Is the Magic Back?

On November 21, 2009, I reported a battery life problem for my 2007 Apple Aluminum Bluetooth keyboard that had arisen after the installation of the firmware required by the new Apple Magic Mouse. After going through three sets of AA batteries, I had determined to turn the keyboard OFF when not in use. This solution soon grew into such a hassle that I went to the ultimate sacrifice of removing the aluminum keyboard from use and returning to a wired keyboard.

On January 28th, Apple posted a firmware update for the keyboard (Version 1.1) which purports to solve the battery issue. I have retrieved the keyboard from it’s exile and once again placed it in service. It is too early yet to claim success or failure, but preliminary monitoring of battery levels appear promising.

We will see.

UPDATE 02/05/2010:

It looks promising. Originally, I would be replacing a set of batteries by now. Currently, the battery level on my keyboard has dropped by 4%. Extrapolation would indicate approximately 25 weeks of battery like, but it is unlikely that the batteries will degrade in a linear fashion.

Update 03/20/2010:

I believe I can declare a fix. The keyboard battery level is still hanging in there with many weeks of life still left in the original battery set.

iPad? First Thoughts

I was hoping that AppleĀ  (Steve Jobs) would resurrect the iBook moniker as the name of the new Apple Tablet, but this was not to be. Apple did, however, revive the use of the name for the eBook feature to be rolled out with the device. A few crumbs to be thankful for.

OK, let’s get past the obvious rolling of the eyes and hushed snickers that “iPad” bring to mind (Thanks Madd TV) and move onto my first impressions.

Features I like

  • The Price
  • The User Interface
  • 3G as an option, not a requirement
  • 64 GB version
  • iPhone App compatibility
    A lot of personal investment here.
  • iWork Apps
    A first glimpse at new iPad-specific applications.
  • Full sized virtual keyboard
  • Bluetooth device support
  • The accessories
  • Oh yes, the Price

Features it needs

  • A Video-capable CAMERA!
    Apple, what are you thinking? I want to Skype, video chat, etc. I think I need a CAMERA for this.
  • Multi-tasking
    I had visions of running multiple iPhone Apps each in their little iPhone App widget container. I could then copy and paste to my heart’s content. (Hopefully, this will show up for the iPad and iPhone in a later OS update)
  • Multiple User Support
    I don’t want to buy a separate iPad for my wife to use, just let me add her as a user. I also want a “Guest” account where the user I lend the iPad to can do little or no harm (unless he drops it on the floor)
  • SD Card support
    I know there’s a plug-in SD Card adapter, but the tech specs seem to indicate that all you can do with it is transfer photos. I want to use the SD Card for additional storage and the transfer of files. Listen up Apple software team.

Will I buy one? My heart says yes, but my tech mind asks “What about version 2?” for hardware updates such as the camera. The next major OS update (OS 4.0?) will certainly influence me.

Who am I kidding? Heart, let’s me and you go down to the Apple Store.

What Will January 27th Bring?

The long-awaited Apple (Tablet?) event arrives on Wednesday, January 27th.

Apple will remove the paint splotches and unveil the product (s) that have fueled the flames of speculation for months.

The question remains, can Apple possibly live up to the hype that has been growing to what seems to be an unattainable level.

A number of rumors have settled on 4 basic items.

  • The Apple Tablet (I still hope for the rebirth of iBook)
  • iPhone OS 4.0
  • iPhone Next Generation
  • iLife 2010

After the Tablet, one of the other three might make the “one more thing” category, but I believe the show will center around the Tablet and the Tablet OS.

As Paul Harvey used to proclaim…”Stand by for News!”.