New iPad set to be Unveiled

Apple will be holding a 10am (Pacific time) media event that is widely believed to be the unveiling of the latest iPad, dubbed iPad 2.

The update however, is said to be minor. The iPad’s specifications should be increased but not many drastic new features. It may be Apple is adopting a similar approach to when it released the iPhone 3GS in the wake of the massively popular iPhone 3G.

Other potential updates may include a MobileMe revamp as supplies of the boxed retail version have become constrained, a telling sign of an update. It is speculated to increase the shift towards cloud based operations. There may also be the first look at iOS 5, although an iOS update has garnered it’s own press conference in recent years.

The press conference may well be simulcast from which has been the trend with recent press conferences.

Amazon Takes on iPad in New Ad

Amazon has released an advert for the Kindle in which it is dierectly pitted against an iPad. The premise of the ad is that you can’t read an iPad in direct sunlight, but you can read a Kindle. Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

You can, of course, still purchase the same books via the Kindle app on an iPad.

Forecast for iPad Sales Statistics: 28 Million in 2011

Front, back, and side views of iPad Wi-Fi.

Market Analyst Maynard Um of UBS Investment Reasearch has forecast that Apple could sell 28 million iPads in 2011, and warned this figure could be “conservative”.

Um goes on to state that while he believes iPad sales are not impacting Mac sales, but rather that “sales of traditional notebooks appear to be feeling pressure from the iPad“. He goes on to state that while people do not see the iPad as a realistic alternative to a PC at the moment, but rather that “consumers who purchase iPads may be more willing to delay purchases and upgrades of existing PCs”.

The iPad is considered a massive success with Apple having already sold 3.27 million at least since launch.

Apple Allows 3rd Party App Development Tools

Apple has just announced that they are relaxing restrictions on what development tools are allowed to be used on an app. This means third party development tools are okay, and in theory, potentially Apps that have been developed using Flash. Of course the apps themselves would not be allowed to run using Flash, just in their development. Here is the Press Release from Apple so you can analyse for yourselves:


Apple Clarifies Game Center Availability

Apple has clarified the compatability of Game Center, the service that allows users to play online with friends and random matches. Unfortunately, it will not be available on the iPhone 3G. This means that 2 tent-pole features of iOS 4 are not available on the device, the other being Multitasking. The feature will be available for the 2nd Gen iPod Touch however. Presumably this is due to the performance issues that have dogged the 3G running iOS 4.

The Hero HD for iPad Review

A new app for download on the iPad is “the Hero HD” which is available for $1.99 or £1.99. The App is brought to you by Chillingo, the people who brought you Angry Birds. As you’d expect the Menus are slick yet simple and very well designed.  There is also the Option to Play with Friends if they also have the app via the Crystal Online System.

The app follows the same premise of the iPhone version of the app. You play the Hero and steer him around to stop robbers, catch falling babies, put out fires, even stop giant spiders!

There are three control methods to choose from. Tilt to steer, finger control or my favourite and the default, D-Pad control. They all have their pros and cons; tilting for example can leave your arms feeling the strain after a while. They do all however, offer a great deal of responsiveness and accuracy. There are other buttons such as the Speed-Boost (it does what it says on the tin) and Superpower buttons which offer a great deal of fun and variety.

The graphics are really nice with an almost comic-like feel. Colours are bright and vivid, the artwork is superb and nicely styilised. There is a good variety between levels whether it be in the sky colours, the buildings or just the number of different challenges, it never feels like you are playing the same level twice despite the simple concept.

This is app is also great for those -and if you’re reading this, you’re probably going to be one of said ‘those’- who have imagined being a super hero.  For when you really get the hang of the game you can perform moves of almost a cinematic nature. My personal favourite is flying high in the air, turning around and to just speed towards the Earth and smash a tank to Kingdom come!

The Hero HD is a great app to just pick up and play. It is a pleasure to use and is extremely fun. There is more variety than you’d expect and  you will find yourself saying “Just one more level…” again and again. The Hero HD is excellent value as you’d expect from Chillingo. The Hero HD for iPad could definitely be what Angry Birds is on the iPhone