New Blackberry Model With Hybrid Resistive/Capacitive Touchscreen In Works?

Is RIM working on a new Blackberry model that will come with a hybrid touchscreen display technology? That indeed appears to be the case going by a recent patent application made public by the company. In the filing titled “TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY WITH CAPACITIVE AND RESISTIVE TOUCH SENSORS AND METHOD OF CONTROL”, RIM describes a touchscreen technology that will detect whether the touch input carries characteristics of a capacitive or resistive input and will perform functions based on these inputs.

The patent application reads,

“When the force applied to the touch-sensitive display exceeds the force threshold that causes the resistive touch sensors to contact each other, a touch is detected via the resistive touch-sensitive overlay and the resistive touch-sensitive controller. The resistive location of the touch is determined utilizing the resistive touch sensors of the resistive touch-sensitive overlay. The resistive touch sensors effectively determine the center of the force of the touch. The force threshold that causes the resistive touch sensors to contact each other is known.

The capacitive touch-sensitive overlay includes capacitive touch sensors separated by a barrier. The overlay may also include a substrate, a ground shield, a barrier on which one of the capacitive touch sensors is disposed, and a cover disposed on the other capacitive touch sensor.”

RIM Touchscreen

While this definitely sounds like an interesting technology, I wonder if there is any use case for such a device. What do you think?

iPad 2 To Be Launched In A Few Hours

The long wait is over. In a few hours from now, Apple is all set to unveil the iPad 2 and unlike its predecessor, this tablet is going to be made available straight away. The media is already at Cupertino as they wait for the second generation tablet to be launched at Apple’s head office. As expected, this one will have a 1.2 GHz processor, high speed connectivity and a slimmer look. Now we will have to wait and see if there are two cameras or only the front camera.

In between all this hype and excitement, there are a few who claim that this second generation would not have any surprises and in fact could turn out to be a dud. However, some sources unknown claim that it is the iPad 3 that is worth waiting for as this surely would take everyone by surprise.

Well for now, let’s concentrate on iPad 2, shall we?

Will iPad 2 Debut With A Lower Price Than Its Predecessor?

It’s now confirmed, the iPad 2 will be unveiled by Apple on Wednesday, which is the day after tomorrow. We have been discussing a lot about the hardware of the iPad 2, what new add-ons it would have etc. But would we be really happy if the iPad 2 were to come out with the expected add-ons and nothing more? Surely, not one tablet I would want to buy if Apple were to do that. But, there is every possibility that Apple would go for a price cut, at least by 100$ on the second generation Apple tablet.

If you are contemplating why, here’s the logic. When Apple first launched the iPad an year ago, it had no idea to what would be the success rate of the tablet. But, Jobs has that Midas Touch and the iPad was an unusual success with Apple selling almost 10 million tablets in 2010. Apple now plans to sell at least 60 million pieces in the next financial year for which to happen, a price slash is inevitable.

Is it iPad 2 or iPad 1.5?

Sources have revealed that Apple would be launching the second generation of its coveted iPad along with the iOS 4.3 on March 2nd. But hang on a second, there is a twist to the tale here as the second generation tablet could after all be only a revived iPad which would be called iPad 1.5 rather than iPad 2. Sources have revealed that the reason for this is issues with production as Apple may not be able to deliver the required add-ons to the tablet yet (the camera to the front might actually be missing in this version).

So, Apple would only be going ahead with a standby version and as John Gruber predicted, we could actually see Apple launching the third generation iPad in September which could actually be the real iPad 2. So for now, let’s just play the guessing game until Wednesday.

iPad 2 And iOS 4.3 on Mar 2?

The latest buzz is that Apple is planning to launch both the second generation iPad and the next version of iOS on March 2 which co-incidentally is a Wednesday. Knowing Apple’s Wednesday sentiment, this could well be true. Also, there have been reports that Steve Jobs‘ health is declining day by day, so Jobs himself would want to see a quicker launch of his babies on which he has worked personally as well. Also, one can expect iOS 4.3 to come out on the same day as Apple definitely would not want to launch the iPad 2 running on iOS 4.2.1.

The beta version of the iOS 4.3 was released on January 12, a week later the iOS 4.3 beta 2 was also released which was followed by the release of beta 3 on February 4 which dealt with a few bugs in the beta 2 version.

Fingers crossed fellas. Let’s hope that this time the rumor about the launch date is true.

Magic Wand To Couple Apple Keyboard and Trackpad

How would you like it if your keyboard and trackpad were to be adjoined to each other? The idea sounds great, does it not? Apparently you can use Magic Wand to do the same. Well! It is not something that you would be waving, in fact it is a mini mount that would help attach the trackpad to Apple‘s keyboard. This non-electrical mini mount is being made available by Twelve South which would enable one club the two wireless devices to be used without the need of a separate table for the two. Also, another unique and lovable feature of the Magic Wand is that it’s ambidextrous, meaning that the trackpad can be fitted either to the left or right of the keyboard making it convenient for both left and right arm users.

The mount costs only 30$ along with a free delivery option.

iPhone 4 Wins The Best Mobile Device Award

So, what if Apple did not take part in this year’s Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, it still hogged the limelight. Apple’ iPhone 4 has won the Best Mobile Device Award for the year 2011. This award was announced earlier today at the Mobile World Congress by the Global Mobile Awards. Apple made its presence felt despite being absent from this year’s show beating several other competitors whose smartphones were also considered for the Award.
The judges after awarding Apple the coveted Award commented that the iPhone 4 had a “Great screen, sharp design, fantastic materials, and phenomenal ecosystem for app developers. In a tight race, the iPhone 4 built on the success of its predecessors to set the pace for smart phones.”

Ironically, rumors are now spreading like wild fire that Steve Jobs looks extremely pale and may not be surviving the next weeks.

Google Competing With Apple on Digital Publishing

Well! At the moment, no one is backing off. Each one is taking the competition one step ahead and the next one is immediately coming back to stay at an even keel. Only a few days ago, Apple launched its digital subscription services for magazines, now its Google’s turn to churn out the same for publishers who want to go digital and cash in on the tablet craze. The new service, called Google One Pass allows the publishers to take 90 percent price for for any digital publication that users subscribe to. The publication can be through an app or be directly done on the web and the user would only have to pay for the content while using it without the need of maintaining an individual account.

Apple said that it would be taking a 30 percent share of such paid digital subscriptions from the publishers which was abruptly scorned by the media.

Does Steve Jobs Have Not Long Left?

According to a tabloid published in National Enquirer, Steve Jobs would not survive for more than six weeks apparently. Well for now, this is only a rumor, but National Enquirer has also published pictures of Steve Jobs outside the Stanford cancer Center. Looking at the pictures, one can definitely say that Jobs looks awfully thin and frail. Jobs is suffering from pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy for the same now. The tabloid has also reported that Jobs dropped around 45 pounds of weight after he has started his treatment for cancer in the past 6 weeks. Also, his hair is thinning which would only suggest that the treatment is intense and so is his disease.

Steve Jobs took an indefinite leave from office citing medical conditions (his third in the last 9 months). Steve Jobs is due to meet President Barack Obama today in California at the US hitech-gurus meet.

Can’t afford to lose you Steve. Hope the news is a rumor.

Will Apple Want To Incorporate 3G Into Its MacBooks?

We know Apple and Steve Jobs do not believe in customer surveys much. But, Apple had a customer survey on its MacBook Air. The survey apparently had several questions related to 3G connectivity and if it is to be believed, Apple may want to heed the results of the survey this time around. Most customers have suggested that they would want to see Apple build their next MacBook with a built-in 3G motion along with the Wi-Fi. It is believed that Apple may want to go ahead with this new suggestion, but there is nothing clear about this enhancement.

The survery asked user’s questions about how often they connected to the internet using 3G and what type of devices were they using to connect to 3G networks. We know that the New MacBook Pros are due in a couple of weeks, but will they have the 3G option?