Apple launches the iPad App Store

A couple days before the iPad is set to be released, Apple has gone ahead and launched the current selection of new applications for the device on the App Store, meaning that anyone with iTunes can go ahead and see what will be available on launch day.

The iPad App Store works a bit differently to the current one for the iPhone and iPod touch, so we'll explain it to help clarify things. At the moment, to access the iPad App Store you'll have to search 'iPad' on the iTunes Store, then click 'See All' under 'iPad Apps', as not everything is in place yet (such as promotional images on the main iTunes Store page). Doing so, you should see two types of apps: one type would be the dedicated iPad apps, which will appear to be the same as iPhone apps (except there's normally a hint in the title as to which device it is aimed at) in the search panel. The second type is the 'universal' selection of apps, which will show up with a + symbol near the name. This means that you can buy a single app, and it will work on both the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the iPad, saving money and hassle.

If you'd like to see the array of applications that will be available to day-one iPad users, head over to iTunes and search for 'iPad'. It'll be interesting to see just how well they perform on those who get the device as soon as possible, as a vast majority of developers haven't had the chance to test their creations on actual hardware (which can be quite different from simply trying it out in the simulator); however, if things go badly, the iPad is currently limited to the United States, so the complaints will be kept to a relative minimum.

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Now you have a place to re-buy your apps you have for your iPhone/iTouch to get the "HD" versions at a higher price. Or re-buy them just to use them because the developer didn't add the code to the iPhone/iTouch version to allow it to work on iPad.

Adamski, you are right, same thing going on here in IE on Win7. I'm pretty sure it's Draken's post that has botched things up here. He has a misplaced, incomplete quote tag.

PsykX said,
Hmm... will my iPhone be updated to OS 3.2 also or...?
Yeah. I don't expect to stream videos to my iPhone but I would like the app for at least managing my queue.

Some of the existing apps out there are OK but most fall short in some fashion or another.

however, if things go badly, the iPad is currently limited to the United States, so the complaints will be kept to a relative minimum.

Minimum? I thought the US was Apple's largest market?

TCLN Ryster said,

Minimum? I thought the US was Apple's largest market?

I found that comment rather odd as well, considering Apple's popularity here in the US.

im so glad software makers and content publishers have jumped on board with thing to create some great apps and content...has pushed me over the edge as i have now pre-ordered one. keep the great apps coming!