From the very beginning, the iPad was meant to represent a limited device. While Apple continuously pushes it as the harbinger of the next generation of computing, there is no denying the fact that it simply isn’t good at certain tasks. Some of those tasks are trivial: file management, multitasking, and various other small issues annoy those who try to get actual work done on the device. Thankfully, applications are released daily that help to alleviate many of these pain points, and limitation often helps breed creativity.
The largest issue, however, isn’t one that developers can fix: data entry on the iPad is abysmal for any task that involves typing more than 500 characters.
This past December, our own Jacob Penderworth discussed why he felt the iPad App Store has fallen into ruin. Penderworth stated that “instead of fixing the problems the old App Store had … Apple decided to create a hat of its own which you must draw from each day to download something.” Essentially, Penderworth felt that Apple shouldn’t have changed the App Store as drastically as they did, as it was already functioning fine. Instead, he suggests Apple should have tweaked the user interface and the left the rest as it was.
Being a fellow writer, I guarantee both Penderworth and I spend an exuberant amount of time browsing the App Store, however, I hold almost an entirely different opinion of the iPad App Store since the release of iOS 6. Hit the jump to learn how the App Store has been changed for the better. (more…)
It has been available on the App Store for less than two months but Letterpress already has a massive following. If you are a fan of word games, or even a fan of strategy games, then Letterpress could be for you. It’s completely addictive, and I’ve come up with a few strategies to turn Letterpress matches to your advantage.
In my previous article, Letterpress: Perfecting the Perfect Word Game, I talked about how the app itself could be improved in the future. In this article, I discuss ways that you can raise your game and win more often. (more…)
It’s only been out since 24th October 2012, but Letterpress (the new iOS app from Loren Brichter of Tweetie fame) has taken iOS gaming by storm. The crashing of Game Centre — the weekend following the launch of Letterpress app — has been attributed to its huge success. So what is the appeal of Letterpress, is it really the perfect word game? Following it’s update to version 1.1, on 17th November, is there really any room for improvement? (more…)
When the iPad first launched back in 2010 it is safe to say that I wanted, nay needed, Apple’s revolutionary new device, pronto. At the time however, as a student, such a purchase would have been wildly excessive and rather rash for what was, in essence, an unnecessary luxury. However, as I’m sure you’re aware, the iPad has since changed into a completely different device altogether, and not just physically. The changes made to iOS and the growth of the App Store have facilitated the iPad’s metamorphosis to a legitimate creative force, and, potentially, your next work device. (more…)
Ever since the iPad was launched in April two years ago, there’s been a lot of development within the music industry in response to the introduction of this immediately popular product. Along with the iPhone, new and innovative ways have been created to identify, discover and create music.
I’m going to show you some of the ways having an iPad has changed the way we find and create music. To find out exactly how far it’s changed the way we do music, it’s important to highlight the static things; the unchanged aspects of our musical lives, as it allows us to highlight the extent to which the iPad has changed things.
Let’s dive in.
Throughout history, as long as there have been market leaders there have been competitors, that’s just how it goes – Coca Cola has Pepsi, Ferrari has Lamborghini, and Apple has Microsoft and Google. With regard to the tablet market the recently announced Microsoft Surface tablets (Surface and Surface Pro) could be the first truely serious contenders from Microsoft who are looking for a slice of the extremely lucrative market practically created by Apple’s ever-dominant iPad.
So what does the new Microsoft Surface announcement mean for the iPad?
It’s a short phrase that, on the surface at least, seems pretty innoucous. Obviously you have to cut down your ad slot to fit the allotted time; nobody minds not seeing how long it takes to actually connect a phone call or wants to see Mail downloading new messages – we know it’ll take a few seconds, nobody’s calling foul on that.
The problem arises when the phrase “Sequences shortened” starts to feel like trickery, an understatement intended to make something that’s a work in progress look like a finished product; akin to advertising a beautifully produced and engineered song, and then selling people a pretty sketchy demo.
Here lies Apple’s dilemma, they desperately want to portray Siri as effortless, seamless, and emminently helpful, but it’s just not.
My housemate just bought a MacBook Air.
I felt two conflicting emotions on his return from the Apple Store. As he unveiled the sleek, aluminium body of his newest purchase I felt proud that he had taken my advice, but frustrated that I couldn’t take my advice.
Before I suggested the MacBook Air, he was almost completely set on buying a MacBook Pro. It took a little persuasion to convince him of the supremacy of SSDs and the effortlessly thin and light design of the Air. In reality though, he knew the Air was perfect for him, there was only one thing holding him back; the lack of an optical disk drive.
Oh, how we have adapted!
Humankind is almost unique in nature: we are one of the rare species that is adept at using tools to fashion a liveable environment around us rather than being a species that has no choice but to adapt through evolution (For example, certain moth species evolved into butterflies in order to avoid nocturnal predators such as the bat). Man, as a species, fashions an environment to suit his needs. From sea-level to the highest peaks, from the desert areas to the extreme cold of the poles, humankind has adapted his environment in order to survive.
Changing our world to suit our needs implies progress, of course: for thousands of years, humans lived in caves either scavenging or eating raw meat. Fire would have been used for warmth alone, until our ancestors discovered the delights of cooked food (no doubt by accident). Our brains developed into what they are now through the eating of cooked meat, according to most experts. This, in turn, would have led to the carving of tools, which allowed our forefathers to adapt to the extremes of nature. And then there is language, of course, adding to the mix: spoken, articulated communication allowed us to spread our ideas, helping us to become masters not only of our own destiny, but masters of all we survey.
And so it continues…