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My iPad status

Ok, so now it has been about a month since the iPad hit my door (gee, it is actually longer than that isn’t it? My how time flies). And that means I need to really describe my usage of the iPad. I bought it to help be get away from the computer for longer periods of time (and my wife says “yea, get away from your computer with another computer – geek!”) – is it working?

Well, yes and no.

I am getting away from my iMac a bit, but because of some of the limitations of the iPad for writing blogs (see my comments on the WordPress iPad app post), and because of my love of typinator (a text replacement tool for the mac – more on that in a bit), I’m too addicted to the desktop and the keyboard for writing blog posts. It really still is more comfortable to work in front of the iMac full time.

I’m also currently still failing at time management – and tho I try to use Things for the iPad, I still just haven’t made the right workflow and stuck to it. I have stuff all over the place and way too many things to do. I’m better at organization (I think) but I have got to find a simple way to process all these things I have to do! (That will be a post all by itself)

Ok, overall, what are my iPad feelings?

I love it – but it isn’t done cooking yet. And Apple knows it and I can’t wait to see some of the improvements in 4.0.

I love the sexy feel of the iPad without a cover – (you’ll think I’m crazy or a perv about this one…) – at times, I take the iPad out of the Apple cover while I’m sitting watching TV or something and I’ll just caress it. It is like having one of those polished stones in your hand for fidgeting (and I’m a fidgeter — I constantly have something in my hands – you should see the little toys all around my desk that I pick up and toss around). But (and there’s always a ‘but’ right?), actually working with the iPad sitting in the TV chair requires something like the Apple cover because the iPad is too slick to hold comfortably. Especially if you like to sit with your knees elevated, you’ve got to have something less slick to hold the darn thing against your legs.

Another great use of the Apple iPad cover is that it fits perfectly over the dashboard (no not on my car – that would be silly!) of our elliptical exercise machine in the basement! And with the Netflix app, I can now watch TV episodes (there’s nothing like old “24” episodes to get your blood pumping while exercising! HA) or a movie while exercising. No need for a TV! And as an additional plus, the flap of the case folds over the back of the dashboard and holds the iPad firmly. I am worried that with headphones attached that I’ll yank it off the machine… so I firmly wrap the headphone cords around the handles on the machine.

Another great thing about the iPad is that I know I can travel and still know I have access to a large screen mobile device. As my experience showed me when I went to the NAB conference a few weeks ago, it isn’t perfect, but it is workable – and it will only get better. The biggest problem I had was the problems with the hotel internet and the WordPress learning curve. Now that I don’t have that day job any more – I sure don’t have to drag my windows laptop around. Tho, I can see that if/when I travel again, having a keyboard will be a must. I just type too fast with a keyboard as compared to the iPad virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard can get me thru when needed, but I’m just too comfortable with a real keyboard. I’ve still got to think about the iPad camera connector – I may need it for long trips to offload images from my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

I’m reading a bit more (tho sometimes that limited to reading in the smallest room in the house LOL). I have two books on the iPad and right now, I’m reading the “Four Hour Work Week” to try to learn how to free myself more. I also have a mystery novel that I’m working on. Tho I don’t drag myself away often enough to just read! It is all part of the learning how to blog full time that I’m trying to get used to.

Another thing that frustrates me – and so much so that I even wrote to Steve about it – is the lack of Flash. I know it is a lost battle and Apple will never put flash on the iPad/iPhone, but in my book, with all of the websites that still use flash to deliver content, it is unbearable that Apple/Steve are putting themselves in such a position. There are plusses and minuses to Flash, but not having it is a bigger detriment in my book than any bugs it could bring to the platform.

Ok, I’m going to focus on writing some individual posts on things like Typinator… I’ll be back in a bit (and no, it won’t be weeks this time – I’ve gotten so many of the ‘business’ things of becoming a full time blogger out of the way that I can actually write more!).

planetMitch

(Photo credit: “Blue in Black and White” by planetMitch (yes, I’m using my Canon EOS 5D Mark II to take stills too! HA))

10 things I learned about the iPad on my first day

Wow, how much fun was your first day with the iPad? How’d you get yours? We had a blast opening our iPad live on UStream (and you can watch the replay online as well). Here are some of my first impressions in the form of a list (I was going to say top 10 list, but it isn’t in any order).

What’s your impression? Answer the poll in the right column ==>

  1. The iPad is FAST
    Blazing fast. Makes me want to give up my iPhone (tho I need that to be away from the house). Even my daughter said she didn’t want to use my iPhone any more.
  2. It is a little heavier than I expected
    When I first took it out of the box it seemed a bit heavier than I thought it would be. It isn’t bad using it to watch movies etc, but it just surprised me that it was more solid than I expected it to be. I understand the glass is a hair thicker too.
  3. the sync with iTunes is very fast
    I’m used to the iPhone sync which takes forever. The iPad backs up quickly and moving movies and music to the iPad was very fast.
  4. the screen is amazing!
  5. the on screen keyboard isn’t too bad

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  7. netflix app works beautifully and movies play very smoothly
  8. there are some differences between the iWork desktop and iPad applications
    my first import of a pages document showed that the table of contents and sections were eliminated. Read this page on engadget to see how to xfer your files.
  9. it won’t be your only computer – you have to sync, backup etc. from another computer
    As much as we want this to be the computer for our parents, alas, you’ve got to connect it to another computer every now and then. Especially the first time – the very first thing you see is the ‘connect to itunes’ screen. You can’t do anything else with your iPad until you do that.
  10. this ain’t your father’s computer (I don’t have anything else to say about that – it just seemed funny)
  11. I love my iPad
  12. Bonus: the battery is amazing! In the first day, after playing movies, letting the kids play with it, doing the iPad unboxing and playing a few games myself, by bedtime the battery was only at 40% remaining.

We’ll have more as we learn how well this thing works

planetMitch

planetiPad to host live iPad unboxing with chat on UStream

Since there are many folks who aren’t going to be able to get an iPad on April 3rd, we decided to do an unboxing live! The only hitch in the program is that we don’t know when the UPS delivery is going to happen… it could be 9am, it could be 3pm… that’s a bummer.

But here’s the link to the UStream planetiPad channel. We’ll start broadcasting every hour on the hour just to give an update starting at 9am Central time in the USA.

Oh, by the way, if you want to “speak” in the chat, then you have to register for an account at UStream – of course it is free – but you do have to register. It isn’t my requirement but theirs. You may want to do that early so you don’t have to do it later.

So, tune in and we’ll open an iPad together!

planetMitch

(Photo credit: snap from planetMitch on ustream)

Apps for iPad now appearing in the iTunes store

Not long ago, the iTunes store started selling iPad apps! Yep, it is true. You can start downloading apps even before your iPad arrives this Saturday. This really is a great idea so that I can be ready – thanks Apple! Now, I still have to figure out what my iPad’s name is going to be so I can name it in the sync.

And they’ve changed the terms and conditions yet again, so you have to agree to it again before you download – oh boy!


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I’m still not totally clear on how some applications will work – have to wait to see the iPad I guess. For example… I own a copy of the 1password app (and absolutely love it) for the iPhone… I assume it will work for the iPad but be pixelated if I run it full size. Yet I see an iPad version of 1password in the app store for $6.99. Do I have to buy that too if I want all the iPad screen size? I haven’t found any info on their site yet so I’m not sure. I just found a couple of posts on their blog so I’m reading up.

Of course, I’m buying the iWork apps and will pick a bunch of free ones to try them out.

if you want to use a cool tool, use the appshopper page for iPad.

This is so much fun!

planetMitch

(Photo credit: snap from the itunes app store)

CEO of salesforce.com with a great article about the “Cloud 2” and the iPad

Marc Benioff (ceo of salesforce.com) has contributed a very intriguing article to TechCrunch about the future of computing and the iPad.

This is one of the most intriguing portions to me:

“Last week I gave presentations to more than 60 CIOs in various meetings throughout America’s heartland. My message to them: We are moving from Cloud 1 to Cloud 2, and the iPad is the accelerator. Many of them haven’t even made it to Cloud 1—some are still on mainframes. They are working on MVS/CICS, or Lotus Notes, and they have never heard of Cocoa, or even that there is now HTML 5. This is unacceptable. The next generation is here. The iPad that shows us what now is really possible—and that we all need to go faster. Unfortunately, some CIOs would rather retire than go faster.”

Many application developers have been talking about “Web 2.0” for the past 4-5 years – with rich Internet applications (RIA) and apps written in AJAX and Flash/Flex – but this new ‘touch’ user interface will extend that a great deal. I can’t wait!

While I hope he really doesn’t think the UI for Facebook is the way to go, he and I agree that the iPad will “inspire a new generation of wildly innovative new apps” and you must go read his article now!

planetMitch

(Photo credit: snap from the story)

Apple posts large number of iPad guided tour videos

Along with a press release today describing the Apple iPad release this Saturday, April 3rd, and the ability to buy iPads at Best Buy as well, Apple released a whole slew (yea, that’s a technical term for ‘lots’) of guided tours for the iPad.

These are really nice overview presentations of the functionality of the major apps included with the iPad. I’m not finding many surprises here, but they are fun to watch and certainly tease the taste buds of those of us wanting to get our mitts on one ASAP.

There are tours for:

  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • YouTube
  • iPod
  • iTunes
  • iBooks
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • Numbers

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(Photo credit: snap from the Apple site)

Crazy iPad fanatic camps out 5 days early to get an iPad

You’ve just got to see this crazy guy – he wanted to be first in line to get an iPad so he tried to camp out at the
Apple store. Just watch this video report:

I think the video is fixed now – sorry – for a while youtube had it marked as ‘private’


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Ok, so that was really fun to make – of course it is just a parody! I read a tweet just after the iPad went on sale where someone posted something like “I’m surprised none of these crazy apple fanatics camped out in front of their own house to get in line for an iPad” and it gave me the idea for the video.

Hope you thought it was fun

Thanks to my youngest daughter for support during filming and to my oldest daughter for being embarrassed by me. I love them both!

planetMitch

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

Shipment notifications begin going out for iPads

Engadget says they’re getting reports of Apple sending out shipment notifications this morning from Apple to folks who have ordered iPads! They even use the phrase “flood of tips” – but yet I haven’t gotten my shipping notification yet (boohoo).

Engadget's screen capture of an iPad shipment notification

I’ll let you know when I get my notification!

By the way, this doesn’t mean that you’ll possibly be getting your iPad before April 3rd, Apple likely has given instructions to the shippers not to deliver before Saturday – they did this with the iPhone as well.

planetMitch
(Photo credit: snap from the engadget story)

Apple reportedly increases build rates for iPads

In this new report from Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech blog, Apple has asked their iPad suppliers to increase their build rates.

“Build rates have increased, according to a report by Morgan Stanley’s chief Apple watcher

In a report to clients issued Monday — six days before the iPad goes on sale — Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty says Apple’s (AAPL) Asian suppliers have revised their shipping forecasts for the tablet computer, suggesting strong initial demand.”

Katy’s report continues with:

  • “iPad suppliers now forecast shipments of 8-10 million iPads in calendar 2010, up from their previous estimate of 5+ million.
  • Suppliers now expect to ship 2.5 million in the first three months alone (March to May), considerably ahead of Huberty’s estimate of 750,000 by the end of June.
  • Shipments are not sales, however, and Huberty is sticking with her sales estimate of 6+ million iPads in 2010. The Street’s consensus, she says, is closer to 3-4 million”

So if indeed Apple sold out of their initial build for the iPad (see our worldwide first report from Saturday), and if they’re increasing build rates, then Apple is anticipating a higher demand than even they initially forecast. And that’s good news for those of us believing the iPad will do some amazing things because if there’s a lot of demand, then the developers will write more software and we’ll have a lot of cool things to try out!

planetMitch
photo credit: Apple Inc.

Newsweek: Why the iPad Will Change Everything

This really is a must read article if you’re an iPad fan – and even if you aren’t maybe you will be – “Why the iPad Will Change Everything“.

And there are rumblings that lots of people agree – I’ve seen numbers as high as 1 million being sold in the first few weeks of pre-ordering. We don’t have any idea if the numbers really are that high, but you can bet this will be a blockbuster release – even higher than the iPhone. And the poll on the right hand sidebar seems to indicate that a lot of you are buying (but let’s not think it is anything scientific, after all, you’re probably reading this because you’re very interested in the iPad in the first place).


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Anyway, the article really has some great points like this:

“But the very simplicity of the iPad masks its transformational power. Some say the iPad heralds a new era of computing, and I’m inclined to believe them. The interface is so intuitive—navigating with your fingers rather than a keyboard and mouse—that it will change what we expect from our computers. ”

I tried to say similar things in my post “The rise of the tablet (is the iPad the beginning of a new era?) ” a few days ago, but Daniel Lyons says it much better!

I really can’t wait to see what the future holds for the iPad and I imagine Steve Jobs can’t either.

planetMitch

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