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When it comes to Apple’s iconic media events, the one thing that guarantees hype is new hardware. No matter what else is on the agenda, iPhones and iPads are the star attractions. Understandably, much of the other news interspersed between device unveilings is swept aside, perhaps given a whisper of coverage after the dust settles. For me, it is those tidbits I find tantalisingly mysterious, a mere breadcrumb hinting at a grander plan. Last week’s iPhone event was no different.

Prior to WWDC I’d have forgiven anyone for thinking iWork had been put out to pasture. With no desktop update since 2009, it’s fair to say the web app versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers came with more than a little intrigue. In a sense, Apple had just created its first multi-platform apps. Now, four months later, Apple has dropped another breadcrumb. All three iWork iOS apps are now free for purchasers of a new iOS 7 device — Apple’s strategy is beginning to come full circle with more than a little risk and reward.

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Just look at the iPad. Look at that ever-so-thin, yet robust, metallic body. Look at that expanse of touch-sensitive glass, mounted on top of a bold, bright, high resolution display. You’ll just have to make do with thinking about all the processor power squeezed into the unfathomably small crevice between the two. This, surely, is a product made with the photographer in mind.

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You’d think the iPad had seen its fair share of note-taking applications, but you’d be wrong entirely. Last month, NoteSuite came along — and it really impressed me. I gave it a commendable out of 10 in our review from last month for its uncluttered interface, impressive feature set and ease of use. The developers of NoteSuite have certainly learnt from the problems that plagued Projectbook, the app’s predecessor and it is, in my opinion, one of the best iPad note-taking applications out there.

And now, thanks to the kindness of the developers, we’ve got 10, yes 10, promotional codes (each one worth $4.99) which we’re giving away to our readers!

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Yep, it’s that time of the year again. Hundreds and thousands of students around the world have graduated from high school and are currently loading up their parents’ cars almost to bursting point, raiding the kitchen cupboards for tins of soup and instant noodles and shipping off to either college or university, depending on which part of the world you’re from. It’s a difficult time for a lot of people but I believe university really marks the second stage in your life when you lave home, brush up on both your ironing and social skills, and discover what kind of a person you really are.

Besides the countless things you’ve got to think about, there’s one thing that is worth considering — should I get a new computer for university? There are hundreds of great deals out there for students looking to buy a new computer for their studies (including Apple’s very own, and very generous, education discount) but I believe that an iPad should be your essential purchase for university. As a recent graduate and proud iPad owner, I can truly say that I wouldn’t have survived college with one, and I found it indispensable on so many different occasions.

Here’s why.

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If you missed these fantastic articles from iPad.AppStorm this month, then here’s another chance to catch up on some of my favourite writing from the site in July. And remember, if you have any suggestions or you would like to share your favourite article with our readers then please feel free to post them in the Comments section below.

Enjoy!

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Back in June, we ran a series of 4 tutorials designed to give you a really simple introduction to Pythonista, the wonderful programming tool available on iOS. We’re really pleased to announce that we’re running the second part of this course, which started yesterday, throughout August and September to give you a deeper knowledge of Pythonista and to help you solve problems within Python.

In the meantime, we’d really like to get your feedback on what you thought of the first part of our Pythonista tutorial! Go ahead and cast your votes in the poll box on the right, and please feel free to include any additional comments in the section below!

This week’s sponsor is GroovBoard, an ingenious little invention that helps you to use your iPad on your knees.

AppStorm readers are entitled to a special 10% discount when ordering directly from GroovBoard! Simply use the code APPSTORM8 on the Checkout page.

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With great games available for iOS and the iPad, you’d be right to automatically assume that the iPad is a quality gaming platform. On that note, gaming and iOS is the theme of this opinion piece, more specifically I’ll be discussing whether the iPad can truly be a great gaming platform or whether it’s just a toy in the realm of consoles and desktop gaming. Read on for more.

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Our weekly poll is back, and this week we’re asking the important question: how exactly do you use iCloud on your iPad?

Ever since it was released back with iOS 5 in October 2011, the service has attracted around 300 million users as of April 2013 and with its tight integration with OS X, Apple have made it so much easier to keep data across all your devices in constant sync with each other. So go ahead and vote in this week’s poll (multiple answers are possible, of course) — we’d love to be able to build a picture of our readers’ iCloud habits!

There’s no doubt the iPad has been a huge success for Apple. It has sold in the millions and slots effortlessly into the Apple product line up. The more recent release of the iPad mini was, to many, an expected move from Apple, filling a rather large void between the iPhone and the full size iPad. As September rapidly approaches (the next generation of iPad is hotly tipped for a September release), this article looks at what we can expect on the next generation iPad and what Apple should probably be including. Read on for more.

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