Posts tagged ‘ipad’

Macbooks and iPads

Everyone’s talking about using iPads as their main or only computer. I think Harry McCracken led the way, followed by Federico Viticci, who went so far as to adopt the iPad mini (the original, not the new one) as his main computer. Since the new crop of iPads was introduced earlier this month, we’ve been…


App quality

Marco Arment ended his polemic against the poor quality of the software in the App Stores “top” lists with this: Developers will optimize for whatever factor is being rewarded. The “top” list simply rewards developers for getting as many people as possible to buy or download the app once. There’s no reason to optimize for…


Fuzzy pixels

Everyone who has the new iPad says the same thing: images that haven’t been made specifically for the Retina display look fuzzy on the new iPad. Worse than they did on the earlier iPads. The same thing happened when people switched from the non-Retina displays of the first three iPhone iterations to the iPhone 4.…


iBooks Author

Between Kieran Healy, Glenn Fleishman, Andy Ihnatko, and John Siracusa, almost everything I might have said about iBooks Author at this early date has already been said. Kieran and Glenn made the point that we’ve been hearing about computer technology revolutionizing education for decades—Kieran even got off a joke comparing iBooks Author to Encarta, something…


Office on the iPad

David Sparks has a typically smart take on the rumor that Microsoft is developing a version of Office for the iPad. He thinks it’s a good idea for Microsoft, and if you think otherwise, reading his post will probably convince you you’re wrong. When I saw the rumor, my first thoughts were on a different…


Codify for iPad

I’m a little embarrassed that this old post of mine keeps generating steady traffic. It’s entitled “Scripting and the iPad,” and I imagine everyone who finds it through Google has high hopes that it’s going to tell them how to use Python or some other scripting language on their iPad. Of course it doesn’t. The…


Right

The unique thing about Steve Jobs isn’t his attention to detail, isn’t his incredible focus, isn’t his good taste in product design. These have all been a part of his success, of course, but lots of people are focused and detail-oriented. Relatively few, especially in the tech business, combine that with good taste, but they’re…


Fonts and ū—

Since Merlin took the piss out of this pompous writeup earlier today, you’re probably already familiar with Writer, a new text editing app for the iPad. I’ve never had any desire to use these “distraction free” editors, but there’s one part of Writer in which I’m very interested. This tweet from Charles Turner (@vze26m98) gave…


Structural analysis and the iPad

If you’re curious about the iPad, you probably read this iFixit article, documenting the disassembly of an iPad. I thought it was well done and quite fun to read, but I was brought up short by this bit of design interpretation in Step 29: The glass seems quite thick (~1.18 mm), which is not a…


Scripting and the iPad

I’m happy to see that Alex Payne has retracted some of the ill-considered things he said about the iPad back in January. While it would be nice to think that his change of heart came from listening to his elders, the real reasons he no longer thinks of the iPad as the harbinger of a…