If you're like us, then you're totally obsessed with your Gmail--down to the point where you're meticulously organizing things in all those different folders. Fortunately, for the Google obsessed, the massive Silicon Valley company is announcing that it's releasing a big update in its Gmail interface on the iPad. The compose screen will now be a huge, full screen email form that pops up into its own window and fades out the background, leading to a distraction free writing environment. Google has also fixed any problems that prevented users from scrolling on long messages.
Apple really seems to know how to time their roll outs and their upgrades to keep interest at the maximum peak. First there was the iPad, then the announcement of what was then called iPhone OS 4.0, then all the "leaks" of the fourth generation iPhone, then the iPhone 4 along with iOS 4 and Safari 5.0 and the new Mac Minis and new MacBooks and Apple TV and and and there's just no end to it, is there? And as of next week, the brand new mobile operating system will be in everyone's hands for real and honest and – guess what? – we'll all be buzzing about that for weeks on end. Yeah, Apple's really got the whole release cycle down pat.
Meanwhile, here's the latest and the greatest from what's buzzing around the Mac|Life crew.
Last week, we were discussing writers as a tortured bunch, but maybe we jumped to conclusions. After all, isn't it the artists that are the tortured ones? No matter. As long as they've got the proper mediums to express themselves, the Internet will gladly receive any expression of their many, varied emotions. The tortured artist is nothing without his precious Macintosh. And here are a few applications (and a web app!) that will surely bring out that inner artist.
We had some hints about what to expect from the iPad’s App Store, but it wasn’t until we had the devices in hand that we discovered answers to some of our most pressing questions. How much more expensive than their iPhone counterparts would iPad apps be? (Often quite a bit, it turns out.) How many apps would be universal releases? (Not too many.) And would ad-supported or “lite” versions of popular apps be as plentiful on the larger device? (Not yet, at least.)
Apple doesn't give consumers any technical specifications (like RAM size, processor speeds, etc) about iOS devices. However, developers (and other tech savvy customers) have known for a while that the original iPhone, iPod touch, and iPhone 3G had 128 MBs of RAM, while the iPhone 3GS and iPad have 256 MBs of RAM. After all, developers need to know this information in order to develop quality applications. But, in a recent WWDC 2010 session, it was told that the iPhone 4 will have 512 MBs of RAM.
After Thursday night’s two-hour MobileMe scheduled maintenance, the Me.com website is back and has a fresh new look, as seen in the screenshot above. But the changes go deeper than a pretty homepage, and also include a new free Find My iPhone app.
Print media isn’t what it used to be; nowadays, whippersnappers can fire up their iPads to read news faster than ever. Yet there’s something timeless about the classic newspaper layout and feel, something that hasn’t yet been replaced by glitzy and glossy mail-like readers.
Just look at The Early Edition, an RSS feeder created by Glasshouse Apps. It’s fast, sleek and designed to mimic the aesthetics of a newspaper.
Though we may be waiting some time for an official Twitter option for iPad, fans of Twitterrific for iPhone and Mac will be pleased to hear that the iPad version leads the current pack of third-party options. Twitterrific's grey-heavy interface is simple and clean-looking, letting you clearly scroll through the tweets of those you follow and take in Twitter's trending topics all on the same page (in landscape orientation).
The Wall Street Journal. app initially impresses with both form and function, combining a striking, print-like visual aesthetic with plenty of available content and some helpful navigation constructs. Each section (updated regularly throughout the day) is packed with the latest stories -- many with photo galleries and embedded video clips -- and a scrolling article listing on the right side of most sections makes it easy to flip between stories without returning to a front page. Like the print version, The Wall Street Journal. is second to none for investment news and analysis, and the iPad version lets you easily access current stock quotes.