Apple announced today that the iPad would be available on April 3. I am so looking forward to the reaction of consumers and hope that it's a game-changer in the same way that the iPhone has been. The version with WiFi only will be available first, with the version that adds 3G later this month. As announced earlier, the WiFii-only models will start at $499, and the 3G models at $629.
If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.
With 150,000 apps in the App Store, it can be a challenge to find the best ones for your needs and interests. Top Rated Apps (Free) lets you browse 1,000 of the best apps selected by MF Software and all having ratings of at least 3.5 stars. The data is stored on your phone, so you can browse for apps offline. If you're connected, the app updates automatically with the latest data as you browse. The free version lets you identify up to five favorites for later purchase. If you want to be able to track more than that, you'll need to buy the commercial version ($0.99).
If you're following the buzz on the Oscars, which is coming up this Sunday, E! Online (free) is a great choice. The app was just updated with a new carousel navigation menu above the news section that highlights the Academy Award season coverage with special video content and a new "Live from the Red Carpet" section. The app offers extensive coverage from the event, as well as leading up to it and in the days that follow. Also new to this version is E! Talk Box, which gives you the ability to record your own video commentary (you'll need the iPhone 3GS) on hot topics and celebrity headlines and submit it directly to E!
How many times have you been driving down the highway and taken an exit only to find that there’s nothing in the nearby commercial district to your liking? iExit
can help. Start up the app, and it uses GPS to quickly determine where you are and what direction you’re traveling. It then offers information about the upcoming exits, as well as information about your favorite places to stop that are coming up. Plus, it tells you where to turn once you get to the exit and provides maps.
This is one of those just-in-case apps that you might want to have. If you're in an unfamiliar city and have an urgent need to find a restroom, Where to Wee ($0.99) is here to help. It has a database of 60,000 restrooms worldwide, with more being added all the time. It shows the nearest washroom based on your GPS location and includes information on amenities such as handicap access and changing tables, as well as ratings for cleanliness.
Why would you want a stylus, when you can just use your finger? Well, you might be wearing gloves. Or maybe you need greater precision that your finger allows.
This is a novel idea. You're driving, yet you still would like to access your Facebook friends updates, Twitter tweets, podcasts, and more. Aha Radio (free) turns it all into radio stations so that you can listen to this content as you drive. Plus, it gives you reports on nearby traffic based on your location.
In honor of their recent 2009 Best App Ever Awards, the website 148Apps has just launched "the world's largest iPhone app promo code contest to give away over 1,000 iPhone apps and games." They're giving away 1,000 promo codes for over 110 different applications and games that were either winners or nominees in the competition. The giveaway will run through February, with winners being announced every few days.