Category Archives: iOS

iPad Screen with Its Knickers in a Twist

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My iPad had a little moment of madness yesterday.  A moment where one home screen in landscape view only showed four columns of icons (as opposed to the five it normally displays) and decided to ‘hide’ the remaining app icons down below the dock, where they were unreachable of course.

It got back to normal after a quick flip to portrait orientation and back – but it was odd to see it get confused like that.  I wonder if it’s a lack of memory issue, as I’ve not rebooted it in quite a long while and have been pounding it with some high-powered games.  Then again, it did snap straight out of it and it has not re-occurred since.

Any of you seen it do this?  Or similar issues?

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More on iPhone OS 4 & New Features for iPad

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Apple’s big preview event yesterday for the upcoming new iPhone OS 4.0 gave us a rundown of its hottest new features.  Since iPhone OS is run by both the iPad and the iPhone, OS 4.0 is the next major operating system upgrade for both devices. The iPhone will get it this summer, while it will come to the iPad in the fall.  I’m still not sure why there’s a delay in making it available for the iPad.

As mentioned earlier, the biggest new feature in OS 4 is multitasking – or, in reality, a major expansion of the multitasking capabilities, which have previously been limited to just a select few Apple apps.

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My iPhone OS 4.0 Wish List

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So this Thursday is another big Apple event – and another big day for iPad and iPhone users, as we will be getting a preview of iPhone OS 4.0, the next big operating system update for both devices.

OS 4.0 should be coming soon (within a few months) and there are a lot of hopes and expectations riding on this update.

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Nice Little Touch – iPad Shows Battery Percentage When Placed into Dock

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Just a very quick note on a little nicety I’ve noticed when putting the iPad onto its Dock. Just as you place it onto the dock, it displays the remaining battery percentage in the middle of the lock screen, just below the battery image.

I know – a very small thing, but a nice very small thing I think.

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iPad First Impressions – Sofware

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I’ve been getting to know the iPad a little today, and taking lots of notes along the way of course.  I figure I’ll share my thoughts on it in smaller chunks – partly because there are already plenty of all-in reviews out there for it, partly because I’m a lazy sod and it just feels easier to do things this way, and also because over these last couple of months we’ve already learned so much about the iPad and I don’t want to go over too much old ground.

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Some Multitasking Options for the iPad

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Apple Insider has a great article up today, offering a very good reminder on what multitasking really means, and what some of the downsides of it are (more opportunities for malware for example).  It also outlines some of the ways we may see multitasking and rapid app switching implemented on the iPad.

Outside of notifications, there are other features related to multitasking that iPad users may want to see addressed. One is local background services such as Pandora radio. Apple’s forthcoming iPhone OS 4.0 is anticipated to either allow users to select specific apps to run in the background, or roll those services into the system, or to enable specific background tasks.

This could allow apps like Pandora to begin a background task that continues even when the user quits the app. With the iPad’s faster processor, the ability to run a limited number of background services might be less of an issue as it currently is on the iPhone.

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