iPad 2 - An Expert Speaks (Part 3)
This is final part of a three part interview with Giles Nugent, professor of the popular new iPhone 360 App Development Course at the world renowned SAE Institute – the leading institute for creative media education including audio engineering, animation/3-D animation, iPhone development, digital journalism and multimedia/ film training.
Q. Where can we go to next with the new battery- will we ever get to never charging? (photocells?)
I think that photocells in the future are a definitely possibility; however this was clearly not a focus for the iPad 2 direction now and is clearly not an issue for them going forward which speaks to the goal of the device as it was created. In the future I possibly foresee them going the separate add-on route where a battery of that nature will be something attached rather than built in but I guess you never know!
The announcement was, as is usual for Apple, as much about where the market will be tomorrow as where it is today. There are a few themes which came out of the conference.
· An emphasis on matching the power of the Motorola Xoom. It is obvious that game players are significant users of mobile technology, and Apple will not surrender this market.
· A reference to business and medical uses. Apple intends for tablet computers to play a larger and larger role in the business environment. And, you can see Apple envisioning the iPad as the solution to the distribution of centralized medical records, charts and xrays.
· The iPad is firmly entrenched as a book reader of choice. At least, that is what they want it to be. Jobs mentioned that over 100,000,000 iBooks have been downloaded.
· No mention of improved speakers. Audio must not be considered key to the success of a tablet pc.
· No increase in battery life. Interesting that something that is touted as the future of mobile computing isn't as focused on increasing the time you can actually spend mobile.Continued on the next page