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First one is covered by push, if clunkily.

I don't know why not hooks for time related stuff. I suspect it'll come.

How would owners respond to a background app eating their battery? Which is Apple's argument. Less applicable to the iPad though - again I suspect some iPad restrictions will be loosened as hardware moves forward.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:37:16 AM EST
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Clunky is a problem because it changes cost of development from 'Interesting, maybe I'll do that' to 'Nah...'

I don't really get the battery argument. Apps don't have to be really, really busy unless they're doing useful stuff. You could set up a 'Give me a timeslice every five minutes' option and it would make no real difference to battery life.

This is how everyone else does it, so it's not as if it's not practical.

A lot of the time you have to do the processing and downloading anyway, sooner or later. All that happens now is it gets deferred until the app is run.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:46:55 AM EST
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How would owners respond to a background app eating their battery? Which is Apple's argument.

I don't want Steve Jobs' marketig strategy to dictate how much power I can chug out of the battery. It should be my choice whether on a particular full battery load I want to get 9h of web browsing or 90 minutes of World of Warcraft (or, in the social networking vein, Second Life). If some owners cannot understand that certain users will eat the battery faster than other why should the rest of us suffer for it?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 04:19:03 PM EST
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Ah, the joy of Apple products....

And, anyway, you couldn't get 90 minutes of WoW if you somehow attached five batteries to the thing.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 05:35:10 PM EST
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Good luck getting WoW to even run on a device with no dedicated 3D rendering hardware.
by Zwackus on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 07:49:14 PM EST
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So, no Second Life either?

I think I'll stick to my MacBook until Steve Jobs gets the iPad right :P

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 07:52:58 PM EST
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Well, yeah, there's that.  Plus it'd be a royal pain in the ass to use any special moves from the button on the bottom.

I could see it being enjoyable on an iPad with sufficiently powerful hardware.  Maybe even more so than a regular computer, since you could bring all sorts of hand gestures into it and get a kind of Wii-on-steroids feel.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 08:25:27 PM EST
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iThings do have graphical acceleration - there's a version of Open GL ES in there, running on rendering hardware.

What they don't have is the vast memory and disk space needed for textures, or the bandwidth for refreshes. Or the processor speed.

Or the battery life. :)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 08:43:42 PM EST
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Thank you.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 09:16:06 PM EST
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