App Week: Retina Display iPad apps, BBC to mimic iTunes
Developers have been furnishing the App Store with Retina Display enhanced iPad apps, but will they prove too large for the 16GB model? Meanwhile, the BBC is plotting a paid download portal
Apple lists Retina Display-friendly iPad apps, but will they be too large?
With the new Apple iPad now on sale, Apple has listed the apps which have been enhanced to suit the device's new Retina Display. Among the big-hitters are Infinity Blade 2, Tweetbot and Evertnote. However, news that the iMovie app is now five times larger than the previous version has let to fears that the 16GB iPad could only store a handful of storage-sapping apps.
BBC confirms iTunes-like paid download portal
This week, the BBC confirmed it is working on 'Project Barcelona,' which will let viewers download and keep TV shows almost instantly after they have aired on television. The scheme, which will undoubtedly be iOS compatible, will also open the archives to a host of classic BBC shows. The Corporation will put plans to the BBC Trust and independent producers later this year.
Marvel Comics announces Augmented Reality apps
The publisher of Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Avengers is launching a new app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets which will offer behind-the-scenes DVD-like extras to print comics. The Marvel AR app will enhance a series of interactive panels - around 8 per comic - with original production sketches and story background.
iPad App News: Sky Sports News becomes Sky Sports with added F1
Sky has updated its Sky Sports News app to bring live F1 streaming ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. The company has now renamed the app Sky Sports and will give viewers access to the F1 Race Control mode, which allows them to switch between a different array of cameras, from pitlane to on-board.
iPhone App News: Sparrow brings a better Gmail experience
The Gmail app for iPhone was, and is, an unmitigated disaster. Thankfully, Sparrow has launched a version of its successful Mac client for iPhone. The app is native to iOS, has notification centre support, threaded emails and a nifty gesture-based navigation system, throwing down the gauntlet for Google.
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