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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PogoPlank Coming to iPad

image2108828509.jpgPogoPlank – the slick springboard / home screens replacement for jailbroken iPhones – will soon be coming to the iPad.

I have to admit that, as much as I enjoy jailbreaking my iPhone, I am not keen to jailbreak the iPad. That’s not to say I might not succumb to temptation, but I’d like to hold off for a bit and hope that iPhone OS 4.0 will deliver some things that will reduce the urge to jailbreak.

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iPad Earning its Keep Today

image2007448685.jpgI’ll be putting my iPad to work a little harder today than originally planned. Things went from bad to worse for my MacBook yesterday following my horrendous experience with the iDisplay app. Long story short, ended up needing to do a full system restore – and the MacBook now completely fails to boot.

So until I get a chance to take my MacBook in for a Genius appointment this afternoon, I’ll be posting from the iPad.
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Quick Look: Pages for iPad

My brother plays good!

The idea behind this review of Pages for iPad was to see how quickly someone could get something done without having used it before. In the interest of full disclosure, I have used Pages on Mac, so your rate of adoption may vary. I tested two different types of documents, a text document and a poster.

The Text Document
The text document was a simple invoice for one of my customers. I emailed an old invoice that had been created in Pages on my MacBook to my iPad. Once I opened the attachment in Mail I was given the option to “Open In Pages.” It shows as a button in the top right corner of the document if you have Pages installed. Continue reading

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UDIDIt App Works with iPad

UDIDIt app on iPad

Those of you who have ever had an occasion to beta test a not-yet-released app will be familiar with the term UDID.  It’s a 40-character string that serves as a unique identifier for a device.

You can see an iPhone, or iPad’s – UDID in iTunes when the device is connected via USB, by clicking on the string next to the Serial Number label on the main Info page for the device. 

UDIDIt is a handy little free app that lets you see your UDID right on the iPhone itself, and gives you a one-tap option to email the number to a developer or other party who may need to know the UDID.

I’ve tested the app on my iPad and it works fine.  Good to know.

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Groovemaker for iPad released

GrooveMaker® -the mobile loop remixing app by IK Multimedia- has just been released for the iPad, following up on the version for iPhone and iPod touch available since last year. Continue reading

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iPhone OS 4.0 Preview This Thursday

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Apple’s holding an event this Thursday – April 8th – to preview the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0

Oh boy – this it turning into a ‘no time to catch your breath’ sort of week.  The iPad hit the stores, and now Apple’s going to grace us with a preview of the next major operating system update that will be applied to both iPad and iPhone. 

This is cause for major excitement as well (if any of us have the capacity for that after these last few weeks) – since many of us have big expectations for what iPhone OS 4.0 will deliver.  Biggest of those being a greater level of multitasking ability – including the ability to let at least some 3rd party apps run in the background and some elegant way to switch between running apps smoothly and quickly.

More on iPhone OS 4 wish lists later – what we know for now it that the Apple event is set for this Thursday at 10AM Pacific time.  I’ll certainly be tuning in to all the usual liveblog spots that cover it (will post details for those before Thursday).

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Ambrosia Giving Away an iPad a Day This Week

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If you didn’t get your hands on an iPad yet (Oh Noes!) or if you have a family member who’s really lusting after one now, then winning a free iPad this week might not be a bad thing.

The kind folks over at Ambrosia Software are making that a possibility via a contest where they’ll pick a winner for one free iPad 16GB WiFi model each day this week.  They’ve also got free copies of their iPad apps as further prizes on offer. 

It’s simple to get entered for a chance to win – just your standard follow the Ambrosia account on Twitter and retweet a specific message sort of deal.  Get all the details on it here: http://www.ambrosiasw.com/~steve/ipad-launch.html?tag=macheist

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Recommended: Macgasm’s Roundup of iPad Cases, Covers, and Sleeves

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There are already a whole lot of cases and sleeves and all sorts of things to cover and protect your iPad with available – I’ve even had one press release for socks to cover it with (yup, socks like you put on your feet).

If you’re looking for a good rundown of some of the more interesting ones, Macgasm has got a very nice roundup post that covers this ground very nicely.  It offers a listing of cases available now, as well as some that can now be pre-ordered or are coming soon.  Give it a look if you’re sizing up your iPad case options:

http://www.macgasm.net/2010/04/03/macgasms-roundup-of-ipad-cases-covers-and-sleeves/

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eWallet for iPad Now Available

eWallet for IPad app

eWallet for iPad is now available in the iPad App Store.

eWallet – a long-time leading mobile wallet / password manager app – has now got an iPad version.  It’s a universal version that will run on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.

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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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