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This week I’m asking a question that’s bound to get you scratching your head! After using the new OS in everyday life for several months now, what is your favourite feature on the iPad?

I have to admit that using iOS 5 on my iPad hasn’t been exactly as I expected; I haven’t really used some of the features that I thought might prove to be most significant, and I’ve used features I’d barely considered a lot!

One thing that I’m absolutely loving with iOS 5 on the iPad is the access it gives you to multitasking gestures, I find myself rarely even pressing the Home button anymore – except for unlocking purposes! I love the four-finger swiping gestures to bring up the multitasking bar, and for switching immediately between apps. It makes moving back and forth between two apps effortlessly easy and surprisingly seamless.

I also love wireless synching, Notification Center, and the new version of Safari – although I wish they would allow other apps to interact with it, I’m desperate for an integrated 1Password solution…

What have you found to be your absolute favourite new feature? Has tabbed Safari browsing given it the edge, or are you loving reminders?

It’d be great if you’d take the time to comment below and tell us why you chose the feature you did, and whether it was something you expected to be your favourite!

We’re having a quick poll today, so take a mere few seconds of your time and enlighten me! Do you think that the integration of Twitter into iOS 5 was a good idea?

Is it beautifully forward-thinking of Apple, or slightly short sighted? Are they tying themselves to the success, and failure, of another company unnecessarily?

Do you use Twitter integration on a regular basis, does it actually enhance the use of your iPad? I, personally, have a feeling that it’ll be incredible for Twitter in the long run, adding huge reams of regular users to its service – although I don’t see the benefits for Apple as being that great…

It’d be awesome if you’d also leave your thoughts below, tell me why you think it is, or isn’t, a good idea?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ll know that Apple released the fifth version of their iOS operating system for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad this week. This latest version is, arguably, their biggest update since version two which introduced native apps. So what does this mean for iPad users? Read on to find out the big new features along with five of my top tips for getting the most out of your iPad with iOS 5…


Perhaps it’s a little premature to ask this now, but I can’t hold back – I’m fascinated to know what your favourite feature of iOS 5 is?

It’s been available for just over three days, and gives iPad owners access to some incredible extra features – several of which are vying for the prestigious label of best new feature! Will it be iMessage, or will Newsstand prove an immensely beautiful experience on the iPad?

AppStorm readers are notoriously discerning when it comes to apps, will Reminders even get a look-in considering the wealth of incredible task apps available to every iPad owner? How does the location aware feature work in reality?

Is it something other than the big hitters that really floats your boat? Perhaps the addition of multitasking gestures on the iPad makes a huge difference for you…

Get involved with the poll and be sure to leave a comment and enter discussion, especially if you’ve chosen other on the list!

Tomorrow is a massive day for the iPhone! Whether critics like to see it like that doesn’t really matter, Apple has taken over one million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S – it’s already a success. Tomorrow is also a great day for iPad owners, whether they’re taking the plunge with the new iPhone or not, as it sees the general release of iOS 5.

iOS 5 is touted as being a huge step forward in the development of iOS, and should add whole new layers of functionality to the iPad in particular. Hardware-wise we’ve got the release of the iPad 3 to look forward to in the next year (I’m playing it safe), but let’s take a look at what exciting developments tomorrow holds for us…


For us iPad owners, October 12th isn’t simply about the release of the iPhone 4S – it’s a big day for us too, as iOS 5 lands! We can finally get our hands on all the new features promised to us before the summer began…

I, personally, am very excited, but I’d like to know the general AppStorm vibe here; is it all about new hardware, or do big software updates also float your boat? Are you making the upgrade a priority?

Will you be downloading it at your earliest possible convenience, or waiting to be prompted by iTunes? Can you wait to get your hands on the new functionality?

It’d be awesome if you’d get involved and let us know your feelings in the comments, and be sure to vote in the poll! What feature are you most excited for? Next weeks poll will be about your favourite feature of the new OS, so get thinking…

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.