Yes! – Confirmation of a Crucial Feature on the iPad


OK – sorry about that, I couldn’t resist.

9to5Mac have a post up today with a good set of screenshots showing some deeper bits of the iPad UI.  They include the beauty shown above, the optional battery percentage indicator in the status bar.  You know, the one that Apple lets iPhone 3GS users have, but deems just too magical for older model iPhones.  Lucky for us, the iPad makes it into the battery %age club.

For several more good screenies showing ‘tidbits’ of the iPad interface, check out 9to5Mac’s article here:

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iPad Apps I Want to See: Brushes

Brushes app on iPad

Brushes – the superb painting app for the iPhone – is not one that I use myself, or one that I ever will.  That’s only because I am utterly useless at drawing and art in general though – incapable of even drawing a stick figure that looks anything like a stick figure.

I enjoy art though, and have found over the last several months that I’m a huge fan of art created on the iPhone – as many established and even renowned artists round the world have taken up creating work on the iPhone, and in particular with the Brushes app.

Wonderful and amazing art has been created on the iPhone by people like David Hockney, probably Britain’s most celebrated living artist; Jorge Columbo, whose New York cityscape created with Brushes graced the cover of The New Yorker magazine last year; and many, many others.  For more examples of the stunning iPhone art being created with Brushes, see my post over at my iPhone blog site:

My impression from talking with several prolific iPhone artists and following their comments online is that there is enormous enthusiasm for the iPad.  I believe it will become an incredible mobile canvas for their creations, and will lead to even more brilliant artwork.  I can’t wait to see this work.

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What’s the iPad Got in Common with Windows 95?

Windows 95

According to Michael Gartenberg, the two share the fact that mainstream consumers have huge levels of interest in them.  He has a feeling that non-techie users are excited about the iPad in ways that they very rarely are for any tech product – similar to the excitement people felt for Windows 95 and the iPhone.

Check out his article on this for ComputerWorld HERE, for more of his thoughts on this subject.

I am beginning to get a similar impression – I’m seeing big enthusiasm for the iPad amongst ‘normal’ non-techie folks as well.

What do you all think?  Is the iPad drawing major interest among your non-techie friends and acquaintances?  Will this interest translate into sales?

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Hopes of Flash Coming to the iPad

As I used to hear in the UK: No Hope and Bob Hope. 

From a post today at

According to their sources, Jobs told the Wall Street Journal executives meeting on the third floor of the News Corp building:

Jobs was brazen in his dismissal of Flash, people familiar with the meeting tell us. He repeated what he said at an Apple Town Hall recently, that Flash crashes Macs and is buggy. But he also called Flash a "CPU hog," a source of "security holes" and, in perhaps the most grievous insult an famous innovator can utter, a dying technology. Jobs said of Flash, "We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology."

Via: 9to5Mac

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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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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


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?


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:

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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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