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03-08-2010, 07:28 PM #1
Hints, Clues and Wishful Thinking from the iPad Commercial
As we draw ever closer to the April 3 launch date, iPad prediction mania is refusing to die. The Oscar night commercial spawned a surprising number of rumors and suppositions for being a simple 30-second spot. Apple's iBooks are cheaper than Kindle e-books! Or… more expensive. Or both! And a guy saw a camera, or something!
Let's take a look at the iBookstore for starters. Several bestsellers made an appearance, from the late Teddy Kennedy’s True Compass: A Memoir to the thrilling Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World…One Child at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. The first book was shown at $14.99 US on the iBookstore, which is less than the $19.25 the same title costs on Amazon for Kindle digital download, while the second has a $7.99 iBookstore price but goes for $7.19 on Amazon. So, a bit of a wash, with prices varying from about $8 to $15 US.
Another somewhat-interesting, somewhat-amusing tidbit was the persistence of the "My Documents" button in the iPad version of Pages. Some thought that the appearance of the archaic Windows name on Apple's sleek 21st Century tablet was just a placeholder, to be replaced with "iDocs," or at least "My Pages." But, if this high-profile commercial is any indication, it does appear that the name which was dropped from Windows 7 is being reborn as an iPad feature.
Sometimes, it's the details that count. One sharp-eyed TUAW commenter spotted the characteristic Times blackletter capital T logo at the bottom of the iBooks app at the end of the ad. If you squint really hard, it looks like this would bring up a list of New York Times best sellers. And speaking of squinting: take a look at the zoomed capture from 0:03 of the ad:
image via 9to5Mac
That look like a camera to you?
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03-08-2010, 07:37 PM #2
Looks like a theater stagelight or Spotlight.
If I had to ponder, that pulls up a "Featured books" like the opening of the App Store.
Err, sorry, I mean the Times T....doesn't look like a T but a stagelight.
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03-08-2010, 07:53 PM #3
03-08-2010, 07:55 PM #4
My bet is that it's an ambient light sensor. I read that the A4 is able to achieve such low power consumption because it lacks some of needed core complexity for things like cameras and such.
03-08-2010, 08:01 PM #5
Wow! Look at the clock on the iPad too! Its always 9:41!
The iPad stops time!
03-08-2010, 08:09 PM #6
03-08-2010, 08:26 PM #7
That is a strange one. Do the iPhone commercials carry the same time too?
03-08-2010, 08:40 PM #8
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are you looking at the right one? The second icon to the left is definitely the Ny Times logo. It has the same fatter half circle on the bottom, thinner in the middle and a fat swirly top.
I'm not convinced whats written under the logo says NY Times.
I googled what my first guess was, my Times. Take a look at the google page and the description it has. Today's paper, video news, NY Times most popular and more.
To further support my "my Times" idea. I agree it is very hard to make out what it says but you can see a T. The T is bigger than any other character. If you happen to have the NY Times app you can see on your spring board how it is formatted as NYTimes. If the Times has any thing going onto this iPad they would keep them capitalized and never nyTimes or nYTimes.
a 1080p version of the commercial is on apple's youtube channel now. I dont have the appropriate software to get a good look
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03-08-2010, 11:08 PM #9
i definitely see a camera
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03-08-2010, 11:37 PM #11
03-08-2010, 11:42 PM #12
Haha... so this is how speculation works....
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03-08-2010, 11:43 PM #13
I have to admit, after taking a look at Microsoft's Courier 'Digital Journal', I've lost almost all interest in the iPad. At least we know for sure it will come with a camera, play flash, and allow multitasking.
03-08-2010, 11:45 PM #14
Maybe Aaren O'Connell is the returning monthly visitor.
Time to spread the rumors on twitter. lol
03-09-2010, 12:37 AM #15
I don't understand why people want to take pictures with something the size of a textbook, especially when 99% of people who own one will also have a phone with a camera.
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03-09-2010, 12:55 AM #16
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No one is talking about the rear camera, we are talking about the front camera which will be uses in video conferencing on Skype not to take a PICTURE....
We are not talking about the rear camera to take pictures, instead we are talking about the Front Camera which can be used in Video Conferencing on Skype like apps....
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03-09-2010, 01:33 AM #17
03-09-2010, 01:46 AM #18
am i the only one who doesnt see anything??
03-09-2010, 02:36 AM #19
hahahahahah the 941 things are cracking me up especially the insane arabic stuff hahah stealth i gotta say it you say the best ranom things haha (random off topic thread) haha
and also i dont understand where this camera is supposed to be shown i dont see jack squat
03-09-2010, 05:39 AM #20
I think I have it now: 9:41 on April 19, 2001, Steve Jobs was hanging a clock above his toilet, slipped, and hit his head on the sink. When he came to, he envisioned the iPad...
Wait, isn't that a movie plot too??? Weird coincidence!