Monday, April 12, 2010

HD iPad Apps

HD versions of several popular App Store games have started popping up in iTunes. We just heard from a developer that it's Apple's preferred nomenclature for distinguishing iPad games that aren't iPhone or iPod compatible.

Since the first moment we picked up Apple's groundbreaking slate, we realized apps for mobile devices would be changed forever. The hardware is impressive, and it opens the door for apps to include features that simply aren't possible on a cellphone.

We wondered, though — would any apps at launch really take advantage of the iPad's standout hardware? As it turns out, yes!

So far, the games Kotaku found getting the HD treatment in the iTunes browser preview include Plants Vs. Zombies, Flight Control, Labyrinth 2, and Worms, among others. The distinction will be important, going forward, for users to be able to tell the difference between which apps were designed specifically for the iPad and which have simply been upscaled.

It's unclear at this point if other app categories will get the HD moniker, but clearly games aren't the only genre where users that would benefit from knowing when an app was iPad-only.

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