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The iPad has been notoriously labeled an oversized iPod Touch by countless skeptics, reviewers and even owners since its first day on the market. Despite its high success rate, I still encounter people daily who don’t even understand why the iPad exists or who it’s targeted toward.

Today we’ll discuss why the iPad is flying off shelves, who should consider getting one and why it beats a MacBook for many consumers.

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With the recent upgrade of Apple’s line of iPods, the Mac rumor mills have been buzzing about the likelihood that we’ll see a new iPad soon.

What will the new iPad be like? What will the killer new features be? When will it be announced? At this point the answers are anyone’s guess but below I’ll give my own predictions.

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We’re kicking off a new weekly poll today, getting our readers opinion on a different topic each week. Hopefully this will give us all a chance to talk about a relevant issue, share our thoughts, and generally have a chat in the comments!

Today I’m asking the question many people are wondering. When will we see an iPad with a camera? It’s obviously going to be the next hardware feature to be added to the iPad lineup, but will we be seeing it materialise in time for the holidays?

Traditionally, Apple have a yearly hardware upgrade cycle. This would mean we wouldn’t expect to see a new iPad released until April 2011. With all the hype about FaceTime being added to the new iPod touch, wouldn’t it make sense to add a camera to the iPad in time for the holiday season?

Personally, I think we’ll be waiting until April next year, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Do you agree? Let us know – and do share your thoughts in the comments!

We’re going to be making a few changes at iPhone.AppStorm over the coming weeks, including some new types of post, a more frequent publishing schedule, and generally much more app awesomeness! There’s a lot to look forward to, and I’m really excited about what we have planned.

Part of this change involves taking on a brand new site editor for iPhone.AppStorm. I’d like to introduce the multi-talented Josh Johnson, who will be taking over the day-to-day running of this site from now on. Josh is an avid iPhone fan, Mac user, general Apple extraordinaire, and the perfect person to take up the iPhone.AppStorm torch!

You can catch Josh on Twitter, read some of the articles he’s contributed previously to Mac and iPhone.AppStorm, or just leave a comment to say Hi!

Thank you to every one of our amazing visitors who takes time out of their day to read AppStorm, and I hope you’ll join me in giving Josh a warm welcome to the team!

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

MiniBooks – A handy iPhone app from FreshBooks that lets you track your time and invoice your clients while you’re away from your computer.

Flickpad – Checking out photos on Facebook has never been this easy and fun. If you have an iPad and like Facebook photos, you need this app!

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

iPhone App Secrets – The secrets about how one person created the app Gratitude Journal for just $500 and made over $7000 her first month. Full of great iPhone development tips!

Xilisoft iPhone Magic – Xilisoft iPhone Magic is the ideal iPhone manager to synchronize your iPhone with your computer. Never again will you have to worry about losing your iPhone files.

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.

4Media iPhone Max – The best alternative to iTunes (iTunes 9.2 supported), 4Media iPhone Max for Mac can backup iPhone files to Mac and iTunes, transfer files from Mac to iPhone, convert video/music files to iPhone supported formats, and rip CDs/DVDs to iPhone.

taskList – Capable enough to apply a task management system that suits your style, yet simple enough that you won’t get lost spending more time making a list than doing the stuff that’s on it.

My Virtual Girlfriend – My Virtual Girlfriend is an interactive, 3D girl dating game that combines humor and simulated romance.

Tift Shift Focus – Tilt-Shift-Focus lets you create tilt-shift photos without expensive equipment or professionel image editing skills. Turn your photos into miniature worlds, zoom in on the details and turn a simple image into a stunning visual experience.

Aqua Globs HD – Very easy to get into with the main aim to gain points by joining cute wiggly globs. Touch and drag to navigate them and join them together.

Earlier today Apple held its annual live media event covering all things new in the land of iPod, iTunes and even AppleTV.

They’ve released a ton of enhancements and upgrades across the board and we’ve got your one-stop coverage. Below you’ll find a brief overview of all the goodies you’ll be blowing your paychecks on in the coming weeks.

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For four years the Envato Marketplaces have helped authors around the world earn an income selling their digital wares. Along the way we’ve grown from one marketplace to seven, with more on the way. We’ve gone from hundreds of members to hundreds of thousands. Items from our marketplaces have appeared in projects for companies big and small, all around the world. And most importantly of all, we’ve had thousands of authors cash out earnings, ranging from a bit of money for a big weekend to sums in the tens of thousands of dollars a month!

It’s been an amazing ride, and here at Envato along with our commitment to growing AppStorm, we are completely committed to making our marketplaces the best around. That’s why I’m very excited today to announce that as of the end of September we are rolling out some dramatically improved rates for all our exclusive authors! (more…)

Envato, the company behind AppStorm, is turning four! To celebrate we’ve just released our Birthday Bundle for 2010 and it’s even more MASSIVE than last year! (more…)

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

MiniBooks – A handy iPhone app from FreshBooks that lets you track your time and invoice your clients while you’re away from your computer.

Flickpad – Checking out photos on Facebook has never been this easy and fun. If you have an iPad and like Facebook photos, you need this app!

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

iPhone App Secrets – The secrets about how one person created the app Gratitude Journal for just $500 and made over $7000 her first month. Full of great iPhone development tips!

Lateral View – A team of iPhone/iPad developers and designers living and working in Mar del Plata, a beautiful city placed in the middle east coast of Argentina.

iPhone Transfer Plus – With the ImTOO iPhone Transfer Plus can you transfer videos, music, and photos from your iPhone to computer and vice versa, plus convert and transfer nearly all video/audio files and DVD movies to iPhone in a single step.

Guerrilla Website Design – Guerrilla Website Design is a company based in Leighton Buzzard – Bedfordshire and has been providing website design services since 2000, working with both large and small companies alike.

gUnit – Unit Converter – gUnit is a unit converter application that provides quick conversion results and is very easy to use. It is an elegant unit converter that features commonly used categories and units with all unit conversion results available at a glance.

Xilisoft iPhone Magic – Xilisoft iPhone Magic is the ideal iPhone manager to synchronize your iPhone with your computer. Never again will you have to worry about losing your iPhone files.

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.

4Media iPhone Max – The best alternative to iTunes (iTunes 9.2 supported), 4Media iPhone Max for Mac can backup iPhone files to Mac and iTunes, transfer files from Mac to iPhone, convert video/music files to iPhone supported formats, and rip CDs/DVDs to iPhone.

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who filled out our survey. It was incredibly helpful, and will make our book a really interesting read!

I’m pleased to announce that the five winners have been chosen, and have been contacted via email. We can’t post up the names of the winners here, because we didn’t ask you to submit your name when filling out the form!

If you did win, you’ll be receiving an email from us in the next five minutes!

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on our very first AppStorm book, and I need your help!

We are running a two-minute survey relating to how you use the App Store, your iPhone, and why you purchase certain applications over others. All the information we collect will be anonymously analysed and published as part of the book, to help developers make even better apps for your Apple gadgets.

It would be awesome to have the insight of all our readers included, and we’re running a competition to give away a $10 iTunes Gift Vouchers to five lucky participants.

All you need to do to enter is fill out our two-minute survey. You’ll have the opportunity to bag a $10 Gift Voucher, and I would be really grateful to hear what you have to say.

The survey will be open for around a week, but get your submission in soon to be sure that you stand a chance of winning. We’ll update this post when we have made the random draw.

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and best of luck!

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