Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.
This week’s pick is Ask Me Anything – official reddit AMA app. This is of course reddit’s hugley popular and always interesting AMA interviews, brought to iOS. I should mention that this is actually an iPhone app that’s compatible with the iPad – not a full-blown iPad app yet. Having said that, for this type of app the iPhone version is more than good enough to use happily on an iPad.
Reddit Ask Me Anything, or AMA, are free-flowing interviews or Q&A sessions where community members ask their subject anything that springs to mind. They’re known for being some of the most open and interesting interviews around. And the Ask Me Anything app has packaged these nicely for iOS.
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Next Tuesday, September 9, Apple is holding one of their special (announcement events. This has been expected to feature the unveiling of two new iPhones and possibly the mythical iWatch that’s been rumored seemingly forever.
Now, according to one Wall Street analyst, there may also be a new iPad Air unveiling at Tuesday’s event – as Apple Insider reports:
At a media event already expected to be packed with the unveiling of two new iPhone models and a so-called “iWatch,” the company may also showcase its next full-size iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new gold color option, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Further speculation from Kuo suggests that the 2nd-gen iPad Air will see some substantial upgrades, while the Retina iPad mini may not see much change at all:
Specifically, he believes the next iPad Air will have an anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel, a new gold-colored casing, and a next-generation A8 processor. He also expects the device to adopt the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that debuted last year in the iPhone 5s.
Kuo said that the iPad mini “may” be updated this year with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but expressed less confidence about the company’s diminutive 7.9-inch tablet.
As a fan of the smaller form factor iPad mini, I’m certainly hoping that last point is proved inaccurate. I also wouldn’t be surprised at all if this particular rumor proves false and all new iPad announcements are held off until a separate Apple event in October.
What do you all think? Would you bet on seeing new iPad details at next Tuesday’s event?
Some fancy new tech company claims to have created a device with infinitely better battery life, and a more intuitive interface than the iPad. They call it the 2015 IKEA Catalogue, and they’re giving it away for free with pre-loaded hi-resolution content. I don’t know if this is some sort of cheap market share play by a newcomer, but I’m tired of hearing about new device manufacturers that think they can just waltz onto the scene and de-throne the iPad.
I’ve thought about this for a few minutes and I can’t figure out Bladis wrong with them. First of all, IKEA clearly copied many of the iPad’s key innovations, like fitting beautifully onto a coffee table, and swiping to turn pages. Then there’s the fact that they ripped off Apple’s style in their ad, which shows a Lack of creativity.
Thankfully, this catalogue seems to be available in just one size and weight, so users looking for flexibility in reading or surfing will still be better served by an iPad mini with Retina Display or an iPad Air. Although I have to admit, IKEA’s HD content does looks surprisingly good and is reminiscent of some of the premium furniture I own in my own home.
Notes Plus, one of the most popular and well respected iPad notes apps around, is on sale at 90% off today. It’s available for 99 cents today – down from its standard $9.99.
This is a versatile note taking app that will let you type or do handwriting recognition. Our own James Potter recently did a review of Notes Plus and was extremely impressed with it.
I love this bit of the app’s App Store introduction:
After more than 4 years of continuous development, 29 version upgrades, 3 complete overhauls, and 8 million downloads, we pride ourselves on being one of the most feature-rich and best quality note-taking apps on the App Store.
If you’re after a good notes app for the iPad at a bargain price, then you may well want to grab Notes Plus while it’s on sale today – at the Notes Plus App Store page.
I remember sending an article about Microsoft’s research on Hyper-lapse to a co-worker in early August and lamenting the fact that only Microsoft seemed to have access to the cool tech. Then, lo and behold, Instagram decided to release their own Hyperlapse app last week for both iPhone and iPad.
This feels like one of those rare instances where we get our hands on tech far earlier than anticipated, and I’m hoping that Hyperlapse continues to stay as open and easy to use as it does now. As Viticci of MacStories pointed out, you don’t need to log in to Hyperlapse to use it. You just load it up, take video, and then choose your preferred time lapse speed for playback. I haven’t bothered sharing any of my videos to Instagram or Twitter yet, but rather have been saving them locally for a review I’m working on. My time-lapsed videos from Hyperlapse are much smoother than the time lapse I’ve used in other apps, and the built-in time lapse feature has saved me a good hour of equivalent editing in Final Cut Pro.
Hyperlapse is also one of the rare camera apps I’d recommend using on the iPad. Set an iPad up by the window of your apartment or house, tilt it up towards the sky or down at the street, and just hit record. It doesn’t feel goofy to try, and the resulting video can look truly magical.