Today Apple sent out emails announcing the availability of the iPad in US Apple Stores. It is safe to say that Apple has been once again successful in marketing their product well as you could see many people camping outside Apple Stores to be the first ones to get the device and even the early pre-order statistics we reported are very impressive.
The iPad comes in two versions iPad Wi-Fi and iPad WiFi+3G both available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models. Apple is known to limit the number of products available at launch so at this moment only the Wi-Fi version is available and the WiFi+3G version is expected later this month.
Apple had been preparing for a ‘grand opening’ for the iPad App Store and they have managed to get major game publishers to get their titles ready exclusively for the iPad. Electronic Arts has launched Mirror’s Edge for iPad before the iPhone version is made available and we might see many more game titles being released for the iPad first and then for the iPhone.
Apple has updated their website with ‘Apps for iPad’ and have posted videos of 11 iPad apps ranging from games to education to productivity.
Welcome to a whole new world of apps. From games to education to productivity, there are over 1000 new apps made just for iPad you can discover now on the App Store. They’re unlike anything you’ve seen or touched before. And this is just the beginning.
The apps and games featured on Apple’s website are:
You can view the gameplay videos of the apps and games listed above here
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I’ve been reading comics for almost 20 years so I can be a bit picky about the form and presentation of a good comic. This Marvel application looks simply amazing. Navigation is through the touch, tap, flick interface familiar from the iPhone and now the iPad. Users retrieve the comic they want by moving through a series of screens that feature a cover flow interface for selecting a title and specific issue. Comics are also categorized by Featured, New, Popular, and Free. A Browse button is also provided if the reader wants to browse the whole selection available. Once a specific issue has been selected and purchased if necessary, the reader can move through the comic by using a thumbnail bar at the bottom of the screen or by using the page flick gesture the iPad is about to make famous. You can even zoom in on individual frames of the page with a double tap.
I don’t know if my enthusiasm for this application can be conveyed in words. I have boxes and boxes of back issues of comics, stored away where hopefully they will stay in reasonably good condition. This app changes all of that. Here is a central storehouse for all of my comics going forward and that is really quite a great prospect. No more hunting and searching for something I already own or having to trudge to the comic store when a new issue comes out. It’s all right here in a great user interface I can peruse from the comfort of my own home.
I’ve said in a couple of instances that for the iPad to save print media they need to make a concerted effort to use the new device to save themselves. Apple threw them a life preserver, they need to choose to swim with it. I think the Marvel Comics app demonstrates a company that gets that and has used the potential of the device to its full. When I finally do get an iPad, this app will be a must have. I hope all of the print media do as good a job as Marvel has done with this app.
BoingBoing provided a video walkthrough. It’s embedded below. Check it out to see the app in action.
And did I mention it was free? And it works on the iPhone albeit with a slightly different interface than what I’ve detailed for the iPad.
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