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The iPad UI picked apart in photos



4329339099_01825f808bSoftware developer Fraser Speirs has taken a hard look at the user interface of the iPad through the photos of its unveiling and posted his thoughts and analysis in a 53-piece photo set on Flickr.

Being still photos, it doesn’t peel apart the motions and gestures as Gizmodo did in their video analysis, but it points out location of on-screen buttons, how entering formulas into Numbers works, and the many little touches that separate it from the smaller iPhone interface.

Primary focus is on the iWork apps (rubbing salt in a wound for me), and Speirs uses this gallery to dispute the argument that the iPad isn’t for content creation. Such arguments aren’t new to tablets. I’m sure we’ve all read at least one critic attack pen and touch for being inferior to the keyboard and mouse for content creation. My standard counter-argument still applies: not all content is typed and too many journalists can’t think of content in any other form.

Via TechCrunch



  1. Luke

    02/05/2010 at 10:52 am

    Will the content creation be geared towards pen input? The only way to use pen input is through third party products, right? That’s my main thing that I want. Microsoft has failed in that regard but at least pen input is explicitly built-in as opposed to a work-around.

    Just for me personally, I do a ton of spreadsheet work and note-taking and I would love it if there was something like Microsoft OneNote for note taking and a spreadsheet program as powerful as Microsoft Excel but specifically built for pen input.

  2. Sumocat

    02/05/2010 at 11:05 am

    Luke: No, the iPad is not designed for pen input, but we’ve seen that it can be done with the right application. FastFinga or an app like it could provide a decent inking experience even with a capacitive touch stylus, and Apple has built a version of Numbers for spreadsheet work on the iPad.

  3. Osiris

    02/06/2010 at 7:21 am

    The ipad calendar app right there is an example of how MS could have customised their tablet experience for users. Im not sold on the ipad but im enjoying seeing some of the concepts and apps being written specifically for the device.

    Its nothing major outlook would do what that app does but the aesthetics, the animation, layout its perfect for the tablet experience.

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