iPad Launch Day Roundup

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Date: Saturday, April 3rd, 2010, 06:11
Category: iPad, News, Pictures

Ok, just got back from the iPad launch at the Apple Store in Arlington, Virginia, so bear with me here:

Coming up on the line, you heard cheering from about half a block away. With dozens of blue-shirted Apple employees running about, handing out coffee and water and high-fiving each other and customers, they’ve adopted something of a Wal-Mart employee rally mentality.

Not a bad thing, but a little weird…

Apple Store employees do a victory lap in advance.

Coming up on the line, there were about 75 people in a line to each side of the front door, the lines being divided into those with reservations and those without reservations who were hoping to snag a unit. Apple employees continued high-fiving customers before retreating into the store where their pep rally continued behind closed doors.

“For me it’s something new. The interface has changed enough for me not to say it’s the same thing. I love the fact that Netflix plays on it,” said an attendee at the head of the reservation line who identified himself as a former Apple employee named “Elon”. “It’s a device that lets you touch things and I like to touch things,” he joked.

Elon waiting in line for the Apple’s iPad.

“I do agree Flash does bog down my system, a lot of the naysayers it’s 95% of the web. I do fine with my videos and I don’t have to worry about Netflix. For someone who likes to play games, then yes, Flash will probably be a bummer.”

He then went on to comment that he’d arrived at the store around midnight the night before and was planning to buy the iPad, hop on the Metro, go home, sync it to iTunes and get to work on it.

Others were there for less direct reasons. Angela Lucas of Arlington, Virginia, snagged the top spot in the reserve line to buy an iPad for her husband’s birthday in two days’ time. “He wants to be the first among his friends to have it,” she said, smiling.

Tom Bridge, a local resident and owner of welovedc.com, seemed more excited about the iPad’s potential than anything else.

“I do have some hesitations, I’m not wild about the closed off development platform but I do know that there are a lot of awesome apps on day one and that people will find a way to make this work,” said Bridge, who then cited that he was looking forward to finding ways to blend the iPad with his business functions.

Upon the opening of the Apple Store’s doors, the staff eased the crowd in, limiting the number of people in the store, where almost all of the displays had been switched over to iPad demo units. Unlike the iPhone launches, customers were able to purchase their iPads quickly without any registration concerns and could either buy the iPad and leave or do an initial sync to iTunes in order to set the device up.

First out the door was Brad Gardner, a Washington, D.C. resident who was promptly swamped by interviewers and seemed more intent on getting home and setting the iPad up:

A few customers later, the ever-helpful Dominic Gohla exited the store and was happy to unpack the iPad for the cameras. Gohla had coordinated an arrival from Germany to pick up a reserved iPad and sat down in a nearby Starbucks to hop on the AT&T wireless network to offer the following demo and interview to a German web site (in German, so if any of you have a friend that knows German, yank them over to translate – I’ll be slamming my head against the desk):

Perhaps one of the coolest moments of the morning, Dominic demoed Apple’s new iBooks app with the complimentary copy of “Winnie The Pooh” that arrives with the program. The word “smooth” is applicable here and the pages not only turn easily, but can be grabbed and slowly turned from any portion of the page. Nice touch.

Prior to heading out, an attendee who identified himself as “Simon” perhaps summed up the hopes of the line the best. “This is a traveler’s dream device. I can take it on a flight and never get bored again,” he said. Simon then went on to offer that in spite of the lack of native Adobe Flash support for the device, he was reassured in that a lot of the big media companies seem to be turning around and supporting the HTML5 standard.

From a personal perspective, there’s a lot to be impressed with. The iPad is light, speedy, the screen is everything the user could ever want, the interface is responsive and the accelerometer seems to be working overtime, happily shipping between vertical and landscape views with only a slight turn of the tablet.

We’ll have a full review up in about a week’s time, but for the time being, this is definitely something cool and Apple seems to have taken its time to create a unique product that could, in fact, blow its tablet competition out of the water.

MWSF: Day One Gallery

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2010, 04:41
Category: Macworld Expo, Pictures

Macworld Expo is underway and with we’ve sent ace photo hound Michael Johnston of iPhone Alley to go grab shots for us.

Take a gander, let us know what you think and remember: you can probably outrun the giant anthropomorphic Microsoft Office icons:

IMG_5759Yep, we’re in the right place.

IMG_5776Even without Apple there, you’ve got a crowd. Not too shabby.

IMG_5784Behold, more crowds. And escalators.

IMG_5788Attendees walk to the next exhibit or section in what appears to be a full capacity Expo.

IMG_5791The latest Microsoft marketing campaign: a combination of annoyance and primal terror.

IMG_5794To be fair, the giant Microsoft Office icons CAN be killed with silver bullets and holy water.

IMG_5804Attendees sit in on a panel featuring John Braun and Dave Hamilton of the Mac Observer.

IMG_5802Attendees listen to a panel on the Main Stage before hopping off to the next vendor or exhibit.

iFixIt Posts Full 13″ Unibody MacBook Pro Disassembly/Report

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Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2009, 17:58
Category: MacBook Pro, Pictures

With Apple’s new 13″ Unibody MacBook Pro (formerly the MacBook) having been released, the guys at iFixIt did what they do best: making a mess of the latest Apple hardware and reporting on it.

Over in their latest teardown, the guys have dug into Apple’s newest notebook and discovered some cool stuff, such as a similar battery architecture to the 17″ unibody MacBook Pro, the new .5″ SD card slot and how to cleanly remove the logic board if necessary.

Take a gander and let us know what you think!

First LED-Backlit MacBook Pro Unpacking Images Appear

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 08:28
Category: Pictures

Somewhere between geek pride and techno-lust lies the classic unpacking photo gallery of a new item that just hit the market. The upgraded MacBook Pro, released by Apple only yesterday, definitely qualifies and the first unpacking photo gallery can be seen over here at geeksugar.
So far, it’s par for the course where unpacking a new MacBook Pro is concerned, but the visibly brighter LD-backlit display pops, especially when compared to the previous model.
Take a look and if you have a gallery of your own, feel free to send the link along. We’ll do what we can to get it posted.


Early Office 2008 Screenshot Gallery Posted

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 09:45
Category: Pictures

The folks over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have posted a quick gallery of screenshots for Microsoft’s upcoming Office 2008 programs.


The gallery features images of the new look, updated core art graphics and shows improvements in Excel as well as a new “reminder” table for Entourage.
Cool stuff and it’ll be interesting to see how they improve on Office 2004.


MWSF07: One Final Look Back at Macworld Expo

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 18:25
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — We’ve grouped the photos from Flickr.com’s PowerPage section into additional sets for easier navigation and viewing.


If you couldn’t make Macworld Expo this year, this is the next best thing. And where next year is concerned, we’ll be here and I’ll be losing additional bets as to product releases and thus buying you an ice cream sundae or other dessert.
Thanks for reading and see you then.


MWSF07: Final Macworld Expo Gallery Posted

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 16:15
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — The final picture gallery for the 2007 Macworld Expo San Francisco has been posted to the PowerPage section of Flickr.com.


The gallery includes shots from the floor as well as pictures from BackBeat Media’s Cirque de Mac 4.0 party, which took place Wednesday night and featured the Macworld All-Stars. Thanks to photographer John F. Braun for permission to use some of these shots.


MWSF07: Day 3 Gallery Posted

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 20:57
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — Pictures from the third day of Macworld Expo San Francisco have been posted and can be seen online at the PowerPage section of flickr.com.


The pics feature shots of some of the coolest sights and sounds of the show with a larger gallery tomorrow, including some of the best parties of the expo.


MWSF 2007: Day 2 Gallery Online

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 15:24
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — An online gallery, courtesy of flickr, has been posted covering the second day of Macworld Expo San Francisco.


For access to the full gallery, click here. The gallery also includes close up shots of Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Base Station, which was quietly released along with the iPhone and Apple TV yesterday.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.


MWSF 2007 Gallery Online

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 16:17
Category: Pictures

San Fancisco — A full gallery of images from the first day, the keynote and show floor shots from the 2007 Macworld Expo in San Francisco has been posted to the PowerPage section of flickr.com.
For full access, click here and see what you think. Photos will continually emerge throughout the day.
Your two cents, as always, are more than appreciated and let us know what you think.