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Check. Check. Is this thing on? Hello everyone. If you’re a developer of iPad applications, then today, I’m talking to you. More specifically, the one’s who shouldn’t snooze through today’s address are the iPad game developers, but what I want to talk about applies to a wide range of apps.

I come to you today with a problem that I’ve been putting a great deal of thought into over the last few months. You see, I’m what the tech world might call a “dinosaur.” I got my iPad (the original iPad) around Christmas time the year it came out. This was, if you don’t recall, only months before the iPad 2 was released. I’ve watched as the new iPads and the apps developed for them have gotten better, and I can’t help but feel like I’m being left in the dust – specifically, regarding graphics.

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One of the biggest app announcements from the recent Apple event was the introduction of iPhoto for iOS. It got a great demonstration on stage and has spent the last couple of weeks buzzing around the Top Charts.

The question for today is, do you like it?

Are you a massive fan of the workflow that iPhoto encourages, or do you find it limiting? Do the gestures make you feel like you’re living in the future, or do you find them confusing and redundant?

I think that iPhoto was a superb app to showcase with the Retina iPad, but what do you think – have you tried it on an iPad 2? Feel free to leave a comment below about your experience with iPhoto!

This week’s poll will take a second of explanation to make complete sense, so bear with me!

New iPads will be arriving in homes all over the world tomorrow, there will be queues outside Apple stores, and thousands of bemused passers-by. The new iPad is a huge step forward, simply adding the retina display is a phenomenal upgrade – the iPad is nothing without the screen at its centre!

However, I have a little niggling question that has been bugging me over the last week, did Apple make the right compromise?

Apple very rarely releases a device that’s heavier and/or thicker than its predecessor (the iPhone 3G being the only notable example), and in the case of the new iPad it’s both. At 0.6mm thicker and around 50grams heavier (see here) the new iPad is evidence of Apple making a compromise. We all know that Tim and his team would have kept it the same, or made it thinner, if they could.

The compromise that we’re debating here is battery life, in order to keep the same battery life as the iPad 2 (something Apple clearly places as a priority) the new iPad not only needed a vastly improved battery, but a bigger one. Apple decided the trade-off was worth it, the minor physical differences in exchange for the same battery as the iPad 2 but with a retina display and 4G LTE – an impressive feat even with the compromise!

My question is whether you think the trade-off was worth it? Rather than give you endless answers, such as dropping a feature or two, I’ve given you four simple ones. Either you agree with Apple that the compromise was worth it, you’re undecided, you think they should have dropped features until everything fit, or you think they should have waited until it all worked. What say you?

Winners Announced

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

Guy Einy
Shawn
xbeta
colin
Dean

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!

Old Competition Post

I reviewed Touchnote back in November and am proud to announce that we have 5 sets of 10 credits to give away to our illustrious readers!

Touchnote is the perfect app if you’re looking to send real-life postcards from the comfort of your iPad. Add your own photos, message, and signature – get sending away!

If you want to get started for free, read on to find out how to enter. It was recently included in our roundup of 11 iPad Apps to Show Off to Your Friends, you’ll be amazed at how fun it is to send physical postcards from the comfort of your iPad!

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March 7th was a bit of a milestone for me – it was the first time in my life that I had reserved and bought an Apple product straight after it was launched. Normally I am a bit dubious when it comes to technology, and before investing in a new gadget, I like to read countless reviews about it to really ascertain whether I’m getting the best value for money. But when the new iPad was announced I was certain that I could trust my instinct, took the plunge, and bought it outright without even reading one single review.

The features were certainly worth shouting about – that all-new, highly anticipated retina display and a beefed-up A5X processor with more powerful capabilities. All sounding good so far, I thought to myself. Then, the bombshell dropped – the new iPad will have 4G support (LTE), allowing blisteringly fast download speeds that makes 3G look ancient and sluggish.

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So the new iPad is here, or very nearly here, and the predictable press disappointment has set in. What’s so amazing about it? The retina display is old news! We already knew all the things that were being added!

While I, personally, think that a lot of this is missing the point, I’m intrigued to find out what you would tout as the biggest new feature of the iPad?

I was impressed to learn that Apple nearly doubled the capacity of the battery in order to keep the running time the same with 4G and a Retina display, but that’s never going to be the thing you tell your friends about. If you had to name the one feature that you would consider the biggest, what would that be?

I understand that the Retina display is probably going to win this fight, but I’m a little biased because I live in a country that’s well behind in the 4G stakes (note to Apple: feel free to use your cash reserves to build the UK’s 4G network and become the only decent mobile carrier).

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@lukasD88
@CB_27
@yulonlon
@coolman128
@ipodxoxo
@chachafance
@roggedoggelito
@RomeoLab
@peroty
@lars3eb

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!

Old Competition Post

This week we have a superb competition for you – 10 (count em’) promo codes for Writing Kit are up for grabs! We reviewed Writing Kit back in August and found it to be a truly impressive writing app.

While it maintains the simplicity of a focused writing app, it includes the features to take your writing beyond basic text.

We gave it a strong 8/10, I’m sure you’ll love it – read on to find out how to enter!

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To appropriately mark the downloading of the 25 billionth app, I think it’s important to take a fresh look at the App Store itself. Some of you might argue that I should tone down my approach, surely it’s a grave misnomer to use such strong language in reference to an imaginary (or at least virtual) shop. Much like the way it’s slightly creepy and weird to refer to the iPad, or any other technology for that matter, as sexy…

Love and hate are strong emotions, but I’m feeling opinionated so I’ll stick with them for sheer simplicity. Today I want to look at the App Store, a place we’re all abundantly familiar with, and why I think it’s a brilliant nightmare, a terrible masterpiece.

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. 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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