Thinking about an iPad

Discussion of non-operating system issues related to all iPads.
User avatar
Jay Cline
Forum Member - Level 4
Forum Member - Level 4
Posts: 543
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:13 pm
Location: A sleepy little mill town with a smokestack or two on one end.

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Jay Cline » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:38 pm

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.
-----------------
This is where I'd normally write an impressive summary of my skills and proficiencies.

User avatar
Stephen Hart
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 3136
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:51 pm

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???
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

User avatar
Stephen Hart
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 3136
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:50 pm

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.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

User avatar
Richard Serkes
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 1027
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:21 pm
Location: Port Angeles, WA

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:05 pm

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.
---
Always burn your bridges. You never know who's coming up from behind.

User avatar
Stephen Hart
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 3136
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:30 pm

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.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

User avatar
Stephen Hart
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 3136
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:24 pm

And another question:

Voice Memos? MIA on iPad?
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

User avatar
Richard Serkes
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 1027
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:21 pm
Location: Port Angeles, WA

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:35 pm

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.
---
Always burn your bridges. You never know who's coming up from behind.

User avatar
Stephen Hart
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 3136
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:55 am

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.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

User avatar
Ray Bentsen
Administrator
Posts: 378
Joined: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:22 pm
Location: Sequim, WA

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Ray Bentsen » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:58 pm

So, Stephen ...

Did you get this Take Conrol book yet?

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

:?:
Attachments
Take Control iPad.jpg
Take Control iPad.jpg (195.48 KiB) Viewed 1587 times
An old Norse adage: Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

User avatar
Stephen Hart
Forum Member - Level 5
Forum Member - Level 5
Posts: 3136
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 am

Re: Thinking about an iPad

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:01 pm

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.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
Steve Jobs

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests