On Friday, Apple’s latest and greatest iPad launched in ten countries around the globe. If you were one of the lucky people to pre-order one online before they sold out, or if you happened to make your way through the lines at retail stores, then you’ve seen the “resolutionary” Retina display that the device touts.

But what good is such a display without apps that are prepared for it? In this article, I’m going to show you twelve apps that are completely optimized for your new iPad’s beautiful 2048 by 1536 pixel display, taking advantage of every last pixel. Read on for the roundup!

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The iPad is great for consuming content and I use mine to consume a lot of news. There are several apps that I use to consume content depending on the type of news. RSS resides in Mr. Reader. I also use Flipboard and Pulp for different types of news and feeds. However, I still had trouble finding sources for news and world events. Yes, I could enter several news sources into Flipboard or Pulp but those did not satisfy my need to examine a lot of news from different sources quickly.

News 360 is a news aggregator that brings a lot of news to your iPad. The app does not only just bring you news but brings in the same stories from different sources so a complete view is presented. The app analyzes your current news sources from Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, and Google Reader and allows you to share stories across the social web. If you are looking for a way to consume a lot of news from several different sources then News 360 could be for you.

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Have you ever wished you knew how to edit videos, but didn’t have the time and money to learn? Maybe in the past you’ve found yourself thinking about how you could combine all those home movies to embarrass your kid at their graduation party. After all, who wouldn’t want to see little Jonny pick his nose in super slow motion?

A little while back I reviewed the newest app for video editing on the iPad, Avid Studio. In the past 10 years it’s become much easier for those without advanced training to edit on their own using software like iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Now Avid, a company that has been in the professional video editing business for over 20 years, has released this app to bring their product to the iPad.

So, even if you have no experience with video editing hopefully by the end of this article you’ll be able to edit like a pro. If you haven’t bought the app yet I would suggest getting it so you can follow along. Let’s get started!

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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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I don’t know a great deal about dinosaurs, however, I do remember being fascinated by them as a child. I grew up with Jurassic Park in the cinema and often went fossil hunting on the beaches of the south coast of England.

Understandably then, I jumped at the chance to take a look at a new app: Inside the World of Dinosaurs for iPad. The app’s description promises;

The most comprehensive interactive dinosaur encyclopedia on the iPad.

Complete with in excess of 60 “photo realistic” animated, 3D dinosaurs. So does this app really give you a view of what it was like inside the world of the dinosaurs?

Read on to find out…

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Many of the popular services that we use and love today were created to help us share our stories. Whether it’s in the form of a 140-character tweet or a photo cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook, all of these social apps are doing their best to allow us to share our stories with others. Unfortunately, while each of these services excel at creation, none of them are particularly good at curation.

This is where Storify comes in. Put simply, Storify is a way to make sense of the stories that are already being shared across all of your social services. While the web-app has been around for a while, the iPad app is next-to-new and we have a full review.

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For most power users (and I’ll assume that most of you are), security is important. Even for you non-power users, it should be important. Don’t make the tragic slip-up of using “123456” as your password for every site and service you frequent. But when you start using a different complex, alphanumeric password for every login, how do you keep track of them?

We have discussed (at length) the merits of and differences between Wallet and 1Password (and even some other competitors) here on AppStorm. As a big fan of Acrylic Apps, I tend to lean toward Wallet, but it even slipped past me when Acrylic quietly updated the iOS version to a universal app, complete with a freshly designed, iPad-optimized interface. It should go without saying, but if you already own the iPhone app, you’ll have access to the iPad version for no additional charge. However, if you haven’t sprung for Wallet on iOS yet, will the iPad version be the deciding factor?

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