iPad Air

The iPad Air is set to be released this Friday, November 1st. The reviews of the unit came out yesterday. Here are the reviews that I thought were the best and easiest to read.

John Gruber – Daring Fireball

“So I’m envisioning two types of people:

  1. Those who still need or merely want to carry a MacBook with them when they travel, but who also want to carry an iPad.

  2. Those whose portable computing needs can — all, or even just most, of the time — be met by an iPad.

I think it’s worth considering the iPad Air from both perspectives.”

John Dalrymple – The Loop

“It’s very hard to describe how good the iPad Air feels in your hand without actually picking one up. It’s kind of like the first time you saw a Retina display for the first time—shock.”

Ben Bajarin – Techpinions

“For many who do not depend daily on a desktop workstation or portable desktop (notebook) the iPad Air will more than suffice as their everyday personal computer.”

The iPad Air is a very significant update, arguably the largest since it’s introduction in 2010.  It improves from the previous generation in every conceivable specification. The only decision you have to make is whether to buy it or wait until the Retina iPad mini comes out.

★ iPhone Miscellany

A few weeks back, the famous Dr. Drang posted a piece on the inconsistencies of the parallax effect in iOS 7. I found an exception and replied back to him on Twitter. This is probably the first time I’ve been linked to on the website of a PhD.

★ 22 Hours in Balthazar

At around 11, as this surprise rush’s orders come in, the pass fills up with dishes, but none of the four food runners are present. This could prove disastrous, the sort of domino effect that a kitchen might not bounce back from: dishes could go out cold and come back for refires, clogging up the line for rest of the night, creating delays, angry customers, cuss words and — worse — comps. The sous chef paces, showing signs of stress. He walks out of the kitchen to yell, “Runners!” through the swinging doors. And sure enough, the machine kicks back into gear.

If you want a behind the scenes look at how a restaurant is run, this is as real and true as it gets. From the mindless prep, to the different cooking stations, the Spanglish, to the description of the flow of the kitchen: everything is spot on. Forget what you see on TV, that is all glamorized. Be sure to watch the video of how the potatoes are prepped.