BlackBerrys were in fact considered in the survey but given very few respondents reported being a BlackBerry user, their numbers were not statistically relevant. Of those considering themselves smartphone owners, only 9 percent reported being BlackBerry users.
The cult of Apple is restless ahead of Wednesday’s event in San Francisco. These overly produced live launches, which date back decades, are built around the sleek unveiling of some new and amazing feature that will compel you to purchase some new and amazing device. Apple hasn’t confirmed anything, but this year’s must-have device is rumored to be the iPad 3 (or HD), and the special feature is rumored to be the heralded Retina Display, a high-resolution screen so sharp you’ll drool into a sea of pixels.
It’s no secret that Apple prides itself on design. Take a read of Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” biography and you’ll find reference after reference to Apple’s laser-like focus on design. Apple’s streamlined products aren’t simply computers and tablets and smartphones to use for work and play — they are intricately designed instruments engineered to bring grown men and women to their knees.
So we were surprised to learn today that rather than use its vast expertise to generate a unique, inspiring design to represent the paramount feature of its new product, they simply went to the well of a stock photo site. Aside from some slight modification to the eyelashes, this is clearly the same image.
Apple’s iPad3 Coming in March?
The rumor that Apple would drop the next version of its iPad tablet device on the late Steve Jobs’ birthday on February 24 is untrue. Sentimental idolatry debunked, but the new iPad3 is coming soon.
According to All Things D, sources say Apple will hold a baited-breath Apple-y event for the release of its next generation iPad some time in the first week of March. No official date has been set.
Here’s more about the device from ATD’s John Paczkowski:
As for the next-generation iPad itself, sources say it will be pretty much what we’ve been led to expect by the innumerable reports leading up to its release: A device similar in form factor to the iPad 2, but running a much faster chip, sporting an improved graphics processing unit, and featuring a 2048×1536 Retina Display — or something close to it.
If 2011 was the year of the iPad 2, will 2012 be the year of the iPad 3? Said a source familiar with the device: “What do you think?”
An Apple spokeswoman declined comment on the timing of the event, saying the company does not comment on rumors and speculation.
The ATD report surfaces on the same day as Steve Jobs’ FBI file, which Gawker was kind enough to aggregate. Two interesting nuggets of note in the report: “Several individuals commented concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs. … Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs’ honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.” Mission accomplished.