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What About This? (app idea)

What about this; what if someone were to make an iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch app that was a browser. Just a very simple browser. With one extra feature. It would detect if a page was in a sequence or had a next link and would allow the user to swipe to the auto-loaded next page.

In my brain this seems simple. Simply search the site for a text link that says "next" and autoload the page for that link. If no "next" exists, check to see if the page number can be increased sequentially. If neither of those exist, allow the user to designate what the "next" button looks like, weither it be an image (which the app could then search the next page for),

or a different word (ditto),

or even a location on the page that stays the same (ditto again).

The app (at least for me) could be a way to read through a lot of webcomic archives without a lot of stress. It could keep track of where you are in the archives, provide the (seemingly required) post to Twitter, email, or Facebook buttons. It might even have a public catalogue of webcomics that the user could add to as they read the comics. (Maybe with tags, descriptions, whatever else).Just a thought.
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Apple just saved me three hundred dollars.

Apple just saved me three hundred dollars.

I was going to get a brand new iPod Touch yesterday; video camera, five megapixel camera, Facetime as a bonus. But now I discover that the camera only takes pictures at 960 x 720. That's .7 megapixels. Not worth it. So I get to keep my three hundred dollars with the added bonus of some deflated hopes and dreams.
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Apple Streaming

I've read a lot of blogs expressing suprise over Apple's decision to live-stream the September keynote. But I think I know why Apple did so. What was it that Jobs got mad about at the last keynote? His slow internet.

If you can watch the keynote live from Apple, you won't read the live blogs from the event. If you don't read them, they won't do them. If they don't do them, they don't need their own internet at the event.

Result? Jobs has better internet.
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iDream of Apple

    You wake up in the morning to the sound of your alarm on your iPhone. You roll over, grab it off of its dock where it has been charging overnight, and check your stocks, your email, your texts, your planner for the day, and whether or not your team won in the game you had been watching before you went to bed.

    You get out of bed, shower and get dressed to the sound of your iTunes library playing one of your newest iTunes purchases through your wifi enabled stereo system over your Airport wifi router. You use a recipe for pancakes that you had found at work a day or two ago, saved to Springpad, and are now reading on your iPad mounted above your counter.

    While you eat breakfast you have a Facetime conversation with your daughter who is visiting relatives in Prague. After breakfast you update your to do list in Remember the Milk with a note to get a present for your daughter's return in three days. While there you notice that you need to pick up some ice cream for a get together you are having at your house that evening.

    On your way out the door to go to work, your iPhone alerts you that the highway to your job is backed up because of a accident and suggests that you take the train. You follow the revised directions to the station and while you board the train, your iPhone automatically takes care of your ticket. Once you sit down you pull out you iPad and read some news and watch the Futurama episode that you missed last night so that you could watch the game.

    Halfway to work your boss calls and asks that you conference call with him and a client to discuss some changes to your latest offer to the client. You take the call and pull up the proposal in question in Pages on your iPad. The client has some questions about some of the figures in a chart on the document. You discover that there is in fact a slight error in the data and change the spreadsheet to reflect this error. The chart in the document updates automatically and you save the changes. The client sees the changes immediately and agrees to the proposal, deciding to agree now instead of at the meeting that had been planned for later. The client ends the call, and your boss offers to take you to lunch during the time you would have been in the meeting later.

    After the call you open iCal and update your schedule to indicate these adjustments. You also send reminders to your friends about the party tonight along with what food they should bring. You then take your turn in a game of Chess with Friends and swap some tiles in a game of Words with friends. The train indicates that your stop will be next so you gather your devices and prepare to exit the train.

    At work the doors open in response to a signal from your iPhone and you greet the security guard. In your office you plug your iPad into a dock built into your iMac as a screen extender. Your iMac informs you of a time change for one of your meetings and updates your calender to show the new time. You set your iPhone to route your calls through your secretary to lessen interruptions, then you retrieve updated files from your office server and get to work.

    At lunchtime your boss comes by to meet your for lunch with some bad news. The Italian restaurant that he had hoped to eat at is booked up and has no seats until supper. You pull up Siri Assistant and ask it to book you two seats for an Italian restaurant in thirty minutes. You and your boss go to his car which unlocks and starts via his iPhone, but won't let the engine engage until you are both buckled. You pull up directions on your iPhone and plug it into the GPS dock in your bosses car.

    At the restaurant you use a translator with the camera on your iPhone to translate the menu, and CrazyMenu to poll your Twitter followers as to what you should eat. After lunch your boss pays the bill with his iPhone and you use the GPS in your iPhone to figure out where you parked.

    Back at work you use the touch screen feature on your iMac to sketch a new proposal and to precisely place some images in a document. At the end of the day you discover that you do not have time to use the train and pick up food for the party in the evening. You go to the grocery store's website on your iPad, input your shopping list and pay for the groceries. You use your iPhone to locate and reserve a nearby Zipcar. Your iPhone works as the key and you head toward the store. You pull up in the pick up lane, show the employee your purchase ticket on your iPhone and he loads the groceries.

    Once at home you use HomeControl on your iPhone to close the shades, turn on the lights, start some music and light the fireplace. As your friends arrive they help set up the food, and begin to socialize. After supper you all retire to the living room and sync your iPhones to your Apple TV. Once synced you use Apple's Game center to launch a racing game on the TV. Each person uses their own iPhone as a controller and after the game everyone votes on the next game. After a few hours you have all played Scrabble, Uno, hangman, Scene it, battleship, racing, bowling, and more. You decide to start a movie. Using your iPad as a remote for the Apple TV you choose several movies from Netflix and have your friends choose the one they want.

    After your friends have all gone home you shut down your house with HomeControl on your iPhone, set your alarm for tomorrow morning, and get ready for bed. Before you go to sleep you have a Facetime call with your wife who is in Brazil on a humanitarian aid trip. After the call you plug your iPhone into its dock and it begins to play a soothing playlist which gently fades out once the iPhone sensors register the sounds of sleeping.

Imagine that.
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iPod Touch 4? I Can't Wait

My guesses for the Apple event on Wednesday September 1st 2010

New iPod something
New iTunes
iPod Touch
     Front facing camera for Facetime
     iPhone4 design
Facetime in iPad
Maybe Facetime on desktop/laptops
iWork something (if not, in January)
iTv maybe

My biggest wish is that iTv would have this built in. Forget a gaming console, just wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your iTv and play on a big screen. Even better conect four and use Game Center to play against your friends. Apple could pull this off more elegently then Griffin, and it would be built into a device I'm sure Apple will make everyone want.

Imagine it. A console to compete with the Wii, but with the added bonus of having a use outside of the living room. Ah, what a wonderful future.

P.S. iJust saw that iMissed a punny pun iShould have taken advantage of in the title.