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03-09-2010, 01:31 PM #1
No Widget Mode On Tap for the iPad
For several weeks there has been talk in tech circles that a plethora of small, but familiar iPhone applications absent from the iPad could still turn up in via a secret "widget mode." Dashing the hopes of some that such standard offerings as "weather," "clock," and "calculator" could still manifest on the much-awaited tablet, today Daring Fireball's John Gruber set the record straight.
According to Gruber's sources, it doesn't appear that such rumors of a widget mode are true. Gruber, in fact, puts it bluntly:
There is, alas, no secret "widget" mode for iPad in OS 3.2
While no one can yet rule out the possibility of the iPhone's most basic or generic apps turning up on the iPad later this year via OS 4.0, for now, we're dealing with all that we have to work with. And, sadly, that means no "Widget Mode" will be at our disposal when the iPad reaches consumers on April 3rd.
Iím not saying itís a mistake that Apple is allowing the iPad to run iPhone apps. Iím just saying that the iPad is not a big iPhone.
03-09-2010, 01:35 PM #2
i need my ipad now omg
03-09-2010, 01:53 PM #3
Well the jailbreak community can fix it
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03-09-2010, 02:04 PM #4
Wow, it's news that apple is going to cripple this thing? Maybe you should limit "news" about this "magical and revolutionary" device to stuff that is actually new, rather than giant steps backwards in mobile computing. Ou wait....Then the ipad news people would have nothing to write about
03-09-2010, 02:40 PM #5
So, the iPad is crippled because it doesn't have a "widget" mode? That's just a ludicrous statement and argument. So it doesn't have a Stock, Clock, or Weather app -- YET. The iPad isn't even out yet, and I bet that there will be a few thousand apps that can address all of these apps in one app alone.
Let's see what this baby can do before we count it down and out. People who prognosticate on an Apple device that hasn't been tested in the real world end up eating their words later on -- well, at least that's the track record (especially with the iPhone and iPod Touch).
03-09-2010, 02:48 PM #6
03-09-2010, 03:06 PM #7
The more I think about it, the more of a piece of junk this seems like it's going to be. Certainly, it's a great technology, but absolutely NOTHING about it is "convenient."
03-09-2010, 03:35 PM #8
Let's see, which of these apps are essential for a tablet.
Weather app - Pretty much useless 95% of the time. Do you have one on your laptop or PC? Yes, but probably only to make your desktop look pretty.
Stock app - Pretty much useless 95% of the time? Do you have one on your laptop or PC? Yes, but only so you can pretend you know about markets n ****
Clock app - Pretty much useless 95% of the time. Are you going to use your phone or Ipad as an alarm? You're going to use your phone.
There's also about 5000 apps that will duplicate and expand the functionality of all these appsTo live, you have to lie
03-09-2010, 03:41 PM #9
apple wants us to use their products the way THEY want us to use them. its nothing new. apple has made it abundantly clear for years now that to them consumer opinion = sh!t. some call it revolutionary, and sometimes it is, but the iPad is extreme and epic fail. it doesn't have to be out to see it. we can all see it. but hey, we waited for landscape keyboard sms. we waited for mms and video. we waited for copy paste. why wouldn't consumers wait for stocks and calendar? apple doesn't want you to replace your iphone. they want you to supplement it. i mean after all, this device has a bigger screen! *rolls eyes*
****** i had "iphone is extreme and epic fail" and i meant ipad.... extreme and epic facepalm ******
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03-09-2010, 03:48 PM #10
To live, you have to lie
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03-09-2010, 04:25 PM #11
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03-09-2010, 09:14 PM #14
No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.
03-10-2010, 04:08 AM #15
03-10-2010, 05:56 AM #16
I’m not saying it’s a mistake that Apple is allowing the iPad to run iPhone apps. I’m just saying that the iPad is not a big iPhone.
umm, it is...
im sure jailbreaking will adress the widget prob
my 100th post yay
03-10-2010, 10:23 AM #17
I swear I should have a pre-written statement that I can just cut and paste every time people complain that the first generation iDevice doesn't come with every little feature and fathomed upgrade possible. It's called Apple's business plan... if they gave you everything you wanted the first time they would have no where to go from there and all of us wouldn't buy the upgraded hardware year after year. If any of y'all owned Apple stock you'd understand things a lot better... b/c you would have made a killing since the iPod came out. For the rest of you... stop being ridiculously narrow minded and realize that Apple is a corporation that is in business to make money... not satisfy every little customer want and need all at once.
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03-10-2010, 10:55 AM #18
03-10-2010, 12:41 PM #19
Wiget in my view be one layer below and it should be approached by one click, it would be much safer in all ways of handling and using.=kishu1946
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03-10-2010, 12:44 PM #20
Would you want a widget running on a device that is already going to be hurting for power? Not me. That's what apps are for.