iPad May Be Missing Some iPhone Apps Upon Release, No Dashboard After All

The iPad is coming, but it may be a little light upon initial applications.

The guys at Wired noticed that there are some notable exceptions among the announced iPad
apps, including Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos. While these applications could be quickly available for download via the App Store, fury.com‘s Kevin Fox argued that these applications could arrive in the form of Dashboard widgets to begin with.

In his article, Fox theorized that a five-finger pinch motion could launch Dashboard and give access to these apps while a second motion would return them to the background.

As to why the applications themselves might be missing, Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber has theorized that design problems occurred with upscaled iPad-sized graphics. While the apps looked great on an iPhone, they became kludgy on the larger iPad and higher-resolution graphics became necessary to avoid a pixelated look. Perhaps the apps will appear by launch or with the release of iPhone OS 4.0, though 4.0 is said to be slated for a summer release.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you have two cents to throw in on this, please let us know what’s on your mind.

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