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The act of listening to music on the iPad has long felt like a case of function-over-form, like using an appliance that you don’t really notice, much less care how it looks. Since the iPad’s release, the default Music app has only undergone one major design change, from humble iTunes re-skin to its current wood-paneled state. Track 8 from Ender Labs has higher aims, “borrowing” a few UI elements to make your music look every bit as good as it sounds. Read on past the break for the review of this unique and beautiful music player.

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As you may very well know, Apple Monday unveiled their next big revision of iOS, bringing it to version 6.0. This is a sizable update with a plethora of wonderful features that amount to over 200 in all. However, interestingly enough, Apple put more emphasis on the iPhone side of things during the WWDC keynote and left out some of the major things that could be beneficial to iPad users – well yes, of course they mentioned Siri.

I’ve gathered a list of the most important features that are in iOS 6 and of significance to those who utilize their iPad on a daily basis. In addition, I’ve taken a deep look at the OS itself, seeking out interesting features and jotting down my thoughts on them. Keep reading for the full scoop.

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In 2008 Apple opened the iOS gates to third-party developers, but its strict App Store policies severely limited app creativity. App Store submissions were rejected if the app duplicated core functionality of iOS native apps. This meant that the quality of the web browsing and emailing experience was solely controlled by Apple. Web browsers were some of the first applications to slide past Apple’s restrictive policies, and several excellent notables clawed their way above the rest.

Phillip reviewed Grazing a few months ago, and reading the review left me hungry to try it. Unfortunately, I found myself less concerned with flexibility of browsing and sharing and more concerned with download management, something that both Mobile Safari and Grazing lack. This led me to iCab Mobile, a powerful browser by Alexander Clauss.

How does iCab hold up to the competition? Can it counter Mobile Safari’s native advantage?

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Simple poll this week, to further gauge the organisational habits of AppStorm readers – after we learned that AppStorm readers love having 6 apps in their dock!

Some people are really keen on folders, while others like to have their apps out for all to see. Some people have to fill up each screen with icons, while others will happily go around with only 1 or 2 apps on a screen.

So there here it is; how many screens of apps do you have?

I’d love to know why you have the number of screens you have, simply head to the comments, are they designated for specific tasks or organised by colour of icon?

When iOS 5 was released, one of its more advertised new features was the Reminders app, meant to bridge the gap between a static todo note and a full-fledged GTD style task manager. I love Reminders for keeping track of all those little things that are so easily forgotten, but find myself frustrated at times by the interface and the amount of time it takes to add reminders. Listbook from No Identity seeks to remedy a lot of what’s wrong with Reminders, but is it up to the task of replacing Apple’s built-in app?

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This week’s poll is for those people who are lucky enough to own both a Laptop and an iPad. A recent survey by IDG had some fascinating things to report on iPad usage, particularly interesting are the statistics on how quickly the iPad is moving to partly, or completely, replace the laptop for many people.

54% of professionals said the iPad had ‘partly replaced’ their laptop, while 16% claimed the iPad had ‘completely replaced’ their laptop. I find that staggering.

That’s why today I’m interested in finding out how iPad.AppStorm readers feel about the place of the iPad in their lives; is the iPad replacing your laptop?

I’m going to mimic a very small element of the aforementioned survey in a bid to compare results – how many iPad.AppStorm readers, who are fully clued up when it comes to apps and using the iPad, feel that it has completely replaced their laptop?

Apple claims that the iPad boasts a 10-hour battery life. However, between the retina display, blazing 4G LTE speeds, and Infinity Blade, among other things, it can be hard to get the kind of battery life you’d really like!

Don’t worry! Increasing your battery life is easier than you might expect. Using the following tips, you will be able to max out your battery life in no time.

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While some analysts have tried to claim that Apple’s recent financial results are something of a disappointment, you’d have to be really stubborn to deny that a Net Profit increase of 94% Year-over-Year is a letdown.

11.8 million iPads is a very impressive mark to hit; particularly in a typically slower quarter, and with Apple selling new iPads as fast as they could make them. It’s safe to say the the iPad is still the undisputed king of the tablet jungle.

My question to you today is vastly different from last week’s poll, in that I’m asking you to take a guess (educated or not). How long until we see a true iPad competitor?

You can argue all you want that the Kindle Fire must be selling, but I’ve yet to even see one in the wild! Even if the Kindle Fire is gaining on the iPad, can it even be considered a true competitor?

How long will it be until someone matches the quality of design and seamless user experience of the iPad?

My housemate just bought a MacBook Air.

I felt two conflicting emotions on his return from the Apple Store. As he unveiled the sleek, aluminium body of his newest purchase I felt proud that he had taken my advice, but frustrated that I couldn’t take my advice.

Before I suggested the MacBook Air, he was almost completely set on buying a MacBook Pro. It took a little persuasion to convince him of the supremacy of SSDs and the effortlessly thin and light design of the Air. In reality though, he knew the Air was perfect for him, there was only one thing holding him back; the lack of an optical disk drive.

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From time to time, software can surprise us. Once meant only as a tool, software can take us places we never dreamed, and help us do things in ways we never thought possible. But in some cases, software does even more than accomplish; sometimes software is simply beautiful.

Paper is beautiful software, created to give us something we lost when we moved from notebooks to tablets. The design and function of Paper is unlike any iPad app experience I’ve yet had, giving back so much of what I remember from years of filling up Moleskine journals. To see what beautiful software like Paper can do, read on past the break!

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