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New Writer Overflow! Plus: Does the iPad Need iOS 4?

by on August 22nd, 2010

The new writers just keep on coming, and so do the awkward virtual introductions. Here’s mine: I’m Chris (@cmsauve), I’m an accounting student, nice to meet you.

Phew, now that we got that out of the way, I can talk about something you care a whole lot more about: that magical slab from Apple. I rushed down to the States early to pick mine up, and have throughly enjoyed every moment with it(not strong enough language, but alas, it’s what I’ll use). I’ve enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I don’t want it to change version number; 3.2 is just fine for me, and here’s why.

iOS 4 - Need or Not?

What do you like about iOS 4? It certainly is a leap forward, but we should probably take inventory of what it really offers. Maybe you like Facetime (tough, because Apple didn’t grace us with a camera – Chris frowns), or multitasking, or folders, or Game Centre. I don’t want any of those, because I already have something way better – a jailbroken iPad, and some pretty neat alternatives to the Apple-endorsed versions.

Multitasking is nice, but Apple provides a crippled version; if you want apps like Instapaper, or your RSS reader, or Twitter to update in the background, you are out of luck. With Backgrounder, a favorite among jailbreakers, you can have the kind of multitasking we expect from experience with desktop computers, no compromising required. Folders initially interested me – until I found infiniboard (which let’s your home pages scroll and contain more than the stock 20 apps per page) and iconoclasm (which, even better, allows you to change the number of apps that appear on each page – up to 100 apps per page!)

What about Game Centre? You may say, there is no jailbroken alternative to that. You would be right – but we still have the likes of Openfeint, which, while not as ubiquitous as Game Centre will likely be, serves my purposes as an iPad user with limited time to devote to gaming.

There you are, my first musings on the iPad. Obviously not everyone will be with me on this, especially those who have not experienced the jailbreak world. There is one thing, though, that I deeply crave in iOS 4, a small but cruel feature which will doubtlessly have me joining in with the masses in upgrading when it is finally released in the Fall – threaded email. Curse you Apple(!) for your ability to always throw in one thing with any new product that makes you just have to have it. But that’s just what keeps us coming back for more.

What do you think?

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  • Arc|Angel

    I think it depends on how you use your iPad really. As a business tool that I use routinely for getting through large pdf's (goodreader), while simultaneously writing reports (pages), and pulling template data from databases (Evernote) it is helpful to not have to reload everything when I'm going back and forth through each of these tools. While it may be only a few clicks here or there, it adds up when you have only 10 minutes of free time to work on your projects.

    The threaded emails are also a plus, as is the ability to jump from emails from my secretary directly to my calendar program without having to reload everything when I want to confirm one piece of information. I'm aware that multitasking is available through jail-breaking, but the maximizing of what it can do for software developers (especially the big wigs) is not going to happen outside of official channels. I'm hopeful this means we can see improved integration and tightness with apps like Dragon Naturally Speaking and so on.

  • Jhalmos

    The iPad absolutely needs iOS 4. Mail needs to be FAR more advanced than it is is 3.2. And multitasking is essential with the complexity of apps that are out now. Frankly, the iPad is WAY behind in the app department. My guess, my HOPE, is that developers are waiting/preparing for iOS 4. The amount of apps not represented on the iPad that are represented on the iPhone is frustrating.

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