It’s the time of year when everyone is extraordinarily excited about the latest Apple gadget that is about to be released. While the new iPad is **very** cool, it would seem that the new cover technology is what everyone is really excited about. Magnetic, puts the device to sleep **and** wakes it up. How cool is that?
Well, it’s so cool that Blackberry phones have used magnets in holsters to wake and sleep the device for at least the last 5 years. Belt-mounted coolness to help preserve battery power and protect your Blackberry at the same time, while helping the wearer to look _really not cool_ at the same time.
I would like to take this opportunity to also point out that Apple did not invent touch technology. There were restaurant POS systems with touchscreens back in the Windows 95 days. With multi-touch support since Windows 98. Capacitive and resistive screens that could take 1 or 2 or up to 4 finger touches at a time to perform any operating system navigation required.
I bring these up today not to bash on Apple. More of a reminder. Everyone always seems to treat the latest trick Apple pulls out of it’s sleeve as something that they have created from scratch, and that is not always the case.
What Apple does is take that technology, _imagine_ the great things they can do with it, and do it. While there was touch on Windows NT, it wasn’t anywhere near as fantastic as it is on any IOS device (or Android touch-screen phones for that matter). While Blackberry has used magnets for sleep/wake, Apple made it snazzy, cool operating and covered in leather (for an additional fee). While you would be embarrassed to have a Blackberry holster on your hip, I would bet there is no way you’d be caught dead **without** that cool cover on your iPad 2.
As for the iPad 2, there is a chance I’m looking at that device very hard. But I’m going to save that for another post.
(This is also giving me the chance to try the Blackbird Pie Twitter plugin for WordPress. Very cool!)