1Password Coming to the iPad – and Looking Very Nice

1Password on iPad

I hope it comes as no surprise that we’re planning, plotting, and otherwise scheming to bring 1Password to the iPad in a big way.

OK, so maybe I’m not surprised, but I am very happy to see this news.  1Password is one of my essential apps now on both the iPhone and my Mac laptop.  And even though the screenshots shared at the 1Password blog site are only design mockups, I have to say they’re looking pretty sweet. Another great example of how iPad apps are going to shine I think.

Hit the jump for another screenshot and a few more details …

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Some Multitasking Options for the iPad

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Image Source: columbia.edu 

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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iPad Tech Specs: External Buttons & Controls

iPadExternalbuttons

As part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device.  You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.

So here are the details on the iPad’s external buttons and controls, as well as Input an output:

As you can see in the screencap above, the iPad’s external buttons / controls are the same as those on the iPhone.  That’s fine by me, I’ve never hankered after any additional buttons on my iPhone.

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Would You Pay Over $200 a Year for the New York Times on iPad?

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On one side, a Times source explains, you have print circulation, which thinks it should control the iPad since it’s just another way to distribute the paper. They’d like to charge $20 to $30 per month for the Times’ forthcoming iPad app, basically the product already demonstrated on stage with Steve Jobs, the source said. Why so much? Because they’re said to be afraid people will cancel the print paper if they can get the same thing on their iPad.

Yikes.  So apparently there’s a heated debate going on amongst the management of The New York Times, about the pricing level for their iPad app / subscriptions to this digital version.  According to the reports, the folks in charge of NYT’s digital efforts would like to charge around $10 per month for the new iPad app.  And those in charge of print operations are pressing for more like $20-30 per month.

At $30 a month / $360 a year, I can’t imagine very many folks are going to be on board, even diehard NYT fans – especially when the NYT online is available for free and easily viewable through the iPad’s browser (with some holes where Flash elements would be probably).

Even at $10 per month I don’t imagine too many ‘casual’ readers of the NYT are going to jump in.  Then again, I’ve not been a big NYT reader in years, so I may not have a good perspective on this at all.

What do you all think?  Those of you who are regular NYT readers, what would you would be willing to pay for its iPad app?

Source: Valleywag via Daring Fireball

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Wired Magazine Looking Good in iPad Demo

Wired magazine on iPad

I just posted a few days back on Wired magazine’s plans to come to the iPad this summer.  Today Gizmodo has a nice post up with a video demo of how the magazine will look on the iPad.

It’s a good run-through, and shows off a lot of the nice interactive elements that will be included.  These look especially good, as does the browse / visual overview of the whole issue contents.  Even some of the ads look pretty darn good. The Wired folks do some talking during the demo as well, and their enthusiasm for this new digital content offering is very clear.

Check out Gizmodo’s piece and the demo video here:

http://gizmodo.com/5473083/what-wired-will-look-like-on-the-ipad

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Range of iPad Cases, Bags, More from M-Edge [iPad Accessories]

M-Edge iPad accessories

M-Edge – who I’ve never come across before today and who specialize in eReader accessories – have got a good, broad range of iPad accessories coming soon.

Their range includes sleeves, jackets, cases, bags, and stands for the iPad – over a dozen items in all.

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Recommended: iPad Safari Video Walk-through from 9to5Mac

 

This is a quick six minute overview of the iPad version of Safari, from Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac. It’s a nice little quick tour of the app in the iPad simulator.  A couple points I noted while watching:

— He mentions that you can have up to nine pages open (he says tabs, but means the same thing I think). 

— iPad Safari presents itself as a desktop (not mobile) browser – so full versions of sites get loaded, not mobile versions.

No huge surprises in the video, but it’s a nice tour and worth a look.

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iPad Apps My Daughter Wants to See: Animal Wallpapers

Animal Wallpapers iPhone app

Animal Wallpapers is a good app for you if you’re looking for an animal themed wallpaper. It’s already pretty great app on the iPhone but it will be better on a bigger screen to see the wonderful animal wallpapers.

Animal Wallpapers has  categories for  birds,big cats,big dogs, wild life, and a favorites category. It shows lots and lots of animals, like a shark, foxes, elephants, and deer.

*** Editor’s note: this started out being a joint post written by my 6.75 year old daughter and I.  But Zoe ended up writing all of this, except this sentence here. :)

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iPad Tech Specs: What’s In the Box

iPad Packaging

I thought as part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device.  You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.

So here are the details on what comes in the iPad box:

  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

About what you’d likely expect, and no lovely Apple case thrown in (as if).

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iPad Apps I Want to See: Crosswords

Crossword iPhone app

I’m a pretty lame sort of non-gamer on the iPhone (or PCs or any other platform).  Not one for fast-paced, shootery action type games.  I tend to like lots of word games, a few sports games, and a few real-time strategy titles.

Another type of game I enjoy is crossword puzzles.  I’ve tried several different crossword apps on the iPhone but never found one that felt comfortable or compelling to use on that smaller screen, or that offered easy to get and regularly refreshed content.  Too many years of doing them in newspapers may have spoiled me or set the bar too high for any iPhone app.

The iPad should be a whole different story though.  It is perfectly sized for many activities, and I think doing crossword puzzles is one of them.  I know, crosswords don’t quite have the wow factor of some of the other great things that can be done with the iPad’s lovely big screen – but I think doing them on an iPad will be great fun and will hopefully come close to matching the experience of doing one in a newspaper.  Or maybe one or more of the newspapers bringing their titles to the iPad will even give this area some love and attention.

What do you all think?  Any other crossword fans reading here?

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Is TextExpander the First Dual iPhone / iPad App?

TextExpander iPhone and iPad app

Here’s the description of what’s new in the latest version of the TextExpander app for iPhone:

updates for iPhone OS 3.2

That’d be updates for the OS the iPad currently runs.  Hopefully this means the app’s package now contains versions optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad.  It’s quite a useful looking app for both devices as well – letting you create and use short abbreviations for commonly used phrases.

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