The iPad Mini: COMING SOON

Or so they say. And is it really necessary?

According to Mashable, an iPad mini will be released in time for the holidays. But wait, isn’t that an iPhone? Or even an iPod Touch? I know, I know… my thoughts exactly.

This article states that the supposed iPad mini would have a screen size of about 7-8 inches, versus the almost 10 inches on the iPad and 3.5 (diagonal) inches of the iPhone 4S. But, is it an iPad Mini really and truly worth it? Maybe, if Apple does it right.

The iPad Mini would be ground breaking (maybe that’s an exaggeration) and truly give Apple competitors (Kindle Fire, anyone?) something to be scared of if it meets several very important criteria…

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RIP Steve Jobs

Just one day after the announcement of the iPhone 4S by Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook, former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56.

In 1976, Jobs founded Apple with three others.  Jobs served as CEO from 1997 until recently in 2011.

Jobs not only revolutionized Apple and its innovative products, most notably with the launch of the Mac, iPhones, iPods, iTunes, and iPads, but truly transformed technology, its use in everyday life, and the way in which we interact.

Apple released a statement this evening, October 5th 2001, stating:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

To the genius that was, and that will always be.

Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011

Photo Credit: Apple.com

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http://mashable.com/2011/10/05/breaking-stevejobs-has-died/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs#cite_note-59

http://techland.time.com/2011/08/25/steve-wozniak-calls-jobs-best-business-leader-of-our-time/


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-dead_n_997223.html

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Let’s Talk iPhone…4S: Hot or Hyped?

I was one of the many individuals tied to my Twitter feed and several blog feeds during the iPhone announcement today from Apple.  Unfortunately, about 30 minutes after the “Town Hall” began, I had to go to class and leave the world of technology behind.  So, as you can imagine, I was pretty anxious to hear all the news I missed during the last few hours. And I can’t say I was too surprised to learn about the iPhone 4S rather than the iPhone 5.

They also announced decreased prices on iPods, which will range from $50 to the iPod Shuffle to $399 for the 64GB iTouch.  Now, if you ask me, that’s still a bit too pricey to make me commit…But, that’s just my opinion.  This was also Tim Cook’s first product launch as new Apple CEO, which is something to discuss all in itself.  However, we all know the main subject people are talking about is the iPhone.

This morning, I saw a Tweet directing me to this article, which had actually leaked the information about the announcement.  Though, I was still hopeful. And, I still am… to an extent.

My main question: is the iPhone 4S really necessary?

Compared to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S will…

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Does the Kindle Fire strike a match or strike out?

Basically, I’m looking for thoughts on the Kindle Fire. Simple as that.

Ever since Apple announced the iPad, and since I got my fingers on one at an Apple store, I’ve been dying for the day that I can make that purchase myself. I’ve always thought, I don’t need one, but my life won’t be complete without one. Ohh, the ways of Apple. I digress. When Amazon announced that they were coming out with a tablet, I was intrigued. I’ve played with my mom’s Kindle and enjoyed it slightly, and I’m a huge fan of Amazon. I felt this was promising.

However, with today’s news, I was a bit disheartened. Yes, it’s cheaper. It’s $199, which beats the Apple iPad and Blackberry Playbook by hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, based upon which iPad/version/3G/Data/Storage/etc you purchased,. But, is the price difference worth it? I read an article posted on CNN that pointed out all the differences, which were basically all the “downgrades,” in the iPad vs Kindle Fire….

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