Originally Posted by kotatsu
The lack of multi-tasking is totally indefensible.
The inability of Apple bashers to ever check their facts before posting their inaccurate whining is indefensible.
Originally Posted by iGenius
For all the same reasons you run more than one app on any computer. Is that irrational? Or not specific enough?
How's this: I want to surf the web while waiting for an IM to come in, or while downloading a movie. Is that irrational?
My iPhone allows me to surf the web while waiting for an IM. It allows me to download an app while surfing the web (I never tried to download a movie). It allows me to talk on the phone while surfing the web. So what makes you think the iPad won't allow me to do that?
I'm still waiting for an explanation of why you'd want to play two games at the same time or surf the web while playing an action game. The things that most people need multitasking for work just fine.
Originally Posted by kotatsu
Funny, the lack of multi-tasking is why my wife went from wanting an Apple tablet (she has a Macbook and an iPhone) to having zero interest in one. All she wants to be able to do is browse the web while instant messaging at the same time. Not too much to ask, but far too much for iPad to deliver on.
Multi-tasking has been standard since the late 1980s. It's absurd not to have it now.
It's absurd that the iPhone has been out nearly 3 years and you still don't have a clue how it works.
I use the IM app on my iPhone while browsing the web all the time. So why are you giving your wife incorrect information - and what are you going to do when she finds out you're lying to her?
Originally Posted by BenRoethig
WWhen it comes right down to it.
-Can't run multiple applications.
-Can't watch hulu because of a complete lack of flash. Yes, it sucks, but many many things use it.
-Can't do video conferencing
-Too big to fit in your pocket.
Can't run multiple apps? Then why are there 140,000 apps on the App Store? Or maybe you mean at the same time? You can do almost everything you'd want multiple apps for - browse the web while downloading your email. Download an app while reading your email. Talk on the phone (on the iPhone) while browsing the web. Use Skype while browsing the web. Listen to music while browsing the web.
The only thing it won't let you do is use multiple third party apps at the same time - and no one has yet explained why you need to play two action games at the same time, for example.
Video conferencing? Third parties are already working on something for that (Belkin, for one). If you really want it, it will be available. Most people won't, so there's no reason to include it on millions of units for people who don't want it.
Hulu? Just a matter of time. Youtube is already going away from Flash. Hulu won't be far behind.
Fit in your pocket? Your laptop won't fit in your pocket. Your big screen TV won't fit into your pocket. Your refrigerator won't fit into your pocket. Your city's buses won't fit into your pocket. Who made the rule that everything has to fit into your pocket to be useful? If fitting into your pocket is a requirement, buy an iPod Touch.
Originally Posted by DistortedLoop
And no one has given a rational reason why it would not be worth the MINIMAL sacrifice in performance and battery life to multitask a couple of 3rd party apps.
No one has yet made a convincing argument to Apple that it's worth while. It means extra programming, extra debugging, reduced battery life (even if you're not using it, the code's there and has to be used), and extra expense for everyone. If you can think of a single thing that requires it, feel free to explain it to Apple.
So far, every time someone comes up with something that requires multitasking (checking your mail while browsing the web, for example), it's something that iPhone OS already does. So why is it important enough to require all the extra time and money?