Devs Race To Get iPad Apps Ready For Release, Amazon Included

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We're just around two weeks out from seeing a deluge of iPad news (given that it ships on April 3rd), and already companies are racing one another to get iPad-specific apps out on the App Store. A New York Ties report on the sprint has a few notable entries, and if companies really do put in the time and effort needed to create iPad apps that are more than just pixel-doubled versions of the same apps already on the iPhone, the product might just have a chance at being more "than just a big iPod touch." and Barnes & Noble have both announced that they'll be working on apps for buying and reading e-books, which is certainly interesting considering that Apple will also be installed an iBookstore app on the iPad right out of the box. Will Apple allow competing apps in this space? They certainly have canned e-mail and web browsing clients, but it sounds like they won't be as harsh when it comes to books. That's probably to avoid the horrible PR; can you imagine the backlash if Apple's e-reader (yes, the iPad) were only able to buy books from Apple's store, even with other companies having apps at the ready?

Ian Freed, vice president for Kindle at Amazon, had this to say about the future application: “We have actually developed a tablet-based interface that redesigns the core screen and the reading experience. Our team had some fun with it."

We've been told that the Kindle app for the iPad allows readers to turn pages by swiping their finger across the display, and it even brings a pair of new ways for users to view their entire e-book collection--user interface options that won't be foreign to existing Apple users. If you don't think that book sellers are taking the iPad seriously, check this out: the B&N offices in New York have housed 14 developers since the start of 2010, all hoping to punch out a killer iPad app by the time it launches. And this is coming from a company that already sells their very own e-reader (the Nook)!

Needless to say, it looks like competition is heating up in the iPad app market, and we can't say that we were entirely confident that would happen when the device was launched. Does Apple have the momentum to pull off yet another A-list product? If the early app buzz is any indication, it just might. If only the device could multi-task, though.
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bbdl replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 2:10 PM

From what I have seen and heard on these Apple devices has generally been negative. From what I have read over this last weekend many manufacturers are putting out much more functional devices. I guess we will see where it goes, and I think the device type is very neat. This Apple tablet to me seems like nothing but an over priced iPod Touch like my daughter has.

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^indeed... I think that people who get them will be sadly disappointed. 

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RyuGTX replied on Tue, Mar 23 2010 3:33 AM

I've only heard the opinions of tech guys and their thoughts are negative. But the tech enthusiast crowd is rather small. I haven't talked to regular people to see what their thoughts are. It may work out well sooner or later.

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Besides being overpriced.

I feel that it is just an over sized IPod! I mean come on, you have three times the space and they couldn't add a few more features that what is already on a touch? You could have at least made it an Iphone as well with BT capabilities. That way you can surf and talk at the same time. Or are just trying to say Apple users are not ambidextrous?

One would think that since Apple is partnered with Wacom, that this would have been the best touch/scribe capabilities around. App wise, any competitor that uses windows OS already has the advantage, they just use Adobe reader for their E-books. 

I am just glad to see that there will be so much competition for other tablets going up against this. I believe if all the other companies bring out their CES's in black turtlenecks to trump out their products? It would thoroughly confuse the audience, and they wouldn't know which one is the IPad :P

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