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Sneak Peek at iPad Apps

March 29th, 2010

When you see these apps in motion–mind you, these are just some of the simplest apps you’ll find–you begin to get an idea why the iPad will be very different than computing experiences you’ve had before. There’s a big difference between clicking on cards in Solitaire and moving them around with your fingers, for example. And note the drawing app, and how clumsy the demo is–because the user is on the emulator and is using a mouse. With your fingers, the drawing will be a lot more natural. Also note the OS features, including the use of cover flow and side-to-side pans–not to mention simply very nice layout & design features.

A lot of examples we’re seeing show that one or two basic levels or features come “unlocked,” allowing for free demos to be downloaded so you can get an idea of what the app is like before plunking down whatever the app will cost you to unlock the rest.

Interestingly, the developers seem to be aiming for higher price points; a lot of apps appear to be at the $9.99 price point set by Apple’s iWork apps, without giving that level of actual productivity, as if the developers want to push the envelope and see how much people will pay. I have a feeling that we’ll see a repeat of what we saw with the iPhone–a lot of pricier apps at first which will, in time, get marked down as competition and customer balking force them to.

Side note: Dan Lyons (“Fake Steve Jobs”) has written an article on the iPad for Newsweek. Despite his initial negative reaction after (the real) Jobs’ introduction, his mind changed after actually using one and later consideration of what the product will bring, despite all misgivings about the closed system.

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  1. March 29th, 2010 at 16:08 | #1

    Though I am not thrilling to the closed system either, that is just part of the Apple ecosystem.

    All that being said, and the fact I’m not buying a first generation version as we all know how Apple really ups the ante with the second generation, I do feel this could be the most important device Apple has ever released. This device has the possibility of changing computing as we know it as it will be accessible to just about every demographic out there.

    Unlike a Mac, you can put an iPhone OS device in front of just about anyone and the learning curve will be minimal. Syncing it with iTunes may take some teaching, but just the general use of the device is insanely easy. And while the iPhone and iPod Touch could be used as evidence of it not being game changers, the difference here is in screen size. No squinting, no holding it up to your face, this could be the casual computing device we have all dreamed of.

    Enjoy the stock ride, Luis 😉

  2. March 29th, 2010 at 19:06 | #2

    Is this the type where they won’t even let you delete the stupid application?

  3. Luis
    March 29th, 2010 at 19:11 | #3

    Huh? When won’t they let you do that? The iPhone lets you do it–hold down your finger on an app icon until all the icons start to wiggle, then delete the app by tapping the x-in-the-circle. This is only unavailable with Apple’s main apps (e.g., Maps, Settings, Camera, iTunes, etc.) which, if you don’t like them, you can just reposition on the last page of apps, out of the way. The iPad uses the same OS, so things will be the same with it.

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