So there I was on Tuesday, sitting on the living room floor with
my 7-month-old daughter, watching Apple’s Special Event live
stream on my MacBook while we played with some toys. About an hour
into the Keynote, Tim Cook put up a “Life on iPad” video to show
some amazing things customers have been doing with their iPads.
I imagine every developer sees these videos and hopes their app
shows up; I know I always have. But in this case, something felt
different. In addition to the usual feel-good stuff Apple always
shows, they were demonstrating serious uses of the iPad, in
settings ranging from medical to industrial, to hard-core sports
and the outdoors. A couple minutes into the video, I was shocked
to see my signature app, Theodolite HD, being used atop the Great
Wall of China as an iPad user surveys the mountain scenery and
architecture around him. Wow!