The new iPad with the much-talked about Retina Display is finally here. The Retina display sports a 2048×1536 resolution, twice that of the iPad 2. To enjoy the Retina Display to the fullest, you need to download a number of apps, most of them free, from the App Store. The apps have also upgraded themselves for the new device and promise to bring the best out of your new iPad.
Here are the 10 apps that you must have to feel the new optimized Retina Display.
Angry Birds Seasons HD v2.3.0: As always, Angry Birds Seasons takes the addictive gameplay of the original to a whole new level. Starting From Halloween to Chinese New Year, the birds are celebrating different festive seasons around the world. With more than 260 levels which are amazingly complimented by regular free updates, these special episodes offer more challenging destruction of pigs and discovering golden eggs. Angry Birds Seasons HD is available for $1.99.
The new version 2.3.0 takes place during the Cherry Blossom Festival in the springtime which the Birds are celebrating with a trip to Japan. However, the pigs are not too far away and the Birds look forward to go against the green horde. The new version provides fifteen new intriguing levels in the shadow of Mount Fuji and there are two new bonus levels to enjoy.
Google Earth v6.2.0: Google Earth is one of those free-to-download apps that will complement your new iPad and provide rich graphics as you fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. You will also explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery that is available in the desktop version of Google Earth. The app also includes high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.
The new version has an Earth Gallery that will let you explore a vast list of maps, such as real-time earthquakes, hiking trails and city tours. Touring Support is also available that will load tours from the Earth Gallery or from mountain layer. The zooming option in the improved version now centers on gesture rather than center of screen. You can also launch the app with KML/KMZ file links on web pages.
Tweetbot v2.1: Tweetbot is a full-featured iPad Twitter client with a lot of promise. Although the app costs $2.99, you will get to explore through its Multiple Timelines that will let you quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline. Along with native push notifications and smart gestures, you will use Twitter more efficiently. There is also support for multiple services like Read it Later, Instapaper and Cloudapp URL Shortening.
The version 2.1 utilizes the Retina Display for the new iPad. Moreover, the new tweets sound is now limited to mentions, DMs, and new tweets via pull-to-refresh. New bug fixes related to direct messages are also there and double-tapping on the timeline tab button takes you to last read tweet before going to the top.
Kindle v3.0.1: The free Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. Get to access over 1,000,000 books in the Kindle Store along with hundreds of newspapers and magazines. Amazon “Whispersync” automatically syncs the last page you read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device. There are over a million books available, including over 800,000 at $9.99 or less.
The new updated version fixes the previous issue where some books failed to display in the library. It also enables playback of multimedia in Kindle Editions with Audio and Video and fixes issues with stability and search of Print Replica textbooks. The library has also adopted a new design and Cloud is better integrated and optimized for the new Retina Display.
iTunes U v1.1: iTunes U gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools alongside the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content. This is a valuable app for people pursuing higher education in any specialized area. You can also choose from more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books and other resources on thousands of subjects from Algebra to Zoology.
The new version has been specially upgraded for the amazing new Retina Display and has brought about a number of performance improvements.
Plants vs. Zombies HD v1.0.5: One of the best games of last year and the winner of over 20 Game of the Year awards, Plants vs. Zombies is from the creators of Bejeweled, Peggle, Zuma and Bookworm. Defend your home against a host of invading fun-loving zombies with as many as 49 zombie-zapping plants that will slow down, confuse and destroy all 26 types of zombies before they reach your door.
The new version has managed to keep the game bug-free as much as possible so that you can totally concentrate on the game. The game will cost you $6.99.
MASS EFFECT INFILTRATOR v1.0.2: This is from the makers of the critically acclaimed Dead Space on iOS. The all-new, original Mass Effect storyline which is made exclusively for the mobile has been optimized for the new iPad with a revolutionary high-resolution gaming. As commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno acquires aliens for banned experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far, Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down.
Although the game costs $4.99, the new version has been optimized for the new iPad with high-resolution gaming like never before with smoother performance and Retina display enhancements specifically designed for the new iPad. As per reports, another “massive” game update is on the way.
Netflix v2.1.2: This free app lets you watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix almost instantly. It is also a part of your Netflix unlimited membership. You can resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer and browse movies right from your iPad. The new version 2.1.2 has been now launched.
Remote v2.3: You can now control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPad with this free app over your Wi-Fi network from anywhere in your home. You can browse, listen to and control your iTunes Match library on Apple TV. Moreover, choose playlists, songs and albums as if you were in front of your computer or Apple TV. You can use your iOS device's keyboard to quickly tap out a title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast-forward, rewind and pause at your own pace. Remote is fully optimized to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch display on the iPad.
The new version supports iTunes Match on Apple TV.
Skype for iPad v3.8: Skype for iPad is absolutely free for download and it is highly suggested that you upgrade your device to iOS 5.0+ for a better experience. The greatest advantage of the app is its ease of use with full screen video at your fingertips. You can now join Skype by signing straight from your account. If the people you are calling are already in your Contact list, calling, video message or instant messaging can be concluded with just a touch. Skype for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G, although operator data charges may apply.
It has now been optimized with improved graphics for the new iPad’s amazing Retina Display.