iPad Compatible with "Almost All" iPhone Apps


Scott Forstall, Senior VP of iPhone software, took the stage as part of Apple's iPad introduction event to announce that "almost all" of Apple's iTunes App Store iPhone and iPod touch apps will be compatible with the new, 9.6 inch device.

Users can either run them at 1x iPhone scale (320x480) or hit a 2x button and double the size. They don't fill the screen, however, but run inside a black frame (like SD on a big HD display).

Facebook was shown as an example.

Not shown was anything approaching multitasking -- no running multiple iPhone apps as windows, or even tiled side by side on the massive screen.

Forstall also announced a new SDK with iPad support would be made available today via developer.apple.com.

Games, like EA's Need for Speed, Gameloft's NOVA, MLB at bat (with tons of visible stats) were shown running full screen, as early iPad versions.

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There are 9 comments. Add yours.

Adam says:

The iPad SDK is called iPhone 3.2 SDK so maybe we aren't skipping ahead to 4.0 after all?

Michael Doran says:

I wonder if the Kindle app will run on the iPad? Seems like a direct competitor to the iBook.

Qingdao says:

I hope Skype is one of the "Almost All". Does anyone know if they have a list of apps that are compatible?

guinness0514 says:

I am excited to see if my Slingbox app works on it...

Sherwood Beasly says:

My own past appears thus ancient. It¡¦s hard to believe that my Grandma was born into a house while not indoor plumbing or electricity and her family was wealthy.

Maggie says:

Does anyone know if Palm OS software is compatible with the iPad?

iphone apps says:

Ipad Compatibility in all iPhone Apps is very impressive in as much as I can save my money in this features.Good to have this.

Kimberly Espinoza says:

I would say ipad really terrific, very good built quality, very sensitive LCD,HD touch screen,wifi enabled. I got one last week , my brother asked me to buy the same one for him. But if you cannot afford it, an Apad is also a good choice, it's only around $100, but with full function of ipad.

Tammy says:

Which ipad is compatible with the iphone i have?