Here are the seven tent poles listed in the Apple iPhone OS 4 presentation:
- Folders for apps
- email, email, email
- iBooks, transfer your books
- Enterprise support (vpn, etc)
- Game center
Apple also has a list of all of the new features in version 4 of the iPhone OS. If you are a member of the iPhone Developer program you can download a beta version of the SDK now, cash strapped folks like you and me will have to wait until it's released. iPhone OS 4 will be available for the iPad sometimes in the fall, maybe by then I'll have my iPad development ducks in a row.
All in all, some interesting stuff, I'm the most surprised and interested in the Game center, since I was hoping to create some simple (and some not so simple) games for the iPad. I like the addition of easy matching making for multi-player games as well, especially since that's (in my opinion) a great space for iPad games.
I've got to get my hands on some new hardware so I can dig into this stuff!
So it appears as though there are some problems with the first generation iPads. Interesting, pretty lame, but not really that surprising.
I was browsing the Apple Support site and came across two knowledge base articles regarding the iPad and it's WiFi issues:
- iPad: Does not automatically rejoin known Wi-Fi networks
- iPad: Troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks and connections
The only thing surprising about these wireless issues is that Apple didn't catch them before the iPad was released...I guess all iPad testers use Airports...
On a side note: Downloaded the new iPhone SDK but as I already knew, I was unable to install it on my ancient Mac mini. Time for a new Mac I guess, but what to get. I'm still thinking about it, I want to maximize power and minimize cost (of course) for now I'm leaning towards a refurb Mac Mini...but we'll see. Anything that will let me start writing iPad apps!
Since the launch of the iPad there have been a lot of articles and blog posts written about it. Many of them are positive and many, perhaps even more of them have been negative. Personally I understand that. Robert Cringley doesn't seem to like the iPad all that much, and neither does John Dvorak, while John Gruber over at DaringFireball.net seems to like it quite a bit.
One interesting point that Dvorak brings up is the fact that people are griping about the iPad, and he seems to feel that there is more griping then in the past. While I'm not sure if there is more griping about the iPad then there was about the iPhone initially or the Apple TV, there are a lot of unhappy people.
And to tell you the truth I was one of those unhappy people at first. I saw the iPad and I just wasn't excited about it. However over the weekend I thought about the iPad more and more and my opinions began to change.
I had issues with the fact that it wasn't as powerful as a laptop, it wasn't open, I couldn't program on it, it wasn't like any computer that I had ever used. In the end it was that, it wasn't like a laptop or a desktop it was something different. It wasn't for programming or any "hardcore" computing (yet) it was for checking your email quickly without having to leave the room, checking the news, checking the weather, maybe sending an email or writing up a few notes. Will I use it to read a book? probably not. Will I use it to watch a movie? probably not...well maybe something on youTube. But I will use it for quick tasks, and maybe some document writing depending on how the keyboard feels.
One of the biggest selling point for me is gaming. The iPad has (in my opinion) some great opportunities for new styles of games, games that I cam play anywhere in the house. Take the games that were available for the iPhone or iPod Touch and make them real. Now that's something that I can get behind.
My name is Mark Mruss and I’m a early-thirties computer programmer who spends his days, and some of this nights, in front of the computer. I’ve been using computers for a long time, not as long as some, but a lot longer than others.
For my job I program in C++ and have been doing so for the last ten years. I watched the iPhone/iPod Touch app market explode and I wanted to throw my hat into the ring but I just couldn't think of the right application...something didn't feel right. With the announcement of the iPad something clicked in my head and I knew that I had to give it a shot.
This website will be used to track my progress as I learn the iPad application development and will hopefully be a helpful resource for other people that want to develop for their own iPad applications.