I’ve already briefly discussed the iPod Touch in an earlier post but now that I’ve had one for over a month I thought it was about time for a blog post about my thoughts on it.
I guess strictly speaking this is not directly related to libraries, but I imagine the implications of mobile technologies and particularly mobile web browsing will effect libraries and services of the future, it’s certainly made me think more about interoperability of our web pages and catalogues for users accessing them on different devices.
I’ve been using my iPod Touch on an almost daily basis since getting it at the end of December (much to the annoyance of my partner who doesn’t like the attention it’s getting!). I love having a mobile browser and have got it working on the WiFi at both home and work. It’s great for all those “Oh I forgot to look up…”, “That sounds interesting, tell me more” moments (I don’t know about you but I have many of these!).
Since the update following MacWorld last month (which by the way, I paid the £12.99 for and personally think it was worth every penny despite the hoo-ha) I’ve been checking my e-mail using the e-mail application which really is excellent. The Google Maps application is also great and I particularly like the feature of adding a pin and linking it to your contacts for people’s addresses. I’m finding out about more and more web apps on an almost daily basis and can’t wait for the SDK release hopefully later this month which should mean more applications for both the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Earlier today larger capacity models have been released (32GB for the iPod, 16GB for the iPhone) which I imagine will help improve sales of the Touch for some who feel 16GB isn’t enough storage for their music and movies.
I think these developments with hardware and software are really exciting and have nerdily been getting more and more excited by Apple developments as well as widgets and apps which are getting better and better and allowing so much more flexibility with the way we work.
Anyone else as excited as me about future technological developments or am I turning into a complete sad case?!