What's the best part about the Apple iPad? For many enthusiasts, It's
not the slick design, multi-touch screen or lighting-fast processing
speeds. It's the apps. Today, this feature got even more delectable following
reports that Netflix is unveiling
its own app for streaming
movies and TV shows. Tech writers expatiate on what is arguably the iPad's
- It's All About the Apps, writes
Edward Baig at USA Today: "The iPad
will run just about all of the 150,000-plus iPhone or iPod Touch apps
sold (or available free) in the App Store, presenting boundless 'there's
an app for that' possibilities. If you own an iPhone or Touch, you
already have a stable of programs to work on the iPad."
Baby, Netflix! exclaims Robert Quigley at Geekosystem: "This is a major coup for
the iPad and the crafty, good-looking people who preordered it: As
exciting as electronic magazines are, Netflix will go a long way towards
cementing the iPad as a bona fide multimedia device." Trevor Sheridan explains the details. "If you're a netflix
subscriber you can watch instantly anything in Netflix's online
collection directly on your iPad. You can stream TV shows and movies
just like you would on your computer. You can watch as often as you want
as it's part of the Netflix unlimited membership if you have it."
Let's Think About Hulu's Potential, writes David Pogue in The New York Times:
"Wow -- can you imagine? A thin, flat, cordless, bottomless source of
free, great TV shows, in your bag or on the bedside table?"
Forget the Other Great Apps, adds Walter Mossberg at The Wall
Street Journal: "The photo app is striking, and much more like the one
on the Mac than the one on the iPhone. The device can even be used as a
digital picture frame. I tested a small selection of the new third-party
iPad apps Apple hopes to have available at launch, and most were also
rich and feature-filled, beyond what iPhone apps offer. These included
games such as Scrabble and 'Touch Hockey,' a database app, news services
- The Really Slick Apps Combine
the iPad and iPhone, writes David Pogue in The New York Times:
"That Scrabble app shows the whole board without your zooming or
panning: a free companion app for your iPhone or Touch is called Tile
Rack; it lets you fiddle with your letters in private, then flick them
wirelessly onto the iPad's screen."
- The TV
Networks Have Apps Too, writes Brian Stelter at The New York
Times: "At least two of the major television networks will stream their
programs onto the iPad, ensuring that buyers of the new Apple tablet
will be able to watch plenty of free TV. Episodes of ABC and CBS shows
will be available on April 3, the day the iPad is introduced. Episodes
of NBC shows will likely be available by the end of April."
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