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Listings of top apps updated for the iPhone 5; first hands-on

I got my first hands-on experience with an iPhone 5 today, and I couldn't have imagined how cool it is. I mean, I've been reading (and reporting) the rumors for months. So it should have been ho-hum. But once you hold it and see how much thinner and lighter it is, and how the new shape feels sort of elegant, there's just something inside that says, "Yes, this is cool, this is gorgeous design, this is what a smartphone should be." I just didn't think that I'd be wowed, but I was. The first app that I tried was Flipboard, and of course it had already been altered to take advantage of the larger screen. In fact, many of the best apps are now iPhone-5-ready. And lists of such apps are appearing online.

Gizmodo may have one of the more comprehensive listings, and apparently it continues to be updated. The list is in two parts: apps and games. A number of the most popular games have been upgraded, such as Tiny Tower, Temple Run, and Infinity Blade II. Top popular apps in addition to Flipboard that have been updated include Facebook, Tweetbot for Twitter, Pinterest, and Instapaper

TechCrunch has a list seven of the Best Apps Optimized And Ready For Your New iPhone 5. This listing is useful because it offers a short description of each app. If you're looking for some great apps for your iPhone 5, check out this list.

Engadget also highlights some of the top apps that have been updated: CNN, Evernote, Kindle, Twitter, and Yelp. The iPhone that I played with today belongs to Hal Goldstein, founder of iPhone Life magazine. He showed me the Kindle app and raved about how much better the iPhone 5 is for reading books.

Mashable not only has a list of 20 apps that have been updated, but helpfully includes screenshots of each one. If you want to quickly get a sense for how differently some of your favorite apps look on the iPhone 5, this is a good page to check out.

According to Cult of Mac, last week Apple began requiring developers who submit their iPhone apps for approval to include screen shots of the app running on the iPhone 5. So basically any app from now on that's added to the App Store will be adapted for the larger screen. There had been some concern about fragmentation — the problem that Android devices face of having so many different form factors to code for. But the speed with which the new apps are rolling out suggests that Apple has made it easy for developers to have a version of their app tailored to the larger screen of the iPhone 5.

Apple reported today that they've sold over 5 million iPhone 5s in the first three days. That's a record, but market analysts were predicting as many as 8 million, so the stock is down a bit. There's speculation that the figure would have been higher, but that Apple simply didn't have enough units to meet demand. Which always happens. And it's not that they don't anticipate the demand, or that they don't have an incredible supply chain. It's simply that the demand is so great that it's nearly impossible to meet it.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.