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Will iOS 4 Finally Smoothly Upscale iPhone Apps On The iPad?

by Sean P. Aune | June 22, 2010June 22, 2010 9:54 am PDT

Apple’s new iOS 4, formerly the iPhone OS,  is going to ship with the iPhone 4.  One of the new features, beyond the long awaited multi-tasking, will be the ability to better scale user interface (UI) elements.  This got us to thinking, would this mean that iPhone apps finally look better on the iPad?

Even though the iPad now has thousands of apps to call its own, it is still a far cry from over the 200,000 that are on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  There are some notable apps that have yet to make it over to being a native iPad app, such as Facebook, leaving you with either just a tiny app in the middle of the screen, or a stretched, up-scale version that just isn’t the attractive.

ipad portrait Considering Apple’s love of all things beautiful, it’s always seemed a bit odd that the upscaling didn’t get more love and attention from Apple in the build-up to the iPad’s release. Of course, there is every chance Apple also didn’t expect so many key apps to not have an iPad version at the time of release, but that is pure speculation.

With iOS 4 not due to his the iPad until this fall, indicating that some extra work has to be done to it, it does seem reasonable to think that some of that extra time is being spent on scaling.  At least that’s the hopeful thought as it would be nice to finally stop avoiding iPhone apps for fear of how unattractive they may look.  Although, at the rate iPad apps are coming out, perhaps we won’t have to even think about such things come the fall, but at the rate some developers are apparently dragging their feet, who knows.

What say you?  Are you hoping for better upscaling on the iPad once it receives iOS 4?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...