Could this be one of the big stories of 2011? Will the biggest challenge to the iPad be the actions of Apple itself? If you enjoy this, find the full editorial on TrustedReviews here.
How Apple Inspired A Fightback Against the Tablet
The technology sector is full of famous U-turns, but could Steve Jobs’ decision to stop trashing 11in laptops and build an 11.6in MacBook Air come back to haunt him? In particular could it cannibalise the tablet sector Apple has worked so hard to ignite?
The early signs are yes, something which has had industry experts hastily performing U-turns of their own. The common argument throughout 2010 has been netbooks have seen their day and the iPad is responsible – a simple deduction of 1 + 1 = 5. Truth is the iPad has shown a greater appetite for the iPod touch and netbooks have declined because a) having shipped 100s of millions of units in the last 18 months owners aren’t ready to upgrade again, and b) netbooks were horribly mis-sold as small laptops which turned many less techy owners off buying another one.
This realisation is starting to kick in as only last week market watcher ChangeWave admitted netbook sales were down, but as The Register reports, “not necessarily in the wake of the iPad’s introduction”. Let’s put this in further context. Apple sold 7.5m iPads in its first six months on sale, actually missing industry forecasts. By contrast netbook sales were on target to sell almost 60m this year despite a huge drop-off in growth. The iPad isn’t killing netbooks, netbooks are doing a fine job of killing themselves and the 11in laptop looks set to prey on both.
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The evolution of WiFi has been frustratingly slow, but a white knight is now on the horizon. My latest feature for TrustedReviews investigates ‘WiGig’, a stunning new standard which could stretch bandwidth to 7Gbit. A sample is below and – as ever – if you enjoy what you read… READ ON
The 7Gbit WiFi Poised to Change The World
Much like the paper which still dominates our so-called paperless offices, there remain a heck of a lot of cables in a supposedly wireless world. The problem is being wired has always been faster than going wireless, or it was…
Back in May the tech sector got itself hot and bothered about a truly next generation standard: ‘WiGig‘. The reason was simple, a fantasy-sounding WiFi technology (bandwidth of up to 7Gbit – 7,000Mbit) had suddenly become strikingly real after its technology gained the formal backing of the WiFi Alliance. This is the group which holds the global ‘WiFi’ trademark and controls the ‘WiFi Certified’ programme which has dominated every mainstream WiFi standard to date.
This week WiGig significantly strengthened its hand again by gaining the support of VESA (the Video Electronics Standards Association) to co-develop the wireless specification of DisplayPort using WiGig technology. On top of this WiGig chose to announce the finalisation of its application specs meaning the lock down of display interfaces and PC peripherals. It also added a new supporter in the shape of AMD, though this is no biggie when the likes of Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Nokia, Nvidia, NEC, Cisco and influential chipmakers Broadcom and Atheros are already on its board of directors. If the tech world was hot and bothered before, it is positively panting now.
Consequently we pulled up a virtual chair alongside WiGig (Wireless Gigabit) Alliance Board Member and Chairman of VESA, Bruce Montag who is also on the Senior Technical Staff at Dell (show-off). So if you’re wondering how close is WiGig to being market ready, what hurdles still lie ahead and is it all too good to be true then we have the answers.
Reviewing products can be a very subjective business and few products seem to have split opinion more than the new Samsung Galaxy Tab which went on sale in the UK this week. Reviews have ranged from glowing to damning, but the most curious part is how varied the praise/criticism has been.
I recently tweeted my dislike for the Tab ahead of my review for TrustedReviews which promoted a lot a discussion. TR will be putting together a video review to illustrate some of the elements I discuss, but in the meantime here are a pair of videos illustrating two of the main problems I discovered with the Tab: how erractic the touchscreen response can be and the troublesome lag present in the web browser. I have high hopes for Android tablets, but for me this is a false dawn.
As ever thoughts and feedback are welcome – even if you disagree.