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There were a vertiable Smörgåsbord of announcements from the WWDC keynote that will effect the iPad, but today I’d like to think about the impact that iMessage will have on the future development of the iPad and the outside perception of the iPad.

What is iMessage, and will it change the way we use our iPads? Will we eventually see calling on the iPad?

Will it be useful?

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The sheer volume of new features announced for iOS 5 cements it as one of the biggest software upgrades ever released. iOS 5 has 200 new features, only 10 of which did Apple go into depth with on Monday. We have lots more to be excited about.

I’m fascinated to know which of the major new features you’re most excited about for the iPad? Zach shared his thoughts on Thursday and came to the conclusion that he is most looking forward to the potential of Newsstand, but what about you?

Are you on the edge of your seat for multitouch gestures? You just can’t wait to wow your friends with five-finger swipes!

What about iMessage? Surely that takes the iPad to a whole new level, keeping you in constant communication with all of your friends and contacts (the good ones anyway).

I’m genuinely excited about the ability to wirelessly sync my iPad and iPhone with my Mac, that’s one less cable I need lying around!

Simply check through the list and pick the feature that you think will transform the experience of using your iPad the most! If you find that your favourite feature update isn’t on the list then be sure to leave a comment and explain why you feel it will make a huge difference.

We’ll have to take this poll again once we’ve all had a chance to get our hands on iOS 5!

So there we have it. On June 6, 2011, Apple announced iOS 5.

Described as a “major release”, anyone who watched the coverage of the announcement would be hard-pressed to disagree. Over 200 new features, 1500 new APIs for developers to utilize. Apple’s answered many a critic with the 10 key features that they highlighted, even the ones glossed over made big splashes, namely WiFi syncing with iTunes and a new split-keyboard layout for the iPad. 

But, if you’re not a registered iOS developer, you don’t get access to all this new shiny goodness until this Fall. And, while Apple probably couldn’t have been more vague when it comes to a drop date for iOS 5, we can use the time we have to do what we pundits do best: speculate.

Now that we’ve all had time to mull over the announcements Apple made, let’s take a look at which ones still look great in the fresh light of the day after, and which ones are maybe a little more hype than substance.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at PockeySoft! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

RisingPixels
Dave Gerhart
Kristin M.
Nicholas Lim
Tomas Williams
Pedro
Toby
Paul de Medeiros
Nathan Wright
Jeff

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

A few weeks ago we reviewed the superb UPAD, and I’m delighted to announce that we now have 10 promo codes to give away!

UPAD is a very comprehensive writing app, that allows you to use handwriting on the iPad while taking notes, annotating PDFs and even scribbling on images. In her review, Julia Altermann commented how:

If you are looking for a pretty much perfect all-rounder, that is not just good but excellent at everything it does, UPAD is the right app for you.

How do you get the chance to win one of the copies we have to give away? Here’s how…

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really simple – all you need to do is leave a comment on the post. That’s it! Let us know why you’d like to win, tell us a funny story, or describe the feature you’re most excited about using!

This week on iPad.AppStorm we’ve had a couple of articles that have focussed on magazines and the iPad. First there was the in-depth opinion piece by Kevin Whipps on how to fix the problems with current iPad magazines, and then we had a review of The New Yorker by Zach LeBar.

It got me to thinking about whether the iPad will ever completely trump print as the primary medium for magazine-style consumption? Will the interactive experience of the iPad make it unavoidably attractive for publishers in the future?

We are really only seeing the first wave of magazines truly optimised for the intuitive experience of the iPad, is this going to be a powerful trend?

I’m fascinated to hear what you think about the future of magazines in relation to the iPad! Obviously this is all speculation, but if you had to hazard an opinion what would it be?

Do feel free to expand on your answer by leaving a comment, I’m interested to know what you think about the future of magazines on the iPad. Have you found any particularly stunning ones?

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Bjango! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Ralph
David
Clark Kee
sxnc
Jon

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

Just over a week ago we reviewed the excellent Sideways racing game for the iPad. Reviewing Sideways, David Appleyard said:

Sideways is a funky, top-down, retro racing game for the iPad. Relive the glory years and marvel at the stylish graphics and immersive sound.

I’m extremely pleased to announce that the good people at Bjango have given us 5 promo codes to give away to 5 lucky readers!

If you think an action packed top view racer that allows you to drive, slide, and nitro boost your way into the lead would be something you’d enjoy, then enter right now!

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really easy. All you need to do is:

  1. Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
  2. Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!

Best of luck, and I’ll be picking the winners in just over a week.

I love magazines. There’s nothing quite like the experience of opening up the mailbox and getting your latest issue of your favorite publication, then spending a few hours pouring through the glossy pages and learning new things.

Of course, print media has been in trouble for years now, and everyone is trying to figure out how to make more cash. The iPad was once considered the savior for the print world, but at the moment the results are less than sparkling. How could that be? The iPad offered so much promise?

I”ll tell you why: Print media doesn’t get it. They don’t understand what makes the iPad such a unique device and how to take advantage of all its technology to make their print magazine so much better. What do they do to fix the problem? Let’s take a look and see what magazines are doing right, and what they’re doing wrong.

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Google announced the retail launch of the Chromebook at their recent Google I/O conference in San Francisco, the notebooks that run Google’s cloud-based Chome OS.

The machines, manufactured by Acer and Samsung, will be available in internationally from June 15, a year-and-a-half after Apple’s original iteration of the iPad.

Mobile computing has been significantly redefined in the past 18 months, with countless computer makers coming out with tablets and other ultraportable computing solutions – from the MacBook Air and iPad, to the Samsung Series 9 notebook. All examples of popular manafacturers shifting their product design to portable computing, even more so than before.

In today’s article, we’ll be taking a look at whether Apple, the maker of both the highly successful MacBook Air and the iPad, have anything to worry about in Google’s cloud-based Chromebooks.

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Earlier this week Matthew Guay wrote an in-depth article regarding using an external keyboard with the iPad. It got me wondering how many of you guys use an external keyboard with your iPad?

Is it something that you couldn’t live without or just a beneficial tool for some situations? I personally don’t own one, but how many do?

I could have chosen to do a poll on which external keyboards people have decided upon, which would be interesting but wouldn’t answer what I’d really like to know – what proportion of iPad users go out and complement their purchase with an external keyboard?

Feel free to comment below regarding what keyboards you’ve found to be great, or even why you’re so fond of the external keyboard in general. Should the casual iPad owner seriously consider getting on board?

One of our writers here at iPad.AppStorm is currently writing a travel-based series of articles that go through the process of turning your iPad into the perfect travelling companion. His inspiration is taken straight from the creative imagination of Douglas Adams, the iPad is as close as we’ve yet come to having in our hands the long dreamed about Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

How does the iPad compare with the guide on the functionality front? What are the services and apps that make the iPad indispensable?

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