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We’ve made it!

Depending on where you are in the world it’s already 2012, or tantalisingly close to being! I thought it would be fitting to announce iPad.AppStorm’s favourite apps of 2011, those apps that make it a joy to use the iPad. Read on to find out the winners…


Apple’s iPad TV ads are gloriously seductive. They ooze minimalism and simplicity while simultaneously urging you to find this great new device a place in your life…

To have your app selected to be part of Apple’s official iPad marketing campaign, to be showcased on the actual television over that effervescent piano jam, must mark a goal for almost every iOS developer. The only further step that exists would be to have your app showcased on stage at a launch event!

The apps in the ads are often chosen for their beautifully interfaces and intriguing concepts, you don’t see third-party Twitter clients. Today I’ll take a quick look at some of the more recent apps that have featured and what makes them special – it’s going to be tempting!


A week or so ago I wrote an article entitled “The One and Only“, in which I postulated about using an iPad as your one and only computer – ultimately challenging myself to only use the iPad for a week.

Boy, a week is a long time…


Today it occurred to me that, while I love app recommendations from friends, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll actually start to use a particular app. I’ll open it up, but then decide I can’t see why it’s useful, or good, and move on to the next thing…

Today I’ve chosen 3 apps that I really like and am going to show you, with words (and a picture or two), why I like them. It would be great if you’d join in!


Several weeks ago we run a poll that asked the very simple question; could you use the iPad as your only computer?

It made me wonder about whether I really could, what the toll on my productivity would be, and how it would change the way I did things. Could I truly ditch my MacBook and move over the the iPad permanently?

Next week I’m actually going to try it, I’m going to power down my MacBook and lock it away – give my iPad a baptism of fire, its first experience in the trenches! I’ll follow this up next week once the experiment has reached its conclusion, but first here are some thoughts on what I’ll love and what I’ll miss…


I’ve been thinking recently, which is a pastime many of us (myself included) neglect, and have had to let go of some assumptions that have been lurking in my subconscious since the first time I slid my fingers across the words ‘slide to unlock’. Pictures under glass, the primary mode of interaction with the iPad, might not actually be the future.

It might appear to be the future, for the next decade at least, and things could very well move further in that direction, but is it a particularly coherent or sensible vision in the long run?

The article that got my mind turning was a fascinating piece by Bret Victor on the future of interaction design, in which he argues fervently for designers to consider the incredible complexity of our hands when looking forwards. He asks the question:

With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?

His discussion was open-ended, intended to make you think, but I want to dive a little deeper and look at the myriad possible directions of interaction. Let’s start with another question to get you thinking:

Why, when we have developed language as the most effective form of human communication, would you completely disregard it in the design of future interfaces?


Everyone has got an opinion about the iPad.

Old people look at them in bewilderment and young people infuriate their parents until they get one. Everyone in-between? Well they either openly love the iPad and will defend it with fervour, or they are the kind of person that suavely indicates their alliance with Apple by selectively choosing only high end coffee shops in which to expose their iPad 2.

The iPad, despite being an inanimate object, has become a cultural icon – transcending the collective conscious like nothing ever seen before in technology. Journalists, tech-heads, posh snobs, musicians, haters, goths, people from every cultural sphere all tuned in to the unveiling of the iPad 2 back in March 2011…


People used to whine about the iPad’s lack of Flash support, saying that it’d never suit for watching videos on the world wide web as Flash is integral and immovable.

Yes, it’s buggy, bloated, and unlovable, but you’ve got to stick with it because that’s the way things are; Flash is the British (and a few friends) driving on the left side of the road, it’s not really necessary if you were to start from scratch, but it’s too difficult (and dangerous) to change it now…

I’m here to announce some good news; watching stuff is going to be fun again, and it’s down to the iPad!


While it’s all good and well looking up app reviews and reading roundups to find your next favourite app, sometimes the best thing is to get a solid recommendation from a friend. A few weeks back I asked the followers of iPad.AppStorm on Twitter what their most-used apps were; the apps that they open every single day, or even several times a day!

I’m just going to take a minute or two to look at the apps that AppStorm readers love and think about why they make such a difference, why they deserve a place on your home screen.


I was surprised to find out how little I knew abut the iPad app market when I got my first iPad a couple of weeks ago. I spend a lot of time writing about Mac apps and searching for cool new iPhone apps, but once I got my iPad I just didn’t know exactly what I should do with it first; a feeling that is shared by many people who I’ve talked with.

The number of apps out there can be overwhelming; and if we are being honest, not every app that is out there on the App Store is going to be cool or worth your money, especially if it’s expensive. And so we come to the crux, how would you go about gathering new cool apps when you get a new device? How do you find those little app gems that “make” a device for some people? Let’s see how I did it.


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