Apple has launched a new tablet gadget known as iPad. Lovers of Mac were clamoring for the company to introduce such a tool in the market. If Apple had failed the expectations of its fans, its stockholders as well as customers would have been let down. It was impossible to reduce the momentum. The iPhone is a miniature computer. Apple has succeeded in showing the world what it is capable of doing. All they had to do was upscale the brilliant interface to a bigger device. Of course, it was not as easy as I am making it out to be.
The technical challenges involved in producing the iPad were huge. The company had to design a completely different operating system that was not like the Mac computer. It had to write core applications afresh and change the whole way a computer works. Apple is not the first company to release the tablet computer just as it did not release the cell phone or MP3 player first but it is a company that drives the public wild with its products. The company has a head start because the iPhone has more than 14,000 apps. The iPad has been designed for taking advantage of these apps. iPad is able to run the apps of iPhone at the original size or double the size. So, the screen of the iPad is nearly filled. Developers will find it easy to rewrite the apps of the iPhone for the iPad in order to take advantage of the new features. The “i” in the iPad implies the Internet. Surfing the net on the iPad will be an enjoyable experience.
The large screen provides the users a lot of room for working with. Developers of Apple boast that working on the iPad would be similar to reading a magazine or book. Consumers will have the whole Internet in their hands. New apps have been created for the iPad. Apple is offering developers SDK 3.2 beta with tools that are required to start developing applications for iPad and also a simulator that allows them to build as well as run applications on the Apple Computer, lay out the interface of the user, test the usage of memory and debug. Artists and graphic designers love the Brushes application on the large screen of the iPad. Some people might find this similar to finger painting as a stylus will not be supported by the iPad, in these initial stages. Apple has rewritten the productivity software for its new product. The keynote consists of totally new features, effects and animations, customized design themes and graph styles for the iPad. You will come across formatting tools and templates designed by Apple in the pages. Numbers provide more than 250 formulas, sophisticated charts and flexible tables.
Apple has put in all its efforts in order to make the reading of newspapers, magazines and e-books pleasurable on this new device. The interface of the reading software is designed like a bookshelf which has to be flipped over by the finger so that you find yourself at an online store for purchasing books. The Safari browser is similar to the one on Mac. Just like the iPhone, the pages can be scrolled through by flicking a finger, pinching or double tapping for zooming in on a photograph.
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