Applause to Apple yet again. They took the multi-tasking thing and really nailed it (on paper anyway.. I reserve the right to change my mind on that if it doesn’t work well). I love the quote Steve Jobs had - “In multitasking, if you see a task manager… they blew it.” I can’t tell you how frustrating managing apps was on my NexusOne when I tried it… and was told by SEVERAL people that a task manager was “essential” if I wanted any kind of decent battery life. From what I’ve seen of hands on videos, it looks like it’s so simple to use, and the idea of allowing specific API’s for specific background functions is a really great partner to “process freezing” to achieve the same goal without actually running multiple processes in the background.
Also pleasantly surprised that it appears as though RunKeeper may be able to work in the background using this multi-tasking setup. no promises though…. ;)
iAd seems cool, but I’m a little underwhelmed. Seems like a lot of work to put into an ad for one platform… no? As an advertiser, what is going to convince me to put in that effort?
No surprises that a new iPhone was not announced, and I still don’t think Verizon will happen with this variation even when it IS announced in June. However, there are still plenty of hints in the SDK that now point to what we might expect in the new iPhone (iPhone HD?). Better camera, flash, multi-core processor with Grand Central? Yes please!
One thing I’m curious about as a UI designer… how will Apple handle a better resolution screen? After spending some time developing for Android and having to worry about higher resolution graphics to handle the better resolution devices, I found it a little annoying to have to recreate all my graphics if I wanted them to look crisp… that being said, I appreciated Android’s ability to scale my regular graphics to the necessary size should I not provide higher res graphics (despite them looking a little “fuzzy” to me). Will Apple need the same effort? Or will it “just work”? My guess is the former (pixel-doubling on the iPad looks like ish.)
For those who care about our prediction chart, Joe was a late addition to the game, and the final result was Joe - 6 points, Aaron - 6 points, and me - 8 points! YEAH! EAT IT! :) (to be fair, there was one undecided one where if Aaron got it right it would’ve tied us 7-7… but it’s still undecided. And it should be noted that the marks you see on the chart in that picture were not the final result of our predictions).
This new OS is gonna rock… it solves almost all the remaining major software complaints about the iPhone, and I’m sure several of the hardware complaints will be solved in June (when I will be purchasing my next iPhone)! :)
iPhone OS 4.0 media event is about to start, and Aaron and I have started a tradition of doing our prediction chart. My predictions:
We will not see a new iPhone announced today, which also means there won’t be any Verizon announcement either (though I don’t believe there will be a Verizon announcement in June anyway). Concurrently, we won’t hear anything about anything in the OS that will give away features of the new iPhone (higher resolution screen/graphics, front-facing camera).
We will see a “lazy” version of multi-tasking (listed on our chart as “process freezing”) which gives the user the impression of apps running in the background without actually running them in the background. Unfortunately the way I think it will be implemented will still prevent RunKeeper from being used in the background… I also think enhanced notification handling will happen.
I also think we will see voice to text support across the OS, as well as an integrated ad framework (a result of Apple’s Quattro Wireless acquisition).
No iTunes streaming (I’m looking at you, September iPod event…), though anyone who knows me knows I’m eagerly awaiting this and think it will come eventually, but it’s not ready yet.
Last night I went for a run in my Vibram 5 Fingers for the first time. Very cool! I was told by a friend that the first run might be pretty painful as my feet have gotten used to the cushioning of a running shoe and are not used to even walking, let alone running, barefoot through city streets. I set out thinking I’d do maybe 2 or 3 miles depending on how I felt, but after 1.5 I took the turn that brought me on my 5 mile route just for the heck of it (I’m behind on my yearly mile goal anyway…).
I’m usually pretty good at running “on my toes”, but the Vibrams definitely made sure I didn’t backslide into heel running (a nasty habit in casual runners where you land on your heel while running and causes more of a shock to your hip and knee joints as well as robs you of your natural momentum). It was also really cool to feel the terrain on my feet as I ran… pavement, sand, rocks, etc. all made their appearance (and yes landing on a rock was a little painful, but also felt a little more “real”).
Overall I ended up far less sore than I thought I would be. I was warned that I might not even be able to walk the day after, but that is not the case at all (I walk a mile from the T to our office and did it fine). The front part of my foot and the front side of my toes are sore, and my lower legs are more sore than they normally would be, but that is all expected.
So far, I’m really liking them. According the my RunKeeper stats, I ran an 8:13 pace in them, which is definitely my best pace ever (though there was some borked GPS points I had to edit out so I’m a little skeptical even though the timer and the distance now look accurate). I’m going to continue using them and see if that is consistent or a fluke.
One warning though is you shouldn’t pick these up unless you believe in what they are trying to accomplish and are willing to work to get there. Running shoes are made to make running feel effortless and give you cushioning so that it’s easier on your muscles and legs… Vibrams are trying to promote a more natural running experience and are trying to get you to use more muscles, and It will take some time and pain before you reach that point. It’s kind of like driving automatic vs. manual in a car in my opinion. Automatic is easy and fairly effortless, but driving manual is more fun.
You can check out more information about Vibram 5 Fingers here (Vibram 5 Fingers). I hear they’re selling like hotcakes!
Oh and by the way, if you enter the RunKeeper Boston Marathon sweepstakes, we’re giving away 15 pairs of them for free! Donate to either charity listed on the page and for every $10 you get 1 entry.