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First iPad apps arrive at App Store

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu April 1, 2010

Titles highlight separately within iTunes 9.1

The first iPad apps have become available at the App Store, despite not being useful to most of the public, observers note. Some of these include Bento, Brushes, Things, Reuters News Pro, Twitterific and Scrabble. Notably, search results now include a separate "iPad Apps" section, reflecting the different purposes and capabilities of iPad titles.

The division continues within iTunes 9.1, the first version of iTunes to support the iPad. When viewing the Apps tab, iPad app icons are displayed in a distinct grouping. Other programs are simply sorted under an "iPhone and iPod touch Apps" header.

More iPad titles are likely to find their way online in the run-up to Saturday's official hardware launch. At present, there are estimated to be over 1,350 active apps. Very few actual iPads are in circulation however, with most of these being relegated to select members of the press.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wouldn't it be better if you didn't have to get an iPad edition and an iPhone edition?

    And what would the authors have Apple do? Not have any apps available until after the launch? This way we can stock pile apps in case Apple's app store comes crashing down on launch day from all the demand!

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    universal apps...

    "Wouldn't it be better if you didn't have to get an iPad edition and an iPhone edition?"

    Developers can build universal applications that can run on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with unique UI for each device form factor. Many developers are doing that but it isn't a requirement.

    Also all existing iPhone applications will run on the iPad at 1x or 2x scale (aka 1x or 4x resolution).

    It is only fair that developers have a way to up sell, etc.

  1. NickMMI

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Universal Apps

    At this time, as far as I know, Apple is not accepting Universal Apps. So if developers want to be on the iPad App store from day 1 they have to build an iPad only version. I wanted to release one of my iPhone Apps as a universal, but couldn't. In the end I built an iPad only version.

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