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In the past few years Apple’s core strategy and media coverage seem to have taken a shift from desktop computers and software suites like iLife towards the newer and more exciting field of touch-screen computing.

The iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad together are a perfect picture of how much time, money and effort Apple is sinking into their new favorite technology. Since the day Apple released the iPhone, we all started dreaming about multi-touch in a place Apple hasn’t yet delivered: on our Macs.

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Ever since rumors surfaced claiming that Apple was working on a tablet, we knew the coming of such a device would launch a new product war. Despite the looming certainty that copycats would arise, in the months following the launch of the iPad, the tablet market has remained fairly lackluster regarding viable alternatives.

However, with a few recent and quite impressive entrants, the tablet war is finally upon us.
Today we’ll look at the new BlackBerry PlayBook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, both of which pack a feature set to rival (and top in many cases) Apple’s iconic device.

Will Apple dominate this market as they’ve done with the iPod (what’s a Zune?), or will these shiny new competitors deal a decisive blow to the iPad’s reign? You be the judge.

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Apple just took the number two spot on the S&P 500 in terms of market cap, which is a strong indicator that it’s among the most valuable companies on the planet. An interesting feat for a company that many predicted wouldn’t make it through the 90s.

Today I’ll take a look back at Apple’s long and rocky road to the top through the eyes of a self-proclaimed Apple nerd.

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The iPhone was introduced on January 9, 2007 to an AT&T (Cingular) only client base. Many early adopters dropped their old carriers without a second thought because their thirst for this obvious game-changer was so great.

The rest of the would-be iPhone owners declared that they would simply wait for the phone to end up on their carrier. Just about every “insider” theory and rumor at the time pointed with near certainty towards a 2-year AT&T exclusivity agreement. After these two years, they told us, the iPhone will immediately hit Verizon followed by every other major carrier.

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The iPad has been notoriously labeled an oversized iPod Touch by countless skeptics, reviewers and even owners since its first day on the market. Despite its high success rate, I still encounter people daily who don’t even understand why the iPad exists or who it’s targeted toward.

Today we’ll discuss why the iPad is flying off shelves, who should consider getting one and why it beats a MacBook for many consumers.

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Steve Jobs took the stage in San Francisco this morning to announce the long-rumoured iPhone 4. It’s a fantastic upgrade to the iPhone lineup, incorporating a brand new design, and a range of new features. We also saw another demonstration of the iPhone OS 4 (now iOS4) operating system, highlighting the additions we’ve covered previously on iPhone.AppStorm.

In this article, we’ll be exploring exactly what you can expect to see in the brand new iPhone 4, including a stunning new design, FaceTime video calling, the gorgeous “Retina Display”, and HD video recording. Intrigued? Read on.

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