Back when the iPad was first announced, I wrote a column where I speculated on how well the iPad might squeeze in between an iPhone on the one end and a MacBook on the other. Now that the iPad has been released, and I’ve actually had the chance to work with device, I want to revisit this topic. If you haven’t already purchased an iPad, you’re probably considering getting one. But before you plunk down $500 or more dollars, you want to know: “Is it worth it for me? Do I really need it? Will I really use it?” For the answers, read on…
Months before I ever held an iPad in my hands, I predicted that the iPad would be an “inside the park home run.” Now that I’ve spent the past few days working with my new iPad, my assessment remains unchanged. If I revised anything, it would be to move the home run out of the park. The iPad is even better than I had anticipated. Still, the iPad may have an unsettling effect on content creation…
The iWork apps are a weathervane for predicting the future direction of the iPad. Many analysts are predicting that the iPad is destined to replace traditional laptop computers over time. If so, the iPad will almost certainly need better content creation capabilities than it now has. The iWork apps are currently the premiere content creation software for the iPad. So it pays to take a close look at how they work. In that regard, I want to focus on only one aspect of these apps today: file sharing. Unfortunately, file sharing via iWork apps on the iPad is a major kludge. The feature works, but not with the sort of user interface that we have come to expect from Apple.
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There is much speculation as to if and when the iPad can ultimately replace traditional laptops for general users. If so, as was the case when the MacBook Air came out, one often-asked question is: How will users get by without a built-in optical drive? I, for one, expect to have no problem. In fact, I hardly ever use any built-in optical drives anymore.
You have documents on your Mac, such as PDF files that downloaded from the Web or text files that you created yourself, that you want to be able to view from your iPhone (or iPod touch). Can you do it? Absolutely. In fact, the most difficult step is likely to be choosing which of several possible alternatives you want to use.
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It appears that the iPad will not support iPhone Internet tethering. How might this affect which iPad (Wi-Fi-only vs. Wi-Fi + 3G) you should buy? What is Internet tethering anyway? How does it work? And why isn’t it available yet on your iPhone? For all the answers, read on…
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