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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.

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For us iPad owners, October 12th isn’t simply about the release of the iPhone 4S – it’s a big day for us too, as iOS 5 lands! We can finally get our hands on all the new features promised to us before the summer began…

I, personally, am very excited, but I’d like to know the general AppStorm vibe here; is it all about new hardware, or do big software updates also float your boat? Are you making the upgrade a priority?

Will you be downloading it at your earliest possible convenience, or waiting to be prompted by iTunes? Can you wait to get your hands on the new functionality?

It’d be awesome if you’d get involved and let us know your feelings in the comments, and be sure to vote in the poll! What feature are you most excited for? Next weeks poll will be about your favourite feature of the new OS, so get thinking…

Winners Announced

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

Bryan Gibson
Jelleke
Marek Hasák
Riccardo Luigi Varisco
Munna

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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Remotix is a powerful and fast VNC viewer and Apple Remote Desktop client, and I’m glad to announce that we at iPad.AppStorm have 5 promo codes to give away!

Remotix allows you to connect remotely to your computer and has full support for Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) protocol, which allows it to create a seamless experience for Mac users. Use intuitive gestures to control your computer and access your files and programs from anywhere with a connection!

If you haven’t yet got yourself a VNC client, then here is a great chance to get your hands on one!

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Our sister site iPhone.AppStorm had a big day today with Apple’s ‘Let’s talk iPhone’ announcement! As it’s pretty likely that at least some readers will want the lowdown on the news, it was only fair to give you a heads up. While this is a summary of the important facts, be sure to check back over the coming days for analysis and editorial articles.

Well it’s official, we have a new iPhone today and it’s called the iPhone 4S. There was a lot of big news that came out of Cupertino today, most of it covered live via Twitter.

But if you weren’t there to watch it all go down, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Hit that button and let’s get into all of the big news of the day.

Read more on iPhone.AppStorm…

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.

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This week I’ve thought a lot about the value there is in buying AppleCare for new Apple products. I bought it for my first ever MacBook, but never actually used it, and have never really bothered with it since.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been fortunate not to have any massive problems, or perhaps it’s because any issues I have had have been dealt with without it (often for free), but AppleCare has never seemed worth it. With no moving parts and the generally robust nature of the iPad’s hardware, it certainly didn’t cross my mind as an option for my iPad.

Any serious issues would surely crop up in your first year of use, and be covered by the 1 year limited warranty. In most cases further issues would most likely be caused by mistreatment (giving your iPad an accidental bath etc.) and not be covered anyway.

Do you have AppleCare for your iPad? How do you feel about the value you are getting for your money? Is the peace of mind worth the additional up-front cost?

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.

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Winners Announced

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

Gershom Charig
Yaron
Rik de Vos
Ben

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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Only this morning we reviewed FX Photo Studio HD, a fantastic way to get creative with your shots! I’m delighted to announce that following a big update to the app we have 4 promo codes to give away.

From our review:

FX Photo Studio HD is an utterly enjoyable way to go about editing and adding interesting effects to your photos.

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One of the joys of using an iPad is in how much choice you have when it comes to using it. The fact that you can choose your preferred orientation is a huge progression from almost all computing options across the last few decades, most of which have forced users to work in a landscape orientation.

There have been quite a few studies done into iPad orientation, most of which show portrait beating out landscape as the preference. While some activities are clearly more suited to certain activities, watching a film in portrait wastes an awful lot of space, many are simply down your own personal discretion. Which orientation do you prefer?

If you have the choice, such as when browsing or reading, which way do you naturally turn the iPad? It’d be interesting to know what the preference of the illustrious AppStorm readership is?

Winners Announced

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

mariola
Luke
Jelleke
Andy

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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Earlier this week we reviewed Halftone for the iPad. It’s a fantastic way to easily replicate the historical printing technique that reproduces a photograph using variously sized, and coloured, dots.

Rather than aim to be everything to everyone, Halftone is a simple but powerful app for creating vintage photographic effects. The time and effort it would normally take to achieve the equivalent results has been removed, leaving you with the most enjoyable aspects of the editing process.

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