Apple’s IPad 3 is scheduled to enter mass production shortly with a launch date slated for March 2012. However is this going to be a new generation of iPad application development with technology changes and higher resolution reportedly a “retina display” with four times as many pixels as the current iPad2 model? Or are consumers going to be blindsided by an iPad2(S) or an upgraded IPad2 model?Sources reveal that the actual iPad3 will not be launched until the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, and consumers will have to be satisfied with the iPad2S released in the first quarter of 2012. Apple is notorious for hype surrounding new launches; give consumers a taste of a new product and create a frenzy of anticipation.
As the launch of the iPad3 (or iPad2S) approaches the question that concerns most consumers and iPhone application development teams is much kind of applications that one can look forward too. More than 150,000 iPhone applications can be run unmodified on the IPad and iPad development teams are expected to modify more apps to take advantage of the iPad larger display. Applications that are developed specifically for the IPad have proven to be more powerful and versatile than those apps developed for iPhone. In addition, the larger display on the iPad makes it easier to actually read and run applications.
At the onset of the iPad revolution, over 5,000 iPad specific apps were developed and made available on iTunes, the online retailer for all Apple apps. The downside to the iPad applicationswas and still is the cost. Only 20% of iPad apps are free and the average iPad app price is $4.99 US. Free apps for the iPad have often been found to be teasers. You must pay for the app in order to actually use the app.For example, a children’s game, Zombie Patch, will not “play” when downloaded for free. Download the app for free and you are tantalized by a zombie walking back and forth among vegetables. But you can only look at the game and wish for an opportunity to play Revenue generating ploy? Probably. Hence, there is a growing need for outsource iPhone development teams to create a large array of iPad applications that would be of interest to the consumers and can be downloaded free of cost.