Monday, April 12th, 2010
Steve Kraske sits down with “Tech-sperts” Dustin Jacobsen, Director of Social Media and Technology at Barkley, and Justin Parlette, Support Systems Administrator at University of Missouri, Kansas City.
They review Apple’s newest gadget, the iPad, cover news of iPhone 4.0 OS multitasking capabilities, and location-aware apps.
A few highlights:
- iPad: trying to find a place to live (3 min)
- People believe in Steve Jobs & the magic he brings to Apple products (5 min)
- Closed platforms: good or bad (10 min)
- Basic computer usage with instant internet access (12 min)
- Apple won’t allow Flash on the iPhone, iPad (17 min)
- HTML 5 (20 min)
- iPad apps: more than just eBooks, but interactive ebooks are great (24 min)
- An iPad isn’t a phone replacement (28 min)
- Google Android & other tablet computers (34 min)
- iPhone 4.0 (38 min)
- Location-aware apps (40 min)
- Even people that bought an iPad aren’t sure how they’ll use it (43 min)
- 20 years from now (48 min)
I had a few people comment back to me after the show that the iPad does have GPS (I said it doesn’t on the show). To clarify, the model I have (Wi-Fi only) does not a built-in GPS chip.
Apple’s New $499 – $829 iPad: GPS, Map, Navigation Features
Apple states: “iPad with Wi-Fi finds your location using known Wi-Fi hotspots, and Wi-Fi + 3G models use Wi-Fi, GPS, and cellular towers.”
I also had a lot of interesting comments about Flash on Apple devices (Apple will not allow Adobe’s Flash on the iPhone or iPad). Apple wants to be able to change the OS without breaking Flash apps. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but that is the stance that Apple is taking. And banning Flash isn’t going to slow Apple down. One comment I got was: “Absence of Flash isn’t keeping anyone away with content that people want.”