Publishers Update Apps for Apple's Retina Display: Facebook, Nook, and More

If you're wondering which apps are primed for the third-generation iPad, here's a look at 10 apps to check out.

All About the Retina Display

Apple's newest iPad is all about the slate's highly-praised Retina display, and developers are scrambling to get their apps ready for the 9.7-inch slate's 2048-by-1536 resolution. The social networking site Facebook and the Nook e-reader from Barnes & Noble are the two latest services to tweak their appearance for the new iPad. Fans of reading on the Nook will be able to see sharper words and images, and Facebook said users will see a "crisp, high resolution interface" on the third-generation Apple tablet.

Paper by Fifty Three

Cost: Free
Seller: Fifty Three Inc.

This recently released and critically praised drawing and note-taking app lets you create images using virtual pens, markers, water colors, and pencils.

Barefoot World Atlas

Cost: $8
Seller: Touch Press LLP

An interactive atlas for kids of all ages that lets you explore the planet, with artwork by David Dean, guided narration by BBC-TV presenter Nick Crane, and country data supplied by Wolfram|Alpha.

NYTimes for iPad

Cost: Free
Seller: The New York Times Company

Check out the day's news and the New York Times's excellent photography in all its Retina glory. All users can access the top news section, but a subscription is required to access the app's entire content.

ABC Player

Cost: Free
Seller: ABC Digital

Catch the latests episodes of shows such as Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, and Castle in this Retina-optimized app.

Infinity Blade II

Cost: $7
Seller: Chair Entertainment Group

The follow-up to the original Infinity Blade game already featured stunning graphics thanks to the Unreal gaming engine, and it now promises to be even better optimized for the new iPad.

The Daily

Cost: Free (subscription required)
Seller: News DP Holdings

Subscribers to the first iPad-only daily newspaper can now get their daily mix of news and gossip in Retina form.

Solar Walk

Cost: $3
Seller: Vito Technology

Explore the solar system and the galaxy with new iPad-optimized features such as a high-resolution interface, planetary-surface textures, and new visual effects.


Cost: Free
Seller: Amazon

Lines and lines of text may not be that much to get excited about, but this edition also improves the look of book icons on the new display.


Cost: $10
Seller: algoriddim

This popular turntable app has added new graphics for the iPad's latest display and is currently available for half price at $10. Better grab it fast before the price goes back up.

iTunes Movie Trailer

Cost: Free
Seller: Apple

Apple has been making it easy to watch movie trailers for years, and now this app lets you browse upcoming blockbusters, Retina-style.

Want even more Retina-ready iPad apps? Check out PCWorld's App Guide.

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