The image above shows the Pages word processing app on the iPad, part of the iWork suite for iPad. The tool shown in the image is apparently called the Document Navigator, and looks extremely useful.
It’s one of many iPad UI (user interface) elements that are highlighted and discussed at an excellent Flickr set created by Frasier Speirs, a Mac software developer. The Flickr set contains over 50 images and features notes on some of the fine details of the new iPad interface. The images were all culled from public sources (mostly Apple videos) and they really offer a fascinating look at some of the details of the iPad UI. If you have a chance, the set if well worth a good long look through:
I think apps will be just as essential a factor in the iPad’s success (or failure) as they are for the iPhone. Great apps will help to make it a great device I hope. It’s already got a big headstart in this area of course because it runs a version of the iPhone OS and nearly all the 140,000 apps currently in the iPhone App Store should run on it.
While on the one hand it’s great to see that we should be able to run most or all our iPhone favorites on the iPad, I’m even more keen to see and work with apps that are designed from scratch for the iPad. Several of the built-in apps (Contacts, Calendar, iBooks) looked great in last week’s demos, as did some of the third party apps made for the iPad. Ever since that launch event I’ve been curious to see what developers are saying about any plans to develop for the iPad.
My impression so far is that there is near unanimous support for and excitement about developing for iPad.
I found the most convincing proof I’ve seen that Google is making a Tablet. I found it while hunting down screenshots and pictures of the Apple iPad using Google Image Search. No matter how hard I tried I kept coming up with everything but pictures of the iPad.
That’s an excerpt from a post by Marc over at the Ilium Software Blog. It caught my eye and I thought I’d try my luck with image searches for iPad. My results were just as bad, as you may be able to see in the above screencap.
The first page of image results for a Google search for ‘Apple iPad’ yielded not a single image of the actual device, and lots that are of mockups of the device before release – and most not even close to the real appearance of the iPad.
Zagg is bringing its famous invisibleSHIELD screen protectors to the iPad. invisibleSHIELD protectors are very well-known and well-respected for providing top notch protection against scratches and nicks of all sorts while adding very little bulk, and also for being a bit like brain surgery to apply the full body sets. :)
The invisbleSHIELD for iPad full body set costs $34.99. The Front Coverage protector goes for $24.99. They’re also offering a couple of bundles with both the screen protectors and some Zagg audio accessories. The invisibleSHIELDs will ship ‘shortly after the release of the iPad’.
For more details or to place a pre-order, visit the Zagg site:
What are we down to now, around 52 days before the iPad hopefully begins shipping? I already feel impatient, and already find myself occasionally daydreaming about some of the apps I am most looking forward to seeing on the iPad. There are quite a few – iBooks looked very nice, as did the new iWork apps and the NYT app.
Of course, I’ll also be looking out for lots of old iPhone favorites in their current or modified versions.
One whole category that keeps coming to mind is real time strategy games. Some of these have come to the iPhone already, and are quite well done, but I really don’t find the iPhone’s screen size very well-suited to this type of game.
BodyGuardz – one of the more popular forms of screen protection for the iPhone and many other devices – will be available for the iPad as well.
NLU Products has introduced new versions of its BodyGuardz and ScreenGuardz protective solutions designed to fit the new Apple iPad. Made from the same material used to protect the front of automobiles from rocks and other potentially damaging objects, each BodyGuardz for iPad set will include a clear screen protector and a one-piece back protector that will cover both the rear and sides of the device while allowing for full access to all buttons and ports.
The BodyGuardz full body set will go for $29.95, the screen only version is $19.95, and the back only goers for $24.95. For more details or to pre-order, go to:
I always find the full body protectors too much fuss to install and maintain. I’ll be looking forward to seeing a simple protector available in Apple retail stores, and very much hoping that those very kind Genius types will be willing to apply them when you purchase one. :)
Brilliant stuff, as ever, at Joy of Tech on where to carry your iPad. I love the testosterone-pumping ManChariot. :)
They’ve also got a superb explanation for where all the hype goes once the iPad has finally been announced …
Image Source: gdgt.com
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.”
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.
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:
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. :)