Apple's New iPad Event Recap
This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to host the company’s first major product launch since Steve Jobs’ passing.
Before he showed off the new iPad (which is, indeed, just called iPad instead of iPad 3 as anticipated), Cook made some more general Apple announcements:
- iOS 5.1 is ready and will be available for download later today.
- Siri is now available in Japanese.
- There’s a new 1080p version of Apple TV, which features new menus with iPad-like icons, iCloud, photostream access and Genius, so it will make movie suggestions. It will be available March 16, with no price change ($99).
Naturally, Cook saved the product we’ve all been anxious to hear about for last.
“iPad is showing up in people’s lives all around the world,” Cook said. “Now, when we set out to create the iPad, we set out to create not just a new product, but a new category.”
Here are the key details for the new iPad:
The new iPad has an A5X chip with quad core graphics capacity, over a million more pixels than an HDTV, Retina display, an iSight camera (a 5MP camera on the back of the device), the same optics sensor that’s on the iPhone 4S, 1080P video recording and 4G LTE connectivity.
- iPhoto for iPad lets users work with photos up to 19MP and has smart browsing, multitouch editing capabilities, pro-level effects, skin tone white balance, brushes, and photobeaming between devices. Albums are displayed like books on a shelf. (Its impressive features eliminate the need for Adobe’s Photoshop Touch on the iPad.) It’s available for all iPads starting today for $4.99.
- iMovie lets people create movie trailers using the visual storyboard
- Sketchbook Ink, a vector based drawing tool that is similar to Sketchbook Pro but more user-friendly.
- There will be updates to iWork and GarageBand. The new Jam Session feature in GarageBand uses Bluetooth to let people play together.
- There were rumors that the new iPad would include Siri. As it turns out, it has something more like Siri-light. It’s equipped with voice dictation software that supports US, British and Australian English, French, German and Japanese.
- It also features an extended battery life—10 hours on 3G or 9 hours on 4G.
The new iPad is available for pre-order and will be shipped and in stores on March 16, with a price range of $499-$829. The starting price of the iPad 2 has been reduced $100 to $399.
If last quarter’s sales are any indication, the latest iPad will be yet another successful Apple offering. During the event, Cook said Apple sold almost 15.5 iPads last quarter, which equates to more than any PC manufacturer sold in their entire line.
Just before leaving the stage, Cook left his audience with a vigorous message: “We are just getting started.”
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.