Tomorrow is a massive day for the iPhone! Whether critics like to see it like that doesn’t really matter, Apple has taken over one million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S – it’s already a success. Tomorrow is also a great day for iPad owners, whether they’re taking the plunge with the new iPhone or not, as it sees the general release of iOS 5.
iOS 5 is touted as being a huge step forward in the development of iOS, and should add whole new layers of functionality to the iPad in particular. Hardware-wise we’ve got the release of the iPad 3 to look forward to in the next year (I’m playing it safe), but let’s take a look at what exciting developments tomorrow holds for us…
A mere few days have passed since the news came in, and I thought it would be fitting to collect together some thoughts from a few of the AppStorm editors. This is simply our tribute to a truly inspirational man.
Amazon has finally announced their long-awaited entry into the tablet market. Rumors have been circling for months now, including a well-documented look into the device that MG Siegler got when he actually held the then-unannounced device.
The device is called the Kindle Fire, and it’s going to enter the market with a bang. How does it stack up to the iPad, though? Let’s discuss.
On first glance this title might seem to have little to do with the iPad, but that’s simply not the case. Since owning an iPad I have become more and more enamored by RSS; it’s almost invariably the first thing I do once sat down with my breakfast, open up Reeder and peruse the latest articles and posts from my favourite sources.
There seems to be a current trend of people moving away from using RSS towards different solutions, one of the most popular being Twitter. I guess it’s a matter of personal taste but, with the iPad by my side, I’m prepared to staunchly defend and promote RSS as the best way to keep yourself in the loop.
In theory, Genius should be a great way to find new apps that you’ll like with very little effort on your own part. By looking at the apps you already own, and combining this information with the ratings and categories in the App Store, Genius should be able to come up with suggestions that are spot-on.
The great shame is that this doesn’t seem to be the case, at least to my mind. In reality Genius often offers suggestions that are pointless; I rarely find myself downloading an app that has been recommended to me in this way.
Could, and should, Genius be better? What improvements would make all the difference?
Last month we ran an intriguing poll that simply asked what type of iPad case you used, and the results got me thinking. The success of the iPad has allowed an almost laughably vast industry to grow up simply providing cases and covers of all shapes and sizes, covering every possible need while allowing you to spend up to $4,900 (for an iPad case made from the finest alligator skin) in the process.
No other item I can think of has caused such a strong bout of case-fever. Even the Nokia 3310 only had one actual type of case, albeit in an almost unwaveringly disgusting smorgasbord of colours and designs. The clearest thing that was highlighted by the poll is the surprisingly even spread of cases people owned and used, there seemed to be no clear consensus on the ‘best’ way to protect, carry, and augment the iPad.
I decided to give it some thought…
There has already been considerable debate over the value of embracing emerging technology in education, particularly the use of iPads in schools, but is this debate simply over method or is there something more drastic taking place?
If the use of iPads can significantly improve the engagement of students, and increase their ability to explore subjects and develop in their learning, then are we doing them a disservice by being slow on the uptake?
Is the iPad a frivolous toy that would be misused and a drain on limited school budgets, or is it a bridge between the classroom and the world? One school in Northern Ireland has began a brave move to put an iPad into the hands of every student, is this the start of something…
Last week the legal spat between Apple and Samsung reached a new and unexpected level. Following a district court ruling in Düsseldorf, Germany, Samsung were forbidden from selling their new Honeycomb-based tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in all EU countries apart from the Netherlands due to copyright infringements.
Apple claim that the physical design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 violates the iPad 2 design patents and has demanded that all Galaxy Tab 10.1 units are pulled off the shelves until the case is resolved. Samsung faces a hefty €250,000 (around $360,000) fine if they disobey the court ruling.
Many people wonder how they could justify the purpose of an iPad, not only to themselves but also to others (I’m sure there’s been many-a-spouse that was upset by the half-grand their significant other dropped on an iPad). Many reviews focus on the technical aspects of Apple’s game-changing tablet, but very few discuss how someone can work the iPad into an existing workflow.
That’s where I come in.
With Apple’s announcement that the features in iCloud will be open to third party developers I thought now would be the perfect time to ask what apps you most want to see integrated with iCloud when it launches alongside iOS 5 this fall.
Some apps have already begun using syncing features by storing your information on their servers for use across multiple devices, but there are still a number of them that could greatly benefit from taking advantage of what iCloud offers.
I’ve put together a short list of apps that I think should take advantage of the wireless syncing service when it’s released.