Apple Scores with Digital Textbooks and App

Apple has again amazed the world with the launch of interactive e-books for the iPad. iBooks 2 is proofed to be a gift to those students who had get bored from their routine textbooks. It is the first multi-touch digital textbook that offers instant search, easy navigation and bookmarking, highlighting and interactive graphics. This app let the students to add numerous study cards, notes and by dragging their finger, they can highlight passages. This app is also enriched with interactive videos, animations and pictures.

Edward Baig, the USA today reviewer has described his experience of using the iBooks and has praised for the specific features added in the e-book. The updatability, portability and low price has made it the most demanding app. Now, students do not need to schlepp from class to class with the heavy load of textbooks. They can bring all the load of books with iPad.

According to the news report issued by Apple, iBooks 2 have hit the market hard and they have successfully made its place at the iPads of 600,000 users. Indeed it’s a huge success, that within 2 weeks of launch, iBooks 2 have gained enormous market. The success of this app however, depends on the school’s management and the teachers that how they will appreciate the use of iBooks 2 in their classes.

Apple is appreciating the Authors to make their textbook digitized. Thus they are offering the iBooks Author tools that encourage the authors to compile their textbooks, how-tos, cookbooks and other work digitally. They have provided the tools for developing the high tech textbooks, but, still it depends on the authors and publishers that they want to become the part of this or not. Apple is hoping that till the next coming year, lot of textbooks will be digitized for the students and they will be serving in better manner.

The only flaw of Apple is the price of iPads. Both the iPads are too much expensive. They cost approx $499, which every parent cannot afford for their children. On the other hand, the fact is that the textbooks for the schools are not less than 3 digits. And this software is only available at $14.99. Now, parents have to decide that they are ready to pay 3 digits expenses every time for the textbooks or want to acquire ipad for enjoying the iBooks 2 features.

Apple has also predicted the competition from already launched apps of e-books. They feel that the Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com will be soon responding to this launch.

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Apple announces iPad with Retina display featuring 128GB storage capacity, on sale February 5th

Apple today announced a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in the press release. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

Apple's new 128GB iPad with Retina display

Apple’s new 128GB iPad with Retina display

 
“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products for Autodesk, in the press release. “These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data.”

“The features and capabilities of iPad give us the ability to set a new standard for multitrack recording and editing on a mobile device,” said Rim Buntinas, WaveMachine Labs’ CEO, in the press release. “Users of the Auria app can play 48 mono or stereo 24bit/96 kHz tracks simultaneously, record up to 24 of those tracks simultaneously, and also edit and mix with familiar tools. With its portability and all-day battery life, iPad has revolutionized recording for audio professionals allowing artists to record anywhere.”

“The bottom line for our customers is winning football games, and iPad running our GamePlan solution unquestionably helps players be as prepared as possible,” said Randall Fusee, Global Apptitude Co-Founder, in the press release. “The iPad’s unbeatable combination of security, being thin and light, having an incredible Retina display and also being powerful enough to handle large amounts of data enables us to deliver a product that takes film study to a new level and ultimately gives our users the best opportunity to prepare, execute and win.”

The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks around the world, and iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud.

iPad runs over 800,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore .

Pricing & Availability
The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Source: Apple Inc.

Related article:
Leaked SKUs show Apple prepping release of 128GB ‘ULTIMATE’ iPad – January 28, 2013

Apple pulls Twitter’s Vine app from App Store ‘Editors’ Choice’ list over hardcore porn concerns

“The Twitter-owned short video sharing app Vine on Monday was stripped of its Editors’ Choice designation and was removed from the Featured section of the App Store after media caught wind of the service’s ability to weed out pornographic content,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Adding to Vine’s woes was a pornographic clip that was briefly promoted as an ‘Editor’s Pick’ shortly after its release last Thursday, leading some to question whether the new video sharing service has a ‘porn problem,’” Campbell reports. “As reported by CNET, Vine responded by taking down the video and issuing an apology, citing ‘human error’ as the cause of the mistake.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Our quick and dirty iPhone porn test video remains on Vine here (via Twitter).

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Twitter video app Vine makes porn ‘editor’s pick’; Will Apple pull and ban Vine from App Store? – January 28, 2013

The unsung, intrinsic Apple advantage over Android

“Much has been said about how Apple’s ecosystem still allows it an intrinsic advantage over competitors such as Google’s Android or Microsoft’s Windows Phone,” Paulo Santos explains via Seeking Alpha. “What I will add in this article, however, is my belief that an architecture decision by Apple has also given it an intrinsic and durable advantage over Google’s Android OS.”

“This intrinsic advantage allows Apple to run Apps in its devices faster than those same Apps would run on Android devices with comparable hardware specs; or alternatively, to consume less power when running at the same speed,” Santos writes. “This is non-trivial for Apple, for both performance and power consumption come at a premium in battery-reliant mobile devices. It’s also non-trivial because an architecture decision is something which stays rather immutable over long periods of time, so any advantage gained is hard to overcome.”

Santos writes, “To make an App for iOS, programmers usually use Objective C (C and C++ can also be used. These programs are then compiled into native code that runs directly on iOS devices. As for Android, the programmers will usually use Java, which will get compiled into Dalvik-compatible bytecode. Then, at runtime, these programs will rely on the Dalvik JVM Java Virtual Machine) to translate the bytecode to native code on the fly. The JVM can also use JIT (Just In Time compiling to produce native code for instances where such can render faster code execution.”

“The problem here is that translating code at runtime, or compiling at runtime, can have a serious impact on performance versus just running native code directly. Theoretically the JIT compiler could target the specific hardware the program is running on and produce faster code, but since Apple’s compiler also targets a very limited set of hardware, such advantage is nullified. What isn’t nullified, though, are the disadvantages introduced by the need to translate or compile at runtime,” Santos writes. “This, in turn, produces the unsung Apple advantage. Apple gets, for the same hardware specs, an intrinsic performance advantage.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Those who settle for knockoffs deserve their fate:

Rampant, debilitating fragmentation
Insecurity that will only get worse (both on their devices and in their minds)
Second-rate and worse apps, a smaller app library
Developers second-thought effort or no effort at all
An increasingly expensive (royalties for patent infringement) platform which makes device assemblers cut even more corners and/or focus on alternatives
Envy of iOS devices and their vibrant, thriving ecosystem
Shoddy plastic devices from unfocused companies that manufacture everything from refrigerators to backhoes
The conscious or subconscious knowledge of using a knockoff of an Apple device (if you’re American, or call yourself one, a foreign – Korean or Chinese, most likely – knockoff of a U.S company’s device)
A markedly weaker choice of accessories
Poor or non-existent vehicle integration
Etc.

Your irrational hatred of Apple is only hurting yourselves, Fragmandroid sufferers.


By SteveJack

I don’t know which is worse: Samsung’s slavish copying or that there are tens of millions of dullards and/or morally-crippled consumers who would buy such obvious knockoffs. What kind of person rewards thieves, especially such obvious ones? What kind of person hands over their money to make sure that crime pays? What’s wrong with you people, exactly?

It makes me sad that there are outfits like Samsung Electronics on the planet, as I was with Microsoft before them. People who work for Samsung Electronics should be ashamed. It makes me even sadder to see people supporting blatant criminals, whether it be blindly or, worse, knowingly. To those people I say: Get some morals, will you, or how about at least acquiring a modicum of taste?

What you’re doing is supporting criminal activity. It’s like you’re buying knockoff Coach handbags, but you’re paying pretty much the Coach price! Not too smart, eh? Oh, sure, you might have “saved” a bit upfront on your fake iPhone (maybe you got one of those Buy One Get One or More Free deals), but you’re paying the same data rates – after a couple years, you’ve pretty much paid the same anyway! So, in the end, you’re saving little or nothing while:

a) depriving the company who basically inspired your inferior, fragmented product;
b) depriving yourself of the real deal and the real experience, and;
c) rewarding the criminal, encouraging them to steal even more.

Not a lot of sense being made in any aspect of your toting around that Android phone, is there? Oh, right it’s “open.” Smirk. And, yes, every one of us with the real thing knows that you’re carrying around a half-assed fake, you tasteless wonder.

Didn’t you people have parents? If so, what did they teach you, if anything? Sheesh.

SteveJack’s Take originally published on August 6, 2012. SteveJack is a pen name used by a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and a contributor to both MacDailyNews Takes and the Opinion section.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]

Analyst: Innovation at Apple is over; iPad mini playing catch up to Android; expects ‘mediocre customer adoption’

“Apple gave fans the mini-moment they had been waiting for Tuesday morning, introducing a smaller iPad to the world during a presentation at the California Theatre,” Patrick May, Jeremy C. Owens and Troy Wolverton report for The San Jose Mercury News.

 
“The smaller device will officially be called the iPad Mini and cost $329 and up,” May, Owens and Wolverton report. “[That’s] picey when compared with popular 7-inch tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, which start at $199.”

 

MacDailyNews Take: Why would you compare a device offering 275,000 apps, finely crafted out of aluminum and glass, not plastic, with a 2mm thin display that offers over 35% larger screen area, 50% larger for surfing the Web in portrait, and 67% larger to surf the Web in landscape versus cheap app-less tiny screen tablets? iPad mini si not “pricey” at all. It’s the least expensive iPad in the world.

May, Owens and Wolverton report,” Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdhry… [said] in an email not long after it ended that ‘Innovation at Apple is over… The best is over for Apple. iPad Mini is playing catch up to Google Android, probably will have a mediocre customer adoption.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iCal’ed for copious future use.

And, BTW, Apple can’t play “catch up” with anyone. Apple invented the modern multi-touch tablet. As with smartphones, Android devices are mere mimicry of Apple’s innovations*.

“Apple is selling Cadillacs to people who can no longer afford them.” – Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdhry, remarking on Mac prices, October 21, 2008

Four years later:
Mac is #1 desktop and #1 notebook in the U.S.
Mac consistently named #1 in customer satisfaction and reliability
Mac unit sales have outgrown the Windows PC market in every quarter for the last 6 years straight

Learn a new refrain; yours is tired and wrong, Chowderhead.

*Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

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Newsflash: Apple sells premium products at premium prices to premium customers – October 23, 2012
Mashable hands on with Apple iPad mini: A one-handed wonder – October 23, 2012
Starting at $329: Is Apple’s new 7.9-inch iPad mini too expensive? – October 23, 2012
Apple debuts 7.9-inch iPad mini; unveils new 4th gen. iPad with 9.7-inch Retina display – October 23, 2012

Photo App “Must Have” for the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone device is capable of performing a huge assortment of different chores, but people are not quite as common as the image capabilities of your device. By sharing purposes to those helpful to transform daily shots in masterpieces, there are many incredible applications to pick from on the App Store. Several of the following applications would be the “must haves” all iPhone consumers needs to be certain to down load on their cellular phone!

Perhaps the most widely used sharing app of is Instagram, which enables consumers to consider snapshots as well as apply filtration system at the press of a hand. Choose from a number of filters along with borders, which may be applied to current shots or new photos taken from the application. These types of photos have been in turn distributed across the Instagram customer’s feed, together with other networks that are connected to the application.

Hipstamatic is the one other popular app, even though you will have to pay a few dollars to relish all that is available. This app intentions to transform images into injections that are harking back to analog pictures. The base application incorporates plenty of distinct film and also lens alternatives, though more packs can certainly be purchased directly through the app. Closing products can easily be shared across selected cpa networks.

Camera+ is one of the most widely used paid applications in the entire App Store, having received awards from many reviewers, include things like TIME magazine and Born. The Camera+ app generates upon the prevailing features of a iPhone’s digital camera, giving an individual tools which render it easier to consider beautiful photos. Take advantage of 6x zoom capabilities, image stabilization, and a lot of effects to be able to spruce up the final product. For just a dollar, this brilliant app is truly your steal!

HDR Forex trading is another favorite option for consumers aiming to add a tiny spice to existing pictures on their cellular phone. Different presets help it become easy to enhance the specific components of each photography, with the picture analyzer suggesting presets that will work best for particular images. The HDR Forex currency app also options textures that will add a whole new level of awareness to any picture. The app also features a elaborate set of tools that enable customers to edit specifics like the photos opacity and dark areas.

Of course, Apple mackintosh itself also offers a powerful photo editing as well as cataloguing tool for your iPhone: iPhoto. Mac customers will certainly recognize iPhone in the iLife suite with productivity application found on every desktop and notebook computer via Apple. The actual mobile model of the software program includes most of the great features discovered on the desktop equivalent, which have been developed to comprehend multi-touch signals. The app enables customers to easily create slideshows as well as photo periodicals that can be given to friends, as well as incorporating giving options for advertising and marketing. Photos could also easily be branded via Airprint.

A chance to carry around a high-quality camera with one’s wallet is arguably probably the greatest features of a iPhone. The numerous incredible image apps accessible for the device further positions being one of the leading devices for individuals who are generally obsessed with having great photographs wherever lifestyle takes these. By downloading it some of these apps for a iPhone, you’ll be a part of the wider public who are discovering that taking inventive shots is just not reserved for those with expensive surveillance cameras anymore. As a substitute, everyday shoppers can take as well as share astounding photos by subtracting advantage of a number of the available methods on the App Store.