With the big announcement out of the way, we're getting the inside scoop on the iPad's applications. Existing iPhone apps will be able to run on the iPad (I'm excited to check some out on the huge screen!), but there are some specially designed apps worth mentioning. The SDK (that's software development kit) is open today, so there are sure to be many more apps to come.
Already a popular painting app on the iPhone, Brushes is coming to the iPad. With the huge 9.7-inch touchscreen, you can create new art or alter past works similar to one of my other favorite iPhone apps, ColorSplash. Brushes offers a true painting experience with a wide selection of brushes, options to store your favorite colors, and using pinch and zoom, you can add impressive detail to your art. In-app playback lets you see a history of your strokes. The partnership between the iPad and Brushes is perfect for art students to create digital work on the lightweight device (similar to Project Runway contestants). To hear more about the iPad's applications, just
Martin Nisenholtz from the New York Times was on hand to introduce its new iPad application. The app captures the essence of reading a real newspaper, while harnessing the power of technology to watch videos, see slideshows, and sync up with your iTunes for the latest updates and breaking news.
The newest eReader app on the iPad is called iBooks. It works similar to iTunes for books; the virtual bookstore runs within the iBooks application, and you can select titles to read from your virtual bookshelf. Tapping the right side of the page turns one page forward; a tap on the left turns one page back back. One really cool feature: you can change the book's font. And, iBooks can be used for textbooks, too.