Apple is scheduled to release the 4th version of Apple TV on September 9. The target price is rumored to be between $150-$200. At that price, it better be really good. Roku is $99 while Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV are less than $40 dollars. The new Apple TV biggest feature is said to be with the remote. For owners of streaming boxes now, can Apple do enough to convince them to forego their current devices and buy an Apple TV for $200. That question will be answered when Apple introduces the Apple TV on September 9. Here are few articles about the upcoming Apple TV: ComputerWorld, 9to5Mac, and Gizmodo.
Apple TV has dropped to fourth place in the streaming-media market. Roku, Chromecast and Apple Fire are outselling Apple TV this year. Rumor has it that Apple will be releasing a new Apple TV in the fall. Apple is trying to regain some of the loss market share. Part of the reason for the loss of sales is neglect from Apple. Apple TV hasn’t had a major upgrade in four years. The announcement in a few weeks can’t come soon enough.
Apple revealed today, the Apple Watch. It starts out at $349 with some watches as high as $10k. Pre-orders can begin April 10. Apple stores will start selling on April 24, most likely you’ll need a reservation. You just can’t walk into a store and get one, at least not in the first few weeks after its release. Here’s an article from ZDNet, PCMag, Gizmodo, ComputerWorld, and Lifehacker.
Lost in the hoopla is the reduced price of the Apple TV. It’s now sells for only $69. Let’s not forget the new super-thin Macbook. It’s thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air. It’s powered by Intel Core M. It’s fan-less and has a single USB C port that allows you to connect to everything. Gone are the USB 3.0 ports and the Display port. You have to buy a $79 dongle if you want connect to other devices or displays. I think the MacBook is a little bit underpowered. It’s a almost a cross between a tablet and laptop. The MacBook starts at $1299 and $1599.
Watch out Apple, there’s another fruit in the market. Yesterday, I was ogling Apple’s TV which sells for just $99. That has to be one of the most affordable hardware sold by Apple. Except for the iPod shuffle, which sells for a mere $49. Which brings me to my main topic today, the Raspberry Pi, a full-fledged computer being sold for just $35. Did I hear that right?
The Raspberry Pi is powered by an Arm-based processor. It’s about the size of a credit card. It comes with a HDMI port, 2 USB ports for connecting keyboard and mouse, an audio output, a composite output for old-style TVs and monitors, an Ethernet port for the network, and a SD card slot for loading the operating system. It runs on just 2 watts of power, and it boots in less than 15 seconds.
The best part of it all, it runs on Linux, an open-source operating system. Since it’s open-source, you can do practically anything to it. Currently, there are 3 Linux distro images available for the Raspberry Pi. They are: Debian squeeze, Arch Linux ARM, and Fedora 14 Remix. There are many potential uses for the Raspberry Pi, such as a media center, cafe internet workstations, robotics, to name a few.
Finally, here’s a video of the Raspberry Pi. Yea, I want one or two.
Apple announced today the release of the new iPad. Apple has made it quite clear to not call the new tablet the iPad 3 or iPad HD or by any other name. It’s just simply called the iPad. Can we call it iPad 2012?
The problem with just calling an iPad just an iPad is, it is extremely confusing for potential customers to differentiate one iPad from another. Imagine going to an online store other than Apple, and ordering an iPad. You’ll start questioning whether it’s the original iPad, the iPad 2, or the new iPad. It is confusing.
As expected, the new iPad comes with a retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 That’s a total of 3.1 million pixels, which by the way, has more resolution than the 1080p HD display. The iPad is powered by an A5X processor, with quad-core graphics, an iSight Camera with a 5-megapixel backside camera, 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the processor and 1080p video recording.
It will sell for $499, $599 and $699 for the Wi-Fi-only models in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. For iPads models with LTE 4G, the cost is $629, $729, and $829 respectively for the same capacities above.
Out of the two products revealed today, I’m more interested with Apple TV. It sells for only for $99. You can watch 1080p HD movies and TV shows directly from iTunes. You can also play Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo videos, catch MLB, NBA, and NHL games live or on demand.