Wow while getting back stats is one thing, using that informationt o spy on another company ?? I think they may have shot themselves in the foot here
Apple's iSlate has been spotted online by Flurry Analytics, sporting an iPhone OS and consumerist tendencies. More than 50 instances of what Flurry calls "Apple's rumoured tablet device" have turned up in the company's records gleaned from application downloads, indicating that the device to be announced on Wednesday is iPhone …
Both barrels even.
I'll bet that Apple's response to this will be to scan all apps on or submitted to the App Store for embedded Flurry code and ban all that have it.
Having said that, the idea of Apple banning apps for sound commercial reasons that we can all understand is a bit odd though.
Apple have the tools to see who your app is talking to, they like to use them in the approvals process - so either they were lax in this case, or decided it might make for good fuel to feed the hype engine. The announcement is only 2 days away, and they do love their build-ups.
... and this article seemed a better place to do it than, say, an article on desktop vitualisation.
Plus i didnt have read the whole article, the fact that it had islate clearly in the title allowed me to make a sound assumption that i could jump through to comments and whinge.
Surely the poster would be quite capable of seeing the title, realising its about some Apple iTablet thing, then going directly to the comments section and commenting as he/she did without reading it? The caring part comes from caring about NOT have yet another article, he surely doesn't care about the iBrick itself. Hence the post. Seems fair enough to me.
Although he may still be a troll, your argument that he cares enough to comment is fallacious.
Quite a few people do, so there.
I've been longing for a portable, easy to use, always-on, always-connected, slate-like (ST:NG) device for years .. this is the closest I've seen (okay rumoured) in the last 30 years that resembles it.
However, as with all hype and rumours I'm prepared to be disappointed (valley of disappointment?) because of some possible limitation (too expensive or tied to crap carrier etc). But like ~900 people in Derbyshire, I live in Hope.
i am sick of hearing about this device. i hope they release nothing apart from an iphone os update then the 'analysts' can crawl back under their rocks.....
if they do release, it must have some killer feature or it will end up in the back room next to the g4 cube....tablet, shmablet.....
We need a bigger pic of the stats El Reg!!!
Games, entertainment, news and books, lifestyle, utilities, music, etc.
So, we can say from these cherry picked google style stats that games, entertainment, and news and books are the main focus of the testers! As expected, the iSlate seems to offer increased capacity over the iPhone, where the iPhone falls down on hardware.
Its a giant iPhone!
Awaiting Wednesday and the release - should lead to blog and media overload for the next week - with orgasmic fanboys and rabid detractors!
"50 instances of tablet devices have been spotted downloading more than 200 applications, with the emphasis on games and media consumption rather than business apps"
Might it be more the case that software including this "Flurry" crap is more likely to be a game / media app than anything else? A more "serious" company probably wouldn't entertain the idea of spying on their users...
i suspect you've hit the nail on the head right there
added to which, games and media apps are going to be the most graphically intensive and challenging apps - and also the ones that are mostly to be written using the developers custom classes instead of those provided by the SDK. and so are most likely to break on a higher resolution, and also best placed to stress test the new hardware
At least this could almost be classed as news. Its the nearest thing to a new angle on this thing, real or otherwise, that i have seen for a few weeks.
Wonder if Flurry have considered that maybe someone in house has manually adjusted a random selection of iPhone database rows to cause a stir at the weekly meeting.
should be the proper name of this alleged new thing from Apple, everyone's got their own theory on what shiny new object Steve Jobs will present to the world, which millions of people will lap up (some only to say they have the latest Apple gadget).
I hope he doesn't do the envelope thing again...
That you can hold it to your head like a giant iPhone, I miss the silly "sidetalking" websites making fun of the execrable n-gage.
Yeah, I am going to be glad when all the speculation is over- though I do like shiny gadgets, and am not necessarily anti-Apple or anti the idea of new toys, if it doesnae suck.
Will iSlate (iChalk, iPad, iTablet, iCommandment) users be stood standing holding it in the crook of their arm like a clipboard (sans big over-sized bulldog clip) ? Would it be justifiable assault to hit someone over the head if they held their i<PR term> device in such as fashion?
I predict another Apple failure c.f. the Newton and Cube PowerPC's. But as Bill Buxton says, Apple do best when they learn from their failures ....
Bah, I don't care, I'm not a geek at all. I hate gadgets, I hate technology, I'm a luddite, all Mac fanboi's should be flogged!
I'm a whinging whiney pom, I always look on the worst side of everything, I always find problems rather than solutions. Who cares about this stupid iSlate Tablet crap, it's crap just like the stupid iPhone I can't afford that my mates would shove in my face if I had any, but I don't, because I just bitch bitch bitch.
I'm so tired of all this hype over just another stupid silly Apple product. I'm a linux closet geek, I like my stuff to break all the time, requiring me to hack away at it using my happy hacker keyboard via my serial interface just to make life more difficult, so I can whinge and moan a bit more.
Apple is just a big bunch of marketing crap, Steve Jobs is a big mouth, their products are just overhyped and overpriced, which is why millions of fanboi idiots flock like fools to the shiny temple of cool.
I hate myself, I hate gadgets, I'm a British geek, I hate success, I hate people who succeed, I hope this iSlate crap fails.
I want my gadgets to be DIFFICULT dammit, I want to open them up and poke them and make them do things they shouldn't, but that damn Apple company won't let me - how dare they, I paid for it, It's MINE dammit. I want to jailbreak my damn toaster, just so I can see if it can do Waffles, I'm an inventor luddite whinging pommie mac hating hamster shunting fool.
Damn it all!
... ad nauseum...
I'll be interested to see if it lives up to the hype and is worth the (quite probably extortionate) money they'll want for it.
If it's nothing better than a jazzed up netbook for a stack o' cash then it'll be pretty hard for me to part with the green stuff.
That said, bound to be a fair few that get it for a) its an apple b) it's new so must have it, end of, and c) ooooooo SHINY reasons.
I don't own an iPhone as een though they are nice toys, personally I don't think they are quite there yet (for me, can't speak for the rest of you lot). Maybe iSlab will get me??
Me, me, me I know!!!!!
I think :- a giant 10 inch iPod touch with 256Gb of flash, a little stand to prop it up on a desk, iPhone Os with a shared application storage area, something like AirSharing Pro to put that on a network as a WebDav disk, iPhonied versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote and lots and lots of Bluetooth to hook up with the existing wireless keyboard and Magic mouse (which I reckon with access to its secret workings could function a a standalone multitouch trackpad). At least that's what I want.
So this new Apple device will go the way of the Cube and the Newton? But not the way of the iPhone, iPod, PowerBook, or any of the numerous versions of the iMac? Why not wait and see? It's only a few days away. If you think somebody is an idiot because he says he'll buy the i-thingie without it even having been announced yet, just remember, he thinks you're an idiot for saying you won't. And you're both right.
Both still great products .. the Cube is still alive in use as a 17" design workstation for my wife.
The newton had potential .. even the handwriting recognition got much better .. it just got beat by a cheaper, simpler version in the Palm Pilot (also have 2 variants of those .. Palm lost their way after the "V" ).
... and then realised that it wouldn't fit in my jacket pocket, the add-on keyboard thing was horrible, and nothing I wanted to do (e.g. decent text editor, C compiler, vector drawing program) would run on it like a proper laptop (I was also almost the only person that bought the Acorn laptop, which was great, for the time).
I'm yet to be convinced that the middle way between phone and laptop is actually a product anyone really needs, but it'll be interesting to see if they can convince me a second time. <cue: Trick Me, Kelis>
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