iPad drops support for Traditional Chinese!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Full of Win, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    From the iPad page: Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian

    My iPhone does traditional, my iPod touch does it, my MacBook Pro and iMac as well. However, Apple has dropped Traditional Chinese support with this product. The irony here is that the OEM that makes the iPad is likely based out of Taiwan, where people use traditional.

    Sad, I was getting one of these for someone from Taiwan, so we would have matching iPads. Guess not now.
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Did it drop support in that it previously had support for it? I know to an extent that's semantics but I'm wondering if that was something removed instead of just expected.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    In a paid update. ;)

    I'm not sure why I have trouble buying that but ok.
  4. Full of Win thread starter macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Since its running the iPod OS version 3.2, then yes.
  5. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    iPhone OS not iPod OS.
  6. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    It technically didn't drop anything. It hasn't been released yet. Has anyone even see the traditional chinese in person/video, other than what has just been listed on paper?
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    It's just not Traditional Chinese. According to Apple's iphone tech specs page, the iPhone supports:

    So there's a considerable number of languages missing from the iPad. I've been wondering why that is myself. It's like we are back in the days of iPhone OS 1!
  8. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    Let's just hope they don't drop Old English too!

    "Hwæt! wē Gār-Dena in geār-dagum, þeod-cyninga, þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon. Oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum, monegum mægþum, meodosetla ofteah, egsode eorlas. Syððan ærest wearð feasceaft funden, he þæs frofre gebad, fewshiped weox under wolcnum, weorðmyndum þah, oðþæt him æghwylc þara ymbsittendra ofer hronrade hyran scolde, gomban gyldan. Þæt wæs god cyning!"
  9. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Any non-romanized language needs a whole different input screen created for it. I remember it took Apple a while to support all languages on the iPhone, and on the iPad they're having to redo the interface for each language; I'm sure they'll add those missing languages over the next few months.
  10. Full of Win thread starter macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Normally that would make sense. However, they have support for simplified and they have a base to work off of with the iPhone OS, that supports both display, keyboard and writing support for traditional.

    The places where this would make a difference are Taiwan and Hong Kong, both very wealthy markets.
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    You do realize iPhone OS 3.2 is still in beta stages and they can't just put something on their site that's not a fact? They'll continue to update the site as we get closer to the iPad launch. They probably just need to update the keyboards to fit the iPad's screen and once they finish, they'll add on the languages. It should have the same support as iPhone OS 3.1.
  12. Full of Win thread starter macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Don't know how I can prove my intentions. I guess you will have to take my word for it.

    I did post this offer to bring back an Apple keyboard (w/ traditional writing) back from Taiwan when I visited there a year ago. Apple keyboard with Chinese are somewhat hard to come by in the US.

  13. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    Yeah, but I hope that you do! I don't understand a single word, you must be pretty old, my English friend! :)
  14. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    But if they dropped traditional Chinese, then what's stopping traditional Chinese to make cheap Chinese mock-ups?
  15. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    So who here needs to have Chinese on their iPad? Anyone?
  16. malteselover macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010
    I do, because I would then be able to subscribe to Chinese magazines from Taiwan.
  17. icetyu macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2007
    Just got my iPad. Yes, Apple dropped support for traditional Chinese!!
  18. apesta macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    i need traditional chinese for occasional use. i dont know why they decide to exclude it. im wondering how they are gonna sell them in places like taiwan and Hong kong as these are two major places that uses traditional chinese.
  19. RenderMac macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2010
    Got my iPad today and very disappointed

    I hope Apple understand there is a big market in Taiwan and Hong Kong using traditional Chinese and not stupid enough not to supporting it. The common business sense is base on the number of people buying Mac products, not the population. This is purely not technical issues and hope the engineer and product people inside Apple not design their product based on the political sense but business sense.
  20. ImperialX macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    iPad OS updates are free until post-4.0.
  21. msa macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    Well, they removed support for (among other) Swedish keyboard. My original iPod Touch 1G bought at launch in 2007 did not support Swedish UI but still supported Swedish keyboard and Swedish date format. Swedish UI was added in the paid OS upgrade.
  22. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    You still can display traditional chinese fine (I tried some websites and some of my songs), just that there is no handwriting nor pinyin support for traditional. Thank goodness I use simplified :D
  23. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2010
    Hong Kong
    (I found this thread as I Googled 'iPad Traditional Chinese'.)

    Well, I am a Hong Konger, let me try to explain (or clarify) what the difference between tradition Chinese and simplified Chinese is.
    (Somehow it involves political affairs but I won't go deep here)

    Traditional Chinese means it is the original Chinese.
    As the strokes of a Chinese character can sometimes be very complicated,
    the simplified Chinese appeared.

    The translation of 'traditional Chinese' in English somehow is wrong.
    As the word 'traditional' may give people a thought that it is 'old', but that is not the case.

    Traditional Chinese is called 正體字 in Chinese,which literally means 'formal style word'.
    An other name for traditional Chinese is 繁體字,which literally means 'complicated style word'.
    The term 「繁體字」is commonly used in mainland China and Hong Kong (geographically near China), but not in Taiwan as
    the mainland China Government (which makes simplified Chinese official) wants 「繁體字」to seem really complicated.
    On the other hand, the translation of 'simplified Chinese' is correct, as it is 簡化字 (literally 'simple transform word') or 簡體字 (literally 'simple style word')
    (Hong Kong (British colony before July 1997), Taiwan use 'traditional Chinese', while mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia use 'simplified Chinese'.)

    Let me give you some examples:
    (Traditional Chinese) 廣東 (Guangdong) -> (Simplified Chinese) 广东
    (Traditional Chinese) 工廠 (factory) -> (Simplified Chinese) 工厂
    (Traditional Chinese) 愛 (love) -> (Simplified Chinese) 爱 (notice the word 'love' in trad. Chinese has a heart「心」while the simp. Chinese has a friend「友」)

    Just for your information.

    Hope Apple will release a software update which has traditional Chinese user interface, keyboard support for traditional Chinese, and dictionary support soon.
  24. rmgim1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    traditional Chinese in 3G iPad?

    I wonder if Apple has added support for traditional Chinese in this new (3g) iteration of the iPad? Probably too much to expect so soon.

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