POSTED: Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 10:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:23pm
By The Associated Press
As with the iPhone, the iPad's usefulness will grow with the
thousands of applications that will be available for it.
Users can get apps for such tasks as reading the news, checking
weather and playing games - either for free or for a fee, usually
no more than a few bucks. A handful will come built-in, while
others can be downloaded wirelessly or by synching the device with
Windows or Mac computers.
The iPad comes with an iPhone emulator, so people who already
own an iPhone app can copy it to their iPads by syncing the new
device with their computers. They won't have to pay a second time.
However, those apps might look a bit blurry on the iPad's larger
screen. They'll work better in a smaller window about the size of
Applications made specifically for the iPad are also available,
with many more in production. Already in the Apps Store are
Electronic's Arts's Scrabble and one from ESPN that shows game
scores, video highlights and other sports updates.
Apple is also selling iPad versions of its word processing,
spreadsheet and presentation software for $10.
One of the iPad's major selling points is its e-book reader
software, which puts the new device in competition with Amazon.com
Inc.'s Kindle reader. The free iBooks program, which has to be
downloaded separately, is also the entryway to Apple's e-book
Apple didn't let most software developers test their programs on
actual devices, so many are waiting for their own iPads to arrive
before submitting their apps for sale