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"Multitasking is not the point of this device. I laugh at all the folks bemoaning this aspect of the iPad. What great feats of multi-tasking are you wanting to do? This thing is not a c omputer, it's a media appliance. If multi-tasking is that big of a deal, you need to get a laptop....not an iPad." posted byL M CONTROL
Hey brother laugh all you want, you're entitled. Now here's the truth. Apple made the big deal about iWorks being available on this device. Theses are for real, serious, business quality apps, not media playthings. They are created to allow users to use the device for 'content creation'. Drag and drop between all three of the apps, especially keynote (note VGA adaptor for projectors-business, business and more business), which I use for slide shows for worship and pages, with which I create newsletters is a necessity to take the $9.99 apps seriously. Jobs screwed up and he should have his team fix this before the release or drop the serious business apps and just admit that he has created another expensive, albeit cool toy for the computer inept.
And yes friends, as disappointed as I am that this isn't going to be the lightweight megabeast I hoped for, I will still get one eventually because I like cool toys and have high hopes that third party developers will teach Apple where they went wrong and fix it.
I'd laugh with you, but Apple isn't tickling my funny bone right now. Let's hope by the end of March we hear of updated capabilities to excite sales and make people feel like they are really getting something that does things better than the iphone and better than a laptop. Jobs reputation may depend on it.
Last edited by pastorjeff; 02-09-2010 at 06:37 AM.
I think Apple will allow multitasking on the iPad. The question is how clever their implementation will be. Cut-and-paste took them like 2 years to figure out the right UI for, and it turned out to be more useful than WebOS and Android's implementation.
I wrote a blog post speculation how they might do it.
Why not consider Android and enjoy their crapy system ??
Or maybe develop the device you are dreaming about ??
Nobody force you to buy an IPAD you have to accept the device as is it , not as you dream ... if you have a dream work for make it true ... and stop criticize the one don't made what you are dreaming about ...
I'm not saying that we should only point out the negative points and do nothing but bash it, but I think we do need to organize collectively as early adopters and make sure that Apple knows how we feel and what they can do to make it better.
We owe nothing to Apple for buying their hardware and software. They owe us as consumers and customers to meet us in the halfway and continually evolve the devices they have available to suit our needs better. Maybe not everyone will need multitasking or flash...but wouldn't it be nice to have it as an option? If our voices can motivate Apple to make changes, is it not our responsibility to voice them?
I've been using my iPhones for everything from;
generating PDF documents
taking photos while on a call
remote support service with RDP and VNC,
copying pasting from/to and within apps
pinging clients with running services on a network
listening to music while running other apps
transferring moneys between bank accounts on a call
driving with GPS directions while in a call
surfing web for info while on calls
manipulating data and adding new info to contacts or other docs across apps
and the list goes on.
Oh and I use a bluetooth headset which frees use of the phone even more. I can hear while still using other apps and not worrying about speaker phone and some one else eavesdropping my call.
This is not Multitasking in what way? Most Windows users I see with their desk and laptops in our shop rarely even multitask, most aren't even fluent when even attempting to multitask.. they are typically one window at a time and often do not even know how to properly copy and paste or even minimize or maximize windows. They are typically working in one window at a time fullscreen too.
Its only the users that are avid multitask users, that I would fathom grasping the concept on an iPhone let alone an iPad. They are very happy with one app at a time. I'm not sure if its habit or if it is some failure to conform to the new concepts on most OS since the late 80's, Multitasking.
Some complain they cant slip from within one app move to another and pop back into the one prior.... Im sorry thats exactly what the iPhone 3Gs with its enhanced speed seems to offer. Perhaps they just are not thinking in multi content themes, and are merely wishing small little windows all about their home screen with opened apps and complain about slowness and memory leaks etc. When the only attribute with this concept is multiple opened windows. But for what reason when apps open quickly enough to pop between them as you need them.
Also there is PUSH notifications from apps when the app is not even running, which is all the more better than running the app as a service reducing system resources and overall speed.
Now when it comes to working on a desktop or laptop I am always running multiple apps. but if they opened quickly enough and there was hardly any wait time or auto saving features within each program. I would rather they act as the iPhone and only run what is needed at that given moment. Sounds ludicrous I know, but multitasking is over rated the way people are expecting it to occur on a device like an iPhone or iPad.
Abble, seem's we use the 3Gs as the same way, and it look like both of us ( and many other i am sure) enjoy to have this device and how he work, concerning me i am always in moving in various place from the moment i change my E71 for a 3G i have stop to carry for a short trip my MBP , the Iphone have even more than my notebook i just carry 2 external battery , witch most of time i just need one and everything are perfect for me ...
Many people ask multitasking as it's the only dark point for the Iphone, but if you ask them in witch condition they need a real multitasking no one will have a sufficient reason for need it ....
@ I totally agree with you about the constructive criticism but how many people you see have this kind of criticism just a small quantity can realize they have an excellent device with some weak point will be adjust in time as Apple always do ...
Discussing about really important feature we need i will enjoy to participate, but empty talking about flash , just make me laugh as me or my wife, she use it from the version 1.1 and me only from the 2.0 version use Iphone december 2008 we never miss the flash implementation so for witch reason it will be more necessary for the IPAD
The really necessary function in the ipad we will need is the webcam, a USB port and Reader card (seem's some device will be available soon) yet other than this i cannot see something really important .... for most of our usage
@AbblePC and IpadOne, is there any other way for a power-user to get very penny of iPhone/iPod-Touch's price tag? While my use isn't quite at that level it is getting there with the iPod Touch.
Where the iPhoneOS needs improvement is in the use of App freeze states and the ability for Apps to pass more then just text and image data back and forth... or be able to retrieve data out of a frozen app state.