If you don’t religiously follow MacUpdate.com or refresh Apple’s Software Update once a day, you may have missed some of the recent software updates for Mac OS X and iPhone/iPad:
Remember to backup your files (manually or with a backup solution like Apple’s Time Machine), and then apply updates. It is also good practice to repair your disk permissions on Mac OS X after updates are completed with Disk Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities).
I haven’t updated the operating system of my iPhone yet, but I thought that I would arrange my home screen to be like my iPad. However, this made me realize just how differently I use my iPhone and iPad. I have different apps on each device and the organization of those different apps requires a different folder structure. The differences aren’t gigantic but they are subtle. For example, I only use the eBay app on my iPad but I have several different shopping apps on my iPhone. I suppose one of the reasons for this is that I use 3G net access to browse for deals when I have an idle moment or while shopping in brick and mortar stores. I rarely shop on the iPad besides researching collectible Star Wars toys on eBay. I primarily use the iPad for reading books and articles with iBooks, comic zeal, Goodreads, and Stanza. I also carry my lesson plans and lecture notes to class on my iPad. Therefore, I use these slightly different devices for different roles in my everyday life primarily due to physical size, screen size and Internet connectivity. I will write more on this later from my MacBook’s keyboard interface instead of this index finger typing input method on the iPhone. Blogging from an iPhone is an equally interesting experience as blogging from an iPad. I must do more of each!
“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.” – Han Solo, Star Wars: A New Hope
It took about an hour for the update to complete, in large part due to my Time Warner Cable Road Runner Internet connection crawling along at a snail’s pace while iTunes downloaded the 400MB upgrade, but my iPad is now running iOS 4.2!
I have some app updates to complete, but I am ready to take it through its paces. Y’s iPad is up next for an update. For her, I hope that the update includes more text input options for traditional Chinese.
I am updating my iPad to iOS 4.2 right now. If you haven’t heard about the anticipated new features (including multitasking) that unify the iPhone and iPad lines, read more about the update on Apple’s Knowledge Base here. I will report back shortly with the results.