my biggest pet peeve with the iPad, Kindle, Nook, and whatnot, is the fact that none of them are waterproof.
if they can make waterproof housing for a camera, why can't anybody come up with something for these???
regular books may get worse for the wear in a bath, their pages all crinkly, but at least they can survive an occasional dunk. make me an e-reader that can withstand bubbles and i'm all over it!
Now that the iPad is old news ...
A Second iPad On The Way?
Did you think the first iPad was a little...lacking? Small? Anemic? If so, you might be in luck. TechCrunch has information from a "good" but second-hand source that Apple has another tablet close to launch. This device will have a larger screen than the iPad, and be closer to an iMac than an iPhone. In fact, it might even run on Apple's OS X.
This new iPad could go up to 15.4" in size. If that turns out to be the case, it will likely come bundled with its own keyboard/dock. It seems like Apple is looking to introduce a "home" tablet that has a broader array of capabilities but lacks the portability of the current iPad. We could see this new wonder-tablet as early as this June, during the WWDC conference. Or Apple may wait until the Fall so that it can get this baby out in stores in time for the holiday shopping season.
All Apple rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. ...
The iPad could be a great way to accept credit cards in the field, specifically at shows, via Paypal. Assuming one has the 3G model with activated AT&T service.
Have you been to a Apple store lately. You owe yourself a trip to one. They use a Itouch custom built for credit card orders. It's pretty dang slick too. No doubt we will see it in a Ipad. Just think a waitress may take your order and credit card all in one swoop someday.
Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
Fujitsu has been selling their ipads for the last 8-years.
I have been following this for its entertainment value -- two CEOs (Apple and Adobe) poking sharp sticks at each other. What I am beginning to understand is that Apple is probably avoiding Flash because they cannot control the user content delivered through Flash. Apple makes money by controlling content, like movies and music bought from iTunes. Those same movies and music can be played via Flash without having to toss coins into Apple's purse.
I can play music on my iPod without tossing any money to Jobs. Currently I have 802 songs in my iTunes music folder, of which two were purchased from the iTunes store. The rest came from CDs, some of which I've owned for years. Just like you can load books on your Kindle without buying them from Amazon, you can load music on your iPod.
I don't have and won't have an ipod simply because it does not support FLAC compression. My preference are the Cowon products (Korean). They support a smorgasbord of compression algorithms -- have excellent audio reproduction.
My audio library consists of 10's of thousands of songs, almost entirely from CDs I've collected over the years. Media Monkey (freeware) is an outstanding application for managing large audio libraries. The search and sort functions are good and they are fast. MM will rip, play, and author a variety of audio formats, including vorbis and FLAC, except MP3. MP3 authoring requires a license -- $30. For the last couple of years MM has been available for Apple platforms.
"Can you download audio and/or video content from the web to your ipod without going through iTunes?"
Don't know. iTunes is free and works well enough for me. Not sharing your apparent aversion to all things Apple, and not having wanted to do anything I can't do with iTunes, I haven't tried.
Generally speaking, I despise Flash as it is typically used in web development (there are exceptions). It's an important (and unfortunate) element of displaying video in the current prevalent environment, and provides some tools of convenience at times (most of which can and should be offered in alternative forms), but it's over-used to the point of excess IMO. Nothing drives me off of a site faster than to meet with unnecessary flash-bloated pages.
Here's a conceptual vision of a magazine reader, produced by Swedish publishing firm Bonnier. It was published in December last year.
my former boss, an American who had to cope with 2 scotsmen for many years sent me this quote last night
"It’s true that there’s a lot of Flash content out there. But Flash – see Adobe's reaction to the lack of Flash support on iPad here – is in no way part of the true language of the Internet. It’s Scottish-accented English. Sometimes it makes the language more colorful and entertaining, and sometimes it just renders it into unintelligible mush." ANDY IHNATKO
Made me smile
One of my clients in Stockholm has a Scottish employee - who's anything but flashy though.
I don't know what the "true language" of the internet is but I know that it's pretty damn annoying to browse the internet without Flash. Most of the photographer's websites I have bookmarked are Flash based (livebooks etc.), most clothing companies have Flash websites, most web based games (tetris, pool, etc...the fun stuff to pass the time) are in Flash and the list goes on and on.
Whether I like Flash or not, I need it to access about 50% of the websites I visit daily. Without Flash browsing the internet on the iPad seems to be more restrictive than browsing the internet in China.
On the other hand, I use ClickToFlash with Safari on the Mac. This way *no* flash code runs unless I want it to. The vast majority I never enable.
I can't resist posting this....pretty funny
Could you use it as a mobile phone? Well, maybe. If you buy the additional functionality and (yet another) phone contract. But again, it's too big and clumsy to use simply as a phone replacement.
In general, voice over "phones" is becoming more and more insignificant. Data transfer is were the big money is. That iPad critter thingy is designed to use cell phone technology to transfer data (music, movies, applications, etc). Sure, it can do voice, too, but it is not necessary to pay the big bucks for wireless "voice".
Pre-orders to start next week. In stores April 3.
Price point for Android-based 5 to 7 inch tablets seems to come in lower than I expected - $100 to $150 was mentioned today.
Got my order in for a 32gb today (wifi.) Who else is ordering?
I ordered a 64GB. Need to explore e-books on that device.
I'll be interested in your "test." Having used a Kindle for while, I wonder whether the iPad's backlit screen will be as enjoyable a "page." I hope it is.
I ordered a wifi version and will swap it out with another family member or sell it when the 3Gs are released. 16GB wifi/32GB 3G
I think you're right that the reader market is different depending on what you intend to read. I use my Kindle for reading books while traveling. No color, no illustrations at all. Clearly, something like the iPad would be the choice for most magazines and for books with illustrations or photos. I wonder whether it would work for what I use my Kindle for. I'll have to visit the Apple store to see for myself.
Stephen I decided to try out my iPhone for reading to see if I could deal with it. I read for about 3 hours straight on my flight the other day and it was fine.....so I'm optimistic that the switch from Kindle to iPad won't b a problem. I do not enjoy the newspapers/magazines on the Kindle. I hope we get an iPhone app like Zino that shows magazine content in its actual print form and you turn the pages and zoom into what you want to read.
Especially for Cam and Jono at bath time.....
I will not buy one. Jamie said it perfectly in post # 173: without Flash the iPad is in my opinion a no go for photographers.
I was btw hoping for an iPad like a Macbook Air without cover and keyboard but with Multitouch technology in other words a multitouch tablet computer. What we got is another gadget for to buy stuff in the next book, newspaper and app iStore departments.
My 0.02 $
Kindle reader app for iPad? Anybody want to buy a used Kindle?
The camera connection kit is now available for order on the Apple Store. Late April Delivery
What are you doing next Saturday?
What any sensible gal would be doing....Playing with my iPad. I will be on the east coast so I have one lined up to arrive there. I still will most definitely end up with a 3G version a few weeks later.....so people here will probably have the opportunity to buy a very gently used version at the end of April.
Thanks for the link to the camera connector Terry.
Jono, is there any further word on ibooks in other countries or is that still going to be revealed at launch?
Just read an interesting article on Ipad in Newsweek--thought others might find it interesting.
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I just found out that Line2 will work on the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch. Probably the only way to make that iPad into a phone.
Why do you need line 2? can't you simply use skype?
I don't know.
Is there an app for that?
Do you get a free toll free number with Skype?
Does it turn your iPod/iPad into a virtual WIFI phone?
Do you get voicemail and all the other features with Skype?
Line2 also works on the iPhone to let you use 3G or WIFI instead of cell minutes.