After speaking, what is our most basic and universal tool for communication? It’s writing. We start by using our fingers as kids, then advance to crayons, and (hopefully at some point in our childhood) end up with pens. While the keyboard has become an essential tool for us in the digitized world, many still feel most comfortable when “jotting down” a note with a real pen on real paper, and it’s because that’s how we started out writing in the first place.

With the iPad and its huge capacitive surface, we’ve now been given the chance to mix the best of both worlds: using our deeply ingrained skills of handwriting while still creating a digital, quickly reusable record. One of the Apps that excels in this field is Penultimate, and I’ll take a deeper look at it here in the first in a series about handwriting apps on the iPad.

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The iPad has proved itself a very useful device in more situations that any of us thought possible. Developers have done some truly wonderful things in many different areas, from gaming, to music, and even cooking!

The iPad is definitely shaping up to be an incredible cooking companion. There is a plethora of cooking and food related applications now available and we’ll try to sift through the pile for some of the best and most interesting ones available right now.

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Following the hugely successful international release of the iPad 2, it seems particularly apt to ask the question: Will you be upgrading?

If you’re the proud owner of an original iPad then I would guess that it still feels like an amazing device. It’s probably created a niche in your life and is now something you wouldn’t want to live without!

But, there’s a new iPad on the block and it does some things that you kind of wish yours did (even it it’s only beautiful integration with the Smart Cover).

The inevitable feeling of slight dissatisfaction is something that’s an unfortunate byproduct of Apple’s product release cycle, and is deftly discussed by David Appleyard in his article: Thought’s and Reflections on Apple’s Product Release Cycle.

Are you someone who can afford the upgrade but prefers to wait for every second release, or do you prefer to wait until your Apple product is completely out of circulation? Is the iPad 2 irresistible?

Conversely, are you content with your original iPad for the time being, given that it’s still a long way ahead of its competition? We want to know what you think, so post a comment below and don’t forget to vote!

Ever since it was released in late 2008, World of Goo has been a wildly popular PC, Mac, and WiiWare game. Developed by two former EA developers, World of Goo has been praised as one of the best examples of successful indie games. This past December World of Goo finally has been ported to the iPad, bringing the full game to touch-screens for the first time.

World of Goo has been featured in the App Store and risen to the top of the best seller charts numerous times for one simple reason: it’s one of the best touch-screen games available today. It’s incredible how natural the game feels on the iPad, while the art, soundtrack, and gameplay are suburb. Keep reading to find out more about World of Goo! (more…)

Following the international release of the iPad 2 it’s worth giving a thought to the continued ability of Apple to develop and market incredibly successful products. Can the iPad 2 possibly fail?

The release of the first iPad, way back in April 2010, was met by dissenting voices in the technology community. From people heralding it as a marvellous technological breakthrough, to asking serious questions over its purpose. Where does it fit in? Do people need it?

In spite of the initial qualms and speculation over the iPad, Apple was fully prepared to back its new invention and follow its well proven, tried and tested, roadmap for success. Apple would immediately get back to working on the next iteration, the purification of its new technology. (more…)

Winner Announced

A huge thanks to everyone that took part in this competition and helped us spread the word about the new site. We really appreciate your support, and are thrilled to have you all as new readers.

I’m excited to let you know that we’ve announced our randomly selected winner. The iPad 2 will be going to Matthew Widdick, one of our Facebook entrants. Congratulations, Matthew – I hope you enjoy your new gadget!

Be sure to subscribe for plenty of future competitions, giveaways, and in-depth iPad app reviews!

Old Competition Post (Now Closed)

To celebrate the launch of iPad.AppStorm, we’re going to be giving one lucky reader a brand new iPad 2! This is the latest and greatest piece of hardware to emerge from Apple HQ, and today you have the chance to get your hands on one completely free!

This iPad 2 Needs a Loving Home

We’re going to be giving away a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2, usually priced at $499. Black or white – you can choose!

This fantastic upgrade to the original iPad is thinner, lighter, contains two FaceTime cameras, a faster processor, more memory, and the ability to snap on one of Apple’s awesome Smart Covers.

It’s a marvel of technology, and would be the perfect way to browse the new iPad.AppStorm site! Read on to find out how to enter…

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Let’s say that you’re wandering around the Internet and you stumble upon an article that you really want to read. Problem is, it’s a bit long, and your boss is coming around the corner so there’s no way you can read it right now. Your options are to leave the tab open on your browser indefinitely, bookmark the article for later reading or just close the tab and move on with your life. Not much else you can do about it, right?

Hold on there, chief. There is an answer, and it’s named Instapaper. Not only will the service allow you to access that article anytime you want, you don’t even have to be online to do it. How does it do this hocus pocus? Follow along as we teach you about the app that will change the way you consume the Internet.

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Over the last twelve months the iPad has literally taken the technology world by storm. Apple has carved out a brand new niche in the industry, establishing the iPad as the best tablet computer available on the market. And the momentum behind this gadget shows no sign of slowing down…

Since the launch of the iPad, we’ve received countless requests from readers for a new site that’s completely dedicated to the device. I’m incredibly excited to let you know that today marks the launch of a new member in the ever-growing AppStorm family – iPad.AppStorm!

We’ll be publishing the same quality content you’ve come to expect from AppStorm – daily reviews, how-to’s, roundups, news, and opinion.

Introducing Joel Bankhead

To head up the new site, we’re welcoming another member on board the AppStorm team – Joel Bankhead. A regular writer across various AppStorm sites, Joel is our new resident iPad guru and tablet extraordinaire.

If you have any questions for Joel, he’s just an email away (or you can follow him on Twitter). You’ll be hearing lots more from him over the coming weeks, and we’ll be posting up an interview at some point in the near future, so stay tuned!

It’s worth mentioning that if you’re interested in writing for the new site, you should shoot Joel an email at [email protected]. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.

Subscribe and Stay Up-To-Date!

We have some absolutely fantastic posts lined up over the coming week, and we’d hate for you to miss out… There are a few different ways to subscribe to iPad.AppStorm – hopefully one of the following options will work for you!

We’d love to hear any of your thoughts, comments, or post suggestions for the new site, so please feel free to drop us a comment below. We’re really excited about the future of iPad.AppStorm – I hope you enjoy everything we have lined up for you. Thanks for reading!

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