[geeks] iPad - a 'Miss' for me I'm afraid
mh1272 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 20:15:05 CST 2010
The Apple Bluetooth Keyboard can be used with the iPad (according to the Ars
Technica running commentary and, IIRC, the Apple web-ste). No word about
Apple's bluetooth mice.
It will run the Kindle reader for the iPhone/iTouch.
Apple.com said that it will read .pdf files and mentioned Preview and Adobe
but did not indicate which pdf reader, if any, is included.
I can about 1GB of technical books with me. Not much space on a PC hard
drive but about 40K pages. If the .pdf reader is as good as Preview, I
would be very interested in using it.
It has speakers, a microphone and a headphone output. If this is accurate
and the use of iPhone apps is accurate, Skype is a very usable option.
We use go-to-meeting regularly. It would be nice to access this programs.
The iPad will fit into my smallest book bag nicely. If the actual product
is as good as the demo, I will buy one.
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Jonathan Patschke <jp at celestrion.net>wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Jan 2010, Mark Benson wrote:
> So it looks really nice, and it's not a bad price either, but... nope
> I can't figure out if it's trying to be giant iPhone that won't fit in
> your pocket and won't function as a phone, or if it's trying to be a small
> Mac that doesn't have a keyboard and won't run Mac applications.
> If it ran Mac OS with some sort of Front-row-like interface to all the
> media and web stuff, that would be useful. Imagine sitting on a flight
> with a tablet you could affix the seat in front of you at eye-level, with
> a bluetooth or USB keyboard sitting on your lap. Even if the performance
> is crap, you can get Real Work done without the discomfort of using a
> laptop in coach.
> Oh and it's a netbook size device with a 1GB ARM CPU and it likely won't
>> multitask... GET REAL!
> Ever seen ARM at 1GHz? ARM Cortex isn't a toy; it's a very swift CPU.
> This device seems to echo back to the first PowerPC Macs: Insanely
> great hardware, pity about the system software.
>  Yeah, there's the keyboard-dock thing, but I still can't run MS
> Office, XCode, or Mathematica on the silly thing. It's probably a
> even pain just to get Vim on there.
>  And the name! AUGH! Nevermind that there are several dialects of
> English where short-A and short-O are indistinct. I can't wait to see
> the following ad copy: "Macs, iPads. Now available at the Apple
>  NMF
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