How Easy or Hard Will Typing on the iPad Be?

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A blog site with the splendid name of ‘The Russians Used a Pencil’ has a post up with some thoughts on typing on the iPad.  The author feels that typing in landscape mode should be fairly ‘adequate’ even for longer text entry, but that portrait mode may be a very different, and not very satisfactory, experience.

The on screen keyboard in portrait orientation, however, seems inelegant.

In this case the iPhone style keyboard doesn’t scale very gracefully. It sits in an unfortunately middle ground: way too cramped to type with both hands, but too large to be able to comfortably “thumb type.”

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Apple iPad Accessory Prices

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I somehow completely missed this in amongst all the iPad coverage last week.  I’d been checking out the details of Apple’s line of iPad accessories at their site, but had not spotted any prices for them.

In catching up on my RSS feed reading over the last day or so, I got a chance to read some first look post at iLounge.com, covering each of the five Apple iPad accessories. Here are the prices listed for the five items:

  • Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit: $29
  • Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter: $29 
  • iPad Dock: $29
  • iPad Case: $39
  • Pad Keyboard Dock: $69

These all seem about what we’d expect from Apple, nothing outrageous or spectacular pricing wise I’d say.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the other choices we’ll have for cases, docks, keyboards and more from third party manufacturers.

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Facebook App Developer on Developing for iPad

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iPad is exactly the product I’ve been wishing for ever since I wrapped my mind around the iPhone and its constraints.

Joe Hewitt, the lead developer of the Facebook app for the iPhone, who famously left the Facebook app project when he got fed up with the App Store approvals process, is full of enthusiasm about the iPad, and especially for what it offers for developers …

iPad is an incredible opportunity for developers to re-imagine every single category of desktop and web software there is. Seriously, if you’re a developer and you’re not thinking about how your app could work better on the iPad and its descendants, you deserve to get left behind.

Hewitt has a great blog post up – at both his own site and as a guest post at the GigaOm site – outlining his thoughts on the barriers he hit with the iPhone’s smaller screen, and the enormous potential he sees in developing for the iPad.  He’s even got some great insight on the ways in which Apple’s closed platform is a very good thing.  Check out his post here:

http://tinyurl.com/yawnh6o

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Far Better, Phenomenal, Unbelievably Great Mashup of the iPad Announcement, in Under 3 Minutes

 

An amazing, beautiful, huge, phenomenal, unbelievably great, far better, condensed version of Steve and Co’s iPad announcement last week.  These have become a standard after every big Apple event, and I love ‘em. :)

Via: TUAW

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Omni Group Plans to Bring OmniFocus & 4 More Apps to the iPad [iPad Apps]

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Omni Group – publishers of several well-known and well-liked apps for Mac OSX and the iPhone – are planning to bring no less than five of their apps to the iPad. 

Yes.  Five.  We want to bring all five of our productivity apps to iPad:  OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, OmniFocus, and OmniGraphSketcher.

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Stephen Fry’s First Impressions of the iPad

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Stephen Fry – the comedian, actor, novelist, Guardian Technology columnist, blogger, cricket fan, and all-around fantastically brilliant person – has a great blog post up with his initial thoughts on the iPad.  He was one of those fortunate few who were at the iPad launch event last week and got a chance to give it a spin after the presentation.

He was more than a little impressed by the new device.  Here’s a little slice of his thoughts on it, which followed on from some talk of how, as with the iPad, there were plenty of naysayers when the V1 iPhone was launched:

… could they not see that this device was gorgeous, beautifully made, very powerful and capable of development into something extraordinary? I see those qualities in the iPad. Like the first iPhone, iPad 1.0 is a John the Baptist preparing the way of what is to come, but also like iPhone 1.0 (and Jokanaan himself too come to that) iPad 1.0 is still fantastic enough in its own right to be classed as a stunningly exciting object, one that you will want NOW and one that will not be matched this year by any company.

As far as recommendations go for mobile gadgets, one from Stephen Fry is always one that’s worth its weight in gold in my book – very glad to see he’s keen on the iPad.  Whenever you have a chance, go read all his thoughts on the iPad and its launch event, here:

http://www.stephenfry.com/2010/01/28/ipad-about/

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iPad to Allow for Easier File Sharing, but Still Very Limited File System Access

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Apple is dramatically rethinking how applications organize their documents on iPad, leaving behind the jumbled file system and making file access between the iPad and desktop computers seamless.

That’s an excerpt from a report at Apple Insider on how Apple is ‘re-inventing’ file access and wireless sharing on the iPad. The article talks about how conventional hierarchical file systems are seen as ‘a bit of a mystery’ to non-savvy computer users, and how Apple is looking to reduce the complexity of working with files and file systems.

This is put forward as the reason behind the way many things are done on the iPhone – which is said to ‘abstract away the file system entirely’ and offers no concept of opening or saving files – which in this case is meant to be a good thing.

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Citrix Receiver Coming to iPad, for Remote Access to Windows Machines [iPad Apps]

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Citrix is one of the leading names when it comes to secure remote access within corporate environments. They already have a remote access client app for the iPhone, called Citrix Receiver.

It’s good to see that they are planning to bring a version of Citrix Receiver to the iPad as well:

Well if your company has XenDesktop or XenApp you will be happy to know you will be able to use your iPad for real work as well. It turns out the 9.7 inch display on the iPad with a 1024×768 screen resolution works great for a full VDI XenDesktop. Windows applications run unmodified and securely in the data center, and even multiple applications at once. The advancements that were made for the Citrix Receiver for iPhone will carry over to the iPad, however the iPhone restrictions of screen size and small keyboards are overcome with the iPad. It’s a beautiful thing ! The iPad looks to be an ideal end point device that can empower users to be productive were ever they are and IT will be able to safely deliver company hosted virtual desktops and apps without worry.

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iPad Makes an Appearance at the Grammy Awards

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The iPad made an appearance at the Grammy Awards tonight.  Presenter Stephen Colbert showed one off, complete with a neat screen rotation, when presenting an award, pulling it from his jacket pocket.  Check out the video here:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/31/stephen-colbert-has-an-ipad/

I guess the poor thing just needed a little more attention to cap off its launch week – and what a lucky sod Mr. Colbert is :)

Spotted this via a tweet from Larry Greenberg.

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The iPad – Revolutionary, Advanced & a Comedy Goldmine

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Well, the iPad may turn out to be a hit, or a flop; a game-changer or a should’ve had its name changed – but one thing’s for sure, it is one hell of a good source of humor and is destined to be the butt of countless jokes.

Just the name itself is more than enough fodder to get the ball rolling.  Throw in its iPhone-like lack of some features that many geeks think are dealbreakers, and the ridiculous amount of hype surrounding the device, and it’s a surefire recipe for iPad-tastic jokefests.

There are already quite a lot of excellent ‘iPad vs.  …’ images up on the web, like the neck and neck battle with a Maxipad shown above – where the Maxipad just edges it through its win in the ‘super absorbant’ category.

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Pogo Stylus & Pogo Sketch Will Work with iPad [iPad Accessories]

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iPhone Central reports that Ten One Design has announced that their Pogo Stylus and Pogo Sketch input devices will work on the iPad.

I would be happy to see this news if the iPad had any support for handwriting recognition in apps / the OS – but apparently it doesn’t, just as the iPhone doesn’t.  Without it, a stylus is only usable in a small handful of individual apps that offer some handwriting recognition – and from my experience most of these are quite clumsy and limited – and to use in pace of a finger when typing, which I have never found in the least bit tempting.

Perhaps the only other good use for a stylus on an iPad would be if you are artistic and find it a good tool within drawing / painting apps.

What do you all think?  Can you see yourself using, or wanting to use, a stylus on the iPad?

Via: iPhone Central

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