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MMS (Finally) Coming To iPhones September 25

Apple has confirmed what we all suspected: multitasking is coming to the finally confirmed iPhone OS 4.0 upgrade. The upgrade itself won't be available for consumers until sometime this summer (Apple CEO Steve Jobs did not get more specific than that), but Apple claims their long-coming implementation of multitasking is "gonna be the best."

Jobs demonstrated multitasking on the iPhone, but it's expected for iPod Touch and iPad, too.

Essentially, when a user double clicks the home button, it pulls up a dock-like interface (very similar to what you'd see in a normal OS X session) that allows the user to swap between applications that are running. Jobs showed a user jumping from a URL in an e-mail to Safari, double clicking the home button, pulling up the apps that are running -- in this case Safari, Mail, ESPN and Tap Tap Revenge -- and simply clicking Mail to return to the e-mail account.

The company claims their solution to multitasking avoids the common issue with adding multitasking to device: sluggish performance of the device and a rapidly draining battery.

How much that claim holds up won't be known for a few months yet.

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The iPad

As we wait for the first details on the iPhone OS 4.0 to surface from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, he's been telling the gathered crowd in Cuptertino, California a little bit about the success of the company's latest device, the iPad. Apple has sold more than 450,000 iPads since Saturday.

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Apple Plans iPhone OS 4.0 Event For April 8

G4 is preparing to cover the events at the Apple event at 10:00 AM PST, where the iPhone, iPod and iPad maker will unveil the first details on the latest upgrade to the operating system that drives many of their devices. iPhone OS 4.0 is rumored to include third-party application multi-tasking, amongst several other new features.

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Apple's App Store is a dangerous place, much like Amazon's one-click ordering. It's far too easy to throw caution (and money) into the wind when new and exciting games are just a simple button press away. With iPad's more expensive games going front and center on the iPad version of the App Store, who wouldn't want a guiding hand to give you a better idea of what to expect for your money?

Luckily, those guiding hands are here. Unfortunately for you, they're mine. I don't have afros on my hands, but if you're looking for a tour of Plants vs. Zombies HD, Mirror's Edge and Geometry Wars: Touch (yes, it does work on the iPad), this video is for you. Warning: may induce nerd drooling. 

iPad Games Walkthrough -- Mirror's Edge, Geometry Wars: Touch, Plants vs. Zombies »


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The iPad is here, haven't you heard? It's one thing to hear or read what it's like to play with an iPad and the games that have launched alongside Apple's new device, it's quite another to watch them in action. I've been downloading some of the major new game releases and figured the best way to help you understand what makes them tick was to show you by shoving my hands in front of a camera.

To do that, here's the first of several videos of me walking you through the biggest iPad games. First up? Words With Friends HD, Scrabble, Fieldrunners and the simple but beautiful Flight Control HD.

iPad Games Walkthrough -- Words With Friends HD, Flight Control HD, Scrabble, Fieldrunners »


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You don't have to deal with my awkward pauses anymore, as Adam Sessler has returned to Feedback, albeit with some disappointing news: he didn't find the intrepid Yeti during his fever dream. Abbie Heppe, Adam, Jake Gaskill and myself tried to soothe our crushed hopes and dreams with discussion about Apple's new iPad and the launch games available for the device and much, much more. 

Feedback -- Just Cause 2 And iPad Gaming Edition »


In this week's episode of Feedback...

  • Apple launched their much talked about tablet-sized version of the iPhone, the iPad. Is it worth the money? Does Geometry Wars work? For help, I brought my iPad into the studio.
  • Rockstar Games is positioning Red Dead Redemption as their new Grand Theft Auto. The whole Feedback crew is behind the game, but not convinced about westerns being huge hits.
  • Hot on the heels of Gears of War 3 rumors, the Gears of War movie is reportedly being scaled back from the mammoth, multi-movie sci-fi epic pitched at Comic-Con last year.
  • The ups and downs of open world games gets debated as we discuss our game of the week, Just Cause 2. I managed to sneak in some props about the game's amazing Lost reference.
  • A user asks everyone to discuss what makes indie games tick.

Feedback, attempting to incorporate inappropriate bonerjam jokes into every episode.

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If you've been following my Twitter, you know I spent last Saturday morning in a chilly line with other technophiles for Apple's latest piece of hardware, the iPad. Apple's iPad has resulted in a flurry of questions about what the actual point of the iPad is, when (or if?) does it become more useful than a laptop or iPhone, how do games perform on the larger touch screen, how much of a dope I am, etc.

In today's Morning Hangover, I outlined how an iPad was shaping and influencing my media and Internet use during an otherwise normal day dominated by my iPhone and MacBook Pro. In short, it's a device whose existence remains an open question, but it's undeniably cool, a peek at the future of modern computing and games, comics, books, videos and web sites look very, very cool on it.

Sterling McGarvey, who seems to be one of the many patiently waiting for a future edition of the iPad before diving in, sat down with me this week to talk about my iPad thoughts in the latest Talkabout.

Talkabouts: Our First iPad Gaming Impressions »


iPad

The most common question aimed at people intent on purchasing an iPad before it was in the wild was simply "what are you going to do with it?" To be honest, that was a tough question to answer, given so much about its usability was unknown until the iPad-specific App Store launched. Not so coincidentally, App Store's launch was the same time I decided an iPad might fit into my life, too, and I've spent the last few days finding out where an iPad might be useful -- and where I'm forcing it.

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Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

I'm going to be walking into the studio with an iPad, prepared to bonk Adam Sessler over the head with it (if hasn't broken down and purchased one himself before we record, anyway). Besides that, we need something to talk about during this week's episode and you are going to come up with the topic.

Want to be Feedback's question of the week?

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The iPad

It's the Monday after a holiday, so my work day has been pretty hectic so far. Whenever I have a chance, I've been booting up my iPad and playing with Apple's latest touch-fueled device. I'll return with much deeper hands-on impressions of the iPad soon, but here are quick thoughts:

  • The landscape keyboard actually makes writing e-mails feasible, not a pain
  • Moving in and out of applications is so fast it almost makes lack of multi-tasking irrelevant
  • An iPad is, by far, the coolest way to spend a lazy Sunday on the couch
  • Games are fairly expensive, especially ones based on existing franchises, and rushed
  • The "oooh" moment from non-techies comes from flipping a book's page with your finger
  • I shouldn't have woken up at 4am, as the iPad didn't sell out and I could have slept in
  • Dear Time, no one is going to pay for and download a brand-new Time app every week

If you have any other questions, I'll be watching the comments! Plenty more coverage soon.

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Apple Plans iPhone OS 4.0 Event For April 8

iPad was just released into the wild, but Apple is already preparing to pull back the curtain on something else. Apple issued a notice to media outlets about an iPhone OS event happening on Thursday, where it's expected the company will reveal the latest major revision, iPhone OS 4.0.

iPhone 4.0 OS is expected to have the long-awaited multi-tasking feature, amongst other additions. Expect the endless speculation train to leave the station starting right about...now.

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Steve Jobs with iPad

So?...Anyone get sucked into iPad tractor beam over the weekend? I heard on the radio this morning that despite the estimates in the 700,000 range, the actual sales were around 300,000 or so, which is pretty impressive for a device that still seems unnecessary as it stands now. In a generation or two, it might be the most important technological device ever created, but until then, I’m sold on it. (This opinion is subject to change should Patrick Klepek bring his iPad to work today and taunt me with it over our cubicle partition.)

Why I'm Buying An iPad*

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Posted April 2, 2010 - By pklepek

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* Hopefully, as that depends on whether I get into line early enough.

On Saturday morning, I'll join the throngs of folks lining up outside of Apple stores in the hopes of procuring their latest product, the much hyped, tablet-sized version of the iPhone, iPad. No, I wasn't smart enough to pre-order an iPad, but in the last 24 hours, I've been convinced the iPad can fulfill a desire I didn't know I had and scratch a multimedia itch I wasn't aware was even there before.

(FYI: it's also the future of computers.)

This is why I'm buying an iPad tomorrow.

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Apple Makes Games A Big Focus For iPad -- Need For Speed, Nova, Others Shown

It's official, readers. I have iPad fever.

I wanted an iPhone 3GS; I resisted the temptation to upgrade. With the iPad, I was convinced it was something worth picking up once the price dropped or the second generation was announced. That's not the case anymore.

The current plan is to stumble out of bed at 5:00 AM and walk over to the local Apple store by 6:00 AM. If 6:00 AM isn't early enough, well...I'll just order one through Apple.com and patiently wait. And by patiently wait, of course, I mean scream loudly and be bummed out.

I hope I don't reinact this week's Modern Family...

Do you guys think I'll mange to wake up for an iPad?

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Apple Gaming Patent

I spent a long time talking about the Apple iPad with my new gang/80s tribute band The New Futurists last night, and while opinion was mixed in the group as to who was going to buy Apple's new device, one thing was clear: No one was certain what they would do with an iPad if they had one. Except me: I'd use it to play games, and it looks like Apple is taking steps to make iPad gaming more user-friendly.

A patent application revealed by IntoMobile indicates that Apple is working to address one of the main problems in iPad and iPhone gaming: The controls. Having your avatar and your control scheme on the same surface is problematic for gaming -- your fingers totally get in the way-- so Apple is patenting a gaming attachment to seperate the two. The attachments envisioned basically transforms your iPad/iPhone into a gaming rig by adding a frame with a joystick and button combination. Apple is also looking into adding variations of the game-frame that include a camera, vibration, microphone, and an accelerometer.

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