Apps for iPad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand Unveiling

All indicators suggest Apple will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March. That’s less than a month away, and sources at The Next Web say Apple is in “crunch mode,” working hard to line up apps that show off the unique features of the next-gen tablet.

The iPad 3 is expected to feature a high-definition, 2048 x 1536 “retina display.” If the new screen does appear in Apple’s big reveal, it should provoke all the excitement of the company’s first retina display, which appeared in the iPhone 4 in 2010. According to a source who spoke with The New York Times, the next iPad’s screen will be “truly amazing.”
So which apps might Apple use to show off the brilliance of its new display hardware? We’ve identified four key app categories that would be ideal for demo’ing the HD display. We’ve also spoken to software developers about their iPad 3 aspirations. None would spill any beans concerning launch-day involvement, but we did learn more about how the developer community is anticipating the new display.


The Fotopedia Wild Friends app shares photographs of animals. Image: Fotopedia

Apps for shooting and viewing photographs would be ideal for showing off not only a high-resolution display, but also an improved camera, which is also a highly likely upgrade. iOS 5 has a hidden panorama mode that developers haven’t yet been able to take advantage of. So, if an iOS update accompanies the iPad 3 launch, we might expect Apple to finally show off panorama mode in conjunction with an improved rear-facing camera. (The current iPad 2 camera is merely iPod touch caliber.)
And if Apple doesn’t want to show off its own panorama capabilities, apps like TourWrist and 360 Panorama would be great candidates to show off such a feature.
TourWrist CEO Charles Armstrong is so confident that Apple will be doubling the number of pixels in the height and width of its next tablet, his team is already preparing a new version of its app. “It’s four times as many pixels. That makes logical sense, and that’s what we’re anticipating.”