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  1. #1

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    Default How will the ipad deal with files like wmv? Or...

    Just wondering how the ipad will deal with email attachments that contain, for eg: wmv files?

    Currently we use flip for mac or vlc etc... on a desktop or laptop.

    I realise that this issue exists on the iphone too, but the ipad is sort of in a different league.

    Any ideas?

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    WMV files just won't work. No dice.

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    davedave, the iPad is just an iPod Touch with a bigger screen, that's all -- it runs iPhoneOS, just like the iPhone and Touch. Any limitations they have will be identical on the iPad.

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    Fair enough.
    Just a though since the ipad is being touted as a netbookish, laptopish, media deviceish alternative.

    The average punter would probably see mail.app being demo'd and assume they could do the same things as they currently do with their mail.app or outlook email client.

    I realise the outlook and mail do not actually play the wmv file, this is done by quicktime (with a plugin), vlc, Windows MediaPlayer etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brains View Post
    ... it runs iPhoneOS, just like the iPhone and Touch...
    Or does it run a modified / tweaked / beefed up iPhoneOS?

    Maybe users will be allowed to install additional codecs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petronius View Post
    Or does it run a modified / tweaked / beefed up iPhoneOS?

    Maybe users will be allowed to install additional codecs.
    If you know Apple, you know this will never happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keving View Post
    If you know Apple, you know this will never happen.
    Mostly because the iPad (as with the iPhone) has a hardware h264 decoder.
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    You don't think we'll ever see VLC for the iPad then?
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    So - there is no software solution - 3rd party app, even if needed via unlocking - that can use the iPhone/Pod/Pad's processor to run a non-native codec?
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    Ah the joys of a 100% closed system. My advice is jailbreak they thing and wait for some bright spark hacker to port perian and wmv codecs to the device.

    This locked in model is far to lucrative for apple, than to worry about consumer choice and functionality.
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