Category: "Mobile"

iOS 4.3 Home Sharing Review

I upgraded my iPad to iOS 4.3 and gave the Home Sharing feature a quick try.

You have to go into Settings > iPod and enter your Apple ID before you can use Home Sharing. I have several Apple IDs… I just entered one and it seems to work.

Once you do that, the video app on the iPad will show a new tab named “Shared". Tap that and you’ll see your computers running iTunes. Tap one… and watch a stupid spinning wheel while it loads the content… the first time it’s way too long… and in subsequent times it’s still too long to be practical… after that you can actually stream video wirelessly and flawlessly.

I am disappointed about teh way you access your videos though. It requires way too many taps and too much waiting.

On the iPod app, I find it even less practical. You actually don’t see where your shared stuff is. You need to tap on “Library” to open a popup menu where you can see your computers. There again, spinning wheels and delays. Bleh…

I don’t really know what to make of this… yeah maybe watch podcasts in bed on the iPad… oh wait, I turn off my computers at night… hum…

No, what I’d really want is actually the opposite, I’d like to stream the shit out of my iPhone when I’m at work!! I don’t have my iTunes library on my work computer, so I guess it would be nice if it would just wirelessly access my iPhone, but no, it doesn’t work that way round. You can’t stream from device to computer.

What sort of works though, is to connect the iPhone to the computer and stream through the câble. But that feature was already there before iOS 4.3.

So yeah, Home Sharing: it works but I don’t know what to do with it :p

iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!

iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!
iPod Touch just got better : almost a PDA now!

Up to recently, the iPod Touch was just lacking too many features. But it just got better: when loaded with version 1.1.2 of the firmware, you can now edit your calendar and contacts directly on the iPod. If it had notes and/or todo lists with that it would be the hell of a good PDA.

Now, I think I need to get one. Christmas sounds like a good excuse ;)

Thank you to Mike Penny for the photos. More from Mike:

It IS cool, and I have to say the only reason I bought an iPod Touch is because of the calendar & diary features. I was not going to buy one that I had to Jailbreak. There are as yet - at least as far as I can see no other applications that work on it, but I am looking. There aren't even any games on the iTunes site that work yet.

About Apple Design

"Apple's design is supposed to be the ultimate perfection in 21st century computing. We should all learn from them."

I get that a lot when discussing b2evolution's user interface (which, btw, I like to think has improved significantly in version 2.0...)

While I do like what Apple does; while I do think Jonathan Ive is one of the greatest designers of our time; I still need to rant a little before I dive into the present day :>

So here's the top 5 user interaction design "mistakes" I would never have made if I has the final word at Apple's:

  1. A mouse where you never really know when you're going to left or right click, unless you really pay attention;
  2. An iPod that requires up to ten keypresses to exit shuffle mode while listening to a playlist;
  3. A mouse that gives Windows switchers a hard time with no control over acceleration, not even in the most obscure hidden place of the control panel. (Not even from the command line actually);
  4. A wireless keyboard with no numpad (not even an option);
  5. A battery you cannot replace, not even by turning one single screw. (How comes they got that right on the iMacs?)

And I won't even start with the marketing decisions (leaving a lot of features out of the iPod touch, etc.)

Of course, I'd make a lot more other mistakes, but still... Besides what's the use of a personal blog if not for pointless rants... :P

iPod car integration: not quite!

On the last Apple special event, Steve Jobs was almost bragging about the fact that 70% of new cars sold in the US this year had (optional!) iPod “integration” available…

Obviously, he didn’t talk about the rest of the world. But most of all, what Steve didn’t tell us, is how crappy the existing “integration” solutions actually are!

At the very same time, I was at Apple Expo 2006 in Paris, checking out what the car manufacturers had to offer…

iPod & Audi TT

iPod "integration" with the Audi TT
iPod “integration” with the Audi TT

Audi was showing off their new TT. Nice car. Wanna check the inside? You gotta ask the blonde to unlock it for you…

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Inside the iPod nano

Wanna look inside your iPod nano? This guy does it right in front of your eyes!