iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday.
This week’s pick is MLB.com At Bat, the first truly great official iPad app for a major sport – and still one of the very best around.
Of course the app has been updated for the 2014 MLB season and it’s already featuring live coverage of Spring Training games from the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues.
In addition to being updated for the new season, the app has also been completely re-designed and optimized for iOS 7.
Here are the notable features of the app during Spring Training (more new features will becoming very soon, before Opening Day):
• Access your MLB.TV Premium subscription to watch live video of more than 200 Spring Training games
• Listen to available radio broadcasts of Spring Training games
• Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 14 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account)
•Universal support for At Bat 14 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
• Follow batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game
• Breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and player stats for every team
• Sortable batting, pitching and fielding statistics (iPad)
• Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your designated favorite team (iPhone only)
• Video library archive, searchable by keyword
• Classic games video archive featuring dozens of baseball’s legendary games
• Closed captioning for live video
The subscription options for At Bat 2014 are $2.99 per month or $19.99 for the whole season. MLB.TV subscribers get At Bat 2014 for free.
Here’s an App Store link for MLB.com At Bat; it’s a free app with subscription options as mentioned above and a universal app for iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.