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iPad Will Ship Without Standard iPhone Apps?

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Many apps found on the iPod Touch and iPhone won't be present on the iPad.

Consumers familiar with the iPhone and iPod Touch interface may not be quite so content with the Apple iPad when it ships in April. Various sites--including The Tech Journal--have analyzed the recent promotional video aired during the 82nd Academy Awards. What they have discovered is that many apps found on the previous devices aren't present on the iPad. Bummer.

The Apple press release distributed last week said that the iPad will come with "12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad." These seem to include redesigned apps such as Videos, Maps, Photos, Mail, Safari, App Store, iTunes, YouTube, Contacts, Calendar and Notes. There's also a new iPod app located at the bottom.

Notice anything missing? Apps such as Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos don't appear on the iPad home screen. So what gives? Are they hidden, or are they gone for good? Daring Fireball reports that the apps were permanently removed due to design problems.

"There were, internally to Apple (of course), versions of these apps (or at least some of them) with upscaled iPad-sized graphics, but otherwise the same UI and layout as the iPhone versions," the site reads, citing well-informed little birdies. "Ends up that just blowing up iPhone apps to fill the iPad screen looks and feels weird, even if you use higher-resolution graphics so that nothing looks pixelated. So they were scrapped by you-know-who. Perhaps they’ll appear on the iPad in some re-imagined form this summer with OS 4.0, but when the iPad ships next month, there won’t be versions of these apps."

Bummer. The Calculator app was a handy tool.

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    cammmy , March 9, 2010 8:14 PM
    Sadly, people will still buy it.
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    husker , March 9, 2010 8:56 PM
    A clock and calculator present "design problems"? Weird.
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    gwolfman , March 9, 2010 7:46 PM
    Now even less of a reason to get the iPad. lol
  • 15 Hide
    cammmy , March 9, 2010 8:14 PM
    Sadly, people will still buy it.
  • 9 Hide
    dlux , March 9, 2010 8:19 PM
    So this thing is supposed to be a bridge between cell phones and laptops and it doesn't even have a calculator? I'm really failing to see what good this product is.
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    Nik_I , March 9, 2010 8:20 PM
    this thing doesn't do anything impressive or anything that can't be done with an iphone or similar device, yet apple is going to sell millions of these to fanbois who are going to line up for days in front of apple stores just to get one. Then as soon as the second generation version which has no new features except for some new useless app, the process repeats...
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    tayb , March 9, 2010 8:21 PM
    Uh. Expose? This seems like a no brainer. Swipe to the top right or left corner and you see those apps hover over a dimmed background.
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    vant , March 9, 2010 8:24 PM
    There is free versions of these apps on the app store.
  • 12 Hide
    husker , March 9, 2010 8:56 PM
    A clock and calculator present "design problems"? Weird.
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    footsoldier , March 9, 2010 9:04 PM
    I'm not trying to be rude, but honestly, i really dislike apple fanboys. Anyone agree here? They look stupid trying to buy rip off products from apple and still defending how good those products are, while criticising other products without any firm reason.
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    serkol , March 9, 2010 9:04 PM
    There are hundreds of free calculators and voice memo apps in the AppStore. I use a free Weather Channel app - much better than the built-in Apple weather app. I don't know about stock apps, but I think there should be a bunch of free apps for that.
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    serkol , March 9, 2010 9:06 PM
    Free clock apps - there are probably thousands of them. Even I made one (for workouts) :-)
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    tsnorquist , March 9, 2010 9:14 PM
    To be honest, I wish Windows based OEM's would follow suit and quit loading up all their in house "solutions" - i.e. crapware that slows down pcs.

    I think each one of us has had to decrapify, cclean, and or do a fresh install of every OEM machine for family members.
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    BallistaMan , March 9, 2010 9:26 PM
    "If you want to have the clock and calculator, simply use your iPhone (sold separately)." It would seem you only get half the package either way you go. :p 
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    alika1lv , March 9, 2010 9:34 PM
    Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos? - There's an app for that! The iPad will ROCK!!!
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    alika1lv , March 9, 2010 9:38 PM
    Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos? - There's an app for that! The iPad will ROCK!!!
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    abowlofsoda , March 9, 2010 9:39 PM
    Hahaha one more reason for everyone to put yet ANOTHER hate message down.

    I'm still getting one

    Are you mad?
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    Abrahm , March 9, 2010 10:34 PM
    I'm starting to think this is some kind of social experiment where Jobs tries to make the crappiest product possible and see who he can still trick into buying it... Or maybe it is just a "test of faith" for his followers.
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    babybeluga , March 9, 2010 10:57 PM
    Hmmm...youtube will be one of the apps?

    I guess only the non-flash videos.
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    Camikazi , March 9, 2010 11:01 PM
    abowlofsodaHahaha one more reason for everyone to put yet ANOTHER hate message down. I'm still getting oneAre you mad?

    You keep repeating yourself.

    Are you a moron?
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 11:17 PM
    I'm not sure if people just have never used an iPhone or iPod touch or what. It wasn't long ago I read an article about how they wish they could delete the built in apps such as calendar, etc. There are free apps you can download that typically work a lot better, and have more features, than the built in ones anyway. All I can say is don't knock it till you've tried it. I got an iPod Touch in September of last year, and I'm hooked. A larger screen size opens up so many possibilities. Even if that's all this is, it's worth it.
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