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Joel Bankhead

Joel Bankhead is a freelance writer, editor, and musician based in Manchester, UK. He is currently the manager of the AppStorm Network, the editor of iPad.AppStorm, and a regular contributor to Phototuts+ and FreelanceSwitch.

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Do you have an app or website that you need help promoting?

We’ve got a simply awesome competition for you! The wonderful people at Wyzowl are offering up four free promo videos to AppStorm readers, one each for Mac, Web, iOS, and Android. Get a slick video to show off your iOS app, exhibit your Android app in its full glory, or make an impact by concisely demonstrating why your web app is completely invaluable!

Just read on to enter the competition and have a chance at winning a promo video for your site or app worth $475!

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iOS 6 has been announced, and there are plenty of exciting features arriving on our iPads come the autumn! For a good roundup of the salient points, check out Jacob’s review of the new features right here. If you want to see exactly how Apple is promoting its next mobile operating system then head over to their iOS 6 Preview.

What I’d really like to know is which feature you’re most looking forward to? Are you just aching to talk to Siri on your iPad, or has the dramatic overhaul of maps got you excited about taking some serious road trips?

If I’m being totally honest I’m probably more excited about the updates to maps than I am about Siri. I think that Siri will be superb in the future, but it’s of relatively limited use at the moment – whereas maps has needed a big re-think for ages, I can’t wait for the iPad and iPhone to be able to provide proper turn-by-turn navigation.

Let me know in the comments why you’re most looking forward to your choice?

“Sequences shortened.”

It’s a short phrase that, on the surface at least, seems pretty innoucous. Obviously you have to cut down your ad slot to fit the allotted time; nobody minds not seeing how long it takes to actually connect a phone call or wants to see Mail downloading new messages – we know it’ll take a few seconds, nobody’s calling foul on that.

The problem arises when the phrase “Sequences shortened” starts to feel like trickery, an understatement intended to make something that’s a work in progress look like a finished product; akin to advertising a beautifully produced and engineered song, and then selling people a pretty sketchy demo.

Here lies Apple’s dilemma, they desperately want to portray Siri as effortless, seamless, and emminently helpful, but it’s just not.

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Earlier this week 9to5Mac broke the news that it looks like Siri is coming to the iPad in iOS 6! I’ll let you read their report for details, and a few mockups, but would like to ask a very simple question; are you excited about getting Siri on the iPad?

Since Siri first launched we knew that it would eventually come to the iPad, Apple wasn’t going to keep it exclusive to the 4S. The real question is, after all the hype has died down, do you actually care if Siri’s on the iPad?

I have to admit that I’m using Siri on the iPhone less now than I did in the past, but I’d definitely like to have it available on the iPad – if only to schedule calendar events and to show off to my friends…

Let me know you you think, and perhaps tell me in the comments what you think you’d use Siri on the iPad for most!

Best of AppStorm in May

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in May. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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Will Your iPad Be Coming on Holiday?

Perhaps it’s a little early to put this question to the fine readers of iPad.AppStorm, but the sun is shining in England and it certainly feels like summer is upon us.

I’d like to know whether you’re intending to take your trusty iPad on holiday with you?

In my opinion the iPad is a superb travelling companion and I certainly wouldn’t leave home without it stocked full of movies and interesting articles to read, but perhaps you’re of a different persuasion. I can certainly see how certain holidays might make the iPad less useful – it’s powers are lessened if you’re on the beach a lot and it might be a bit risky to take it back-packing…

Nonetheless, I can see the merits of taking the iPad along for travelling time alone – some airlines have started giving fully-stocked iPads out to first-class passengers to use instead of the built-in multimedia system!

What kind of holiday will you be taking this year, and where will the iPad fit in? Let me know in the comments!

Yes, the camera on the new iPad is significantly better than it used to be. But, that doesn’t mean it’s actually any use – I still find it frustrating and nigh on pointless to use the iPad to take photographs.

So there you have it, this weeks question presents itself; how often do you take photos with your iPad?

I’m happy to be proved wrong and shown just how many people do use their iPads to regularly take shots, but I’m skeptical about it myself…

For the purpose of keeping this pure, I’d like you to discount using the iPad for FaceTime, I’ll freely admit that the iPad cameras are great for that! Let’s keep this just about photographs, shots that you aim and focus in on. Let me know in the comments how you feel about using the iPad camera in the wild!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Icodelabs! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

mcguolo
@sachitv
Sonali Agrawal
Gereon
Torrens
Billy
Pedro Lobo
Luke Sherwin
Roy Eyal
Kevin Kirsche

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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That’s right, this week we have 10 promo codes for the excellent Koder to give away! We reviewed Koder a few weeks ago, giving it a solid 7/10, so check that out and come back for your chance to win a copy!

Koder is a code editor for the iPad that offers syntax highlighting, a snippet manager, and access to remote file connections. If you need a way to code on-the-go, this just might be for you!

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Thanks to Our Weekly Sponsor: Toy Defense

Our featured sponsor this week is Toy Defense, a fresh look at the Tower Defense genre.

It’s a great game that brings back childhood memories of expansive battles with plastic soldiers, tanks, and airplanes! Prepare to become closely acquainted with flamethrowers, riflemen, ack-acks and cannons. It’s dynamic and challenging, but also a perfect time-filler.

A little graphical appetiser...

Toy Defense is already available for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and will be soon available for Mac, PC and Android.

Simple poll this week, to further gauge the organisational habits of AppStorm readers – after we learned that AppStorm readers love having 6 apps in their dock!

Some people are really keen on folders, while others like to have their apps out for all to see. Some people have to fill up each screen with icons, while others will happily go around with only 1 or 2 apps on a screen.

So there here it is; how many screens of apps do you have?

I’d love to know why you have the number of screens you have, simply head to the comments, are they designated for specific tasks or organised by colour of icon?

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