Multitasking, Camera and Tethering....


-Ryan-

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No camera and looks like no multitasking. Don't know about tethering, but I doubt it.
 

marksman

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Nothing said about any of those things.

The only one I care about is tethering.

I want to be able to tether off my iphone not pay $30 a month more to AT&T.
 

and.sleepless

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It would be amazing for photographers if we can tether this to our cameras. I would buy it for that reason alone.
 

mac jones

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I'm inclined to think there could be multitasking as all the restrictions for the iphone use won't apply so there's no reason why it couldn't, except perhaps for copyrights.

And for that matter there are other restrictions that i sure hope don't apply here (like accessing iTunes directly instead of through wifi only)

but then, if any restrictions do exist for copyright issue i'll live with it ( a necessary evil i imagine)
 

ks-man

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Why isn't there iSight?

I think the lack of iSight is the biggest thing the iPad is missing (granted there are other things).

I could have seen getting this to replace my MBA, but without video conferencing in iChat that just isn't a possibility. I can't imagine that would have been hard or expensive to implement.
 

ks-man

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...because Apple decided not to put one in.
thanks, very enlightening :rolleyes:

The point of the thread was for others to comment on the lack of video conferencing. I realize that it is probably being mentioned in the other main threads, but as those get 50-100 comments a minute I didn't think it was crazy to focus a thread on just that. Obviously it would get a few comments and go to the back of the boards.
 

mrgreen4242

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I'm inclined to think there could be multitasking as all the restrictions for the iphone use won't apply so there's no reason why it couldn't, except perhaps for copyrights.

And for that matter there are other restrictions that i sure hope don't apply here (like accessing iTunes directly instead of through wifi only)

but then, if any restrictions do exist for copyright issue i'll live with it ( a necessary evil i imagine)
WTF are you talking about copyright restrictions in multitasking? Do you mean patents? They are completely different things, if so. There's not likely to be any patent issues with multitasking as every other OS does it, desktop or mobile.
 

-aggie-

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It's hard to tell why they didn't, unless they wanted to add that next year as a means to get us to upgrade. Anyway, that was just one of the disappointments. Amazing after all the hype.
 

GoCubsGo

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No iSight is odd indeed but then again I agree with -aggie-, what will make us want to upgrade to Rev B? Oh yeah, Rev A will suck balls with flaws so Rev B will be way better even without a camera.
 

ks-man

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I truthfully can't believe that Apple purposely left out the camera so they would have something to add when the revision comes out in a year. That would be horrendous business practices and would open the door for a competitor.

I see only two legitimate reasons (which are both flawed):

Would be too expensive - Just add it on a higher model then
Would cut into MBA sales - By leaving it off they may add an extra 50k sales for MBA, but I'm guessing they would sell an extra 1 million or more iPads with iSight+iChat. Remember they could incorporate iSight to be used in gaming so that two people playing each other could communicate.

The pricing of this device is very attractive (even at $599 if it included iSight) and I think many more people would jump on board.
 

Unguided

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I notice on the Apple page under Connectivity it mentions a Camera Connection kit, so does seem like we might get some kind of external camera or maybe just a docking to Mini/Micro Usb cable to connect directly to cameras.
 

JWFerne

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I'm really disappointed in the lack of iSight as well. Since the iphone came out I've been able to take 1-2 day business trips without a laptop. The one feature for me that's lacking is the ability to video chat with clients & the office. I was hoping the iPad would have this feature and really be my go-to machine. My heart dropped when it didn't show up in the specs.

Features I wanted and doesn't look like I'll see anytime soon are:
- iChat/Skype video conferencing
- Stylus input so I could take a document and take notes on top of a PDF
- Carrier alternatives instead of AT&T... POS service it is.
 

TraceyS/FL

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I notice on the Apple page under Connectivity it mentions a Camera Connection kit, so does seem like we might get some kind of external camera or maybe just a docking to Mini/Micro Usb cable to connect directly to cameras.
The accessories are featured on the Tech Spec page i think - you will be able to directly upload from cameras, SD or video it says. WHich is kinda cool!

I don't miss a camera on this - i'd rather have it on my Touch (my camera on my phone stinks).
 

DreamcastDC

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I hope this flop, then Apple will need to rethink their strategy, and redesign the whole thing, right now it just look like a big iPod Touch, I also can't believe he said this is a better than a netbook, better than a netbook, yeah right, its running on iPhone limted OS, I would rather buy the HP Slate which runs on Windows 7.
 

Unguided

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Yeah I see the accessories now, hmmm wonder if they could enhance the usability of the SD reader accessory and allow us to use SD cards as extra storage capacity.
 

TraceyS/FL

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I hope this flop, then Apple will need to rethink their strategy, and redesign the whole thing, right now it just look like a big iPod Touch, I also can't believe he said this is a better than a netbook.
Well, according to my 14yo DD - it's way better, she is happy she passed on my netbook offer in july. Why?

Because it does Pages and she can play her Apps.... and the screen is bigger for reading books....

She apparently is the total target market, and will be hitting us up for one for her birthday next week :D
 

codo

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Of course there is no camera - this is what Apple does a la iPhone.

2011 - Apple iPad + Camera plus other stuff everyone will claim it "always should have had" etc
2012 - Apple iPad with multitasking
etc etc

You get my drift.

They need to up-sell in the future therefore it makes no business sense to put EVERYTHING in the first generation. Enough to be desirable, enough held back to add later and entice people into buying the new generation.

I frankly, think it looks awesome. Can't wait to go and try it out.
 

aaquib

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I hope this flop, then Apple will need to rethink their strategy, and redesign the whole thing, right now it just look like a big iPod Touch, I also can't believe he said this is a better than a netbook.
It is far better than a netbook. What does a netbook do? Browse the web using a cramped keyboard, extremely underpowered, not good for much more than browsing the web.

The iPad is far more. It has an incredible looking iWork app for $10, you can browse photos and videos in an unbelievable fashion, the browser is a joy to use, you can download over 140 000 apps on the app store, now get books on it. Youtube, HD video on a 10" display. And its $499!

Day one purchase for me.
 

Rapmastac1

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In the Depths of the SLC!
I too thought for sure there would be a camera, as that would be the "surprise" for interacting with the device.

I'm wondering how restricted the BT chip on this is going to be. I would be fine just getting the WiFi version if I could BT files back and forth from my Blackberry. It would be great to make documents and send them to my Blackberry so I can send them to my work computer.

The camera connection kit looks like it would be something good though. You can get files off the kit, but I wonder if it will let you put files on it...
 

imacdaddy

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I notice on the Apple page under Connectivity it mentions a Camera Connection kit, so does seem like we might get some kind of external camera or maybe just a docking to Mini/Micro Usb cable to connect directly to cameras.
Interesting. Video conferencing may still be a possibility.
 

chill.

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It is far better than a netbook. What does a netbook do? Browse the web using a cramped keyboard, extremely underpowered, not good for much more than browsing the web.

The iPad is far more. It has an incredible looking iWork app for $10, you can browse photos and videos in an unbelievable fashion, the browser is a joy to use, you can download over 140 000 apps on the app store, now get books on it. Youtube, HD video on a 10" display. And its $499!

Day one purchase for me.
the ipad has a smaller keyboard, a netbook is more powerful because it actually runs a whole OS and can multitask, and a netbook has 10x the amount of space

with a netbook you can go online, download a set of lecture notes, open it, and edit it. with the ipad... you can't