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iPad. What's the difference?

 
Vladimir Shcherbina
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Hi,

I have a question about iPad, what is a difference between this and MacBook in terms of programming ? (OS, Java, Objective C, iPhone SDK, iPhone simulator, etc.)
 
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The iPad runs iOS; the MacBook runs OS X. No Java on iPad. You don't code on the iPad itself. Almost everything is different except the Objective-C part.
 
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To me it seems that iPad is just a big iPod, but that's just me.
 
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Technically, it is--but the differences have implications.
 
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David Newton wrote:Technically, it is--but the differences have implications.


The screen size? :D In the iPad I was playing with in apple store in my city had a lot of games installed, but all of them were running with 4 times smaller size in the middle of the screen, thus I believe they were iphone games.
 
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There are a couple of controllers available for the iPad and not iPhone (split controller for instance) because of the screen size. Other than that, it's just a big iPod Touch (with an option of having 3G internet)
 
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Elchin Asgarli wrote:thus I believe they were iphone games.

Yes, they were. The iPad will run iPhone/iPod apps. Programs written for the iPad will utilize its full screen.

And as an owner of both an iPod Touch and an iPad, I can attest that David is quite correct. The larger screen of the iPad makes all the difference in the world!
 
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Like I said--from a technical standpoint, it *is* a large iPod. But you guys that say "just" are completely overlooking the implications of the distinction. As a long-time tablet and smart-phone user I'll state unequivocally that they are machines of a completely different nature, and those that choose to ignore the differences and what they mean are missing the point.

They serve completely different niches, the applications that make sense for both of them can be very different, and so on. My iPad has replaced my notebook and netbook as my "around the house" computer: the thought of using my iPod Touch or my Droid for that purpose never even crossed my mind. I can do a *lot* more real work on my iPad, and do so, a *lot*--not so on either other machine.

Is there *some* overlap of functionality? Of course. Is the iPad "just" a big iPod? No way, just like when I finally can use a good Android tablet (which I would *much* prefer over an iPad) it won't be "just" a larger version of my Droid.
 
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