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Apple’s iPad: What it represents

iPad on an invisible table

iPad on an invisible table in Steve Job's home ;p

So, the iPad is the rumored tablet that Apple finally unveiled to the public last 27 January. Some people were amazed, more were disappointed, others even told themselves, “Why the hell would I buy this?” Me? I would buy the 16GB version today for 2 reasons.

Firstly, as an iPhone developer, I’d definitely need to test my current app on an actual iPad. I’d want to use it to see how I can take advantage of the added screen real estate & the better specs if I were to release DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz as “native” iPad apps.

Secondly, I definitely see this as something I can use when I don’t want to fire up my Macbook in the SOHO just to check my e-mail, browse the web, play games, watch videos, or other casual activities. The iPhone is great for these things, but the iPad can arguably do them better. In short, this is the netbook I’ve been waiting for.

However, there has been a lot of negative feedback regarding the iPad. It doesn’t allow third party app multi-tasking. It doesn’t run Flash. It doesn’t have a real keyboard. It doesn’t have a camera. It still needs a separate computer to function properly. It doesn’t have an optical drive. It doesn’t have a real desktop/laptop/netbook OS.

Instead of offering my two-cents about what the iPad can or can’t do, I’d rather go into a discussion into what the iPad means for the future of personal computing & why Apple may have actually left out a lot of things on purpose in it’s goal to redefine a netbook.

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Cool! A major update to DeskWhiz (v1.1) is now available on the App Store. It includes the following fixes & enhancements:

  • Landscape mode (with option to enable/disable)
  • Option to fit images to screen
  • Improved performance when adding & loading images

As always, your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Kudos to the reborn Apple iPhone App Store Review team for a quick review! 😉

NEW! Landscape Mode in DeskWhiz v1.1

NEW! Landscape Mode in DeskWhiz v1.1

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DISCLAIMER: I have been a loyal Globe subscriber for 13+ years, and I was a Smart subscriber as well for 2 years before I got my first iPhone in late 2008. Enough is enough.

For those who are following me on Twitter, you may be aware that I’m currently having problems with my billing for internet usage for my Globe postpaid plan. I have asked Globe to give me a detailed breakdown of my internet usage, but they refuse to issue a breakdown & expect me to take the total minutes or KB indicated on my bill at face value. The sad thing is that I’m not the only one experiencing this: fellow bloggers such as Abe Olandres & Noemi Dado (among others) have also posted their “horror stories” with Globe’s internet usage billing. There are also a couple of threads in PhilMUG (here & here) & applei.ph (here) containing other Globe subscribers’ horror stories.

I conducted an experiment last December to see if there was some basis for my complaints. On December 17, I edited my APN to make sure that I could not connect to Globe’s data servers. To verify that I no longer had a connection, I turned off WiFi & opened Safari. I tried to connect to Globe’s iPhone site & the following alert appeared:

"Could not activate cellular data network"

"Could not activate cellular data network"

Okay, now I could safely begin my experiment. I retrieved my unbilled charges & they amounted to PhP1337.92. For the next 24 hours, I planned to subsist on Wifi only. Since I work at home, that would not be a problem.

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