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TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
Posted by Ryan on 7 February 2013, 16:00 GMT

The big news for today is with regards to Texas Instruments making a big step in the direction of engaging the mobile market by announcing its TI-Nspire app for the iPad. Sources tell us that there will be both standard and CAS versions of the app and will be able to run Nspire BASIC and Lua, for those of you out there who are programming-oriented. What does this mean for the future of TI's more traditional platforms? Considering the relative price of an iPad to, say, a TI-84+, it is unlikely that this software is in any way intending to replace our beloved handheld calcs any time in the near future. Rather, it seems that this is a move to break into a different market within educational settings where other technology and platforms have already been adopted and, presumably, to make their powerful mathematics/statistics platforms more accessible outside of the educational setting as well. Why, yes, there also appears to be a book geared towards "Dummies" in the mix.

This shifting focus and branching into new markets, in conjunction with the announcement of "updating" its more standard educational platform, suggest a larger strategy for the company and may help to counteract some of the negative associations that have loomed over its head for some time. Needless to say, this is a lot of very intriguing and exciting news coming in over a relatively short period of time. What other surprises does Texas Instruments have up its sleeve?

An extra special thanks to Adriweb for breaking this news yesterday. Ever since reading the news, I have been experiencing unanticipated drooling and childish delight. Perhaps a trip to the doctor is in order.

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Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
Stefan Bauwens  Account Info
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Very nice news indeed. I wonder if it'll be easy(if even possible) to run .tns files?
I'm totally not threatened that they might stop the production of their calculators for several reasons. If so why would they then release just (a few) new calculators?
Also there's no way iPad's are going to be allowed in exams. :P

Reply to this comment    7 February 2013, 18:47 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
Ryan Boyd Account Info
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I was asked by the author of the beginning of a comment thread to remove his post, which took the subsequent comment thread with it.

Let us instead focus on the celebration of the news, and thanks to everyone who put in time and hard work into letting the community know about this fascinating development.

I leave you with this:
http://youtu.be/jKGjOE_7bYI

Reply to this comment    8 February 2013, 16:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
KermMartian  Account Info
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Some relevant questions and answers from the lost thread:
- Yes, the TI-Nspire Apps for iPad can run Lua and Nspire BASIC code.
- Doesn't the app store not allow apps that execute code (ie, emulators)?

Reply to this comment    8 February 2013, 16:30 GMT

Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
DWedit  Account Info
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I thought Apple banned any app that allowed the user to program it.

Reply to this comment    11 February 2013, 06:13 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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Yeah, me too. (I was the one who had pointed that out in the thread that got deleted.)

Reply to this comment    12 February 2013, 06:41 GMT

Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
johnet123 Account Info

Unfortunately, the app has been pulled from the iTunes store. Additionally, all links that refer to the app has been on TI's site have been deleted. Does anyone have any information as to why?

Reply to this comment    18 February 2013, 02:45 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
KermMartian  Account Info
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There was a security issue that needed to be resolved. There is an unconfirmed rumor from anonymous TI sources that the TI-Nspire App for iPad will be available sometime this week.

Reply to this comment    18 February 2013, 03:24 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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Let me guess… the "security hole" is the possibility to run user programs?

Reply to this comment    18 February 2013, 11:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI-Nspire + iPad -> Progress
KermMartian  Account Info
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The App is now available in all of the app stores once more, and TI will be releasing a press release later today. Their site:

http://education.ti.com/ipad
(Source: Cemetech.net)

Reply to this comment    19 February 2013, 15:50 GMT

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