Right on cue, the iPad App Store has a new section that highlights retina display ready apps for the new iPad. The new section, titled ‘Great Apps for the New iPad’, appeared yesterday after the weekly refresh of the App Store featured area.
The new section currently has 32 apps in it, all of which have had recent updates to add support for the hugely improved new retina display on the new iPad.
I’ve been making a list of apps that have updated to support the retina display over the last few days, and once I recover a bit from my new iPad buying mission, I’ll be testing these out as part of getting to know this year’s new iPad.
You’ll find the new section among the rotating highlighted apps at the top of the Featured area in the iPad App Store.
On the day before the new iPad launches, with its amazing new retina display, the flow of app updates adding support for the new high-rez display is increasing.
Just over the last 16 hours or so I’ve seen a good number of these updates showing up – including apps like NYTimes for iPad, Solar Walk HD, Skitch for iPad, Phraseology, Color Splash for iPad, Evernote, Calcbot and more.
And of course these are just the updates I’m seeing on my own iPad 2, those available for my installed apps.
It’s good to see these updates coming faster now, especially the one for the New York Times app – and hopefully this pace will only increase over coming days and weeks.
Tweetbot, the gorgeous Twitter client for the iPad, has been updated today to include support for the retina display on the new iPad. The change list mentions this support like so:
Retina Graphics for iPad 3rd generation
This is already the best looking Twitter app for the iPad, seeing it with retina graphics should be awfully impressive.
I expect we’re going to see quite a number of iPad apps issuing retina graphics updates in the next few days and weeks. I’m looking forward to trying as many of these out as I can on Friday and this weekend.
Here’s the remainder of the change list for Tweetbot 2.1:
– Streaming (when on WiFI with settings to disable it)
– The "new tweets" sound is now limited to mentions, DM’s, and new tweets via pull-to-refresh
– Double-tapping on the timeline tab button takes you to last read tweet before going to the top
– Improvements to the Tweetmarker service
– Bug fixes related to direct messages
– Version number updated to 2.1 to match iPhone’s version
– Many other bug fixes
And here’s an App Store link for Tweetbot for iPad; it’s priced at $2.99.
Ryan Block of gdgt has always been one of my favorite tech writers, so seeing his take on the new iPad after having had some hands-on time with it last week was always going to be hugely interesting to me.
His recent piece on why the new iPad’s retina display matters is a great read. It certainly gives some food for thought for anyone who feels the new iPad is not a major upgrade. Here’s a few excerpts that bring hoe just how important this one new feature is:
The core experience of the iPad, and every tablet for that matter, is the screen. It’s so fundamental that it’s almost completely forgettable. Post-PC devices have absolutely nothing to hide behind. Specs, form-factors, all that stuff melts away in favor of something else that’s much more intangible. When the software provides the metaphor for the device, every tablet lives and dies by the display and what’s on that display. …
So when a device comes along like the iPad that doesn’t just display the application, but actually becomes the application, radically improving its screen radically improves the experience. And when a device’s screen is as radically improved as the display in the new iPad, the device itself is fundamentally changed. …
This screen has changed what a tablet should be, and trust me, you won’t want to go back.
I know one thing. Reading Block’s piece has me even more pumped up for getting my hands on the new iPad this Friday.