Posts Tagged ‘iPad’
If you are one of the many owners of the iPhone 4, the iPad, and the iPad 2, you must be annoyed with the number of issues that have plagued these devices. At times, making a video call via FaceTime will freeze the screen. There are times when certain Apple devices cannot connect to their 3G network provider. Worst of all, security issues leave you open to hackers, viruses, malware. These issues are enough to drive anyone stark mad. Thankfully, Apple has released the iOS 4.3.2 update on iTunes.
Apple boasted that FaceTime was the premiere way to make a video call. It offered to make you enjoy talking to colleagues, friends, and loved ones just like you would face to face. Sadly, there were instances when streamed live videos would freeze while on the call. The software update addressed this issue and made you enjoy the feature without having the screen freeze or go blank on you.
The iPad was the most popular tablet of its time. It offered features never thought possible. It offered to make you enjoy more from wireless freedom and purely touch screen features. However, the Wi-Fi + 3G version used by international users could not connect to their chosen 3G networks. This issue was also addressed by the software update available on iTunes.
There were various security issues that affected various Apple devices. Issues with core graphics, image IO, libxml, networking, the Safari browser, WebKit, and Wi-Fi plagued users on a variety of Apple’s devices. This left them open to malware, viruses, and a breach of security. This caused the devices to slow down, malfunction, and leave devices open to data theft. These issues were partly addressed by updates 4.3 and 4.3.1. The current iOS 4.3.2 version will give you the latest security fixes. Hopefully, we never get to experience these issues in the future. However, hackers just keep on finding new ways to fine tune on their craft.
If you are a fan of Apple devices such as the iPhone 3G S, the iPhone 4, and the iPad, here is another reason to admire the brand even more. A school district in the state of Maine in the USA has announced that it will be spending $200,000.00 for a bulk order of Apple’s iPad 2. The tablets will be used as a learning tool for kindergarten students.
This is truly the high-tech generation. By august of this year, one of the school districts in the city of Auburn, Maine, is planning to provide close to 300 of the next generation Apple tablets to their kindergarten students. To be used as a tool for learning, the tablets will make use of hundreds of learning apps, which are available on Apple’s App Store.
The tablets will not only be used in the school premises; the students will also be allowed to bring them home probably for homework and other school related activities. However, it is also highly probable that the kids will not be the only people enjoying the slate in their homes. Dad or mom might forget that their kid’s iPad 2 was meant to give their kids an edge in school; not for downloading a recipe or checking out golf gear.
The main goal of the tablets and learning applications is to increase the literacy level of the district from the current 62% to a 90% target on 2013. According to the school’s superintendent, the use of the tablets is an unconventional teaching method, which will redefine teaching methods in the years to come.
This is not new to the state of Maine. Back in 2000, the city’s governor proposed that thousands of 7th grade students and teachers should each be given an iBook. The current program involving the iPad 2 is geared to make other school districts around the US follow suit if successful. Hopefully, other nations follow suit as well.
When we think about styli and tablets, the first slate that comes to mind is the up and coming is the HTC Flyer and its magic pen, which is expected to be released in the stores by May of this year. Now, the iPad can also make use of the same technology with Wacom’s Bamboo stylus.
No, this new stylus by Wacom is not made from bamboo. It is crafted from silver and black satin textured metal. It is mainly used as means to draw or write freehand on tablets. This is ideal for graphic artists for fine tuning their art on the go, or for anyone who would like to make use of styli for recreation, work, and so much more.
Apple couldn’t have chosen a company best suited for this type of technology. Wacom is one of the leaders in pen tablet and display technology. You will find their products in the hands of talented graphic artists and other industries that make use of the technology. It is among the most preferred brand used by various industries.
The Bamboo will not work on any other tablet other than the iPad. It is specifically designed to work on tablet’s capacitive touch screen alone. It is both precise and fast when it comes to writing notes, defacing photos, and drawing.
The stylus will make other styli look cheap. It looks more like fountain pens used by the chairmen or CEOs of companies. It is 120 mm long and weighs in at a mere 20 grams. It is scheduled to hit the stores anytime in May along with apps specifically designed to enhance its capabilities.
With the introduction of the new Bamboo stylus by Wacom, will other tablet manufacturers follow suit? Who knows? We might see styli specifically designed for Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom.