In several recent posts on iPad.AppStorm, the world of gaming on the iPad has been examined and discussed – it has been suggested that the FPS (First Person Shooter) genre will never really be popular on the iPad. I’m inclined to agree.
As a tried and true Halo junkie, I’m intimately acquainted with the Xbox, and can tell you right now that the iPad will never really come close to threatening the console world. The console is simply far too entrenched, the controls far more versatile than the iPad – and it has some additional options, such as split-screen play.
But, that being said, there’s something about playing a third-person shooter or a first-person shooter in the car (when someone else is driving), in your bed, or on the plane, that really really appeals.
While Microsoft will never even start to consider porting Halo or any of their creations to the iPad, some companies don’t have quite the same view, and have already begun to create offerings for the iPad crowd. The one I’m looking at today is Dead Space, EA Games iPad version of their popular shooter.
The story is new, not just a port of one of the console games, and while not perfect, the game is the best iPad shooter I’ve seen.
The sheer volume of new features announced for iOS 5 cements it as one of the biggest software upgrades ever released. iOS 5 has 200 new features, only 10 of which did Apple go into depth with on Monday. We have lots more to be excited about.
I’m fascinated to know which of the major new features you’re most excited about for the iPad? Zach shared his thoughts on Thursday and came to the conclusion that he is most looking forward to the potential of Newsstand, but what about you?
Are you on the edge of your seat for multitouch gestures? You just can’t wait to wow your friends with five-finger swipes!
What about iMessage? Surely that takes the iPad to a whole new level, keeping you in constant communication with all of your friends and contacts (the good ones anyway).
I’m genuinely excited about the ability to wirelessly sync my iPad and iPhone with my Mac, that’s one less cable I need lying around!
Simply check through the list and pick the feature that you think will transform the experience of using your iPad the most! If you find that your favourite feature update isn’t on the list then be sure to leave a comment and explain why you feel it will make a huge difference.
We’ll have to take this poll again once we’ve all had a chance to get our hands on iOS 5!
Throughout the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the iPad series, I’ve been subtly approaching things from the perspective of someone traveling for pleasure. Possibly an individual on a road trip, or maybe a family on a summer vacation.
But, there’s a large segment of the traveling population that isn’t exactly traveling for pleasure. They’re traveling for business.
Yup, I’m talking to you, weary road warrior. That guy who spends more time in airport terminals than in an office building. For you, advancements in technology have really been a godsend. The smaller and thinner and lighter the better, right? But you can’t sacrifice portability for power. And so for many, a laptop is really the only option. But before you drop $1000 on a shiny new MacBook Air or something, just hear me out. The iPad just might be perfect for you.
Let’s take a look at how to get down to business with the iPad.
So there we have it. On June 6, 2011, Apple announced iOS 5.
Described as a “major release”, anyone who watched the coverage of the announcement would be hard-pressed to disagree. Over 200 new features, 1500 new APIs for developers to utilize. Apple’s answered many a critic with the 10 key features that they highlighted, even the ones glossed over made big splashes, namely WiFi syncing with iTunes and a new split-keyboard layout for the iPad.
But, if you’re not a registered iOS developer, you don’t get access to all this new shiny goodness until this Fall. And, while Apple probably couldn’t have been more vague when it comes to a drop date for iOS 5, we can use the time we have to do what we pundits do best: speculate.
Now that we’ve all had time to mull over the announcements Apple made, let’s take a look at which ones still look great in the fresh light of the day after, and which ones are maybe a little more hype than substance.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at PockeySoft! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Paul de Medeiros
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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UPAD is a very comprehensive writing app, that allows you to use handwriting on the iPad while taking notes, annotating PDFs and even scribbling on images. In her review, Julia Altermann commented how:
If you are looking for a pretty much perfect all-rounder, that is not just good but excellent at everything it does, UPAD is the right app for you.
How do you get the chance to win one of the copies we have to give away? Here’s how…
How To Enter
Entering the competition is really simple – all you need to do is leave a comment on the post. That’s it! Let us know why you’d like to win, tell us a funny story, or describe the feature you’re most excited about using!
Throughout the ages humans have always had to keep track of things, from counting on an abacus, to remembering the milk with a post-it. The iPhone, and now the iPad, have provided us with a vast array of possible solutions for helping us to remember and stay organised.
Interestingly, one of the announcements regarding iOS 5 at the WWDC keynote was about the introduction of an integrated Reminders feature. I have to say that for general use it looks great, it even works with iCloud so that all of your devices are kept accurately updated!
As with several other native applications, Apple hasn’t come straight out and targeted the heavy power user. Instead, Apple has built what looks to be a solid and indispensable app suitable for everyone, but that leaves space for more powerful and feature-rich applications that cater for all possible needs.
Let’s take a look at some of the apps that are unlikely to feel too worried, some great solutions for keeping yourself organised!
Zite calls itself a “personalized magazine” and we can safely say that this is true. It is essentially an RSS reader at its core, but the hardware that is the iPad has enabled that type of service to be wrapped up in such an attractive package that Zite is very much like a magazine – incredibly different from any RSS experience you’ve ever had.
It goes without saying that there is an abundance of great content freely available on the Web. The problem is that it can be difficult to organize it and to keep track of it. RSS readers have filled this void for a number of years, but we’re now stepping into a new era of reading content on the Web, and Zite is right in the middle of it.
This week on iPad.AppStorm we’ve had a couple of articles that have focussed on magazines and the iPad. First there was the in-depth opinion piece by Kevin Whipps on how to fix the problems with current iPad magazines, and then we had a review of The New Yorker by Zach LeBar.
It got me to thinking about whether the iPad will ever completely trump print as the primary medium for magazine-style consumption? Will the interactive experience of the iPad make it unavoidably attractive for publishers in the future?
We are really only seeing the first wave of magazines truly optimised for the intuitive experience of the iPad, is this going to be a powerful trend?
I’m fascinated to hear what you think about the future of magazines in relation to the iPad! Obviously this is all speculation, but if you had to hazard an opinion what would it be?
Do feel free to expand on your answer by leaving a comment, I’m interested to know what you think about the future of magazines on the iPad. Have you found any particularly stunning ones?
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, iPad, Web, or Android 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!
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