Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 6th Mar 2008 22:03 UTC
Apple After months of strict control, Apple welcomes software developers to build applications for the iconic gadget--and also gives it entree into Corporate America. The iTunes-controlled service will be free for iPhone users, but there will be a nominal fee for iPod Touch users.
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Newton?
by oma2la on Thu 6th Mar 2008 23:03 UTC
oma2la
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2005-07-05

Does this mean that, in a strange and roundabout way, the Newton is back?

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RE: Newton?
by tonywob on Thu 6th Mar 2008 23:32 in reply to "Newton?"
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2005-07-06

Looks like it, it looks like the device is finally going to be used to its full potential, I look forward to seeing what comes out in the next few months.

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RE: Newton?
by PowerMacX on Thu 6th Mar 2008 23:35 in reply to "Newton?"
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2005-11-06

Not until they add copy & paste... ;-)

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RE[2]: Newton?
by Moochman on Thu 6th Mar 2008 23:45 in reply to "RE: Newton?"
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2005-07-06

Agreed, that's one thing I don't know if I'd be able to get over... On the other hand, maybe one of the first apps will be a utility to let you do just that!

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RE: Newton?
by JonathanBThompson on Thu 6th Mar 2008 23:39 in reply to "Newton?"
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2006-05-26

Perhaps you can think of it as "Newton-Lite" where they've seen the light: trying to do handwriting recognition doesn't work all that well, and while it isn't ideal, the virtual keyboard *does* have more flexibility than a hardware keyboard in terms of international usage with one hardware model that can go anywhere, anytime and can work as a phone (assuming phone plans don't get in the way). That's the one biggest thing that makes the iPhone more valuable from a practical standpoint than the Newton: the form factor is very good for a phone, though you could argue "it should be smaller" so it fits nicer in the pocket, but from a practical sense, what is a good phone form factor won't have a large keyboard, and what has a decent keyboard will make something too large to be a phone, and requiring a stylus is one more problem to deal with from a usability standpoint, as well as a pocketability factor. I came to this conclusion years ago: if you need to do serious typing, it really needs a certain size that's just not pocketable, and if you need a phone, it needs to be below a reasonable size: you really do need two devices to do their respective tasks well individually, instead of getting a single does-everything device that is mediocre or bad at all of them. Sure, you can use a phone to type messages on, but if you're writing your next novel on one, you're setting yourself up for more trouble than it's worth. Thus, the PDA that tries to be the computer AND the phone in size is a sucky idea, because that's just how reality is for anatomy.

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