We poked around the iTunes App Store for the coolest and most unique iPad apps and came up with a list of some of the apps we'll be trading in our weekly Starbucks allowance to purchase. In no particular order, below is a small sampling of what we liked.
If you've been worried about the quality of apps that will available for the iPad when it ships on Saturday, now is your chance to put your mind at ease and waste the rest of today, because the iPad store is now live in iTunes!
Apple is heavily promoting iPad-ready apps on the front page of the app store, currently highlighting their own iWork apps [App store, $9.99 each]; The Wall Street Journal [App store, free]; ABC Player [App Store, free], as mentioned earlier; Labyrinth 2 HD [App store, $7.99]; and Marvel [App store, free], which is the only universal app in the bunch. We are finding a few dollar apps in the iPad store, but what is more noticeable is the number of high-end apps now cropping up such as The Omni Groups, OmniGraffle [App store, $49.99], priced closer to their Mac apps. So feel free to blow off whatever you planned for this afternoon and take a peek at what you'll be spending your hard earned money on come Saturday.
According to a report today on the Wall Street Journal [subscription required], CBS and ABC and preparing their TV shows to be available on the iPad free of charge. ABC plans to stream its shows — with commercial breaks — in a dedicated iPad app, while CBS plans to offer content via an iPad formatted web page.
Several iPad reviews popped up last night and this morning, and almost every one agrees: The iPad is a winner. Keep in mind, these reviews are from journalists who've actually used the device, not techies who read the specs and put together a critique. We at iPhone Alley read all reviews so you don't have to, and provided some highlights from the various publications below.
Sites featured include Vimeo, CNN, New York Times, Time, Major League Baseball, and TED. And while the list of iPad-compatible video sites is quite a bit longer, you can check out Apple's list of iPad-ready websites on Apple.com.
With the iPad being delivered to some fortunate souls on Saturday, many developers have been eagerly sending out early looks at some of the apps they've been working on. We plan to feature even more iPad apps as they roll out, but below the break are some of our favorites from the past couple weeks. Enjoy!
Today AppAdvice has word that Netflix will have a free iPad app available when the iPad launches on April 3rd. According to the site, the Netflix app will allow subscribers to instantly stream any content available in their online collection. This means movies, TV shows, the whole shebang can be streamed right to your iPad. Not only that, but the app even knows where you left off, so you can start on your computer and finish on your iPad. Nice!
When it's available, you can supposedly get it here. Screenshots after the break.
According to iPad in Canada, Apple has told its Canada Apple Store employees that April 24 is a black out date, meaning no employees are allowed to request this day off, fueling the rumor that April 24 will be the launch day for the iPad in Canada. Apple typically only enforces a black out date when something big is happening. If history repeats itself, Apple could allow Canadians to pre-order the iPad as early as Friday, three weeks before the rumored 24th launch day — the same as the U.S. pre-order and launch schedule.
Apple today released iTunes 9.1 which brings several changes and enhancements, including support for syncing the iPad. In anticipation of the iBookstore, the "Audiobooks" section of iTunes has been renamed to "Books" and now allows users to manage both audio books and eBooks.
However, in addition to the other features mentioned below, some users are reporting that iTunes 9.1 seems to have broken sync on some jailbroken devices. Initially it had appeared that my jailbroken iPhone 3GS was affected, although rebooting my computer re-enabled sync. If you experience issues with syncing your iPhone or iPod touch after applying the update, restarting your computer should fix the problem.
Apple sent out email to its developers today, announcing the Gold Master release of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK. The Gold Master release represents the version of the iPhone OS that will ship on the iPad, and likely be released to iPhone users in the near future (possibly the date of the iPad launch).