So I’ve been all over the web looking at all kinds of stands for the iPad. And there’s a ton of them ranging from $100(or more) to the low $30 price point. Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but think about this for a few minutes and you might come to the conclusion that I did – my iPad isn’t really going to need a super fancy stand for it to sit on when I’m just charging the thing up, because I’m not going to be using it during that time… I’m going to be using my Macbook along with its big screen (external 23″). So the stand is really just going to be a stand. I looked all around my house for something I could use as a temporary stand until I got a fancy one, but alas there was nothing that really suited the purpose well. So, with a new (much cheaper) goal in mind, I set out again on a quest.
My quest thankfully was really short lived. I came across this post from Erica Sadun over at TUAW yesterday. In it she mentions how she struck gold with a stand from Staples called the Study Stand. Unfortunately I don’t have a Staples anywhere near me, so calling them up and having them locate one wasn’t really an option. That and I was feeling too lazy to drive all over the place. She also mentions one from Bed Bath and Beyond, that also looks pretty good, but BB&B is about 20 minutes away, so lazy struck yet again. Finally she got tipped off by a reader of a stand for sale at Buy.com made by Fellowes called the Study Stand. Well, I decided at a mere $4.99 and free shipping it fit the bill and ordered one. Figuring with free shipping and having ordered off the ‘net it should get here in about 6 years.
I was wrong. It arrived this morning. Hit the break for a look!
Wormhole Remote, coming soon to the iPad, is an app that gives you easy wireless access to the apps running on your Mac, right from your iPad. The app’s creator is Nate True – former iPhone Dev Team member, and a very talented developer and inventor.
The app looks great in screencaps and it is another one I am very keen to see.
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At the beginning of yesterday’s iPhone OS 4 Preview event, before getting down to the business at hand, Steve Jobs shared a few crazy big iPad numbers with the audience. They included:
— 450,000 sold so far – and that was with Apple stores closed (for Easter) on the Sunday of its initial release weekend. So 450K sold in its first four days on sale.
— 600,000 book downloads in the iBookstore
— Over 3.5 millions apps downloaded already
The thing is, having used the iPad for a week now, I can’t say I’m surprised. :)
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Apple’s big preview event yesterday for the upcoming new iPhone OS 4.0 gave us a rundown of its hottest new features. Since iPhone OS is run by both the iPad and the iPhone, OS 4.0 is the next major operating system upgrade for both devices. The iPhone will get it this summer, while it will come to the iPad in the fall. I’m still not sure why there’s a delay in making it available for the iPad.
As mentioned earlier, the biggest new feature in OS 4 is multitasking – or, in reality, a major expansion of the multitasking capabilities, which have previously been limited to just a select few Apple apps.
Multitasking is coming to the iPad soon, via a free operating system update
So … one bit of fantastic news for the iPad today. Multitasking will be coming to it via the iPhone OS 4.0 update (iPhone OS is the operating system that both the iPad and the iPhone run) – which was previewed at Apple’s big event today. See our sister site for heaps of great coverage on the Apple event and what we learned: http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/
The not quite so fantastic news is that the iPad has to wait longer for the OS 4.0 update than the iPhone. The iPhone will get the update ‘this summer’ and the iPad ‘this fall. Still, hopefully that means right around 6 months from now.
Let me just start by saying Minigore is one my favorite games. The developers at Mountain Sheep really have outdone themselves with the iPad version. Due to the screen size of the iPhone your game play is limited. The controls on the iPhone take up precious screen real estate and that leads to a John Gore getting killed by that unseen Furry. Now on the iPad, playing Minigore is a completely different story.
SportsTap was the first US sports scores and results app I got to know on the iPhone – way back in the days before the App Store, when it was just a web app. It has remained on my iPhones ever since – and is still usually the first place I turn if I need to check on a game quickly.
Now we have SportsTap for iPad to enjoy our really rather magnificent new babies. This new version arrived as an update for me, as I’d already been running the iPhone version on the iPad.
Here’s one thing that got drummed into me very strongly On Tuesday when I spent the day working on my iPad while my laptop was ‘indisposed’. Somebody needs to write a great blogging app for it right away. It is crying out for one and I bet if someone creates a really good one, it will be huge hit.
The iPad itself is eminently capable of being a great device to work on for a a full day – at least for the sort of work I do. I can happily spend hours at a time on it – keeping up with email and Twitter, following news via RSS feeds and other sources, taking notes and working on reviews.
Great pic from Veronica Belmont’s Flickr stream. I also love one of the comments on it:
Best use for cats yet.
My dog would disagree with that, but we both liked the pic. :)
Simplenote has recently become my most used note-taking app on the iPhone. It’s also the one I am likely to use most on the iPad (alongside Evernote, if I ever get the app to launch for me).
I’ve become a big fan of Simplenote’s (cough) simple approach and it’s clean OTA sync. When I need to I use JustNotes on my Mac laptop to work easily with files synced across from the iPhone, and vice-versa. I am using the app all the time on the iPad as well (it’s in my dock!), even its rather ugly pixel-doubled incarnation.
So I’m very glad to hear that there are plans for Simplenote for iPad – and that it won’t be too long before we see it.
OK, I know it’s early days and we’re all getting to know our new iPads, trying out apps, still getting to grips with things. It’s never too early to ask what you’ve got in your iPad dock though, I hope anyway.
Mine – as you can see above – has still got three of the defaults (Mail, Safari, and iPod) – along with Things, for managing tasks and to-dos, Simplenote (for note taking oddly enough), and Pastebot for clipboard management and pasting goodness.
So what’s in yours? Has it been changing often already?