Let the iPad app cavalcade begin. Amazon showed off a Kindle iPad app Monday vowing to bring its e-reader and e-bookstore to the iPad. The news comes on the heels of Apple soliciting submissions for iPad applications into the iTunes App Store. And now the race is on to be among the first uniquely iPad-specific programs available for Apple's tablet that goes on sale April 3.
Developers reportedly have until March 27 at 5 p.m. Pacific if they want their application to be part of the first round of iPad programs available. Regardless of how many iPad apps are ready by April 3, iPad users will have access to most iPhone applications currently available. But developers are racing to prepare native iPad apps that take advantage of the iPad's 9.7-inch diagonal screen size--by comparison the iPhone's screen is 3.5-inches diagonal.
The wide range of applications that came out for the iPhone are a huge reason Apple's mobile device has become so popular with users. Apple knows this well and hopes it can reignite that application magic with the iPad. Here's a quick look at what to expect in the coming weeks once iPad applications begin rolling into the iTunes App Store.