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Here at AppStorm we want to make sure we’re continually improving our content so that it’s relevant to our readers. One huge way you can help us do this is simply by telling us what types of apps you like best.

Take a second and vote for your favorite category from the App Store. I’m personally addicted to productivity apps but you might be more of gamer or maybe a music lover. If we didn’t mention your favorite category, simply write it in at the bottom.

If you’d like to help us even further, leave a comment below ranking your top three to five favorite categories. Feel free to also mention what types of apps you’re sick of reading about!

iOS (formerly iPhone OS) has come a long way since its inception. What began as a simple system with only a few default apps and zero expansion opportunities is now a powerful application platform with desktop-like features such as copy and paste, global search and more.

Despite this notable progress, there’s always room for improvement. Today we’ll go over my personal wish list for the platform then ask for your input on features you’d like to see Apple implement in the future.

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The web has become saturated with surprisingly high quality content created entirely on iPhones. Never before has a device that contains a camera merely as a secondary feature so impacted the worlds of photography and cinematography.

The question is, are these industries better or worse with the arrival of the iPhone? Is this device improving the digital world by putting multimedia-based art forms into the hands of the masses or is it critically cheapening decades of hard work from serious professionals? Let’s discuss.
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In order to better target our articles to our reader base, we want to know which Apple multi-touch devices you own (check all that apply). Are you dedicated (wealthy?) enough to own all of the available options or are you perfectly happy with your iPod Touch?

We’ll use this information to continue offering content that is useful and interesting to you so be sure and fill out the poll so you can be counted!

Also, leave a comment below and let us know more about the devices you own. Is your iPhone a 16 GB 3GS or a 32GB iPhone 4? We want to know!

The original Palm Pre launched with no small amount of excitement. Largely due to its beautiful WebOS platform, the Pre was instantly hailed as an “iPhone Killer” by countless tech journalists and bloggers (aren’t they all?). Even I thought this phone looked amazing. It just had so much that the iPhone didn’t (at the time). An innovative multi-tasking system, a slideout physical keyboard, cool gestures to bring up hidden menus, global search, Facebook contact syncing, and more. All of this of course came in addition to various iPhone-like features that had Apple calling their patent lawyers.

However, here we are well over a year later and the iPhone is still the king (though Android is a serious threat). Even the newer Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi failed to gain the interest of consumers. Meanwhile, the horribly performing Palm, Inc. has been acquired by HP in hopes that the PC titan can revive the Palm brand. Now after a considerable period of silence, HP has launched the Palm Pre 2 along with WebOS2.

With HP’s backing, will this new Pre finally gain a considerable following and challenge the iPhone?
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We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s iPhone.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.

You could also consider a Quick Look submission, an easy way to showcase your app to all our readers.

Billings Touch – Billings’ simple workflow and intuitive interface makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking effortless.

Cretouch – Dress your device with Creative Touch, a series of delightfully designed iPhone cases and protective covers in a wide range of styles.

666 Spooky Games – Warm up your Halloween with these frightfully fun and spooky games! 666 Spooky Games brings you 6 different games that will make you scream out of fear and delight.

Halloween Discount Software – Up to 40% off great software until November 10th!

iVogue – Phone cases for every occasion, it’s only what you deserve. A professional sophisticated case for work, another cool and jazzy case for partying.

iPhone 4 Reception Case – The all new Reception Case™ from IvySkin is the solution. The Reception Case™ is an ultra thin protection solution unlike any other in the market.

Invoice Robot – Invoice Robot was developed for small businesses, non-profits and innovative people that want to create simple invoices and other documents from their iPads and iPhones without the assistance of administrative or accounting staff.

pTracker, LLC – Powerful, Portable, Personal News Discovery Tools for Mobile Professionals.

FormEntry – Create native form based apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. No coding required.

Lateral View – We provide custom software development for iPad and mobile applications. We can create unique applications for all mobile systems or make mobile friendly the app that you already have.

Ideas to Apps – A complete step-by-step guide on how to create a killer design and outsource the development at a price you can afford.

iPhone UI Icon Set – The iPhone UI Icon Set gives app developers an extensive library of icons designed for the Tab Bar and Tool Bar item objects. 160 png icons, each in 4 sizes (normal, small, normal@2x, small@2x) plus 4 free online service icons.

Remote Tiger – Mobilize your idea with Remote Tiger. Our mobile architects are industry veterans with extensive knowledge across technologies and industry domains. Tell us where you want to go, and we will tell you how to get there most efficiently.

Haypi kingdom – Haypi Kingdom is a massive multiplayer online iPhone game set in the middle ages. You will be a general managing a kingdom in a strategic game – boosting resource production, adventuring in extensive wild land, reaping legendary treasures, equipping your troops with advanced abilities and battling against other players – with the ultimate goal of becoming the strongest kingdom in the ancient world.

CarBuzz – CarBuzz is a new and exciting application that provides car enthusiasts with all of the latest news and information from the automotive industry. Featuring reviews, rumors, updates and beautiful pictures of the latest automobiles, CarBuzz is the only application a car lover will ever need on his/her iPhone or iPod.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended – Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software helps you create the ultimate images for print, the web, and video. Get all the state-of-the-art editing, compositing, and painting capabilities in industry-standard Photoshop CS5 plus tools that let you create and edit 3D images and motion-based content.

Today we’ll be discussing two very separate companies that have been recently thrown in together in headlines all over the web: Facebook and Apple. The two major topics of discussion might surprise you.

Is Facebook secretly working on a major iOS competitor? Is Apple positioning itself to buy Facebook? Below we’ll take a look at what’s fueling these two rumors and discuss whether or not they’re likely to come to fruition.

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Business Week reported earlier this week that Apple is teaming up with Unisys Corp. to manage relations with corporate and government customers. The article also noted that Steve Jobs made it a point to recently state how well Apple multi-touch devices are doing among Fortune 500 companies.

These events seem to suggest that Apple, not satisfied with stealing away average consumers, is now gunning for RIM’s most sacred turf: the corporate world. Blackberry products are synonymous with professional communication and has had a firm grip on the market even in these recent years after the iPhone’s release. As I consider how Apple will continue to pursue this new customer, one other group comes to mind.

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How often have you been hanging out in your drab environment — office, dorm, house, post office — and thought to yourself, “You know what would make this place more exciting? UFOs flying around my head.”

Probably at least once a day, right?

Look-Up, a new “augmented reality” game from Soulbit7, promises to shake things up by invading your space with alien attacks. Does the game deliver?

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We’re proud to announce that our close cousin, MobileTuts has just launched an awesome new series on designing for the iPhone.

Here’s a brief description of the series:

“Are you a web designer, excited by the idea of designing iPhone apps, but unsure of how to get started? Or perhaps you’ve designed a couple of apps, but are looking to boost your skills with some fundamental knowledge of why we make certain design decisions for mobile? This series is for both novice and intermediate-level designers who want to make a big splash in the mobile design space!”

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Learn how to design beautiful and usable mobile interfaces for iOS

The topics you can look forward to in this series include both hands-on techniques and examples as well as mobile related design theory. The following is a line-up of what we will cover over the course of this series:

  • Designing for the iPhone Audience and the App Store
  • How to Use iPhone and iPad Design Templates
  • Designing Apps that Use All Available iPhone Functionality
  • How to Design for the Different Types of iPhone Apps
  • The Mobile Design Process
  • The Pros and Cons of Using Apple Default vs. Custom Graphics
  • Understanding Your App’s Target Audience
  • Icon Design Tips for iPhone and iPad
  • iPhone Mockup Tools and the Wireframing Process
  • Creating Screenshots and Icons for iTunes

So jump on over to MobileTuts and get started the road to becoming a rockstar iPhone designer!

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