First look: Apple's iOS 4.2 for iPad and iPhone

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  • Reply 21 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaulMJohnson View Post


    I'm just going to wait and see how the software orientation lock works. My gut instinct is that this is not a good chance, since like the previous poster, I used the toggle switch very often.



    Do you know how I access the software lock by any chance?



    Same way as on the iPhone. Double-tap Home; slide right to left, touch the lock.
  • Reply 22 of 83
    We Apple fans are a strange bunch.\
  • Reply 23 of 83
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    This is a fantastic improvement. Until today, a developer needed at least 2 different SDKs-- one for the iPad (3.2) and another for all the iPhones and iPod Touches.



    Now, finally we have a single SDK that can be used for development and deploy on any iDevice.



    This is far more important, IMO, than having a Dvorak kb with Cyrillic characters and a Magyar dictionary.



    ... Egy, Ketto", Három, Négy, Öt...





    The key things are in the beta, targeted for November... the other things can be added, anytime!



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  • Reply 24 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaulMJohnson View Post


    I'm just going to wait and see how the software orientation lock works. My gut instinct is that this is not a good chance, since like the previous poster, I used the toggle switch very often.



    Do you know how I access the software lock by any chance?



    Yes!



    You have to be using the device, with the screen unlocked.



    You press the home button twice (open multi tasking drawer)



    Flick right (as if you wanted the iPod controls)



    The lock is the rightmost button (to the right of the iPod icon)



    Orient the screen the way you want and press the button.



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  • Reply 25 of 83
    I am reminded of Parkinson's Law of Triviality:



    http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/2004603



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  • Reply 26 of 83
    onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    All that and still no English spell-check for a machine that is a "productivity device" sold world-wide. I can use the English *keyboard* but everything I type is marked as incorrect because the only dictionary is American. Great. Writers will flock to this thing.



    FAIL.



    There isn't?



    Funny I use the English as well as the American dictionaries and a few others all the time.



    Maybe you should take a breather and learn a bit about what you already have before you comment.
  • Reply 27 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    I am reminded of Parkinson's Law of Triviality:



    http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/2004603



    .



    +1



    Yup. Talk about trivial.
  • Reply 28 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myapplelove View Post


    Great article guys.



    Let me just ask for everyone's understanding whilst I use caps for a few words:



    THE NEW SOFTWARE ORIENTATION LOCK IS A COLOSSALLY STUPID MOVE BY APPLE.



    Thanks for letting me take it off my chest.



    Hey apple software engineers please get it:



    The mute button is there on a phone for a very good reason, quick mute for calls, there isn't any reason to be there on an ipad, you are almost never going to quickly need to mute the device.



    Even if you do need that on such a rare occasion, there's a way to do it, just one second on the lower volume button.



    The screen lock physical button it's a essential, there are users such as myself that use it very, very often, I literally use it sometimes a few times within an hour. People need a button, to see if it's lock or not, to feel the button and do it with one click instead of double clicking the main ipad button then choosing lock screen then going back to their application.



    It's an inexplicably stupid decision to change this. You can already mute by holding the volume for less than a sec or a for second or so. Why do you need to use another (very, very useful button or even an indispensable one for screen lock) button to do the very same thing. So essentially you 'll have two buttons sharing functionality in a device that only has three buttons? How dumb is that? Two of the three control buttons controlling sound on a device that isn't primarily an ipod but a browser/reader/photos/apps/video device. Why? Oh Why? A dedicated mute on a device that isn't a phone to ring and bother you when you don't want it to?



    And a word to the Stevster: You said it first Steve, you aren't perfect, you are close in terms of tech, but you are not perfect. Recent case in point the inexplicable washing out of all colour in itunes sidebar that makes it virtually impossible to navigate it for anyone without the eyes of an 18 year old. Going counter every neuroscience study on human perception (hint:colour and pictures far quicker to distinguish quickly than grey and words) and counter to even apple's own human interface guidelines. Hear again with this choice you are making a bad move. Change it.





    Please everyone send apple feedback on this, they will have to listen.



    QFT.

    I couldn't agree more.

    Off to leave feedback with Apple on this boneheaded decision.
  • Reply 29 of 83
    20-app folders and fonts in Notes!!! Also, I think Game Center's weird green squares will fill with games once you have them, which is just awesome.



    Having brightness in the multitasking bar is great, but why did they switch the screen-lock to only software? Who needs mute anyway? It's easy enough to hold down the volume-down for a second.
  • Reply 30 of 83
    2oh12oh1 Posts: 501member
    I really hope AirPlay will let me stream music from my iPhone 4 to my airport express.
  • Reply 31 of 83
    Looks great! Can't wait to upgrade my iphone. Airprint looks promising to me.
  • Reply 32 of 83
    It looks like you have to print the entire document and cannot just print a certain page or range of pages. Is that correct?
  • Reply 33 of 83
    onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justbobf View Post


    It looks like you have to print the entire document and cannot just print a certain page or range of pages. Is that correct?



    No. Follow the link.
  • Reply 34 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    Yes!



    You have to be using the device, with the screen unlocked.



    You press the home button twice (open multi tasking drawer)



    Flick right (as if you wanted the iPod controls)



    The lock is the rightmost button (to the right of the iPod icon)



    Orient the screen the way you want and press the button.



    .



    Thanks, that actually sounds OK, given at most I use the lock feature maybe 2 times per hour.



    One thing I hope they will change as they make the mechanical switch the mute switch is the way the volume rocker switch functions when you are turning the sound down. I find when you hold it to turn the sound down, it goes into mute far too quickly. Hopefully they will take out the way it goes into mute with the rocker switch completely (unless of course you hold it for so long the level decreases to zero).
  • Reply 35 of 83
    Where's the camera controls?
  • Reply 36 of 83
    Off the topic but the mention of "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" brought me instantly back to my childhood. Now get back to the orientation question.
  • Reply 37 of 83
    ahh finally notes in helvetica. while helvetica is the vanilla of fonts, i can't tell you how many graphic designers will be thrilled that they're not forced to make notes in marker felt or any other ms comic ripoff. marker felt is nails on a chalkboard to a graphic designer.



    as for orientation lock, double click, swipe right, tap the icon. less than a second. NO BIG WOOP.



    this update is going to do a LOT for the iPad.
  • Reply 38 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Postulant View Post


    We Apple fans are a strange bunch.\



    Seriously!
  • Reply 39 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    I disagree completely!

    I suspect that the iPad will soon have FaceTime and could use a mute button (as, supposedly, it was originally called).



    Oh, you mean the current cameraless iPad? Yeah, I can certainly see how current iPad owners will find a physical mute button useful for FaceTime...



    The physical switch should be user-configurable. That way everyone is happy.
  • Reply 40 of 83
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myapplelove View Post


    Great article guys.



    Let me just ask for everyone's understanding whilst I use caps for a few words:



    THE NEW SOFTWARE ORIENTATION LOCK IS A COLOSSALLY STUPID MOVE BY APPLE.



    Thanks for letting me take it off my chest.



    Hey apple software engineers please get it:



    The mute button is there on a phone for a very good reason, quick mute for calls, there isn't any reason to be there on an ipad, you are almost never going to quickly need to mute the device.



    Even if you do need that on such a rare occasion, there's a way to do it, just one second on the lower volume button.



    The screen lock physical button it's a essential, there are users such as myself that use it very, very often, I literally use it sometimes a few times within an hour. People need a button, to see if it's lock or not, to feel the button and do it with one click instead of double clicking the main ipad button then choosing lock screen then going back to their application.



    It's an inexplicably stupid decision to change this. You can already mute by holding the volume for less than a sec or a for second or so. Why do you need to use another (very, very useful button or even an indispensable one for screen lock) button to do the very same thing. So essentially you 'll have two buttons sharing functionality in a device that only has three buttons? How dumb is that? Two of the three control buttons controlling sound on a device that isn't primarily an ipod but a browser/reader/photos/apps/video device. Why? Oh Why? A dedicated mute on a device that isn't a phone to ring and bother you when you don't want it to?



    And a word to the Stevster: You said it first Steve, you aren't perfect, you are close in terms of tech, but you are not perfect. Recent case in point the inexplicable washing out of all colour in itunes sidebar that makes it virtually impossible to navigate it for anyone without the eyes of an 18 year old. Going counter every neuroscience study on human perception (hint:colour and pictures far quicker to distinguish quickly than grey and words) and counter to even apple's own human interface guidelines. Hear again with this choice you are making a bad move. Change it.





    Please everyone send apple feedback on this, they will have to listen.





    Chill out. This is a beta. They might have based this beta on a very early build of iOS 3.2 where the switch was used to mute. Apple did that before but they came back and fixed it in the next betas. This beta is still not ready for release... Even MobileMe push email is not working. Give it some time.
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