(The New) iPad 3 Review – Solid unit, uninspiring upgrade

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  1. Eddie says:

    btw, my friend who has the new iPad told me how excellent the voice dictation feature is — I have an iPhone 4S but never bothered to use it (you activate voice dictation by tapping on a microphone key that appears on the virtual on-screen keyboard). The reason I never got into the habit of using it is that I wasn’t too impressed with Siri (granted, Siri is “beta” so I am fine giving Apple time to improve it). To my surprise, the voice dictation features in iOS 5.1 (and probably 5.0.x) is pretty dang good. I use it now for entering Notes instead of tapping on the on-screen keyboard, not to mention sending messages with iMessage or SMS and other aspects of using the iPhone 4S where the dictation key appears. When you try this out and see how good it is (its not perfect but still quite good, my guess is that Apple’s massively leveraging servers in their data centers), you can see where this could lead to such as a future Apple TV system. Now imagine, if you will, dictating sys admin commands to your iPhone or iPad for a program like iSSH for remote access, rather than tap typing on a virtual or bluetooth paired keyboard!

    • Jon says:

      Yea, “Siri Lite” as some people call the voice dictation. Honestly never been much of a fan of that on mobile devices. Sure, I like the concept (have always wanted it for my computer) but on a mobile it just doesn’t help me much. I’ve had fairly decent voice dictation on android (on par with Siri Lite) and rarely use it.

      I would never want to use voice dictation for remote admin work. That’d just be nasty. First there’s the issue of instructing it properly “forward slash Eee Tea Sea forward slash init dot dee forward slash apache space restart enter”. Plus I’d worry too much about someone else being able to interject something into my diction “semicolo are emm space dash are eff space forward slash enter”.

      Though while iSSH’s on screen keyboard overlay is awesome, I hate doing admin work with it because the on screen keyboards only do well for regular text. Too many symbols are required for real admin work that are buried too deep.

  2. Riley says:

    Its amazing how even under a magnifying glass, I can barely see the pixels (that may just be my horrible eyesight though) on the new iPad’s Retina Display. My family and I have a first and second generation iPad, and I bought the new iPad to replace the original. I noticed the difference instantly. It is brilliant and shows HD movies in their true colors. I like using the DISH Remote Access app to stream movies. What’s so great about it is with LTE on I can stream in crystal clear HD, which means I don’t have to be at home just to watch shows on my iPad. Just the other day, I watched Thor! It’s really convenient and I love it.

    • Jon says:

      Yea, they mashed a LOT of pixels into a very small area. The iPad 3 is a 9.7″ screen with a resolution of 2048×1536. My desktop monitory is 24″ at 1920×1080. My eye sight is quite good but I have to strain to even remotely see something like a pixel. The screen really does shine for HD content, since it’s well above the 1080 resolution mark.

      The LTE/HD Video/HD Screen combo is dangerous. Too easy to rack up quite the bill streaming video over LTE.

  3. Eddie says:

    Yeah, even if one could cram more into the 10″ screen, who wants to wear magnifying glasses just to see what the heck you’re typing (such as in an ssh session). All indications are Apple will bring improved “Retina” displays to the MacBooks this year.

    Thanks for checking your diagnostic logs. I’m glad you’re not seeing any problems. I scoped this out pretty carefully with hardware diagnostics like Memtest OS X but the RAM is fine … the apps that crash with these seg faults are tried and true apps from Apple like TextEdit but also background daemons like airportd … seems weird but a friend of mine strongly suggested it could be that Lion is pushing up against the multicore problem. Too bad one can’t revert to Snow Leopard. I may try Ubuntu but to be frank, there are lots of things I like about full fledged OS X as well as Windows 7.

  4. Eddie says:

    Does the higher screen resolution make any difference in the context to a previous post of using an iPad for remote sys admin response (instead of, say, an 11″ MacBook Air)? I have the 11″ Air, thanks to your suggestions in the past posts , and its pretty sweet (the 13″ Air feels bulky and heavy by comparison, its amazing how swiftly we humans can be conditioned). A dude I know who is sort of a sys admin wannebe has talked himself into the new iPad saying the new higher resolution screen with more pixels means that its possible to use (theoretically) in split screen mode and with a bluetooth keyboard with remote admin apps like iSSH for real work including emergency responses. He even told me “yeah, well, we can adapt to the iPad even though most people are stodgy”. I’m still not convinced the iPad is ready for remote admin prime time (show me those sys admin split screen tools then I might start to believe it). Maybe in the future Apple will come out with a hybrid machine that combines the Air with an iPad-like touch screen option.

    btw, I noticed Lion on my Air has what appears to be a real multicore mess on its hands – check in places like ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports and /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports and don’t be surprised to see crash logs with Exception Types such as “EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS)” and “EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)”. These should match up with segmentation fault entries in log files, check like this: cat /var/log/system.log.[0-9].bz2 | bunzip2 | grep Segmentation … these were not around nearly as much with Snow Leopard. I’m not sure how to get Snow Leopard to run on the 2011 11″ Air since Apple shipped it only with Lion. How well does Windows 7 (beta of Windows 8?) on the Mac with BootCamp handle the multicore problem? Or what about a Linux distro on the same bare metal?

    • Jon says:

      Well to address your first question, it’s possible that the higher resolution could help. It’s a matter of the app being designed to take the res and do something with it. Where I could see this working out, something like TeamViewer (or similar RDC/VNC app). The problem is that while Yes, you could fit twice the amount of screen you previously could on an iPad…it’s still only a 10″ screen. Same theory applies with say iSSH. More pixels means nothing because getting more text on the screen means the print is so tiny you cant read it.

      Yea, there’ve been a number of rumors of iPad/MacBook crossovers. I doubt it’ll be anything soon but you can take a look at the direction that OSX has taken as a guess that’s what Apple is planning for. After all, OSX has the app launcher ala iOS.

      For the diagnostic logs, I checked my 13″ MBA and had no files in either of the two directories you mentioned. Now I reformatted about a month ago, but still, not a one. My guess would be (after a quick google) that there is either a memory issue – or an app related memory issue (IE an application is not playing properly with the RAM). Has the machine actually crashed on you?

      As for running Snow Leopard on the machine, you cannot. The installers are designed so that they only work on an approved list of hardware that is out/test as of the day that installer is released. If you get a 10.7 installer and the VERY next day a new (10.7 based) laptop comes out – the day old installer wont work. So it wont work even though it’s the “Same version”, just imagine how well it wont work if you tried to roll back an entire version.

      I’ve only run Windows 7 under BootCamp and it ran without issues. Then again I’m not seeing the same crash logs you are.

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