Dec 15, 2010 David Lang

How About Making iPad Users Smile?

iOSappicon It seems no matter what I blog about these days, at least one iPad user responds with something to the effect of, "That's great, but where's my iPad app?" Yesterday, after blogging about the many ways we make Septuagint scholars smile, one user sent me this via Twitter: "how about making iPad using pastors smile??"

While we've long had requests for an Accordance app for the iPhone, iPhone users are nowhere near as vocal in their requests as iPad users. I think that's because while the iPad is an iOS device, people use it more like a full-blown computer than a mere handheld. iPhone users would like to be able to read their Accordance modules on their iPhone from time to time, but iPad users want to be able to do in depth study using their iPads. Each day they have to wait is another day they feel handicapped. Which means it's another day they ask us, "When?"

Here's what I told the "iPad using pastor" via Twitter yesterday:

Let's just say I'm busy writing a certain submission to a certain computer maker regarding a certain piece of software. :-)

To which he replied:

well don't let me distract you then.

What does all that mean? It means we're in the final stages of testing and tweaking our initial release. We're also finalizing our submission to Apple for approval of the app. While I can't give a precise date when it will be available, I can tell you that the release of Accordance for iOS should be just around the corner. In tomorrow's post, I'll tell you a little of what you can expect from it.

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December 15, 2010 4:34 PM

I just think we iPhone users are more the patient type. ;-)


December 15, 2010 4:39 PM

@Jon: Speak for yourself... I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it! ;-)


December 15, 2010 4:40 PM

The hope of one day having Accordance on my iPad was one of the core reasons I originally bought one. It is the premier study device, and having Accordance on it is what is was made for!! Can't wait!!! Can't wait!!!

Joe W

December 15, 2010 4:41 PM

The app will open every module I own, allow in-app purchases, sync with all my computers over the cloud, including the old G3 in my basement that's not even on the internet, sync user notes with all my Word docs, zotero bib references and WoW index files, open multiple windows to view alongside one another (even though iOS handles only one window view at a time), push bible content to my TV via AppleTV and AirFlow, allow creation of user bibles of all unicode languages within the app, and perform modern and ancient word search via voice command ("Search for 'ἐδάκρυσεν' in GNT-T"), won't it?

Robb B

December 15, 2010 4:51 PM

Joe W, you're just scratching the surface of what it will do.

David Lang

December 15, 2010 5:00 PM

Joe, you forget to mention that it will automatically check the air pressure in your tires! As for the Greek searching via voice command, there's still internal debate about whether to use Erasmian or modern pronunciation!

But seriously, I'll be addressing what you can and can't expect in this first release in future posts. I'm afraid a few people's utopian expectations may get dashed, but I think most of you will be very pleased. :-)

Todd A. Peperkorn

December 16, 2010 10:14 AM


Patrick Lafferty

December 16, 2010 1:39 PM

so, before year's end, or shall the unnamed computer company require more time?


December 16, 2010 2:13 PM

It's possible for an app to get Apple approval within a week of submission, though I don't know what the holiday season would do to that.

In the spirit of Advent, we aren't decorating the house for Christmas until the iOS app gets released. And, the choir party is on Boxing Day, 12/26.

No pressure, of course.

Denes House

December 16, 2010 4:38 PM

My family is teasing me that I'm more eager for the Advent of the Accordance iPhone/iPad app than the Advent of Jesus. But that's not true.


It's not.

But Jesus has already come! 


December 17, 2010 10:52 AM

David Lang writes, "...internal debate about whether to use Erasmian or modern pronunciation!"

Now that Mac users have lots of storage space (hard drive or RAM), surely the time is coming when a competent human reader will be recorded for the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. The era of using the Mac OS system voice (I use Fred) has passed.

Of course, both Hebrew and Greek present challenges with pronunciation systems. I suspect that you'll have to provide a couple of options for each, using your seminary profs as consultants.

For Greek, I guess that the Mounce version of Erasmian pronunciation would be an inescapable choice.


December 23, 2010 7:31 AM

I suspect that some of us might consider a progress update to be a sign of peace on earth and good will towards men.


December 24, 2010 7:25 AM

Of course, others of us might consider the LACK of a progress update to be a sign of something rather different.

Alan Houtzer

December 24, 2010 3:55 PM
No, I don't mean concordance! Still looking daily for Accordance to appear in the App Store.