Functionality Holes Being Filled Quickly

Discussion in 'iPad' started by redman042, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    Clearly the iPad is already great for consumption and fun, with some creation, but I would love to see the iPad reach a point where you truly can leave the laptop at home and get 95% of your work done on it. I haven't even purchased my iPad yet and it already seems like those holes are getting filled fast.

    OS 4.0 will obviously take care of multitasking. It might also improve file sharing but we'll see. I'm seeing mention that you can already specify a "viewer" app for file types on iPad (but I don't know how this works) theoretically allowing you to get an email with a Word attachment and open it in Documents to Go or whatever app you want, rather than the built-in file viewer.

    iWork for iPad isn't very fluent with Office files. It may get better over time. Browsing the iPad section of the App Store, I see Office2 Pro which implies that it does better - looks rough but may become a great alternative over time. I fully expect Documents to Go to end up with an iPad version as well. Heck, maybe even Office will come some day - it's on the Mac after all. I don't need all Office functionality but I need an app that won't mess up existing formatting in a document emailed to me.

    I also see FileBrowser in the iPad app store. It's called NetPortal on the iPhone but looks almost the same. It gives you access to remote server files, downloading, opening and editing, and attaching to email. That will go a long way to making my iPad work-worthy.

    So we're getting there. I'm convinced owning the iPad will definitely be worth it and this will only be more true over time, as apps are released and the OS is updated.
     
  2. macDonalds macrumors 6502

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    I think using this as a productivity device defeats its purpose.
     
  3. hchavarria macrumors 6502

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    I don't think the ipad was made with with the intention to replace the laptop so I believe that their are certain things that we just won't see. Although some things are things that apps can take care of but certainly they won't be things across the OS.
     
  4. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    What a meaningless thing to say.
     
  5. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Holes are being filled slowly. We have to wait till fall for os 4. As a day one iPad owner, that seems too slow.

    No it does not. It defeats Apple's desire ti avoid cannibalizing MacBook sales but the iPad feels exactly like the right form factor for a low end general purpose computer.

    I agree, but in the end the Market dictates how gadgets get used. Just as jail breakers forced Apple to finally support wallpaper, there are enough net book replacement users out here that Apple will have to reluctantly support basic things like a filesystem. Apple started this when they advertised iWork on the iPad. It's called iWork,not iPlay!
     
  6. PCClone macrumors 6502a

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    What? It isn't a laptop, desktop, or netbook replacement? Why is this news just coming out today? :confused:
     
  7. macDonalds macrumors 6502

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    Because I just bought it and now I'm able to inform the masses.
     
  8. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    +1

    Every computer should be able to produce
     
  9. iLiveUdie macrumors regular

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    I would LOVE for that to happen as well!

    It may someday!
     
  10. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. In the end, the market will always win. I bet that the market for the iPad is primarily comprised of people who will also have a computer for their more complex tasks and file system management needs, who will continue to buy the iPad in droves without Apple every adding a dedicated file system.
     
  11. iLiveUdie macrumors regular

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    Of course it will always win, it is APPLE.

    Look it the HP slate....8x better than the iPad, YET people will not switch to the salte because this is APPLE.
     
  12. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    Posted from my iPad

    Just bought the filebrowser app and I like it. Thanks OP
     
  13. redman042 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I think the iPad will replace BASIC laptop productivity functions and that's what Apple had in mind. They did release iWork with the device and that certainly sends a message. While there could be some cannabalizing of Mac sales, the iPad makes them a healthy profit too and is more likely to pull customers away from Windows netbooks than Macs. It will also usher a new era of touch computing for the masses, and could easily expand into much more powerful touch-based Macs.

    I don't ever see the iPad doing complex content creation, but it could easily evolve much beyond what it can do today, and for many, will be the perfect stand-alone road warrior tool.
     
  14. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    It's either magic and voodoo, or there is something else going it. Could it just be that 8x better (as defined by some functionality list, I suppose), makes it harder to use with a worse end user experience? Could it be that the lack of integration between the hardware and the OS will decrease the end user experience? Could it be that Apple can just design things better than HP and MS?

    No, no, I'm sure that's not it. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    8x better? What are you basing this on? The HP hasn't even come out yet, so no one really knows how it will function in real life. Its like the Joo Joo, everyone was saying how great that was going to be, and then when it finally came out it was horrible and no where near to what the ipad was.
     
  16. AC Rempt macrumors 6502

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    The best thing about that is developers will help expand how the iPad can and will be used, just like most other platforms. No one was looking at the iPhone as a gaming platform when it first came until developers started creating really cool games. Apple may have a sense of what they see as the iPad's "purpose," but that sense can and will change as more apps bring more capabilities.

    I think it's actually smart of Apple to leave some holes that can be filled by third parties to create a market that will push the iPad forward. Someone will create the means for the iPad to be a "productivity device."
     
  17. Friscohoya macrumors 6502a

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    PDF annotation will help tremendously. Existing few options have poor UI. There are a number of these prgrams for windows based tablets but few for ipad. Stylus input helps here too.
     
  18. uraniumwilly macrumors 6502

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    There are people, professionals, who agree with you. In this case, the writer is of some renown and feels it's already 90% there. http://kos.dailykos.com/
     
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    For content creation I still don't see how this is better than a macbook air or a laptop in the 11-12 inch category.

    While it is lighter if i'm doing my work those laptops aren't heavy enough that it really makes any noticeable difference and the speed i can get things on a laptop vs an ipad gives puts it on top. Note i'm someone who has to refer to many docs while i'm creating one. Right now and even in 4.0 this won't be very fluid.

    As an entertainment device it's equal to those laptops as if i'm just lounging around wanting to read or watch something the fact it's light and small would encourage me to do it more.
     
  21. uraniumwilly macrumors 6502

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    I think you make good points. My MBP doesn't last too long on a charge. It's a 17", heavy and for travel I can do all I personally want to do on an iPad. I only need to write and get internet access. Everything else, movies, games, etc. or all extras - sexy extras.

    It's as if my MBP has become my mothership and my desktop is no longer necessary.
     
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    Best summary I've seen in a while:
     

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