iPhone OS 4 Multitasking

Here’s a video I came across featuring the multi-tasking in iPhone OS4.  It would be far more impressive if it showed more than Notes, Settings, and Clock.

And of course, it won’t work on my 3G. I’d have to jailbreak for that. Apple won’t support it.

So, What Do YOU Think of the iPad?

Today Apple announced the iPad,which has been referred to by fans as the Tablet for a while. I was getting sick of hearing about the Tablet. I was kind of hoping that it would turn out to be a figment of fans’ imaginations.

I watched the Gizmodo liveblog of the event this afternoon at work. I wasn’t interested in the Tablet, but I did want to know if the iPhone will see a software update anytime soon.

The name is cheesy. I saw Jason Dunn mention on Twitter that Apple must be moving into the feminine hygiene market now. I wanted to laugh, but there was too much activity around my cubicle again.

Through most of the event, I just couldn’t find anything to be impressed about. The iPad looks like an oversized iPhone. I already have an iPhone. But when they mentioned iWork, that got me interested. I do like the idea of being able to surf the Internet, check email, update Twitter, look at pictures, read books, and watch movies or listen to music on the go. That’s why I have an iPhone in the first place. I couldn’t make the intellectual leap as to why an iPhone that wouldn’t fit in my pocket would be a good idea.

Until I heard that you can actually work on the thing. I don’t do a lot of presentations. I’m hoping I can start doing some freelance writing soon, and the mobility and battery life are fairly attractive to me. It got me interested, anyway. I still think a MacBook Pro would be better for me.

As a technology blogger, I would be falling asleep at the switch if I didn’t offer a prediction. Here’s my prediction: this will be the last time Apple designs a product just because its fans and critics wouldn’t shut up about building a product.

That or it will be insanely successful and will revolutionize mobile computing.

Or a third option that I lack the imagination to see.

All I can say is I’m not that excited by it yet.

Fake Steve: Conference Call with Randall Stephenson at AT&T

Fake Steve nails it. Here is a post on the Fake Steve Jobs blog about a fictional conference call with Randall Stephenson of AT&T about how iPhone users are using too much bandwidth and AT&T wants to find a way to give them (us) an incentive to use less.

For those of you concerned about such things, the language is a little raw so be warned. Overall, I thought it was hilarious. I wish the real Steve Jobs would tell AT&T the same thing.

And now here we are. Right here in your own backyard, an American company creates a brilliant phone, and that company hands it to you, and gives you an exclusive deal to carry it — and all you guys can do is complain about how much people want to use it. You, Randall Stephenson, and your lazy stupid company — you are the problem. You are what’s wrong with this country.

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that Randall Stephenson is also a fictional personality. Sorry, though I've been an AT&T customer for years, I honestly never cared enough to find out who AT&T's executives are. Fictional executive aside, I'd still say Fake Steve (Dan Lyons) is dead on.

iPhone Annoyances

I still love my iPhone. I just wanted to spend a minute ranting about an iPhone behavior that I can’t understand the logic for.

Sometimes, when reading email, I’ll get to the bottom and find a dotted line with “This message is partially downloaded” and “Download remaining xx.xk”. I have trouble understanding why those last few kilobytes didn’t just download in the first place. Usually it’s just the message footer, but sometimes there is still part of the message left in there.

Why didn’t Apple just design the iPhone to download the whole message, unless it was really large? I’ve seen some of them with a footer that was less than 2k that did not download fully.


iPhone Podcast Playlist Issue Update

OK, I followed Apple's instructions. I uninstalled iTunes, Quicktime, etc. Then I rebooted. Then I went to reinstall iTunes. Then iTunes generated an error and wouldn't install.

I called Apple back. Guess what? Windows 7 is not supported yet.

I calmly asked the support specialist if there was a good reason why. I remember when Windows Vista first came out, Apple made a big deal out of how they didn't yet support it. I think Vista was out for about 6 months before iTunes supported it. I think that's ridiculous. It's not like Microsoft develops Windows in a vacuum. The last two versions of Windows were heavily tested in open beta. Microsoft does every thing it can to make sure that it's easy to develop applications for Windows.

How stupid do you think Apple would look if they'd released Snow Leopard and said "Oh, yeah, we don't support iTunes on Snow Leopard yet. They'd look like idiots. Seeing how more of Apple's iPod and iPhone customers run Windows, why can't we expect support when a new version comes out?

UPDATE: I am seriously pissed off at Apple right now. I've spent more than 2 hours working on the problem this Saturday morning. I followed Apple's instructions and uninstalled iTunes from my netbook. I copied my library over to my desktop, but my podcasts weren't showing up. It was driving me totally nuts. I can't get iTunes to reintsall. I played around with the compatibility settings, and I was able to get the installer to run in compatibility mode for Vista SP2. However, for whatever reason, even though the intsaller is called "iTunes + Quicktime", Quicktime won't install at all. When I try to run iTunes, I get the message that "Quicktime is not installed on this computer". It doesn't matter how many times I try to reinstall "iTunes + Quicktime", Quicktime will not take.

After two hours of screwing around on my desktop, I finally figured out how to get my podcasts back into my library: File -> Add folder. That's a first. In all the years I've been using iTunes as a podcatcher, it always autodetects them. Maybe iTunes 9 really is a total piece of crap.

Somebody Ought To Call Apple About That…

I wrote a few times about the iPhone podcast playlist syncing issue. I went back to The iPhone Blog this morning to see if any new comments shed some light on the problem or on fixes for it.

I saw a few comments about how people should tell Apple about this problem.

Well, I did.

Apparently, Apple did know about this issue, but I’m apparently the first person to actually call them about it.

I spent some time on hold while the representative who worked with me first spoke to her supervisor, then to the product department. The answer I got back was to uninstall iTunes, and the other Apple programs along with it (Quicktime, Apple Software Update, etc). Then reinstall and sync the iPhone. That should correct the issue. If it doesn’t, I just call back with my case number and we can pick up where we left off.

More to come. I’ll do the uninstall and reinstall by tomorrow night or Saturday morning, and I’ll post back about how it went.

Everything I’ve heard about Apple support is true. She was very helpful.

Apple Thoughts: Average iPhone User Downloads 9 Games

Apple Thoughts has an interesting discussion about how the average iPhone user downloads 9 games.

Are you an average iPhone user? Above average? …below average?

I probably have more than 9 games. All were free. Mostly, I put the games on for my kids, but I don't let them play with my iPhone much anyway. They do all kinds of kooky things to my wife's iPhone. I let them play with my iPod Touch, with the wireless disabled. Somehow they deleted one of their favorite games. Occasionally I'll get a call from my wife to find only background noise, leading me to assume that the kids butt-dialed me.

The story Apple Thoughts links to says that games are the cheapest apps, most of which are free.