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).
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
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:
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.
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.
*** Warning: This post is being written while deeply frustrated and outright pissed off at how much time I’ve wasted this morning with this app – so take it with as many grains of salt as needed.
iDisplay for iPad sounded like a nice idea – a neat way to display apps running on my MacBook over on the iPad’s screen. A great place to put Twitter, an IM client, or whatever else seemed handy at different times.
Unfortunately, my experience with the app has been somewhere south of horrendous and it has been removed from my iPad and my MacBook Pro.
Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions on naming the twins. We have settled on iVy and iVan. Now that we have had them home for a day, it is time we got back to work.
Though young, the twins have joined the team and we are putting them to work right away. In fact, this post is being created solely with iVan the iPad’s help.
1. I copied the photo from yesterday’s post directly from the site using iPad’s Safari
2. I imported the image into Photogene for iPad that I installed from the app store only 2 minutes prior.
3. I quickly added their names and exported the altered image back to iPad’s photo library.
– getting this far took less than 5 minutes including purchasing Photogene.
The rest of the post:
4. I completed the post using WordPress for iPad and WordPress admin via Safari for iPad… including writing, tagging, uploading the photo,etc.
Using WordPress for iPad was the most painful and time consuming portion of the project. The iPad WordPress app crashed many many times, forcing me to rewrite often. I finally used WordPress admin via Safari to get part of it done. I couldn’t do the whole post that way as I needed the app to load the image. Note: [WordPress for iPad limitation] The only way to preview the post with the picture is the publish it and picture is automatically placed at the bottom. time to publish and see if this works. Totally time till now… Over an hour, ouch!
To be fair, at least WP for iPad was available at iPad’s launch and it should get better as updates come out. Note: I moved the photo after publishing.
I posted yesterday about two major apps whose iPad versions have major bugs. Evernote was one of those.
Just a quick update on Evernote for iPad. It is badly broken. I removed and reinstalled the app, and it died in the same way as the first time round – as in, immediately after asking it to do a ‘Sync Now’ operation. It does not appear to complete the sync, crashes back to the iPad home screen, and then completely fails to launch afterwards, crashing back to the home screen every time I try to open it.
There are a number of users reporting this same issue within the user ratings in the App Store – and I have reported it via the Evernote blog site as well.
I hope the Evernote devs are working on an urgent update for the app.
A quick guide to using your iPad in Picture Frame mode
If you thought the iPad was going to make for a gorgeous digital photo frame, you were absolutely right. This is already one of the many pleasures I’ve found in the iPad. I’ve got my iPad dock placed just to the right of my main MacBook on my desk – and it is a perfect spot to enjoy some great family photos when I put the iPad into Picture Frame mode.
PC World has a cool video up, where they stress test the iPad. They hit it with nail scratching the main screen, keys on the back of it, coffee spillage, placing it under a running tap, and some heavy drops.
It does well in some places, and not so well in others. Bottom line, it definitely has got me thinking of finding more of an ‘always on’ style case for it. The video is well worth a look, despite the lame Johnny Ive imitation at the beginning of it – I especially like the baseball bit at the end. :) Check it out here:
Thanks to @lgreenberg for the heads-up on this one.