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The Universal

I just don't buy iPhone games anymore. I prefer gaming on the iPad. The performance is roughly comparable to the iPhone 4 but the larger screen and better battery life make gaming on the iPad more immersive and generally a lot more fun. I should imagine that there are quite a number of iPad and iPhone owners like me and with Apple reportedly now manufacturing over 2 million iPads a month, that number is only going to increase.

And it's not just games

The large majority of apps that I've purchased in the last 4 months offer a more satisfying experience on the iPad. This includes the obvious such as Music Studio and Uzu, but also the not so obvious like Twitter and Calcbot.

From my vantage point Universal is the way forward. A Universal app, one which includes the data for all iOS devices, is a much more compelling purchase and I can only see this becoming almost essential when Apple eventually open up the new Apple TV for installable third party apps.

"It really, really, really could happen"

What do you think, is the Universal app the way forward, are you prepared to pay a bit more for a Universal app? We would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment below or email us if you prefer.

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Reader Comments (4)

Universal apps are fine, but they need to find a way to sync your content, games saves etc.
For example it would be great to use twitter on iPhone and then switch to twitter on iPad and still be in the correct place in your timeline.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick Robinson

Nick: Thanks for commenting. Yes, that would be a superb feature. My guess is that it's quite possible, especially for the example that you put forward.

September 8, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Whilst I like the idea of universal apps I also recognise that developers need to make money from their apps and need to be able to do it in a way that doesn't completely alienate their existing users.

So whilst I like the universal app I don't mind if a develop releases an iPad only version too so long as there's significant differentiation from the iPhone version.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley from PalmSounds

I can see both sides of this. I think that Nick has a great suggestion in making the apps more integrated across versions and as an end user I would ideally only want to purchase once.

On the other hand, having had a look at the work involved in putting an app together and creating separate graphical elements and a re-design for the user interaction/extra screen space on the iPad, I would expect to pay more for a truly Universal app to reflect the work that Developers put into this. Especially if the AppleTV is opened up for apps too. I think that would be fair as Ashley states.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

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