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Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:38 pm
by Jay Cline
I think people who are used to typing on a traditional qwerty keyboard would prefer to type on a real keyboard but those who have never used a keyboard, my grandchildren, do quite well with the iPad keys. it's only a matter of one generation until we do away with keyboards altogether and make the switch to input devices better suited to current technology.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:51 pm
by Stephen Hart
Speech recognition is creeping toward usefulness. I haven't used Siri much on my iPhone, but have seen that it works. And my new iPad* will have Siri.

But speech recognition will not replace typing for a very long time. It's a whole 'nother thing. I've been writing a lot since 1988, and find that I do a lot of editing as I type.

* In related technology news, my iPad sat in Portland all day today, though the cover was delivered this morning. Even so, UPS still says the iPad will get here tomorrow, a day before Apple said it would. So presumably it will ride to Seattle tonight, then from Seattle to UPS PA tomorrow morning, then deliver tomorrow afternoon. Can't they just e-mail the things???

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:50 pm
by Stephen Hart
Il est arrivé!

Strangely, from Los Angeles, not China. And the cover arrived a full day earlier by Fedex instead of UPS. The iPad spent a full day sitting in Portland. Go figure.

So I'm waiting out the time for everything to copy over (at the same time that an iOS update downloads) then I'll figure out what I want on the iPad but not on the iPhone and vice versa and arrange stuff and enjoy. I'm looking forward to checking out E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth.

I noted that Craig mentioned at the meeting last night that rumor sites have a new iPad coming very soon now. But the iPad 4 only began shipping in late October 2012, and the 128 GB model was just introduced in January, so three to six months between models seems pretty quick.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:05 pm
by Richard Serkes
By the by, selecting which apps you want on the iPad but not the iPhone (and vice versa) is best done with the iPad plugged in to the Mac using iTunes. Doing it by hand on the iPad is cumbersome. It's also easier using iTunes to create folders, move apps to folders, and arrange apps within folders.

All of this can be done directly on the iPad but it's a pain in the tushy to do so.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:30 pm
by Stephen Hart
Here's a question for those of you pushing the envelope more than I:

I downloaded E.O. Wilson's Live on Earth, and it took hours. Once on my iPad, it announced that there was a "retina" version. So I said "Duh, why not?" Then it started what appears to be more hours of downloading. No indication of an update appears in iTunes on my iMac.

Is it the case that enhanced iBooks can only be updated on the iPad itself--necessarily by WiFi--not on the Mac? That seems nuts.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:24 pm
by Stephen Hart
And another question:

Voice Memos? MIA on iPad?

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:35 pm
by Richard Serkes
As to your first question, I've always downloaded apps using WiFi rather than connecting my iPad to my Mac and then downloading to the Mac first before transferring to my iPad.

And yes, those are very large files (books) that seemingly take forever to download.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:55 am
by Stephen Hart
So the retina version (or images or whatever) for that book downloaded overnight, apparently even when the iPad was "asleep."

I have another app, Turning the Pages, from the National Library of Medicine, that downloads individual books internally. It's reporting a failed connection on all but one, which I suspect was smaller.

I'm used to thinking that if I have a really huge download via a wired connection that going somewhere I can plug in to a real broadband system will be faster.
But where's the high-speed WiFi needed for these situations?* I will try NOLS.

* I do understand that you need both the broadband (fiber or cable) and fast WiFi.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:58 pm
by Ray Bentsen
So, Stephen ...

Did you get this Take Conrol book yet?

And take note of the "interesting" copy policy in the last paragraph below.

:?:

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:01 pm
by Stephen Hart
Ray Bentsen wrote:So, Stephen ...

Did you get this Take Conrol book yet?

:?:
No, but I might well buy it. I have used a number of Take Control Books.