It’s one day before the iPad lands in stores and, naturally, the internet is exploding with information on Apple’s latest gadget. Fans are booming with enthusiasm while critics are dismissing it as a bigger iPod Touch with what is now limited portability.
The truth is it’s impossible to know what it is really like until one has their hands on it–perhaps this Saturday. That doesn’t stop those that are interested from anticipating what the device may bring, especially when it comes to Apple’s little shining star, the App Store.
There no doubt be plenty to choose from when the device launches, and the library will only continue to grow. While the Apple army sits eagerly awaiting Saturday, why not take a look at some of the most promising Apps set to launch tomorrow?
N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD
This first-person shooter was shown off by Gameloft at Apple’s iPad press event. It takes what made the iPhone version a hit, and improves it with better controls and visuals.
Plants vs. Zombies HD
It’s with good reason that Plants vs. Zombies received the accolades of game critics everywhere. It’s genuinely fun, addictive tower defense‚Ä¶with zombies. The character designs are great, and one can only imagine the possibilities of a large touchscreen control.
This App is based on Korg’s Electribe-R, a virtual analog drum machine and sequencer great for dance beats. The iPad’s larger screen makes it perfect for turning knobs on the interface. This App is sure to be used by musicians as they rock the dance floors.
Tetris for iPad
Tetris is the classic puzzle game created by Alexey Pazhitnov. Back in 1989, the game captivated gamers of all ages on the original Game Boy. The addictive, yet simple, gameplay still holds up more than 20 years later.
The classic strategy game that kept high school-aged students in their computer class off task is wonderfully suited for the iPad. Players will be able to pan around the screen with the swipe of a finger as they choose their attacks against enemy worm units.
The Early Edition
Building on the success of devices such as Amazon’s Kindle and the ease of use of Apps that provide news feeds, The Early Edition combines the best of both worlds. It grabs RSS feeds, chosen by the user, and creates a virtual “newspaper” for the user. It will greatly reduce the zooming and panning around the screen that iPhone users are subjected to when reading larger pages.
GoToMeeting is one of the greatest ways to hold a meeting over the internet. A presenter works from his or her computer and the participants can watch the video feed as it happens. Now those on business trips can catch a meeting while on the go at any airport or hotel wifi hotspot, without ever having to open their laptop.
Geometry Wars: Touch
Geometry Wars: Touch takes the formula of the surprise Xbox LIVE Arcade hit, and gives it a touch interface. Don’t underestimate the simple graphics of this game‚Ä¶it’s amazing.
GraalOnline Classic+ is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) with 16-bit graphics. According to the game’s description, they have had up to 1,200 iPhone and iPod Touch users online at the same time–impressive for a two dollar App with visuals straight out of 1993.
Metal Gear Solid Touch
Hideo Kojima’s award-winning series made its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch last year. Now, it’s been optimized for the iPad with upgraded visuals that will make full use of the 9.7-inch screen.
Brushes – iPad
Painting program with various brushes, layers and layer modes. It can create beautiful pieces of art, and even uploads your work directly to Flickr. The screenshot above shows the possibilities of the software.
Animation Creator HD
The iPad may just be the portable solution for artists of all types. Painting, music and even animation. Animation Creator lets users create their work, frame by frame, and watch their video. From there, they can upload it to Youtube and share it with others.
Keynote works much like Microsoft Powerpoint, but is built for the Mac OS. Users can create presentations for others to view by sharing it with Keynote ’09.
Pages is a word processor built by Apple for the iPad. Though typing on the touchscreen may take some getting used to for some, it’s practical in that users can carry it around as something of a notepad wherever they may travel.
Numbers is a spreadsheet builder made for the iPad. It even lets users create charts and tables for their data. It is part of the iWork Suite along with Pages and Keynote.
With so many Apps debuting in time for the iPad launch, many of which are updated, or created, especially for the device, it’s easy to see why it’s all about the Apps.