Coast Design was one of the first in the country to get their hands on the iPad2. The most anticipated apple release since the first iPad and it won’t be beaten until the next iPad hits in around 10 months time.
We’ve heard many a person claim that there’s no real place in society for a tablet computer of this nature, yet the original iPad was a storming success.
Yes, it is a luxury item. No it won’t replace a laptop for those serious about their hardware. We won’t be seeing Adobe Creative Suite being released on the iPad any time soon. But, think about the casual computer user.
Those that have 3 main uses for purchasing a computer of some kind
The Mac App Store launched this week and after a few hiccups in authorising accounts, has been a huge hit. There has been a lot of buzz about it since, but some of this seems to be misguided.
Yes, it makes sense that software should be available to download via an online marketplace like this but it isn’t exactly taking giant leaps forward. All the Mac App Store is really doing is freeing up space within Apple’s high street stores by ultimately reducing the offer of boxes of software that serve no purpose.
The iPad is looming but will it succeed?Hindsight is a wonderful thing, it’s so obvious now that it was always going to be called the iPad. How awful does iSlate or iTablet sound, whoever circulated those names should be ashamed.There’s no doubt that the iPad is a welcome addition to Apple’s roster of products. We all knew that they had no intention of entering the netbook market.
The big question would be Mac OSX or iPhone OS? Again, in hindsight, that’s obvious too. Why would Apple bust a gut getting Snow Leopard working on a tablet when there is no direct competition for a tablet of this nature.Snow Leopard would have bumped up the price and reduced the battery life and after living with an iPhone for the past year, these are important points.Instead, by jumping on the iPhone OS, Apple have capitalised on one of the major successes of the past few years. Apps.
If the price wasn’t too much of a giveaway, the meager one hour it took to install this ‘upgrade’ to leopard was. Everything from the name to the official wallpaper shows that that’s exactly what it is. An upgrade. It won’t go head to head with Windows 7. It doesn’t need to, it’s already streets ahead.On the face of things, I can’t see any noticable improvements with the user interface. Nothing sparkles the way it did when upgrading from Tiger to Leopard. Yes, exposé is a bit more organised and you can now scroll in stacks but these minor improvements pose the question ‘why wasn’t it like that before?’ There is the new QuickTime player (but I use VLC) and there’s support for Microsoft exchange (but I use gmail). So these changes simply don’t affect me. The greatest difference was the space it freed up. Leopard left me with 19GB on my hard drive, Snow Leopard gave me back 12GB extra space! Pretty amazing when my other laptop Asus eeepc with XP has no room on the partioned C drive for any software because it’s full to the brim with the operating system and common files!So in conclusion, Snow Leopard doesn’t give that wow factor received succeeding the installation of Leopard but for £25 and an early release, what did you expect? What will the next big cat be? That’s the one we want to look forward to!
Snow leopard will drop on 28 August 2009! It is official!I will be in the queue on Friday ready to pay the tiny fee of £25 to upgrade. But should this figure concern us? Surely if it only costs £25, there can’t be much to differentiate it from leopard.I plan to get a new Mac soon anyway! So why upgrade? Well the main reason that I’m going to be upgrading (other than the price) is because I’m hoping it will give my aging MacBook a new lease of life. As my Mac struggles to run 9 programs at once and I feel the need for speed by purchasing a shiny new MacBook Pro. I’m hoping that this new operating system can restore my faith in the 3 year old mac that’s getting so hot nowadays it leaves scorch marks on my desk! (While I save up for the new one anyway)