Patently Apple has found an Apple patent that indicates Apple may be planning to bring Spaces to the iPad. Spaces is used on Mac laptops and desktops as a workspace-based way of giving frequently used apps their own place and rapidly switching between them.
Originally filed in the third quarter of 2009 and entitled “Device, method, and graphical user interface for manipulating workspace views”, the patent application describes methods for solving cumbersome and inefficient moving of one or more windows between workspaces, or seeing several workspace views simultaneously. Read on for more juicy details…
One embodiment specifically describes this feature on a multitouch-equipped tablet device. According to PatentlyApple, the Spaces-like capability could be invoked with a two-finger pinching gesture in a specific location. Alternatively, a five-finger pinching or tapping gesture could be used to bring a Spaces-like workspace switcher.
The multitouch gestures described above sound very much like what is already in place in the development build of iOS 4.3 for the iPad, with its additional multitasking gestures. It just doesn’t yet have an ability to assign specific apps to specific spaces, as we have on a Mac.
I love using Spaces on my MacBook Pro to assign individual desktop spaces to my 6-8 most frequently used apps. I like the idea of seeing it on the iPad if it can be implemented well. I imagine the iPad would need more RAM to handle having apps run more actively in the background if something like Spaces was added to its features.
This is – as far as we know – the first photo of Mount Evans in Colorado taken with an iPad 2. It was taken by everythingiCafe forum member geordisjd, and is part of a forum thread for pictures taken with the iPad 2. There are a number of surprisingly good pictures in the thread, and this is my clear favorite.
Here’s a little background on the photo, straight from geordisjd:
With 40mph gusts of wind, it was immensely (?) practical to take those pics. The iPad almost flew away across the frozen lake, but I caught it before it did…
This is a pic of Mt Evans, CO, taken fom Echo Lake, one hour from Denver. Mt Evans is closed by snow 8 months a year. But when it opens on Memorial Day, it’s a wonderful place that goes through 4 seasons in 4 months (June=winter/spring, July=spring/summer, august is still summer, but the first deep frost in early September puts it into a very fast fall and winter is back again. It has the highest paved road in the US. You can actually drive to the very top. One of the most interesting area is Summit Lake at 12,500 feet, over one thousand feet under Mt Evans’ summit. Only fed by melting snow, summit lake owes its few trouts to human seeding. The area around it is the only place in the continental US to have permafrost, which is the reason why the vegetation is the same as in the arctic: lovely tiny, tough flowers with a very short life. Wild life is also everywhere: big horn sheeps, mountain goats, marmots, ice birds are everywhere, with no predators.
That’s Jim Dalrymple of The Loop and his iPad 2 outside a RIM office. RIM of course are the makers of Blackberry devices and the soon / sometime-to-be-released Playbook tablet. That’s the tablet that one of RIM”s joint CEOs claimed is ‘way ahead’ in the tablet arena, despite the little fact that it is not even on the market yet.
I love Dalrymple’s punchline to accompany the photo (emphasis below is mine):
So, while I didn’t get to see a PlayBook, I did get to take this nice picture of me and my iPad 2 outside of the company’s offices. It might be the first time a working tablet has actually made it on RIM property.
LetterMpress is a Kickstarter project that’s all about appreciating, and breathing a bit of life back into, traditional letterpress printing. The project includes an iPad app, the acquisition of collections of authentic wood type, and the establishment of a new letterpres co-op called ‘Living Letter Press’.
Here’s the stated goal of the project:
Our goal is to give designers, artists, students, lovers of type—anyone—the ability to produce their own authentic letterpress designs and artwork.
LetterMpress, the iPad app, will be a virtual letterpress environment that allows anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. You’ll be able to print your designs directly from the app, or save them for use in other apps. The app will include at least a dozen typefaces and around 50 art ‘cuts’ – and these will be expanded with updates to the app. It will be priced at $5.99.
Years ago I worked in a corporate design agency, way back in the days when traditional typesetting was still very much around and not yet replaced by digital processes – so this app / project has nostalgic appeal for me. And I put a bit of money where my nostalgia is as well – this is the first Kickstarter project I’ve ever contributed to.
Happily, the LetterMpress project has already well exceeded it’s funding target – and it’s still got 46 days to go.
To see all the details on this project, or to pitch in towards its funding, visit its Kickstarter page here: