This is a fascinating topic for me. I know plenty of people who own iPhones and iPads that rarely open the App Store, people who have 50+ updates just sitting there waiting for them. Equally, I know plenty of people, like me, who love to search for and try out new apps – perhaps opening the App Store several times a week and seeing what’s new (I also can’t stand the update badge…).
I’d love to know where the illustrious AppStorm readership stands on the scale, how often do you download new apps (be honest)?
I haven’t included an option for people who never check out new apps, mostly because I’d be confused as to why you’re here? Are you a very casual App Store visitor, or do the staff know your name?
What was the last app you grabbed? Let me know in the comments!
Teacher’s Pet have brought to the iPad their first-ever educational iPad app, and it’s looking good. It’s a fun way to get youngsters engaging with that age-old problem – how to tell the time. First we had the sundial, then the hourglass, the waterclock and the mechanical clock. Now we have Wilfred, a friendly Wolf, to help us on our way. Let’s see what Teacher’s Pet and Wilfred have in store for us…
Combined with an ever increasing range of hardware, the iPad is becoming as popular a device on stage for musicians as traditional stomp boxes. When taking the considerable cost of owning one amplifier – never mind multiples – and a few simple pedals into account, your pocket may be thanking you for looking at using software rather than more traditional setups.
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If you’re a Christian, then you read the Bible. There are many ways of doing this, from the traditional tactile book to the Kindle edition. Those solutions are all find and dandy, but what about a digital version of the Bible on your iPad? Actually, there are a lot of apps out there that offer such a capability, but I’m looking at one in particular: YouVersion Bible.
Bible is probably the best way to access the Bible on your iPad, whether it’s for a quick read or some fairly heavy research and note-taking. I’ve been using it for over a year now and after trying out some of the competitors, I must say that it’s the best out there on iOS. But hey, let’s take a deeper look, shall we?
The iPad is a great tool for almost anything nowadays but one of the categories that app developers seemingly haven’t delved into is programming. Sure, there are plenty of HTML and Markdown editors out there on the App Store (Byword is a great example of one of these) but for creating iPad apps, you’ll either have to make do with what’s on the App Store or sit down and learn Xcode, which has a steep learning curve and requires plenty of additional knowledge, such as Objective-C.
But now, some smart Australian developer by the name of Simeon Nasilowski has come up with the brilliant idea of being able to program (simple) iPad apps – and all straight from your iPad. Codea (formerly known as Codify) is not only a simple way of designing your own iPad apps but also features plenty of built-in tools and tricks to help make your programming experience a lot more easier and, dare I say it, enjoyable.
Read on after the break for my thoughts.
Creativity is a wonderful thing. A part of what makes it fun is through finding daily inspiration in almost everything we do. Whether you’re making music, creating great new digital illustrations, or trying to think of new ideas for your next photo project, there will always come a time when you need that little extra push. Fortunately, the sky’s the limit when it comes to pushing your creative boundaries on the iPad, thanks to these unique apps.
Though today’s list may consist of a few content creation apps, it will also contain entertainment and reference apps that simply aim to light that spark from within. We hope you find something new! Read on for more.
A physical keyboard has always been a topic of discussion when users talk about accomplishing real work on the iPad. While certain people are enjoying success including writing books using just the on-screen keyboard on the iPad, I feel the average user can appreciate a physical keyboard. A physical keyboard can provide the familiarity factor which can help a laptop or desktop user type productively on the iPad in very little time.
For the most part I have avoided keyboards for the iPad. It seems most of these keyboards are not trying to innovate on the iPad. For example, if I was a keyboard manufacturer I would try to get into Apple’s head and think if Apple included a keyboard with the iPad, what would it look like? Many of you might say they technically already do, and it’s called the Apple Wireless Keyboard. While that might be true I do not think it is practical to carry around an extra keyboard. Several problems come to mind, such as how to protect it and how to efficiently carry it. Again I am not saying that it cannot be done, but it seems like a hassle…
iOS 6 has been announced, and there are plenty of exciting features arriving on our iPads come the autumn! For a good roundup of the salient points, check out Jacob’s review of the new features right here. If you want to see exactly how Apple is promoting its next mobile operating system then head over to their iOS 6 Preview.
What I’d really like to know is which feature you’re most looking forward to? Are you just aching to talk to Siri on your iPad, or has the dramatic overhaul of maps got you excited about taking some serious road trips?
If I’m being totally honest I’m probably more excited about the updates to maps than I am about Siri. I think that Siri will be superb in the future, but it’s of relatively limited use at the moment – whereas maps has needed a big re-think for ages, I can’t wait for the iPad and iPhone to be able to provide proper turn-by-turn navigation.
Let me know in the comments why you’re most looking forward to your choice?
It’s a short phrase that, on the surface at least, seems pretty innoucous. Obviously you have to cut down your ad slot to fit the allotted time; nobody minds not seeing how long it takes to actually connect a phone call or wants to see Mail downloading new messages – we know it’ll take a few seconds, nobody’s calling foul on that.
The problem arises when the phrase “Sequences shortened” starts to feel like trickery, an understatement intended to make something that’s a work in progress look like a finished product; akin to advertising a beautifully produced and engineered song, and then selling people a pretty sketchy demo.
Here lies Apple’s dilemma, they desperately want to portray Siri as effortless, seamless, and emminently helpful, but it’s just not.