Apple Announces iBook App for iPad

January 27, 2010

Apple today announced the iBook app for the iPad tablet device. It will offer books and content from many big names in publishing and also an interesting note is that it uses the ePub format, which is not proprietary, so is there a possiblity of creating your own books for the device if the content isn’t available on the store?

Apple has 4 big partners with the iPad: Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster and more. This will give a good start to the release of the iPad and it’s lineup of books.


Live Coverage Of Apple Event 27/1/2010

January 27, 2010

All times are at GMT (London).

5:48 PM: Everyone is getting seated and the event will start in 12 minutes.

6:00 PM: The lights have gone down.

6:02 PM: “We want to kick of 2010 by introducing a magical and revolutionary product today… but first I have a few updates.”

6:05 PM: “Next update, the app store. We have over 140,000 apps, and a few weeks ago we announced a user downloaded 3 billion apps.”

6:08 PM: “SO all of us use laptops and smartphones… the question has arisen; is there room for something in the middle. We’ve wondered for years as well — in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone.”

6:10 PM: “We think we’ve got something that is better. And we call it the iPad.”

6:28 PM: “Let’s go back to the hardware.” .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds — 9.7 inch IPS display

6:28 PM: Full capacitive multitouch

6:29 PM: “It’s powered by our own silicon. The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. It screams.”

6:29 PM: Available in 16GB, 32 and 64GB models.

Apple iPad

6:29 PM: 802.11n WiFi, Speaker, Microphone, 30-pin connector and 10 hours of battery life, up to a month on standby. Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR.

6:54 PM: Apple eBook reader app called iBook.

6:55 PM: Apple uses the ePub format for the iBook app, which means it’s open.

7:13 PM: It syncs just like the iPhone and comes with 3G.

7:14 PM: $14.99 for 250MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited. Free use of AT&T WiFi Hotspots. No contract. International deals by June. iPad 3G models are unlocked.

7:17 PM: “WiFI plus 3G if you want it. So iPad. It’s phenomenal. Email is fantastic, best device for photos, great for music, great for video. It runs almost all of the 140k apps on the app store, as well as a whole new generation of apps.”

iPad Pricing

7:20 PM: “So $499 for 16GB of iPad. That’s our base model. 32GB is $599, 64GB is $799. 3G models cost an extra $130. $629, 729, and 829 with 3G.”

7:20 PM: “We will be shipping these in 60 days. 3G models will ship in 90 days.”

Apple Patents Changing Voice Output On The iPhone

July 12, 2009

Voice Output

This patent describes the ways to alter the voice output from the iPhone, such as the playback of audio files. Most would think this would be used for reading text from an eBook, but the patent suggests that it would be for audio and not text.

Despite the restrictions involved in playing back audio files, users of media devices may wish to change the audio output of audio files. A mother, for example, might wish to change the narrator’s voice in a pre-recorded, commercially available audiobook to her own voice, so that her child can listen to the audiobook as narrated in the mother’s voice in her absence. In another scenario, a student listening to a lecture as a podcast file might want to change the audio of certain sections of the lecture to sound like someone else’s voice, so as to emphasize important parts of the lecture.