Some compelling reasons for owning an iPad is speed and convenience:  instant-on and the ease-of-use and snappiness of Apple’s iOS creating a very positive user experience when accessing email and surfing the net. My experience owning an iPad is actually quite what I would expect it to be – I grab my iPad when I need information quickly or want to check email or compose a quick message, and if I have heavier lifting, I crack open the laptop and wait for 20-30 seconds for my Mac to boot up.

The obligatory wait time while our traditional computers boot up may change soon, and by “soon” I mean as early as beginning next year.   BIOS technology has been in use since 1979 to boot up our personal computers, but BIOS is antiquated and does not meet the demands of today’s faster, more powerful computers and demanding operating systems. Instead, UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is about to hit the scene, and when it does, your personal computer will boot up in a matter of just a few seconds. It won’t be instant-on like the iPad, but it will be very close.

When UEFI goes mainstream and boot-up times for computers takes just a few seconds — let’s speculate that your Mac or PC will boot up and be ready to go in 3 to 5 seconds — how might this impact your iPad use, if at all?

In case you missed Apple’s Fall Event today, here’s a quick recap of what Apple is bringing to the media-hungry consumer market:

  • iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod touch coming next week (including bug fixes, HD YouTube uploads, TV rentals and Game Center), and iOS 4.2 for iPad coming in November with goodies like wireless printing (yay!) and AirPlay (replaces airtunes and adds pictures and streaming video).
  • A new multi-touch iPod nano available in different colors for $149 (8GB) and $179 (16GB).
  • Revamped iPod touch that’s thinner and sports a Retina display like the iPhone 4, HD video recording, FaceTime video calling, 3-axis gyro, and iOS 4.1 with Game Center.
  • New iTunes 10 with a better UI, new icon, and Ping social networking.
  • New Apple TV that’s a lot smaller, incorporates Netflix, $4.99 HD Hollywood movies, TV shows from ABC and FOX for 99-cents, and a $99 price tag for the whole kit and kaboodle.

What do you think about Apple’s new product announcements today? What about having to wait until November for iOS 4.2 for iPad?? And with the new iOS 4.1 coming next week, will you be tempted to lose your jailbreak if your iPhone 4 is jailbroken?

Apple event today: new iPod touch, Apple TV, 99-cent TV show rentals?

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We just got a heads-up from FDG Entertainment that their epic-adventure Across Age is now on sale in the Apple App Store for only $2.99 for a limited time. This app is very reminiscent of the legendary Zelda series and should provide hours of gameplay on your iOS device. Although it is specifically designed for the iPhone and iPod touch, it [...]

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Should I use my iPad or a Desktop?

As you no doubt already know, the iPad has lots of accessories to aid it’s brilliantness. Yes, that’s right, I said it; b r i l l i a n t n e s s! These items range from a camera connector, wireless keyboard, dock, and a dock with keyboard, to God knows what else I haven’t even mentioned. The iPad [...]

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Apple holding special event on September 1st

The sure signs of approaching Fall — football, the leaves start changing, there’s a crispness in the air, and… Apple holds a “special event” in San Francisco. By the way, we are loving the sweet Apple-fied acoustic guitar. It must be how Steve-o croons to the ladies when he serenades. On a more serious note [...]

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Paying twice for an iPhone/iPad app…

…wait a minute, didn’t I already buy that app? Oh, it was for my iPhone. Typically, I don’t make a fuss about paying for applications, software, devices, and gadgets in general. I don’t because of various things. Mainly, I like to play with and test applications. To me, you really can’t speak about an app, [...]

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