20 Great Retina-Ready New Apple iPad Apps
Apple's new iPad ($499-829, 4.5 stars) has the highest-resolution screen we've ever seen on a tablet. And while all the existing iPad apps run just fine, apps with graphics designed for the new Retina display look especially spectacular.
Retina apps are currently flooding into the iTunes store as app developers redraw their graphics for the higher-resolution screen. Unfortunately, there's no central place to search for them; Apple highlights some Retina apps on the front page of the iTunes App Store, but doesn't give a comprehensive list. So we sorted through all the Retina-ready apps we could find to locate our favorites. The list is in alphabetical order. All of these apps also run just fine on the iPad 2 (we tested them).
Obviously, this list isn't comprehensive, and it will grow with time. If you have additional Retina-ready apps you like, add them to the comments below.
Asphalt Adrenaline 6 ($0.99)
Of the two Retina-ready driving apps—this and Real Racing 2 HD—I pick Asphalt Adrenaline 6 as my favorite.It's full of power-ups, great landscapes, illegal shortcuts, and rewards for hideously dangerous driving. That makes it less of a pure career driving game than a Burnout-style death-defier, but that's the kind of game I like to play. Real Racing 2 HD is much more realistic; it uses courses where you don't run into regular street traffic, and you're not supposed ot try ot crash your opponents' cars. But where's the fun in that?
Comics really benefit from the Retina screen, provided they've been scanned at high enough quality. Comics+ is the first Retina-enabled comics app, and I give it extra points for a huge selection of independent publishers beyond the Big Two. Marvel (but not DC) is represented, but look further and you'll find great titles from third-party publishers like Mark Waid's dark superhero epic Irredeemable, the delightful kids' comic Johnny Boo, and IDW's often-entertaining expansions on TV series like Doctor Who. Most comics cost the same as their print editions.
Day One ($1.99)
If your iPad is your faithful companion, Day One helps you chronicle your life with it. Simple, clean, and classic, this journal app encourages you to write down your thoughts - not create a multimedia collage - file them by day and time, and sync them with other devices. Yes, you could do all this in the Calendar app, or Evernote, or Pages. But Day One's day-and-time filing system, plus other small features like timed reminders to write, make it a much more convenient and easily organized way to keep a journal.
The omnipresent note-taking app looks even sharper on a 2048-by-1536 screen. Evernote, along with its drawing-centered sibling Skitch, have both been updated for the new iPad's display. That means both your text and graphic notes appear super-sharp. As always, Evernote syncs with almost any device you can think of—there are versions for the PC, most mobile platforms and anything that connects to the Web.