Thoughts on iOS4

iOS 4 was released yesterday. The update took a couple of hours for me. Everyone must have been downloading it. But I was watching Portugal score a sea of goals against North Korea while I waited. The update completed without any problem.

Here are the things I like about the update:

  • Folders are good. Now I don’t have to scroll through pages and pages of apps to find the one I am looking for.
  • Unified Inbox. I love this. Previously I had to tap a hundred times to switch between my inboxes. This is how it should have been all along.
  • Archive Gmail messages and threaded conversation. I like these. The mail app is trying to be more Gmail like.
  • My spelling is bad. So the spellcheck is a welcome addition.
  • Screen lock. Nice when reading in bed. Otherwise the screen keeps changing orientation when i don’t want it too.

Things I don’t care too much for:

  • Playlist creation
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • The home screen background is nice but I would not miss it if the feature went away.

Strangely the thing I don’t like is the way background apps work. The OS puts every app I open in the quick app switching list, even the ones that don’t support quick app switching. Does not make sense. The trouble with this is that quick app switiching is slower than launching the apps from the home screen, thanks to the new folders feature. And didn’t Jobs say that when an OS make you kill apps they have failed. I had to kill apps all day today.

The other thing is that the update made things very unstable. I have had a lot of apps crash on me today. Everything seems more sluggish too. Hmmm… Is Apple bloating their OS or encouraging us to upgrade to iPhone 4?

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    Comcast iPhone app to schedule DVR

    Comcast recently added the myDVR Manager to my area. This lets me view, schedule and edit my DVR recording online. The same feature is also available on their iPhone App. Scheduling recoding from the iPhone app is way easier than their DVR’s UI but it needs more refinement.

    The search results for shows leaves a lot to be desired. It has no filter to show HD programs only. Most of the time it shows only the standard def. results. Hope they fix this soon. Also I can not wait for their iPad app.

    TeamViewer for iPhone

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    I have been using LogMeIn previously to remotely connect to my Tablet PC or Desktop at home for sometime. Like I mentioned earlier the free version was sufficient for my needs. They have an iPhone app but it costs $30. I don’t remotely connect often to shell out 30 bucks.

    Recently I found TeamViewer via Download Squad. TeamViewer is free for personal use and has a free iPhone app too. It works great. Now if I need to look at some documents on my home computer I can just fire up the app in my iPhone and find it. Nice. Should be interesting to see how this works on an iPad.

    Map Quest Navigation App

    When I read that Map Quest had released a free navigation iPhone app I downloaded it at once but I just got to try it out. Well I am dissapointed with it. When I am on a highway it kept saying I was off route wanted to reroute. It does not reroute automatically but show a dialog box I have to OK. Plus the routing is not very good. It wanted me to make a U Turn when I knew I just had to turn left to reach the destination. Anyway I hope Google comes out with their app…

    Gordon: An open source Flash™ runtime written in pure JavaScript

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    Tobias Schneider has created a open source Flash runtime in purely JavaScript and HTML5. It is called Gordon. Flash Gordon. Get it. Check out some demos hosted by Paul Irish. This runs in Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. Yes, It runs on iPhone version of Safari too. Pretty cool!

    Now if there is a proxy that could convert all flash based sites into Gordon based sites it would be cool. We would not need Flash on iPhone or iPad. [ajaxian]

    Thoughts on iPad

    Apple iPad 

    There was too much hype. Lot of Apple patents was associated with it. It was to be the greatest thing to come from Steve Jobs’ mind. Finally when it is unveiled, it is just a big iPod Touch. Here are the disappointing things:

    1. No camera. Would have been cool if the iPad supported video chat with a front facing camera. I would not use it to take photos so a rear camera is not a deal breaker.
    2. Third party apps can not run in background. Well no Pandora running in the background while browsing.
    3. No tethering to iPhone. I would have the iPhone where ever I take the iPad. It should just use the iPhone for data not another data plan.
    4. No USB. To connect a camera I need a $30 accessory!
    5. No Flash. This is the deal breaker! No flash means no Hulu. Or hundreds other flash based video sites that are useless on the device which is supposed to be primarily for browsing and media consumption.

    Hmmm… When does that HP Slate come out?