Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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More cool Apple bits and pieces...

The move to the iBook continues apace.

This weekend I received the D-Link Bluetooth adapter. It's a rather delightful piece of kit - a tiny little USB dongle that doesn't protrude too far out of the side of the iBook. I've also found Apple's software (find out more and download it from here) is surprisingly easy to use. Just install the software, plug in the adapter and you're ready to go - exactly the sort of usuability we should expect for that sort of tool. It's also only £43 inc. VAT, cheaper than many other Bluetooth adapters.

Still, I'm looking forward to MacOS 10.2 Jaguar where Bluetooth support and adapter drivers should be part of the base OS, rather than an additional download.

Then there was the 1.2 update for the iPod (which looks like it may have solved my iPod battery life problems, too). While there are some UI changes, I think they do make it easier to navigate through the music library - especially when you've got at least 1000 tracks on the beast! It's also added a clock and calendar support. Add that to the contacts tools, and the forthcoming iCal, and it looks very like Apple are slowly turning the iPod into a simple read-only PDA. In fact there's very little difference in functionality between an iPod with the latest software update and the old REX PC Card PDA...

Any bets on an iPod 2.0 with some form of user input?
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