With Apple’s forthcoming iOS 5 release, there are some specific changes within Mobile Safari that are worth noting. Most of these are of concern to the designer and developer, but others will add some new end user features. Form Input Elements: Mobile Safari provides touch-centric form inputs to ease the user’s entry task. Added in iOS 5 are new types date, datetime, month, time and range (which others might call a “slider”). Kerning Changes: Kerning (“…the adjustment of the space

Design for Mobile First. That’s the position of Luke Wroblewski, a leading voice of an emerging school in web design that seeks to reverse the time-honored practice of deriving a mobile website from the existing desktop version. Wroblewski says don’t build a mobile version from a desktop site, rather build for mobile first. Here’s what he says: …things have changed so dramatically over the past few years that starting with the desktop may be an increasingly backwards way of thinking about

Occasionally, we see something so neat that we have to share it – even if it isn’t about us or our products. We’ve been using a product for the past couple of months called casesimpl. casesimpl is a case for your mobile life. We’re using their iPad case and it is simply terrific. It’s not a cover or tight fitting wrap – it’s what you put your iPad into to go to meetings at a client, throw in a bag

In iOS 4.3, Apple introduced the Nitro JavaScript engine, which provides substantial speed improvements, up to “…twice as fast“, for JavaScript execution within Mobile Safari. Yesterday, Maximiliano Firtman, author of the O’Reilly book, Programming for the Mobile Web, shared test results that show webApps run in full screen mode do not access the Nitro engine. A “full screen webApp” is one where the link has been saved to the iOS device home screen (technically known as the “SpringBoard”) and with

Credit where credit is due. This week’s update to News Corp.’s The Daily DID NOT suggest/require that the user delete the installed version from their iPad. From a usability standpoint, this is a big improvement. Thanks, The Daily dev team, for listening (well to someone  – probably not me).

The term “game changer” crept into the technical lexicon some time ago. It seems that every new idea or a rehash of an old idea is declared to be a “game changer”. It’s gotten so I don’t even hear the words when they are used in a pitch or a presentation any longer. So I offer up this. The Apple iPad is the definition of game changer. I urge you to watch this video presented at the Apple iPad 2

TechCrunch editor MG Siegler was at the Apple launch event and got hands-on time with the new Apple iPad 2. So how does the iPad 2 stack up? I got a chance to play with one for a solid half hour after the event today in the hands-on area. It’s great. It’s everything you love about the original iPad, but better.

So now that the next Apple iPad is announced, let’s see how many of our wishes from 3/1/11 were granted: Front and Rear Cameras: Yes Improved Screen: Maybe. The discussion centered around graphics performance. Faster Syncing: No, at least no hardware change. Upload Photos from within Mobile Safari: iOS 4.3 does not appear to address this, although the Nitro JavaScript engine for Mobile Safari will bring welcome performance enhancements.

On the day prior to the much-anticipated Apple iPad event on March 2, we’ve put together a short list of wishes for the next generation of the tablet. Front and Rear Cameras: We use our iPad a lot when traveling and being able to video conference with it would be very nice. Improved Screen: Simply some improvement in the sharpness of the screen would be enough for us. We spend a lot of time reading on the iPad. Faster Syncing: