Show in the Apps: First iPad Apps Appear in the App Store
The Apple iPad itself doesn't hit the market until Saturday, but numerous iPad apps are now available for purchase on the iTunes App Store. As first reported by Gizmodo, an App Store search for "iPad" (iTunes link) yields a few hundred apps written specifically for the iPad.
The apps currently available range from Apple's iWork apps for iPad (iTunes link to Pages for iPad) to Twitter clients (iTunes link) to games (iTunes link), and just about everything in between. A cursory glance over the listing indicates that the apps are a little more expensive than your typical iPhone app, but not by much. Many of the apps are free, and most are $10 or less.
Generally speaking, though, I found the prices to be a good medium between the relatively low cost of iPhone apps and the higher cost of traditional desktop PC apps.
One thing to note: You'll have to install iTunes 9.1 to actually download and iPad apps. I tried to download an app using iTunes 9.0.3, only to get an alert telling me that I needed to upgrade iTunes.
Generic Company Place Holder Apple iPad Tablet ComputerTechHive Rating
Apple looks set to shake up casual computing with a tablet that offers clever design and ease of use. But that streamlined approach may also be the iPad's weakness.
- Solid and speedy hardware
- Best-in-class touch interface
- Large display shows pics and videos beautifully
- Big, bright touchscreen
- All-day battery life
- Large collection of apps
- Music and video apps could be better
- No way to manage files, no camera, no multitasking
- Heavier and harder to hold than a dedicated e-book reader
- Lack of Flash support cripples many Web sites
- Poor scaling of iPhone apps
- External keyboard needed for long-form typing chores