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Internet reaction of the Apple's new tablet the iPad has featured many mocking remarks. Many say the device's name sounds like a feminine hygiene product.
Many in public say the device's name sounds like a feminine hygiene product

On Wednesday Apple aired its long awaited tablet computer, which it dubbed the iPad.  Basically an oversized iPhone/iPod Touch, the new device hopes to capitalize on the popularity of these smaller products, filling the same niche as more traditional netbooks and UMPCs. 

Some Apple fans have indicated claimed the tablet will kill less full-featured e-Book readers like the Amazon Kindle or recent Sony Pocket Reader.  If that's the case, these competitors sure seem unusually nonchalant.

Sony, which actually competes with the tablet in two arenas -- eReaders (Sony Reader series) and mobile gaming (PSP Go) -- says that it may actually get a boost from the iPad. 

States  Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Division, "The introduction of another mobile device, which includes digital reading as part of its functionality, is a good thing for the digital book business.  Mobile devices with reading capabilities will play a key role in the paradigm shift from analog to digital content. At Sony, we’re focused on devices optimized for digital reading and believe that digital books sales will surpass print sales within five years, if not sooner."

Predicting the demise of print sales is certainly a bold move, but not a terribly new one; Amazon and Sony have been trumpeting that line for some time now.  The more interesting tidbit is that Sony actually thinks the increased attention about tablets and digital books surrounding the iPhone will actually help Sony's sales.

Sony certainly has a lot of business savvy in the field of digital books.  It is second only to Amazon in this arena, and it is estimated to own 35 percent of the market, selling an estimated 1 million units in 2009. 

One advantage it has over its new Apple competitor is perhaps a less obtrusive name; since its announcement the iPad has been lampooned by many readers who say it sounds like a feminine hygiene product.  Describes Annie Colbert on the blog "Holy Kaw!", "With "iTampon" quickly emerging as a trending Twitter topic, it's probably safe to say that many women found themselves cringing as they asked, 'Do any women work at Apple?'"

Ironically, the new Apple wonder-product shares its name with a fictional device devised in a MadTV skit -- an Apple feminine hygiene device called the iPad.  Writes "Dontstealmypen" a particularly prolific Twitter, "Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?" and "The iPad—Another embarrassing topic I get to discuss with my kids."

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RE: 64-bit/32-bit incompatibility
By themaster08 on 1/31/2010 11:35:06 AM , Rating: 2

We're not talking about Safari on OSX for Mac here. Flash is available for that.

Having an x86 binary is absolutely irrelevant. The iPad, iPod touch and iPhone have ARM processors, not IA-32, therefore do not use x86 code.

Adobe are more than willing to support Apple's devices with Flash, Apple refuse to let them.

Was your post meant to be a joke? Because if it was, I just didn't get it.

RE: 64-bit/32-bit incompatibility
By crystal clear on 2/1/2010 8:53:12 AM , Rating: 2
The iPad, iPod touch and iPhone have ARM processors, not IA-32, therefore do not use x86 code.

A4, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that reportedly combines a low-power CPU, a graphics processing unit (GPU), and other hardware, much of which is still confidential.

No details about the A4 chip have been released by Apple,rather everybody in quick time are eager to grade it as a chip based on an Arm processor core.

No evidence PA Semi designed a heavily modified chips with Arm processors to fit into specific mobile devices.

No evidence that ipad has a Arm processor core.

Yes other tablets from leading OEMs are Arm based that doesnt mean the ipad should be the same.

The A4 chip was designed for portable products, and modified chips based on the architecture are prime candidates to be used in new iPhone versions.

The iPad shares many characteristics with the iPhone, so the A4 chip itself or its variants could ultimately make it to the iPhone.
A variant of the A4 chip could make iPhones much faster.

The iPhone 3G S does use an Arm-based system-on-chip made by Samsung.

Adobe are more than willing to support Apple's devices with Flash, Apple refuse to let them

H.264 and HTML5 used by Apple will make flash useless. Google is promoting HTML5 intensively, then its a question of time,everybody will use it.

Was your post meant to be a joke?

The point I wish to focus or highlight is -

Software companies dont have the will to move completely to 64 bit computing.
They give various excuses about cost/market demand etc that I certainly dont find it acceptable.

You have the hardware & Microsoft 64 bit O.S. but the lack of drivers restricts you move to 64 bit computing.

The only way to force companies to switch over completely to 64 bit computing is by getting Microsoft themselves dump 32 bit O.S. & sell 64 bit O.S ONLY.

Here an execellent opportunity-

Windows 8:

RTM: Friday, July 1, 2011
Mainstream Support: Friday, July 1, 2011 – Thursday, July 1, 2016
Extended Support: Friday, July 1, 2016 – Thursday, July 1, 2021

By Alexstarfire on 2/1/2010 9:41:43 AM , Rating: 3
Even if HTML5 does end up taking over, why PURPOSEFULLY cut off support for something that is insanely popular now?

RE: 64-bit/32-bit incompatibility
By themaster08 on 2/1/2010 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
That's fair enough, however you did say -

For all those complaining about the lack of FLASH on Apple products

Which was really generic, so I was mainly focussing my point at the iPhone and iPod.

If this chip was IA-32/AMD64 compatible, Apple would have had to retreive a licence from Intel and AMD, therefore we would have heard about it.

I hear this "A4" chip is just a rebadged Snapdragon.

By crystal clear on 2/3/2010 4:12:50 AM , Rating: 3
A4, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) that reportedly combines a low-power CPU, a graphics processing unit (GPU), and other hardware, much of which is still confidential.

Doing a bit of research I notice-

Apple holds a 9.5% stake in Imagination Technologies
whilst Intel hold a 16% stake in the above company.

Apple is a "multi-year, multi-IP, multi-use" licensee of Imagination's current and future portfolio of PowerVR mobile graphics components, including the next generation PowerVR SGX VXD video IP cores.

POWERVR SGX545 is available for licensing now. The IP is already proven in silicon in a test chip from Imagination and licensed by a lead partner .

Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG; "Imagination") - a leader in System-on-Chip Intellectual Property ("SoC IP") - reports that it has signed a licence agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ("Samsung") with respect to certain POWERVR SGX graphics and VXD video IP cores.

This licence enables Samsung to manufacture semiconductor devices which integrate these IP cores from Imagination.

Like Apple, Intel is also a licensee of Imaginations technology, which it plans to incorporate into its Atom processor for netbooks and other mobile internet devices (MIDS).

The door is open for Apple to incorporate future versions of Intel's Atom line of mobile processors, which also incorporate Imagination's PowerVR graphics cores.

By licensing Imagination's graphics technology directly, Apple can keep itself flexible to adopt any mobile processor architecture while retaining a competitive edge in graphics performance.

I hear this "A4" chip is just a rebadged Snapdragon.

Read this-
Mobile Snapdragon Processor to hit 1.5Ghz, Dual-Core in 2010

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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