Earlier today during the Apple Event as Apple was showcasing the new iPad, one thought which ran across most people’s mind was – “What about apps ? Will the existing ones work?”
To answer that – yes, the existing apps will work. As Apple had demonstrated during the event, existing iPhone / iPod Touch apps will run in two modes – one with the same resolution as the iPhone , at 320×240 centred on the iPad screen.
The apps can also make full use of the real estate, albeit in a zoomed manner. While this seems good, the flip side to this would be that the difference in resolution ( 320×240 for the iPhone / iPod Touch versus 1024×768 for the iPad) – would mean that the apps might not look as pretty since the image is going to be stretched a wee-bit more than 3 times the original resolution.
Apple has made available the iPad SDK to developers, so it shouldn’t be long before developers tweak their existing apps to suit the iPad’s gorgeous new high-res screen.