There’s no need to watch today’s spoogefest known as the Apple Media Event, I will tell you exactly what’s going to be in the iPad 3 in less than 200 words – It’s going to be the same as the iPad 2 only:
- Slightly Thicker
- Same internals as the iPhone 4s – so slightly faster processor, improved camera
- The Smart Cover will now have a back (oooh, aaaahhhh)
- Higher Rez screen
Media will spooge their pants, talk about how innovative and “major” the enhancements are and Apple’s stock will go up another 10%. That’s it, those are your major announcements from today’s iPad 3 event.No need to spend an hour watching.
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One of the things about the iPhone, iPod and iPad as music devices is that they come with the worst, most uncomfortable headphones you could possibly get. Over the years I’ve tried numerous headsets from all price ranges and brands. From $19 Sony Ear Buds to $300 Bose’s over the ear noise cancelling headsets. Turns out the best headphones for your iDevices does not come from one of the name brand companies – Sony, Bose, Apple, or event Beats. No, the best headset available for all things “i” are from a small company called Phiaton. The Phiaton PS 300 are the best and most comfortable headphones that I’ve ever tested.
How does apple do it? Manage to generate such hype over a nothing announcement. All the tech press went gaga yesterday with speculation at what this major announcement that we would never forget would be and what is it? The Beatles is finally on iTunes. This may have been a big deal three or four years ago, but considering the Media blitz The Beatles had last year with Rock Band and all of their music being re-released on Re-mastered CDs, this feels too little, to late and certainly not an announcement that will change my life.
If you have an idea for an iPhone game or app but don’t know how to create one yourself, MEDL Mobile is around to help. The company has a new App Incubator program that lets you submit your idea for your great game. If they like it, they’ll develop it for you. You can submit via their App Incubator app or using their website. They also have a Story Boarding tool (a PDF file) that lets you sketch your idea out frame by frame. They have already achieved success with their new game Jungly Jump, which quickly became a hit and featured selection in the App Store.
Just in time for Comic Con, THQ updates their popular game, Star Wars: Trench Run. The update includes the following new levels:
- Escape – Man the turrets of the Millennium Falcon to fight off the attacking TIE fighters to deliver Princess Leia safely to the hidden Rebel base!
- Han Solo – From the bottom gun turret of the Millennium Falcon, flying just above the trench, fight to protect Gold Squadron’s Y-wings during the Battle of Yavin!
- Han Solo Arcade – Protect the 3 Y-wings and destroy on-coming surface cannons and incoming TIE fighters as long as you can!
New Ships include, Millennium Falcon, Y-wing, TIE fighter, Darth Vader’s Advanced TIE fighter. Overall this is a very nice, meaty update. The game costs $4.99 in the iTunes Store.
A few weeks ago EA Games slashed the prices on a bunch of their classic games including The Game of Life, Clue and Battleship to .99. Battleship is a blast to play (bad pun intended). It’s addictive fun; one minute turns into an hour. The game matches last quite awhile, an average of 10 minutes or more (with the cut scenes) and it doesn’t remember the last position when you quit, so you are forced to play until the match is over. On the one hand it’s a flawless mobile game experience, but the match length means you have to be in a place where you can devote the time to finish a round. There are neat little RPG elements that let you level up your character and rank, doing this unlock new weapons you can use in the Super Weapon mode.
The U.S. Soccer team’s impressive World Cup Soccer run has given everyone the fever. Hoping to capitalize, the folks at Konami have ported their popular console soccer game Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PES 2010) to the iPhone/iPod Touch. It’s always amazing how much developers can pack into these ports. The game packs quite a punch with a full list of features including all the professional soccer teams (80 teams) and leagues represented, You can play full seasons complete with stat tracking and set your match length from 3 – 10 minutes. There are 5 different game levels from Amateur to Top Player.
Ok, it’s official I DESPISE Apple. I just landed this interesting new gig reviewing iPhone games for another news organization and think I can be impartial because hey, I do love my iPod Touch, I’ve never had a problem with that device, but every other Apple Product gives me FITS. My iPad will not stay connected to my home network so I cannot use it to surf the net while in bed defeating the whole point of having it. I keep holding out hope for the promised fix, but it’s been 3 months already! Last week I updated all of my devices to iOS and nothing but issues. My iPhone 3G now crashes apps a lot, drops calls, is slow as heck and Safari doesn’t seem to work on a lot of different web pages now.
As many of you know the new iPhone update iOS4 is supposed to be available today. Apparently, as of 6:30 EST, it hasn’t launched yet, I’m assuming it’ll go live at some point today. The new update really only affects iPhone 3GS users as people like me who have a iPhone 3G and iPad get screwed. The iPad iOS4 update won’t come until the fall and for iPhone 3G owners a lot of features won’t work including the main draw – multitasking. I’m assuming iBooks and folders will work – ooh…. I have the latest iPod Touch 64 and am not clear on what will and won’t work on that device, I’m assuming multitasking won’t work either. So really this new “update” is pointless for non 3GS users. Way to once again screw over your customers Apple.