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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?

This week’s poll is a little different. For one, it’s going to be massive.

Over the past week or so a fascinating chart by Brett Terpstra has become extraordinarily popular. Essentially it’s a huge comparison of every available iOS text editor.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, there are a lot of them…

This weeks poll simply asks the question; which one do you use? Which iPad text editor is your favourite, your go-to app, your current muse.

I have no idea what the result is going to be, but I’m pretty excited! Let me know in the comments if this chart has made you rethink your current favourite, and why you particularly like the one you’ve settled on.

Symmetry and order. Everything in its right place.

When it comes to organisation, I’m a real stickler for having everything just so. This feeling being inexplicably amplified when it comes to the arrangement of apps on my iPhone and iPad…

Earlier today I became intrigued by the freedom that Apple gives you with the dock on the iPad, allowing you to have six items in it if you so wish – a freedom of layout that’s not extended to the rest of the OS. I then decided to test the extent of this, but it seems that six is the maximum.

What I then learned was that you can actually remove every single app from the dock, although the result is more than a little odd. This led me to today’s question, how many apps do you have in your dock?

I’ll admit that my passion for order means that anything other than five apps in the dock just looks wrong to my eyes, but I’m willing to be shown that this isn’t the case for everyone…

On Wednesday Google unveiled something that has intrigued and horrified people in almost equal measure; Project Glass. Google’s own description of the project is a mangled collection of buzzwords, but goes thus;

“We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A team within our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”

Google are pushing forward with augmented reality, bringing us ever closer to being able to buy Google Glasses and see our world from a whole different angle (complete with ads). Whether this scares you, or fascinates you, I’d like to know whether you think augmented reality, in general, is the future?

There is a healthy abundance of writing apps in the App Store, all vying for that top spot on your iPad Home Screen. The fact is that there are a whole host of superb choices, which one you use will almost certainly come down to personal preference – where do AppStorm readers go to put their thoughts into words?

I, personally, am a big fan of minimal writing environments and have used iA Writer for the last year or so, but I’m definitely tempted by Byword.

Does Markdown support make a big difference in your choice? Do you want options, or a distinct lack of choice? Does the icon make a difference?

Is having iCloud sync a deal breaker, or is Dropbox your go-to service? All of these factors will come into play when weighing up the best writing app for you – where have you landed?

Let us know in the comments if I’ve missed a big one, I’ll add it in if possible, and what factors influenced your choice.

One of the biggest app announcements from the recent Apple event was the introduction of iPhoto for iOS. It got a great demonstration on stage and has spent the last couple of weeks buzzing around the Top Charts.

The question for today is, do you like it?

Are you a massive fan of the workflow that iPhoto encourages, or do you find it limiting? Do the gestures make you feel like you’re living in the future, or do you find them confusing and redundant?

I think that iPhoto was a superb app to showcase with the Retina iPad, but what do you think – have you tried it on an iPad 2? Feel free to leave a comment below about your experience with iPhoto!

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?

So the new iPad is here, or very nearly here, and the predictable press disappointment has set in. What’s so amazing about it? The retina display is old news! We already knew all the things that were being added!

While I, personally, think that a lot of this is missing the point, I’m intrigued to find out what you would tout as the biggest new feature of the iPad?

I was impressed to learn that Apple nearly doubled the capacity of the battery in order to keep the running time the same with 4G and a Retina display, but that’s never going to be the thing you tell your friends about. If you had to name the one feature that you would consider the biggest, what would that be?

I understand that the Retina display is probably going to win this fight, but I’m a little biased because I live in a country that’s well behind in the 4G stakes (note to Apple: feel free to use your cash reserves to build the UK’s 4G network and become the only decent mobile carrier).

Do you like Safari on your iPad? Really?

I’ll admit that it is pretty quick, but that doesn’t make up for the dire lack of extensions – I just want to be able to use 1Password, is that so much to ask?

The question today is, would you use a different default browser on your iPad if you could? You can freely use a whole multitude of different browsers on the iPad, but not being able to set them as the default makes things awkward. That little settings change could mean so much.

You could have that gesture based browser you love always pop up when you click a link in your email, you could even use a browser that supports Flash as your default!

I’ve got a feeling that most people aren’t too fussed about the default browser, and the fact that Safari is pretty good helps to keep people from investigating the other options. But maybe I’m wrong, would you change the default browser if you could?

Let’s not beat around the bush, we’re going to be getting an iPad 3 (of some sort) in March. The specifics are harder to determine, but that they’ll be sought after is pretty much a given – expect Apple fan queues to be featured on evening news broadcasts!

The question I’d like to ask today is, unsurprisingly, will you be getting an iPad 3? Have you already sold you iPad 2 in desperate anticipation, have you prepped your camping gear?

Or, alternatively, are you unfazed by the whole thing, perfectly happy with your current iPad and planning not to get involved in the expected frenzy?

There is, I suspect, actually a third camp in this situation. Those people who haven’t yet decided and are letting the impressive (or not?) new features make their minds for them, people who desire a retina display (likely) or LTE connectivity (less likely) before parting with their cash.

Let us know in the comments the factors influencing your decision!

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