Couple of minor niggles about the iPad

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  1. parish macrumors 65816

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    1) why the hell isn't the calculator included in the iPad version of the iPhone OS? It's a great little calculator that I use a lot (although I could do with it supporting binary and hex too) :confused:

    2) why haven't Apple made more use of the additional real estate in the status bar on the iPad? An obvious one would be to display the date as well as the time.
     
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    1) I'm guessing Apple decided that there are better alternatives available on the App Store. I wouldn't be surprised to see if they're removed from iPhones when the OS 4 update comes out.

    2) Good question. Who knows, maybe as the platform evolves we'll see more possibilities in all areas of the iPad. Multi-touch is still in its infancy, remember. If it's this good now, most of the kinks (and undoubtably more features) should be solved in the coming revisions over the next several years.
     
  3. Stardotboy macrumors regular

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    On your second point, the date is displayed via the calendar icon.
     
  4. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

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    When I got my iPad, I spent a while in the settings screen trying to find the setting to enable the date in the menu bar. Turns out it wasn't there..... lol. Maybe it will come in an update.
     
  5. REBELinBLUE macrumors regular

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    With the clock at least it can do things that app store apps can't, namely maintain an alarm without needing the app active.

    I've been wondering about this the last few days, these are all "widget" like apps that wouldn't scale version well to full screen on the iPad, we haven't seen any of the 4.0 features that are iPad only yet, the iPad update will be months after the iPhone version and the keyboard dock has a totally blank button which does nothing so I'm wondering if 4.0 might see some sort of dashboard like interface which will be launched with that key (although not sure yet how you'd launch it on the iPad itself)
     
  6. parish thread starter macrumors 65816

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    True, but that's not much use when browsing a website for example.
     
  7. epi117 macrumors 6502

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    Yep, i miss the alarm and the simplicity of the original stock app.
     
  8. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    1) There are plenty of Calculator apps on the App Store

    2) There's a (jailbreak) app for that. :)
     
  9. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    That's only visible on the main screen which makes it essentially useless if you're actually doing something with your device! There's loads of space for the full date to be displayed on the iPad.
     
  10. Stardotboy macrumors regular

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    I guess, though in the odd cases when you've forgotten today's date and are browsing a website, a reasonable workaround is pressing the home button to be instantly reminded of the date.

    Not saying that they couldn't add it to the bar of the top of the screen, but as niggles go this is scraping the bottom of the barrel somewhat.
     
  11. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    Apple's supposed to be about considering the little details so it seems to be a bit of a blooper to miss that one!
     
  12. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    The next iPad OS update is going to be an awesome one -- its going to bring a lot of additional functionality.
     
  13. REBELinBLUE macrumors regular

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    That is of course assuming the calendar is on the same screen as the app you at exiting, otherwise you have to press home, find calendar and then find the app you were using again
     
  14. Stardotboy macrumors regular

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    Or just stick the calendar onto the dock.
     
  15. REBELinBLUE macrumors regular

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    D'oh, of course. Brain isn't working today >_<

    Still not a fantastic solution, but better than nothing.
     
  16. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

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    1. I pondered this too considering the iPad is using a slightly updated iPhone OS 3.2 Firmware, plus both the iPhone and iPod come with the calculator standard. Additionally despite the iPad including a microphone, no voice recorder app which is again standard on the iPod touch and iPhone, was included. Maybe they have left these till OS 4 for the iPad. One niggling thing about the calculator was that in portrait mode no "%" was visible.

    2. I agree there should be an option to display the date and time as there is plenty of space as it currently looks a bit baron.

    Has anyone else noticed the usual green battery charging icon no longer stays visible even when the iPad is locked and charging. It only appears briefly when the power plus is plugged into the iPad either when locked or unlocked.
     
  17. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    For a good iPad calculator check out PCalc Lite. Free app with alot of good functions. If you need more you can expand the functionality with in app purchases. It's a universal app to so it works with iPhone as well (if you've got one).

    Hope this is helpful.
     
  18. jtara macrumors 65816

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    I would.

    There are plenty of calculators in the app store for the iPhone, even though Apple supplies their own calculator.

    Apple really doesn't keep applications out of the App Store for no good reason.
     
  19. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm guessing because once they put it there, if removed there would be howls of resistance. There's not all that much room, and lots of things would be useful up there. Yes, I agree the date is one of those things, but other things too like: Notifications for email, IMs, appointment calender, your user name if they implement user accounts, bluetooth status, one space for an app to customize, etc. I know they have the audible notification for the appointments, but there are deaf people too.
     
  20. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Agreed. Though so far history shows that this should have no impact on the default apps that ship with the device.
     

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