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As Apple continues to test applications for use on its forthcoming multimedia iPad, nearly half fall into the games category, while just 3 percent are books.

New statistics from analytics firm Flurry provided to AppleInsider show that the lion's share of applications being tested on the iPad are games, which command 44 percent. The next most popular App Store category, in a distant second place with just 14 percent, is entertainment.

Peter Farago, vice president of marketing with Flurry, said the applications seen on iPhone OS 3.2 via the iPad have likely been used by Apple for testing purposes with its new hardware, due to be released April 3. He said the company is unable, however, to comment on the number of applications they are seeing, or the specific devices they are seeing them on.

Flurry's data was the first to spot hardware running iPhone OS 3.2 before Apple formally announced the iPad. The analytics firm found about 50 iPad devices were being tested prior to the iPad reveal in late January. At the time, many had incorrectly expected the new hardware would run iPhone OS 4.0.

The iPads were first spotted in October of 2009, but saw a dramatic increase in testing in January. At the time, it was said that tested applications had a strong focus on reading and news, though the vast majority were games.



Following the announcement of the iPad, Flurry found that developer interest in Apple's App Store nearly tripled. The company, which has tracking data in over 20,000 mobile applications, found that developers integrating Flurry analytics into iPhone OS applications in January dramatically increased from January. More than 1,600 new applications were started with Flurry in January, compared with under 600 in December.

That high interest from developers was reiterated last week, when the firm's latest Smartphone Industry Pulse survey was released. The company said a "significant increase" in new application starts was maintained through the month of February.

Apple has pitched the launch of the iPad as a "whole new gold rush" for developers, as the device and its 9.7-inch screen will run existing App Store software as well as new applications designed specifically for the hardware and its larger touchscreen. First released in January, the iPhone 3.2 beta software development kit allows developers to create iPad-specific software.

Last Friday, Apple began accepting iPad applications to the App Store. Applications submitted by March 27 that meet all of the requirements set forth by Apple should be available for the product launch on April 3.
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What did ya expect - productivity with the newest funnest toy?
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So Apple keeps morphing into a SONY of the 21st century. So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad. iPad looks more and more like a toy mobile device than anything serious.
Oh well waiting for an i5 13" MBP, whenever Apple get back to serious computing that is.
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@ nearly half fall into the games category, while just 3 percent are books

I'm not surprised by that. I mean, how many book reading apps does someone need when Apple's own (yet unreleased) app will presumably be optimized for the hardware.
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As Apple continues to test applications for use on its forthcoming multimedia iPad, nearly half fall into the games category, while just 3 percent are books.

By books, does the article mean ebook readers or really just books?

Sorry, just not sure. \
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So Apple keeps morphing into a SONY of the 21st century. So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad. iPad looks more and more like a toy mobile device than anything serious.
Oh well waiting for an i5 13" MBP, whenever Apple get back to serious computing that is.


How does that old song go?

Troll, troll, troll your boat, gently down the stream...............
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So Apple keeps morphing into a SONY of the 21st century. So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad. iPad looks more and more like a toy mobile device than anything serious.
Oh well waiting for an i5 13" MBP, whenever Apple get back to serious computing that is.

In what way is Apple turning into Sony?

Sony is infamous for having corporate divisions that don't talk to each other so that the music branch ends up suing the music hardware division and so on. Not to mention their insistence on obsolete and obfuscated standards (ATRAC and MediaStick to mention a couple). And never having produced a decent laptop (IMHO - previous Vaio owner x2).

On the other hand, Apple uses (and creates) new standards (MP3, USB and H.264 on this one), is a SHINING EXAMPLE of joined-up corporate thinking & service/content delivery.

So admit it - your only real gripe with Apple is that people are using their new toy for games.

And do you really think they WON'T release a shining new series of laptops once the buzz wears off from the iPad? This is yet another good example of joined-up corporate thinking: not releasing a mass of products at once so that they compete for attention with each other and instead keeping their purchasing base (us) perpetually interested in what their next product might be.

tl;dr - Apple != Sony
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It looks like there will be a healthy iPad App Store come April 3rd.
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So Apple keeps morphing into a SONY of the 21st century. So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad. iPad looks more and more like a toy mobile device than anything serious.
Oh well waiting for an i5 13" MBP, whenever Apple get back to serious computing that is.

Who ever mentioned or stated that the iPad was going to be "a serious COMPUTING platform"?

No one... and it is FAR from it by design.

It's an "entertainment, consumption, and browsing device". YES you should be waiting for the MBP for your needs... computing I would presume.

BTW: the only so-called "productivity apps" are already available with iWork. Just waiting for some more "graphics oriented" programs, maybe from Adobe.... or iLife for iPad. Everything else will be available as "cloud-based web services and apps".
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Might it not be more accurate to say "games are 44% of the market for Flurry analytics"? Why do we assume this third party has any idea what the total ratios are of apps submitted to Apple? Why would someone submitting a book to the App Store be just as likely to integrate weird statistical background processes as someone submitting a game?
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Here's how iPhone apps've looked just one year ago

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YES you should be waiting for the MBP for your needs... computing I would presume.

I'm pretty sure his mom gives him this then tells him it's a MBP.
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@ nearly half fall into the games category, while just 3 percent are books

I'm not surprised by that. I mean, how many book reading apps does someone need when Apple's own (yet unreleased) app will presumably be optimized for the hardware.

Thanks for pointing that out! - Otherwise, I don't care how many games there are. As long as the non-gaming apps are good and useful. I don't need e.g. 10 different word processor apps. Ones usually fine. E.g. pages.
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My name is TECHSTUD and I am a moaner.
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Games command 44% of apps tested by Apple for use with iPad


The iPad is for children. Enough said.

How about some new MacBook Pro's for us warrior types?
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3% only for books? That's because that 3% are book "apps".
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Cant wait to start using my iPad for studying foreign language books, and operating systems.
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The iPad is for children. Enough said.

How about some new MacBook Pro's for us warrior types?

Playing Dungeons & Dragons in your mom's basement doesn't make you a warrior.
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I am hoping that iPad will work with TomTom's car kit even if I buy only the WiFi version.
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Originally Posted by Damn_Its_Hot View Post

What did ya expect - productivity with the newest funnest toy?

More like productivity apps really need testing on a real device before submitting to Apple for UI testing.
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The iPad is for children. Enough said.

How about some new MacBook Pro's for us warrior types?

What's wrong with the 'old' MBP, O Warrior Pro? (Forget the glossy screen nonsense).
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I am hoping that iPad will work with TomTom's car kit even if I buy only the WiFi version.

Well it won't fit it.
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Cant wait to start using my iPad for studying foreign language books, and operating systems.

I can see foreign language apps being pretty big. Not just a book, but a real interactive learning tool.
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Troll, troll, troll your boat, gently down the stream...............

And yet people still respond to him - amazing
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More like productivity apps really need testing on a real device before submitting to Apple for UI testing.

Exactly. And not only that, productivity apps, i.e. apps where the user can produce stuff usually take months to produce.
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BTW: the only so-called "productivity apps" are already available with iWork. Just waiting for some more "graphics oriented" programs, maybe from Adobe.... or iLife for iPad. Everything else will be available as "cloud-based web services and apps".

Thank god developers like the Omni Group don't agree with you.

There is nothing special keeping the iPad from being more than a consumption device. Well, other than being able to have a minimal imagination
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And yet people still respond to him - amazing

You can't ignore a moaner. A moaner ruins the thread, it's better to address him. I don't think calling him a troll is best approach though. It seems TS wants Apple to make a notebook computer. Now if only they actually did that…. (APPARENTLY SOME PEOPLE MISSED THE SARCASM HERE)

It doesn't matter if the iPad sells 100,000,000 units, it'll only give him more reason to complain. If it doesn't sell well he'll say I told you people wanted a "real device", and it if does he'll say: "people are stupid". It's not about winning with him, it's about being never wrong and wanting it all his way. But most of all it's about him giving out, being negative and moaning.

The iPad isn't what I wanted initially, but I like the device it's turning into. I like the fact that it's so small, thin and light and has a standby time of around 30 days. So you can use it for quick tasks at home on the couch. And I like how its design tends to make it a far more casual computer than we're used to. Comfortable for sitting around using. Less computer-like. Most of all I like how fast it is at what it does. It's FAST.

Reading, web browsing and getting information with large images and video FAST. If that's all the iPad did then it's a pretty cool device. I have a powerful desktop computer for doing intense huge amounts of work on anyway, this is a simple solution for simple tasks. It's new, so you can't fully grasp how it's going to play out, but you can definitely get a sense for how interesting a device it is.
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What did ya expect - productivity with the newest funnest toy?

to be truly useful, most of those productivity apps will need a bottoms up UI redo. rather than just scaling up, although that will work for now. so they will take a bit longer to have ready. then again. there's almost a week left. who knows what will turn up in the 22-23 hours.

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So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad.

Apple never claimed that the ipad was meant for 'serious computing'. that's just you with your head still 'in the sand'. get over it and don't buy one. period

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Oh well waiting for an i5 13" MBP, whenever Apple get back to serious computing that is.

and you'll find something to gripe about and declare it crap. it's a 2.6 not a 2.8 processor. they STILL are not putting enough ram in the machines. you can't take out the battery yourself. no matte finish, no blu-ray, blah blah.

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By books, does the article mean ebook readers or really just books?

I suspect that the 3% is readers. because at least for the ibooks app, the books are in app purchases. so they are talking about that app, perhaps a kindle for the ipad, independent etextbooks and emag etc.

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I am hoping that iPad will work with TomTom's car kit even if I buy only the WiFi version.

well right now it won't fit in the cradles. but yes I would imagine they will do an ipad version just as they did an ipod touch at some point.
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I am hoping that iPad will work with TomTom's car kit even if I buy only the WiFi version.

It might fall off the windshield
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So Apple keeps morphing into a SONY of the 21st century. So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad. iPad looks more and more like a toy mobile device than anything serious.
Oh well waiting for an i5 13" MBP, whenever Apple get back to serious computing that is.

Since when has Apple been a business centered company? I really can't say exactly why Apple is not treated as a business platform. Perception is everything and Apple does not have this. Besides does the iPad really look like a serious tablet computer? Apple has never been considered that serious.

I digress. I reread your post. You didn't say business.
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The iPad is for children. Enough said.

How about some new MacBook Pro's for us warrior types?

I will be getting an iPad. I am not a child. I will not be getting it for games. I will use it to read email, surf the web, read publications and do light word processing, while sitting on the couch, on my terrace or in bed . For heavy lifting, I will use my Mac Pro.

The iPad is not for everyone... yes, some people need to get a laptop. But there is no need to put down the iPad or any other hardware, just because it doesn't fit you needs.
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I am hoping that iPad will work with TomTom's car kit even if I buy only the WiFi version.

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It might fall off the windshield

Or worst.. this.
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You can't ignore a moaner. A moaner ruins the thread, it's better to address him.

It's never better to address him - unless you are an administrator you aren't accomplishing anything other than cluttering up threads with more drivel. Only administrators have power to address things - if you think you are addressing something by commenting on it your delusional and contributing to the problem.

the only power we, mere users, have is to ignore - and it's amazingly effective. He would dry up and blow away if he were to be summarily ignored. The problem is there are too many undisciplined people who think they are "addressing" things by calling him out (hint: your doing exactly what he's wanting!)

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It seems TS wants Apple to make a notebook computer. Now if only they actually did that.

They do have a notebook - the new 13" macbook is far better than the majority of PC notebooks, and my MBP is a work of art. They don't have a sub notebook - I still would like a replacement for my PowerBook G4 12". But in rationally analyzing how I used my PB G4, the iPad will do all I used to use it for, and far more. While taking less space and having far greater battery life!

The problem with most complaints about the iPad are not the iPad, but the myopic perspective of many who criticize it. No s^#t it's not a full blown computer running a full blown OS - that's not the point of it. For the most part such discussions now are pretty fruitless (ha!). The proof in the pudding will be the next four to six months - it will be pretty obvious by then just what the iPad's potential is capable of. It's going to make the iPhone look like a science experiment. It's lacking the main thing the iPhone has - a minimum $70 a month charge for two years!
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It's never better to address him - unless you are an administrator you aren't accomplishing anything other than cluttering up threads with more drivel. Only administrators have power to address things - if you think you are addressing something by commenting on it your delusional and contributing to the problem.

the only power we, mere users, have is to ignore - and it's amazingly effective. He would dry up and blow away if he were to be summarily ignored. The problem is there are too many undisciplined people who think they are "addressing" things by calling him out (hint: your doing exactly what he's wanting!)

years!

Exactly why we need to get back on to the main topic.
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The iPad not a "serious" computing device?

That's strange. The industry is taking it *very* seriously.

It all depends where developers take it, and by the looks of it, this is the next generation of computing. You can deny it all you want, but the train's already left the station.
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So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad.

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Who ever mentioned or stated that the iPad was going to be "a serious COMPUTING platform"?

Well I don't know from 'serious' but how much you wanna bet the Apple iPad is going to be considered FAR more serious than Microsoft Surface.
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Here's how iPhone apps've looked just one year ago.

Yea even with my somewhat negative spin I've taken on App Store policy... It's really hard to argue with that kind of extreme success.

Twenty five thousand... Heh, with todays App Store, Apple can ban almost much (they came close with the PORNectomy no?) without even thinking twice about it...
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It's never better to address him - unless you are an administrator you aren't accomplishing anything other than cluttering up threads with more drivel.

That's your opinion clarified then.
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They do have a notebook - the new 13" macbook is far better than the majority of PC notebooks.

Duh?

I know the make notebooks. God man.
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So much for a serious computing platform with the iPad.

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Apple never claimed that the ipad was meant for 'serious computing'. that's just you with your head still 'in the sand'. get over it and don't buy one. period.

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