As I’m writing this, I’m watching the Apple Keynote from the Developer’s conference (WWDC) (I should have counted the number of times Steve said “amazing” LOL). The keynote was primarily about the new iPhone 4 – but if you ask me, it does have many ramifications for the iPad.
First, Steve announced a new iBooks version that will run on the iPad as well as the iPhone and the most significant thing to me was that it will handle PDFs! There have been lots of little applications written for the iPad/iPhone to handle PDFs and many of them have been good, but mainly, it seems that people have had trouble with them. I’m eager to see how well the iBooks app deals with getting them in and out of the iPad. One of the best seems to be GoodReader if you’re looking for one. The new iBooks app won’t be available until later this month.
The biggest questions of the day for me after watching the keynote is what are the potential ramifications of the new iPhone 4 and the new iOS 4 to the iPad.
First, is the new display technology on the iPhone – they upped the resolution on the iPhone 4 to be almost as big as the iPad but yet the screen size itself didn’t change. So is that going to be moved up to the next gen iPad? (And how soon will that be? LOL we want everything now right?). They talked about the new “Retina display” as being as close to reading on a printed page as you can get with a display. I expect that same technology to come to the iPad. They touted the iPad as the best display around with the fastest processor and now the iPhone 4 has the same processor and a display that tho it is smaller sounds like it will have a better display performance.
The other thing that intrigued me with the iPhone 4 was the new cameras (and everyone believes the next generation of the iPad will have a camera right?). Not to mention the new iPhone software for editing video – iMovie for the iPhone. Just imagine using that on your iPad! All of this is possible because Apple has put the same processor in the new iPhone as is in the iPad. So it should be very fast and able to handle tasks like editing and displaying movies. So the question is this… does Steve think that the iPad should have a camera or not? My personal belief is that it should – especially with the new idea of using FaceTime – and the fact that you don’t need an account anywhere and you can use FaceTime over wi-fi. The question however is how the signals are getting out… is it using the phone or is it using wi-fi for the whole conversation? There’s some description in this post, but we’re just not sure yet exactly how it will work and whether an iPad with a camera would be even able to do FaceTime.
When Apple announced the new iOS 4 a month or so ago, they said it would be brought to the iPad in the fall of this year. That’s great news but I’m still wondering why there’s a delay between the release of the iPhone 4 now and bringing out iOS 4 for the iPad in the fall. The best thing to me is the ‘multitasking’ – tho we all know that the iPad and iPhone already do multitasking, it is the new implementation of the ability to leave applications open in the background and to easily switch between them that is sadly lacking in the current OS. I’m really looking forward to this new tool on the iPad.
Movies and editing with iMovie for iPhone
Wow. Imagine having a camera on the iPad and being able to record movies like the new iPhone 4 can do. Especially with the new iMovie for the iPhone. The larger screen of the iPad would absolutely rock for editing movies if the processor can keep up with the video. Obviously, you won’t be importing video from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) because of their size, but editing 720p movies on the iPad should be fun and easy.
In this post today – it is revealed that the new iPhone indeed has more RAM than the iPad! “Our friend Arnold Kim of MacRumors has verified that the iPhone 4 contains 512 MB of RAM, up from 256 MB in the current iPhone 3GS and the iPad.” That’s good news for the iPhone 4.
So, all of this new stuff in the iPhone 4 makes you really jealous (and yes, I’ve ordered one), but as we know, Apple (as most companies do) will be improving the iPad as time goes on and all of these new features of the iPhone 4 and the next release of the iOS 4 only indicates that the next version of the iPad will rock even more than the current version! I’m eager to see how good the iPhone 4 is as compared to the iPad. Having the iPhone 4 may make me use the iPad even less? At least until the iPad gets iOS 4.