Well for those who’ve been following my adventure, it may seem like I’ve been fairly quiet and/or slow to respond to the wonder that is iOS 4.2 on the iPad. I wanted to wait until I had an extended period using the final, release version, and now that’s happened.
If I’d not already spent a fair bit of time loving iOS4 on my iPhone 4 I would by now be waxing more poetic about the experience on the iPad. The good news is that it’s exactly what I expected. It’s terrific as has been widely reported. That bad news is that the thing that most jumps out at me now is how obvious the remaining missing pieces are.
Namely: a unified file system (or, as was suggested elsewhere, a unified file app), and more robust email tools (primarily search, and folder creation/manipulators). Given these things, I think it’d be 100% clear that all but the most power hungry power users (read: intense photo and/or video manipulation) could happily user an iPad as their everyday computer with a minimal amount of compromise if any. A guy over at CNet already agrees, ditching his Air post-4.2.
Yes improved photo/album management within Photos would be nice, as would better search within Contacts (seriously…search only looks at name and company?!?) but I think everything I’ve outlined here comes eventually, perhaps in iOS5, which I would anticipate more or less concurrent with iPad2 (which ai anticipate in April).
Oh, I did purchase Printopia for my household iMac as my HP AIO is not one of the latest ePrint enabled models. I don’t doubt Apple will fix this, but until then it’s a relatively cheap way to solve the problem and get printing via Air Printing, rendering the Air Sharing app obsolete for me.
It’d be nice if Goodreader would add a Send type button so I could print from it (or at least extend its own wonky Ui to do the same!) but for now things are working great as is and it portends a very happy future.
I do still look forward to OSX 10.7, and related updated Mac hardware also rumored for April (no internal DVD drives in portables!)
Speaking of “computer” sales, Gartner today shaved it’s PC shipment growth estimates, specifically citing iPad sales stealing share from PCs. Ah yes!