Apple's iPad tablet computer can run the more than 150,000 applications, or "apps." The apps include games, productivity apps, social networking apps, newspapers and magazines, and much more. iPad owners who also have an iPhone or iPod Touch will be happy to discover that many of their previous apps will also run on the iPad. Apps originally designed for the iPhone or iPod Touch can run in their original size or be expanded to fill the iPad screen.
In addition, hundreds of apps have been developed specifically for the iPad, and many more are in the works. These iPad specific apps will take better advantage of the iPad's larger display, and in many cases will include multiple panels — something that wasn't possible on the iPhone's relatively cramped screen.
iPad apps can be purchased through Apple's iTunes store, using a Mac or PC or directly from the device itself.
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More Noteworthy iPad Apps
TweetDeck is a Twitter client for the iPad that can display multiple columns and multiple Twitter accounts on the iPad's screen.
Marvel's comic book viewer for the iPad gives users access to hundreds of classic and modern comics, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more.
Netflix allows users to watch streaming TV shows and movies right on the iPad. Users can also browse movies and manage their Netflix queues. A Netflix membership is required.
CameraBag is a photo filter app that can make your photos look as if they were taken with vintage cameras.
ESPN ScoreCenter XL
ScoreCenter XL provides information about your favorite teams and sports. Includes video highlights, full box scores and scoring summaries, in-game statistics, and more.
The Elements: A Visual Exploration is an ebook that lets you explore the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of the universe in a way you've never seen before.
Pac-Man, the world famous arcade classic, returns in this faithful rendition for your iPad. Play Original, Normal or Easy Mode and guide Pac-Man with two different control modes. Navigate through the mazes by touching the onscreen controller in Joystick Mode or chomp on dots with the swipe of a finger in Swipe Mode.
Experience NPR in a magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Leisure, and Music content that's broad, deep, and timely. The app also replicates popular features of the NPR News iPhone app, including playlists, station finder, and sharing.
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application from the makers of Dragon Naturally Speaking that will transcribe your speech into text, which you can then send as a text message or email or copy to paste into other applications.