Padvance Report: iPad 2 Unboxing, News App Roundup, and GarageBand

With the Apple faithful basking in the afterglow of a successfull iPad 2 launch, it was a good week to be a member of the Cult of Cupertino. In this week’s Padvance Report, we get some hands-on-time with the new tablet, and check out several high profile new apps.

iPad 2 Unboxing

All of us at Padvance were envious this week, as Parisa brought home her brand new iPad 2. She graciously chronicled her unboxing experience, complete with narration and pretty, pretty pictures here.

A Roundup of the Best iPad News Apps

With so many people being welcomed in to the Apple fold this week, we thought it might be helpful to profile some of the best-in-class iPad news apps for our readers. Check out our roundup here.

GarageBand Review

One of the unexpected stars of Apple’s March 2nd press event was GarageBand for iPad, a tablet version of the company’s beloved Mac staple. We loved everything about it and urge anyone with the music bug to give it a shot. Read our review here.

iOS 4.3 Web App Speed Problems

Everything didn’t come up roses for the Apple faithful this week, though. Initial tests of iOS 4.3 have revealed substantial performance problems when web apps are run from the home screen. Check out our coverage of the matter here.

Appetites Review

If you’ve always wanted to have a pro chef teach you how to cook, but haven’t wanted to shell out the money for cooking school, Appetites for iPad might be the next best opportunity. While we wish the innovative culinary instruction app came with a wider variety of lessons, we generally appreciated its approach and loved its video quality. Read our review here.

That brings us to the end of another report. Keep reading Padvance for all the latest app reviews and iOS news, and follow us on Twitter (@padvance) for game and app code giveaways!

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