It has been a while (June 2010) since I originally blogged (and commented) about the Apple iPad, initial thoughts, accessibility and wider support issues, but a lot has changed, not least rumours of a new version, faster and with Facetime camera. A number of staff have since borrowed the CLIPP iPad, I regularly take it to Costa, and usually bought one for themselves!
The newest versions of many Apps now incorporate the latest iOS developments(eg. MultiTasking, AirPlay, AirPrint, tethering*, free MobileMe Find My iPhone/iPad), with more to come in iOS 4.3, and also incorporate VGA out for presentations. Some Apps like Dropbox have become almost universal and sync with other Apps, like GoodReader and iAnnotate, to add even more to the expanding iOS Ecosystem.
The iPad 2 anounced on 2nd March, is released in UK on 25th March:
Some of the features that bring new benefits to Teaching and Learning include:
- Apple Digital AV Adapter - supports HDMI video out for iPad, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (4th generation)! and routes digital audio to screens that support it. *The previous VGA adapter will also work on iPad 2, but on the original iPad it is limited to ‘app specific’ VGA out support as before.
- Use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad 2 screen — apps(ALL apps!*), presentations, websites, and more — on your HDTV or HDMI-compatible display in up to 1080p HD (movies play at up to 720p). A second 30-pin connector built into the AV adapter lets you charge and sync your device while it’s connected to your HDMI-compatible display.
- Front-facing camera features VGA quality video at 30 frames per second, which is the main camera people will use during FaceTime chats, rear camera on the iPad features HD-quality video at 720p resolution.
- iMovie(iPad2 only) & Garageband for iPad via the App store – to create and edit podcasts and more
As well as personal and Education use, Enterprise and their suppliers have also enthusiastically embraced the iPad and features in the announcement video(70 min). It also demonstrates all the features mentioned above. There is also a useful iPad2 FAQ here.