Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 17:58 UTC
Apple As I was casually browsing around today, I came across this blog post. It's about the recently released VLC media player for the iPad, which you can use to play just about any video under the sun on your iPad. The blog post is a complaint about a bit of help text that's not properly rendered inside the application - annoying, but no dealbreaker. Until I actually read the text - this is how you're supposed to get content on your iPad?
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RE: Give Them Time
by werpu on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 10:03 UTC in reply to "Give Them Time"
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Apple is still working on iOS for iPad. It's still running an older version. They did release an update to iWork that will allow it to pull files from iDisk (or any WebDAV server). There's still no printing, multitasking, etc. I'm sure file management is on the list somewhere, but it's not going to happen overnight.

Perhaps things will be all better when someone actually releases an Android tablet (or HP releases a webOS one) that isn't tied to a carrier contract. For now, try using Handbrake to convert to a format that works and plays well with iOS.

This is a relatively new platform, there are going to be some "major problems" for some time. There was quite a bit of functionality missing from earlier versions of OS X. It's been around for ten years now and it pretty mature. It will take time for iOS to reach that same level. I know folks with Android phones and they like them, but it ain't all sunshine, rainbows and lollipops there either. Every platform is going to have its share of weaknesses. It comes down to which ones you can live with or work around more easily.



Actually the biggest issue simply is that apple disallows an explicit usb file storage mount. The solution would be so easy and android does it to some degree, simply hook in the device as usb disk let the users drop the content in a dedicated space and let the apps deal with the dropped content themselves, either they understand it or not. Android does it and it is very elegant, the only mistake Android does is to expose literally everything even the data which is set up by the applications themselves, which results in pointless folder clutter, the idea still is the best. Apples approach simply is lousy, do not expose anything, just put in an itunes backdoor which the apps themselves have to open, and then deliver your own apps with only half working implementations which prevent other apps to send the files over.
Dont get me wrong but apple definitely is on the wrong road their and you cannot excuse this by the age of iOS which in itself is an osx derivate. It is just that they started with this braindead idea from their ipod time, where they did not allow this road because someone could get the mp3s back from the device he has dropped in.

The result, semi strange solutions like goodreader which do not allow real usb mounts, but only webdav mounts and a slower than needed filetransfer or at least some kind of usb mount via itunes on maximum 5 selected machines the user is allowed to register the pad onto.

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