Nokia and Apple introduce things

Tuesday October 22nd was a busy day for technology geeks. Both Apple and Nokia had an event, and both were streamed live.

Unfortunately for Nokia, most of their news was soon pushed to the second news page by all shiny stuff that Apple introduced. Which is kind of sad for them. 

The issue with WiFi-Sync in iOS5

According to the Apple site, WiFi-Sync starts syncing your purchases to iTunes when your iDevice is connected to power and is in standby mode.

For many people, this will be at night, when they go to bed and they plug in their iDevices.

Now, raise your hand when you keep your Mac running during the night, especially those with a laptop.

Right, thank you.

Ommwriter for iPad is there - impressions from a fan

As recently announced, Ommwriter for iPad is finally here. At first, only in a few Appstores, but now, I think every Appstore should have it available. 
It works almost the same as the desktop version, with the same new sounds and visuals.

However, I have two issues with the current version.
First, there is no dropbox or other filecloud thingamajingy support. Emailing a text to yourself is really 90s. So I hope a next update will incorporate dropbox or cloudapp support.

The lack of a cloud service is a minor annoyance, my biggest peeve is with the keyboard. Understandably the guys from Ommwriter chose to modify the keyboard to blend in more with the app, and thus make it less obtrusive (and have a little wobble while typing). That's perfect in theory. however, the implementation leaves to be desired. Because, with this, they also made the keyboard more narrow. And now, I miss quite a few keystrokes, and it makes me concentrate on the keyboard, which is in contrast with what the app actually wants to achieve: concentrate on your writing.

See the difference between the regular iPad keyboard and the Ommwriter version below. Note that the latter is almost a key width narrower in width and height:

I am one of the few persons who can type blind on an iPad with almost the same speed as on a regular keyboard, and this Ommwriter keyboard really reduces my performance in speed and more importantly accuracy.

looks like I spoke too soon (RTFM!). It's actually possible to enlarge the keyboard at will..
So, you can make it even wider than the original keyboard.. That's just awesome!

iOS 4.3 GM Home Sharing

Way cool, the picture shows my iPad playing "Drive" and the iPhone playing Batman: Gotham Knights animated movie.

Imagine the following use case:
- WiFi in your car (using a MiFi for instance)
- Your kids in the back seat, each their own iPod Touch or iPad.
- In the passenger seat a macbookpro with iTunes

All devices have Home Sharing enabled.

Verdict: awesome!

What if the iPad became it's own product range?

Techcrunch's MC Siegler has an article up that states that Apple may be developing a larger iPad variant, about 15 inch in size and possibly announced on the (developer!) conference WWDC 2010.

John Gruber thinks this is total bullshit.

I do agree with John that at first this is way too early to even consider a larger variant, but if the iPad will be a success, the idea isn't too bad at all.

As a photographer I love the idea of taking the iPad with me to clients to check out and select the photos, present my work and even write an invoice on the spot. I'm already sold to the 9.7" version.

However, for serious editing work, I would love to see a larger version. And with larger, I mean LARGER, like 20-24 inch. Yes it wouldn't be portable, but look at it as a Wacom Cintiq with the added multitouch function and full computer possibility (the Cintiq is just a "screen"). Ideal for studio work. I can totally see myself working in Bibble 5 using a large iPad like that. And for on the road work, a version that is mentioned in the Techcrunch article of about 15.4" would be pretty nice as well. So the iPad becomes it's own product range, with an iPad (10"), iPad Pro (15") and iPad Studio (20") version. But since the iPad is running the iPhone OS, what would the larger variants run, it can't be iPhone OS with its limitations?

I guess "standard" OS X to make full use of their size and functionality. And thus this idea is almost immediately killed. Why would Apple support different OS-es in one product range? It would make support and development much harder.

It's much more plausible that the iPad will be extended with functionality, remaining similar sized (maybe grow a bit larger to max 12"). Still, I like the idea of editing photos/movies on a large iPad :-)