Netflix for iPad is available now, even though the luckiest consumers won't see an iPad until tomorrow, leaving many iPhone owners wondering, where is their Netflix app? Good news came today according to the Netflix blog as Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, announced simply, "We're working on it so stay tuned."
Sonorasaurus, a portable DJ app for the iPhone, has been upgraded for the iPad adding a few more features to the already slick looking interface. The original iPhone app offered two standalone decks with dedicated effects, pitch controls, and, of course, a crossfader. Sonorasaurus Rex [App Store, $12.99], the iPad version, adds beat-highlighted waveforms to help match beats and a beats per minute (BPM) tapper for easy BPM calculations, not to mention the much larger real estate to turn this app into a useful DJ tool.
The app comes pre-loaded with a few tracks to get you started, but features an option to upload tracks from your Mac or PC to the app. Just keep in mind that Sonorasaurus isn't advanced enough to be a pro DJ app, but it looks good enough for the casual DJ on the go.
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With the iPad due to hit tomorrow, Apple has already begun approving universal applications which contain both iPad and iPhone/iPod touch user interfaces created specifically for the devices. The apps are available as single downloads that recognize which device the user is working with. After recognition, the app launches the appropriate version optimized for the smaller iPhone screen or larger iPad interface.
Popular iPhone apps such as Pandora [App Store, free] and Evernote [App Store, free] have been included in the initial lineup of universal offerings. Pandora maintains its standard layout on the iPhone and iPod touch, however running the app on an iPad will present the stations on the left column and additional information, such as artist bios, on the main column.
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.
On Tuesday, GPS software outfit MapQuest announced on their blog that version 1.5.1 of MapQuest 4 Mobile for iPhone [App Store, Free] now incorporates a voice guidance feature within the app. The feature uses a voice to guide the user through directions and then confirms the directions once a turn has been made.
Other new features include Off-Route Assistance and Twin Tap to Zoom Out.
Over on the app end of things, streaming music service Spotify has announced that the company is aiming to launch in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2010 per a Bloomberg report. Spotify, which had been slated to appear sometime in late 2009, has been bogged down by licensing issues surely tied to fading confidence in the free ad-supported streaming model. The company has offered free streams as well as a premium paid service, though this hasn’t always pleased major-label content owners with its returns.
The U.S. launch may coincide with the rollout of a revamped version of the product. CEO Daniel Ek told a SXSW crowd earlier this month that a “more connected” edition of the product is on the way, with more social and sharing features. Ek also outlined ways in which the service can serve as a platform for selling tickets and merchandise as well as providing a direct-to-fan communications channel.
Because you can never have too many Star Wars items on your iPhone. Per Mobile Entertainment, THQ Wireless has announced that Star Wars Cantina will be coming to the iPhone and iPod touch. Though relatively new and genre-defying for the Star Wars brand, Star Wars Cantina functions as a light-hearted simulation centered around running the cantina at the Mos Eisley Spaceport.
According to the official blurb, "Your task is to see that the right beverage finds its way to the right customer. And don’t keep them waiting, some of the customers are real troublemakers! Working towards your daily quota, accuracy and speed are essential. As a reward for a job well done, outfit your cantina with decorations and attractions to appeal to even the most difficult customers."
If you haven't heard already, Digg released its official app for the iPhone and iPod touch on Wednesday [App Store, Free]. Within 24 hours, the app had shot to the top of the App Store's "news" category, making it the top news app in the world for the time being according to Mashable.
The app contains features such as the ability to browse, search, and Digg/bury stories as well as options to save stories for later viewing, an in-app browser, and a “preview” feature for each story.
The iPad is en route and this may be the first cool thing you'll buy for it. Instapaper developer Marco Arment is hard at work on Instapaper Pro for the iPad. For those who don't know, Instapaper [App Store, $4.99] is a simple bookmarking application that takes any piece of content on the web and allows you to save it for later reading. The original iPhone app, according to the developer's preview, has been reworked into an iPad version to support the iPad's doubled screen resolution (the iPhone version, per Arment, looking "awful" prior to the conversion).
The end result is Instapaper 2.2, a "universal" version of the app which works on both the iPhone and the iPad (as well as looks good), which Arment has managed to work out via a feature in the newest version of it iPhone OS SDK.