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The “NEW” iPad (iPod Touch)
The new “tablet” that was introduced by Apple a few days ago not only has a “stinky” name, but also is being pounded by the iPhone fanboys because ” . . . its too big told hold in one hand” for extended periods of time or “ it doesn’t support Flash10”.
I posted my thoughts on the new Apple “tablet” previously, as well as showing some of the apps that I have on my iPod Touch.
This new piece of hardware is not for the people who already own an iPhone or Blackberry or some other “smart phone” – it’s designed for the person who owns an iPod Touch and can see that this big “tablet” brother (or sister) is not just the new kid on the block, but a glimpse of what the future is going to “be” like.
If the app developers are doing what I think they are doing, which is, “modding” the existing iPhone/iPod Touch apps to move seamlessly across to the new “tablet”, then apple needs to start talking to a new group of potential users, namely those of us who are older (I’m 65) and see the computer as a tool, something that enables us to pursue or enjoy whatever careers or activities that we are actively involved in.
At the risk of being redundant, here’s a list of the apps on the home page of my iTouch:
Safari, Calendar, Clock, Notes, BlogWriter, Calculator, Mail, Contacts, Layers, PhotoForge, Twittelator, MobileStudio, Settings, QuickOffice and Music.
BlogWriter, Layers, PhotoForge, Twittelator, MobileStudio and QuickOffice are all apps (accessories) that were either free or cost less than $5 USD – the others came with the iTouch. My Touch is the 8 GB model and is not “jail broke” – why mess with it ??
A quick discussion of my “accessory” apps:
BlogWriter allows me to post from any wifi hotspot (with the new “tablet” I will be able to upload photos from my camera’s SD card – ooooo. “live” blogs); Layers is an app that is like the Paint program on PC’s only more sophisticated – it’s easier to use than Paint: Twittelator = Twitter, ‘nuff said; MobileStudio lets you movies, music, pictures and create text documents – you can e-mail your documents, pictures, not sure about music and movies; QuickOffice lets you e-mail, create documents (got bullets, paragraph alignment, Bold, italics, underline, text format, text color, find, word count and highlight).
And I haven’t even discussed the games (Pacman, Robo Rush and Infinity Gene – “Space Invaders”) or Randgrid (synth app), Jasuto (reactable sound generator – Bjork uses it in several of her videos).
I’ve lost count of the number of apps available for the iPhone/iPod Touch (140,00 last count), but I know the developers are out there developing more and upgrading existing ones. YEH !!
All of the apps on my iPod Touch can be moved to the new “tablet”. HOO-RAY !!
The following is direct from the e-mail sent out by Apple:
140,000 apps. And counting.
“iPad will work with almost all of the apps designed for the iPhone. Just download them from the App Store. Or, if you already have apps for your iPhone or iPod touch, you can sync them to iPad from your Mac or PC. Then run them in their original size, or expand them to fill the screen. And developers are working on new apps designed specifically for this amazing device and all the things it can do.”
Will I stop using my iPod Touch after the purchase of the new “tablet” ? No, I will use the iTouch when the “tablet” is not the practical weapon of choice.
The following is a tidbit that I was not aware of until I started writing this post:
iWork – Completely reimagined for iPad
“The iWork productivity applications on the Mac — Keynote, Pages, and Numbers — have been completely redesigned for iPad. So you can create incredible presentations, word processing documents, and spreadsheets by touching words and images on the large, Multi-Touch screen. Each of these apps has been designed specially for iPad, with all-new features. So while they’re easy to use, they’re also the most powerful productivity apps ever built for a mobile device. You can import iWork ’09 and Microsoft Office documents and send documents in iWork ’09 and PDF formats. And Keynote, Pages, and Numbers will be sold individually on the App Store.”
Very interesting – I can envision people spilling coffee, dropping things and just general confusion when someone shows up at a conference and sets up their presentation with a “tablet” !!
“With built-in 802.11n, iPad takes advantage of the fastest Wi-Fi networks. It automatically locates available Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps; it also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, letting you connect to devices like wireless headphones or the Apple Wireless Keyboard.”
I don’t think enough is being said about all the great tech stuff that will be on the “tablet” and that is already on the iPod Touch.
(Apple A4 chip)
“The performance is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on a touch-based device. Which makes iPad fantastic for everything from productivity apps to games. . . And iPad is available with a choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of flash storage, giving you lots of room for your photos, movies, music, apps, and more.”
(I edited some of the “feel good” content because it was just crap aimed in the direction of the “warm and fuzzies”)
“With the iPod app, all your music is literally at your fingertips. Browse by album, song, artist, or genre with a simple flick. To play a song, just tap it. iPad even displays album art at full size. Listen to your music with the powerful built-in speaker or with wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.”
Nice touch, bringing it all home by incorporating the essence of where it all started in the new iteration.
“Spotlight Search allows you to search across iPad and all of its built-in apps, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iPod, and Notes. It even searches apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store. So no matter what you’re looking for, it’s never more than a few taps away.”
A little too much like a Mac . . . besides, I don’t plan to store too much crap on my “tablet”.
“The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books.* Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. The high-resolution, LED-backlit screen displays everything in sharp, rich color, even in low light.”
This app is definitely a giant killer – saw a size comparison between the “tablet” and the Kindle, no contest, the “tablet” has a larger screen !!
“There are lots of great accessories specifically designed for iPad. The Keyboard Dock, for instance, combines a dock with a full-size keyboard. There’s also a standalone Dock. And because iPad has built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, it works with the Apple Wireless Keyboard, too. The Camera Connection Kit lets you import photos from a camera or SD card. The iPad Case not only protects your iPad, it also allows you to use it in various positions, making it easier to type, look at photos, or watch movies. And through a range of accessories, iPad can play your content on TVs, projectors, and displays.”
(All bold type added by RS)
After reading the “fine print” I thought that I should “share” my findings . . . the “tablet” is one hell of a machine, so let’s stop talking to the “fanboys” and open a dialog with the people who have money and/or jobs, the potential users who can appreciate a fine business tool.
. . . saw the iPad on the Grammys (2010/31/1)