Apple has the tech(nical) spec(ification)s for the iPad up now.
This gives us some interesting information.
One of the complaints that Kindleers have had is the lack of support for many languages.
The iPad says it supports Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese…three for which I’ve seen repeated requests.
It also says it has “Dictionary support” for those…suggesting it, well, has a dictionary.
They say it has a VoiceOver screen reader. Not too much of a surprise…Macs have had text-to-speech for a long time. That doesn’t mean it necessarily works with book files, though, and the blocking that has been applied by some publishers in the Kindle store may work with the iPad as well.
They mention it will go “white on black”, which may help people who find the Kindle’s contrast too low.
They call these “Mail attachment support”: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf; .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
Yep…and a “digital compass”.
Yes, to automatic landscape. It says it has an “ambient light sensor”. That’s an interesting term…does is adjust how bright it makes the screen?
Well, that’s a few highlights. I’d love to see something more on the iBooks part…soon, I’d think.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog