Daring Fireball: The iPad 2 ›

If you didn’t like the original iPad, you’re not going to like the iPad 2. If you liked the original iPad, you’re going to like the iPad 2 even better.

John Gruber in his review of the iPad 2.

This seems to be the general consensus I’m reading at the moment. I can’t wait to get one and experience iPad over a prolonged period.

Old Time Music, Sign Painters & Getting Your Inspiration Thirdhand by Joshua Blankenship ›

Occasionally you read something that really resonates with you.

Originality is occasional. Secondhand inspiration can do wonders in the hands of craftsmen. But thirdhand inspiration is always slightly blurry around the edges. It lacks focus. Young muses rarely deliver what they promise. Energy gets lost in every creative exchange, like a game of Telephone. The universe favors entropy.

At the moment I'm trying to design my blog. I find myself looking at all my favourite bloggers and at my collection of screen grabbed websites. Instead I should be looking at who and what interests me so that the site I design reflects me rather than the people I read.

Hands-On Details about the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3 by Jeff Carlson ›

Jeff Carlson on Tibits indicates I may have been wrong in my assumptions of how home sharing on iOS works in his Hands-On Details about the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3.

A part of the iOS 4.3 update, iTunes Home Sharing lets you stream media from a copy of iTunes on your network to your iPad, rather than having to first transfer it during a sync operation. In addition, Home Sharing helps keep your library up to date. When you purchase a song on an iOS device and then connect to your iTunes library wirelessly, the song is automatically transferred to your library. It’s like turning your iOS device into an Apple TV.

(Via Shawn Blanc.)

iOS 4.3 Software Update ›

Along with iPad 2, Apple announced iOS 4.3 with be coming to an iDevice near you on Friday March 11th.

More free cool software is always a bonus and so I thought the biggest feature in iOS 4.3 for me would be iTunes home sharing. I got extremely excited on hearing it would be arriving on my iPhone 4. Why? Well this is how the iTunes page describes home sharing.

Browse iTunes libraries on up to five authorised computers on your home network and import whatever you like. You can also automatically import new purchases made on any of the computers.

I make use of this feature a lot with my iMac and MacBook Pro. Any purchases I make on my MacBook Pro are instantly copied over to my iMac and consequently backed up. It’s an excellent feature and brings a lot of peace of mind that my iTunes purchases are backed up. In typical Apple fashion I don’t have to think about it.

So when Engadget informed me that iOS 4.3 was to bring home sharing to my iPhone I jumped for joy((Well lifted my arm up and said yes!)). The prospect of being able to wirelessly transfer my iTunes purchases from my iPhone to my other Macs without having to remember to plug it in is just what the doctor ordered. I envisaged a moment where I wouldn’t be caught out by forgetting to sync to get my latest Podcasts. That is, until the iOS 4.3 page shattered my dreams.

Now you can play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network.3 And not just music. Watch a film or TV programme. Play a podcast. Or listen to an audiobook. On whichever device you want — without having to download or sync.

It seems I’ll only be able to stream from my Macs and not have my Podcasts automatically transfer to my iPhone once downloaded. This makes me sad.

Aside from my disappointment in home sharing, I’m still looking forward to AirPlay becoming what I always hoped it would be and Personal Hotspot arriving for everyone.

iPad 2 ›

iPad 2.

Drool…

The original iPad is listed on the Apple Store for £329, I’m hoping this is the new price of iPad 2 since $499 converts to £305. Please be so.

Are Web Fonts Ready for Prime Time? ›

Excellent article from Pat about the appropriateness of using @font-face to load new fonts on websites.

Being a Mac user it's easy to forget not everyone has the same clean rendering of fonts as I do, and Pat brings a great reminder that I can't just go with what I see. Essentially he raises a great point. Just because we can use any font we'd like, doesn't mean we should.

Anyone can get fans by simply showing up day after day and being genuine. But to get fanatics you have to do something long enough to create nostalgia. Or you have to do something crazy or wonderful enough to give your current fans something to get fanatical about.

Shawn Blanc

Fanatics by Shawn Blanc

A Not Quite Full Review, of a Not Quite Great Twitter App: Twitterrific ›

Ben Brooks' review of Twitterrific 4 finishes with this little comment.

It doesn’t feel finished — it feels like a version 1.0 product. If this was a version 1.0 then I would be excited for its future, but given the version 4 nature I am hardly impressed.

A fair assessment, but essentially this is a version 1. It's so different to the previous versions and I believe that the Iconfactory actually started again like they did on iOS with the new version. Still, some of the decisions they've made are odd.

As a side note:

You can’t close image windows (Twitpic and the like) with the keyboard.

Try pressing escape and you'll find this comment incorrect. I was being driven mad until I stumbled across this though, so I can see where Ben is coming from.