
  14. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Forgive me, but please note that all the podcasts that I listed were directly related to the iPad. What is "the appropriate discussion", or should I start a new topic?
  15. waidt

    iPad predictions

    Thanks for reminding me about Typical Mac User - heard, but forgotten it. I had not heard of the other two. I still listen to tiPb, but it has become more light fluff lately. Too bad, cuz I actually like the host Rene.
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