Mike Becky

A Glimpse at Upcoming iPad Apps

Aside from the aforementioned Instapaper for iPad there have been glimpses of several other iPad apps showing up around the web.

The folks at CNET got their hands on some screenshots of Zen Bound for the iPad. Zen Bound was a fantastic game that I purchased as soon as it was released for the iPhone. I enjoyed nearly every minute I played it but eventually uninstalled it — it gets a little repetitive after a while. As much as I enjoyed the app when it first came out, the iPad version looks identical to the iPhone version, except for the obvious resolution change.

GamePro has published screenshots of Godzilab’s “iBlast Moki,” Revolutionary Concepts’ “Frogman,” and 10tons’ “Sparkle HD.” They look pretty good, especially iBlast Moki, which I hadn’t heard of previously. iBlast Moki is now on my list of apps to pay attention to.

Unsurprisingly Apple has already started moving forward when it comes to approving apps for the iPad. PadGadget has found games listed in iTunes preview that appear to be destined for the iPad. Clicking on the links shows you an iTunes Store error telling you that “Your request could not be completed” because the application isn’t available. All of these games have “HD” at the end of their names and Gizmodo has learned that this is the preferred nomenclature for applications that are iPad only.

These are the games found so far:

  • Ammoin HD
  • Azkend HD
  • Flight Control HD
  • Grind HD
  • HD Recovery
  • Labyrinth 2 HD
  • NBA Hotshot HD
  • NBA Spin
  • Numba HD
  • Plants vs. Zombies HD
  • Sinterra HD
  • Sparkle HD
  • Worms HD
  • Zen Bound 2

On the periodicals front, Amazon has announced Kindle for the iPad and Panelfly has announced their comic book reader application for the iPad.

I had my doubts about the number and quality of applications available for the iPad at launch. I ignorantly assumed that developers would shy away from building applications designed for a brand new device that costs $499+. But it appears developers are as jazzed about developing for the iPad as they are about developing for the iPhone. They all see a gold rush coming on April 3, and I think they’re right.