Updating Apps for iPad


Q: If I own the iPhone app of a game such as NOVA will I have to pay again if I want the iPad version?

– Alex

A: You will be able to continue using your existing iPhone and iPod touch applications on the iPad without needing to get an iPad-specific version, as the iPad will be compatible with the majority of existing applications available on the App Store. Obviously, however, applications designed to run on a 320×480 iPhone screen may not look as great when run on the larger 1024×768 iPad screen, nor will they be able to take advantage of any other iPad hardware advantages.

As a result many developers will likely be releasing new versions of their applications and games that are designed specifically for the iPad. Developers can choose to either produce a separate version of an application that run only on the iPad, or produce a “Universal” version that supports all of Apple’s current touchscreen devices, taking maximum advantage of whatever hardware is available.

Whether or not you will need to pay for an iPad-optimized version of an existing app is going to depend entirely upon how the developer chooses to release their iPad version. If a developer chooses to release an iPad-only or Universal version as a completely new, separate application it will be a separate purchase as it would be with any new application. However, it is also possible that a developer could choose to release a Universal version as a version update to the existing app. This would be treated as any other application update, and under the current App Store policy would be a free update.

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Jesse Hollington

Jesse Hollington was a Senior Editor at iLounge. He's written about Apple technology for nearly a decade and had been covering the industry since the early days of iLounge. In his role at iLounge, he provided daily news coverage, wrote and edited features and reviews, and was responsible for the overall quality of the site's content.