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iOS 7 was the largest upgrade to iOS ever. It brought along a completely new design language on both the iPhone and iPad, and unlocked various APIs that have made applications more useful and powerful. It also introduced new technologies and APIs, such as iBeacon, that should become only more useful as time goes on.

In terms of usability, however, it offered no major advances for the iPad. In a world where tablets are increasingly being used in lieu of laptops, iOS on the iPad needs to mature, and fast. (more…)

Take a 15 by 15 grid and add one hundred tiles, each with a letter (excepting two blanks), whose distribution and point values were determined by performing frequency analysis from sources including the New York Times. What you have is a 75-year old word game, Scrabble®, that is the world’s second-best selling board game after Monopoly®. It is estimated that one-third of American homes has a Scrabble board.

It’s been one of the best-selling on iOS devices, since it was introduced, maintaining a position usually within the top 50 best selling apps. And now it has received a major revamp.

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Yep, it’s that time of the year again. Hundreds and thousands of students around the world have graduated from high school and are currently loading up their parents’ cars almost to bursting point, raiding the kitchen cupboards for tins of soup and instant noodles and shipping off to either college or university, depending on which part of the world you’re from. It’s a difficult time for a lot of people but I believe university really marks the second stage in your life when you lave home, brush up on both your ironing and social skills, and discover what kind of a person you really are.

Besides the countless things you’ve got to think about, there’s one thing that is worth considering — should I get a new computer for university? There are hundreds of great deals out there for students looking to buy a new computer for their studies (including Apple’s very own, and very generous, education discount) but I believe that an iPad should be your essential purchase for university. As a recent graduate and proud iPad owner, I can truly say that I wouldn’t have survived college with one, and I found it indispensable on so many different occasions.

Here’s why.

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Back in June, we ran a series of 4 tutorials designed to give you a really simple introduction to Pythonista, the wonderful programming tool available on iOS. We’re really pleased to announce that we’re running the second part of this course, which started yesterday, throughout August and September to give you a deeper knowledge of Pythonista and to help you solve problems within Python.

In the meantime, we’d really like to get your feedback on what you thought of the first part of our Pythonista tutorial! Go ahead and cast your votes in the poll box on the right, and please feel free to include any additional comments in the section below!

With great games available for iOS and the iPad, you’d be right to automatically assume that the iPad is a quality gaming platform. On that note, gaming and iOS is the theme of this opinion piece, more specifically I’ll be discussing whether the iPad can truly be a great gaming platform or whether it’s just a toy in the realm of consoles and desktop gaming. Read on for more.

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There’s no doubt the iPad has been a huge success for Apple. It has sold in the millions and slots effortlessly into the Apple product line up. The more recent release of the iPad mini was, to many, an expected move from Apple, filling a rather large void between the iPhone and the full size iPad. As September rapidly approaches (the next generation of iPad is hotly tipped for a September release), this article looks at what we can expect on the next generation iPad and what Apple should probably be including. Read on for more.

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About a year ago I wrote an article for iPad AppStorm entitled, “What the new Microsoft Surface means for the iPad”. It got lots of comments, many of which called me biased towards Apple and the iPad. Maybe I was slightly biased, but as an iPad and iPhone owner writing on an iPad website that was to be expected. Today I revisit this old topic as news of Microsoft slashing the price of the Surface RT (the lower end model) is released upon the world. In this article I’ll again be looking at the Surface and the iPad, what they mean for each other and whether the Surface has proved a true contender to the iPad on a number of levels.

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Almost two years have passed since the sad death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. At the time of his death, there was much debate on how Apple would move forward, whether they would lose their way or be able to continue pushing boundaries and creating their own areas in the industry. In this opinion piece, I’ll be looking at what Steve Jobs meant for Apple as well as how Apple have coped after losing their mentor and figurehead. Read on for more.

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It’s almost been a month since one of the most hotly anticipated events in any Apple lover’s calendar — WWDC. There’s been a plethora of articles on the actual event, yet very little has been mentioned about what the WWDC announcements mean for Apple going forward as a company. In this opinion piece I’ll be exploring what some of WWDC’s announcements (and omissions) mean for Apple’s coming months and years. Read on for more.

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This is really an idea that I’ve been floating around for a while now but I’d love to get the opinion from you, our readers, to see whether it’d be a good one or not. In short, the podcast would be focused on iPad-related news, opinions and apps. We’d rotate through our writers so you would get to hear a different voice and opinion each week and we’d have a weekly “hot theme” that we’d like to discuss, for example, the best way to read news on your iPad and so on.

If you could cast your vote in this week’s poll on the right then this would really help me judge how our readers will react to it and whether it will be a success or not. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me on Twitter: @james_cull.

Many thanks!

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