iPad AppStore disillusion August 2nd, 2010

A few weeks ago Apple launched the iPad in 9 more countries, including Belgium. Ever since they first came out and the first reviews appeared I have been wanting one, and I had placed a pre-order from the moment it was possible. So the friday it launched, I got an e-mail from the local Apple Reseller saying they had one in reservation for me. I picked it up and have been happy with it ever since.

First thing I did when I got it was copy over all the applications I use and love on my iPhone. From what I knew from Apple I figured most apps would have been made iPhone and iPad compatible, but to my surprise not a lot of them were. When I looked into it in detail I saw a (to me) shocking trend: Most apps I have bought on the iPhone do have an iPad version, they’re just new apps.

iPhone version

iPhone App

iPad version

iPad App

If you look in the store you’ll find a bunch of these “appName” - “appName HD” pairs. I’d be fine with that if HD versions came with new features, new modes, … But most of the time, it is just a graphic update, changing the resolution from iPhone to iPad size.

I had expected most of the developers to make their applications iPhone and iPad compatible, to give an “as good as it gets” experience to the users, but apparently the developers are going for the easy buck, trying to squeeze some more money out of the same app.

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