In early February, reports indicated that iPad was missing some of the apps that are usually bundled with the iPhone OS. The apps in question were the Calculator, Stocks, Weather, and Clock.
At the time, it was rumored that Apple may introduce some kind of Mac OS X widget style functionality that would enable the missing apps. Well it now seems as though the missing applications may stay missing, at least in OS 3.2 for the iPad.
Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, reports that the applications were scraped by Apple CEO Steve Jobs due to how they looked when scaled for the larger iPad display (as compared to the iPhone/iPod Touch).
It wasn’t a technical problem, it was a design problem. There were, internally to Apple (of course), versions of these apps (or least some of them) with upscaled iPad-sized graphics, but otherwise the same UI and layout as the iPhone versions. Ends up that just blowing up iPhone apps to fill the iPad screen looks and feels weird, even if you use higher-resolution graphics so that nothing looks pixelated. So they were scrapped by you-know-who. Perhaps they’ll appear on the iPad in some re-imagined form this summer with OS 4.0, but when the iPad ships next month, there won’t be versions of these apps. At least that’s the story I’ve heard from a few well-informed little birdies.
If these apps end up missing with the release of the iPad, that will be very unfortunate. While there are alternatives available in the App Store, it is very convenient to have these apps available right away without the need of a download.
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