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Apple Pulls Core Apps From iPad

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Apple Pulls Core Apps From iPad

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I don't know how this wasn't spotted before...

Look at Apple's main 'hero' shot of the iPad and what do you notice? Yes it's a big iPod touch, but as Wired points out if you look more closely you'll notice there are certain core apps missing, namely: Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos. But why is perhaps the most interesting aspect.

Acclaimed blog Daring Fireball claims to know the answer and it is a surprisingly superficial one: they look ugly on the larger 9.7in display.

"It’s not that Apple couldn’t just create bigger versions of these apps and have them run on the iPad," blog owner John Gruber explains. "It wasn’t a technical problem, it was a design problem. There were, internally to Apple (of course), versions of these apps (or at least some of them) with upscaled iPad-sized graphics, but otherwise the same UI and layout as the iPhone versions. Ends up that just blowing up iPhone apps to fill the iPad screen looks and feels weird, even if you use higher-resolution graphics so that nothing looks pixelated. So they were scrapped by you-know-who."

Destroying key functionality for the sake of looks? Well, if any company would choose that route...

Of course this is something few have considered. A calculator on a netbook is a little window, on the iPad it fills the entire 9.7in 1024 x 768 screen and will have buttons the size of Oreos. In fact it would look rather comical, like a giant cartoon calendar made by Acme.

The irony in all this is Apple is letting existing App Store apps run on the iPad, many of which will look ridiculous (users have the option to run them in a 3.5in rectangle, turning the rest of the screen blank - but this is equally silly). So it appears to be just Cupertino which doesn't have the ego to let its applications look anything less than perfect.

Ultimately I expect this all to be solved in time, but the controversies (and lampooning) of the iPad don't look set to disappear any time soon. In the meantime, probably best you don't watch this official Apple iPad introductory video with YouTube's new captioning option turned on...

In related news it seems most companies are determined to try and capitalise on the uneasy early steps of the iPad, and Hewlett Packard is doing it better than most.

It has released a new video in conjunction with Adobe, showing off the full Flash and Air capabilities of its impending Slate. It should be noted at that a) this is pretty obvious given the tablet runs Windows 7, but b) it has a point...


Daring Fireball Blog


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March 9, 2010, 9:44 pm

starting to think that the "ePad" on the E4 adverts might be the better option :P


March 9, 2010, 9:50 pm

This was pretty obvious really, and it points to the core of how Apple operate (no pun intended). They don't want to tarnish their carefully cultivated brand image by releasing anything that looks remotely 'unfinished'. That could be why the iPhone doesn't support Flash and why it won't decode HD video, despite the hardware being capable. Apple would rather omit those features than include them in half-baked form. It could also be why the iPad took so long to come to market in the first place.

Apple will produce iPad versions of these apps in good time, if they haven't already.


March 9, 2010, 9:55 pm

I actually wanted an iPad up until last week ( to the horror of all my IT friends), to me it is overpriced for what you can do with it (and no amount of arguing will change the cost:features ratio to me) but I wanted one for what it offered - namely portable, easy to use, PC for the home, for the times when you dont necessarily want to sit at a PC and dont own a laptop but now I think I want a Slate, being IT based being able to get into the guts (as much as possible anyway) of a system is heaven to me, and the Slate should sate my desire, along with the amount of pragrams I can use and tweaks I should be able to do it.............

at least until Courier arrives, now that is the future!


March 9, 2010, 10:01 pm

Dear God, so looks and design now determine utility? I wonder what they have planned for the next release of OS X...


March 9, 2010, 10:03 pm

That YouTube transcription stuff is unintentionally hilarious. I just found myself chuckling... "party dallas onto your life", "back-lighting system is a week"... Reminds me of the Newton :-)


March 9, 2010, 10:12 pm

Well thats an interesting stance by apple, for a long time I have wished I could delete some of the "core" apps like you can with the other apps (especially the stocks app), but this is going too far in the other direction!

Will this make it the first OS that doesnt include a calculator!


March 9, 2010, 10:30 pm

Just because those Apps weren't ready when they did those promo shots doesn't mean they won't be by launch time. So this is pure speculation.

I cannot believe you cannot run these apps at a smaller size in an, er, window. But I guess that "lack of multi-tasking" that people always bash Apple for (and rightly so in many cases) is what prevents such things. Still I thought some core apps could run at the same time.

I have to say amusing as the transcribed video is, a lot of the functionality of the iPad is pretty. I hadn't seen that video before. If they could get Flash on there I'd actually be tempted by it.


March 9, 2010, 10:50 pm


Thank you, I looked on youtube for that e4 epad video and it's made my day.


March 9, 2010, 11:15 pm

win7... takes ages to boot up. can I opt for android or linux instead? Or a button to leave it to stand by and can still last for days?

Flash games are fun, the hassle is to find them


March 10, 2010, 12:06 am

"Harvard's awful", "McCain on the other, I thought he'd never seen him before"!!!


March 10, 2010, 12:59 am

@Chris.. you think apple won't release flash because it'll be half baked? They won't have it because they will make far less money on apps. Most app's functionality aped and could be hosted via a flash website and be updated remotely. Since they only let you run one at a time, you wouldn't notice!


March 10, 2010, 2:21 am

@xbrumster: My Windows 7 PC takes 45 seconds to boot, and about 30 seconds of that is in the BIOS startup. A BIOS designed for a slate would be much faster to start.

A work colleague put Android on his Experia phone today, and it took minutes to start!

As for the iPad, I love my iPhone, but for a slate, I am much more interested in the HP Slate.


March 10, 2010, 3:09 am

This is very un-Apple to launch without the maximum collateral ready behind them to publicise. Missing simple things such as how core apps will appear? This is either very very rushed, or it simply isn't ready.

Is this a case of development schedules not quite keeping up with the PR schedule?

If Apple want to stay ahead, I hope they haven't commited to production of many iPads. Even if they have, I get the feeling that the support for it may be very short lived.... The competition is out there, and although it hasn't even released yet (or announced a date!), it is already superceding the iPad.


March 10, 2010, 3:47 am

"That's exactly what the electorate hope to see" - Youtube Closed Captioning

I'm sure they also want to see credible policies, but give them what they want. iPads!


March 10, 2010, 5:17 am

@jopey: While there maybe some truth in what you say, it's not like Flash has come close to making native applications redundant on desktop operating systems? But then it was never intended to be a general purpose application platform and never posed the threat that Java did to Windows. Flash also runs like a dog on Mac OS X and Linux for no obvious reason other than a lack of investment on Adobe's part. Given Windows market share this is a reasonable business decision but at the same time isn't going to win Adobe much favour from the Mac and Linux community, least of all from Steve Jobs.


March 10, 2010, 5:59 am

Stop slurring your words Jonny Ive! How can YouTube understand you with a voice like a drunk Russian?


March 10, 2010, 2:11 pm

While the iPad is farrr from perfect, the HP slate is way over hyped.

Check out vids on multi-touching in Win7, or even the on-screen keyboard, or anything else really, you will see that Win7 is not suitable for a slate, like AT ALL.

What we need is dedicated software for slates. iPad's OS is at the right direction. Perhaps MeeGo can solve all our problems?


March 10, 2010, 7:06 pm

@ WyWyWyWy

Check out the Microsoft Courier, it has some very good concepts that hopefully microsoft will put into a "slate" device soon!


March 10, 2010, 7:24 pm

@BobaFett: Desktop apps are much more complicated, a quick count shows 51 clickable areas on my web browser window even before I count the tabs. I don't own a smartphone but I guess most mobile apps have fewer than a dozen interactive areas.

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