The Difference Between iPhone Apps and iPad Apps

The iPhone and iPad, as everybody knows, are two highly popular, bestselling gadgets out of Apple. The iPhone is a smartphone that could be used to make calls, send text and email messages, read novels on, play videos and music, surf the Internet, and many more. The number of applications which can be downloaded and utilized on the iPhone is only limited by its own storage capacity-and the purse of the iPhone owner. On the flip side, the iPad is a much bigger tablet device, which can be used mainly for connecting online, reading books, and playing multimedia files. (There are some iPad programs that do allow the sending of texts but with certain limitations)

Their glaring difference is that the iPhone is a phone, and the iPad is not. In other words, the iPhone can be-and is primarily used to make telephone calls, while the iPad is more like a netbook or mobile personal computer. Another factor which stands out is that their dimensions. The iPhone has a 480×320 touchscreen, while the iPad has a far bigger one which steps 1024×768 pixels.

The size difference is a vital factor in comparing iPad and useful apps for iPhone. Virtually all iPhone apps (except people for creating forecasts) may be downloaded on the iPad. The apps will operate pretty much the same except that they will look bigger to fit the bigger iPad touchscreen. However, not all apps meant for the iPad will work on the smaller iPhone. Apps that are native to the iPad use higher detail to take advantage of the bigger touchscreen area. If these apps could be “shrunk” on the smaller iPhone display, they would not look as great in fact, they might also be unreadable. This is the reason why native iPad apps cannot be downloaded into an iPhone. But, just to make a point clear, the reverse can be achieved: most iPhone apps may be downloaded to and utilized on an iPad.

Cases of native iPad apps that will not operate on the iPhone are magazine and paper apps. On the iPad, a magazine spread looks great and is quite readable. But imagine the same on an iPhone screen. The pictures and text in a magazine or newspaper article will not simply fit in the smaller space.

Could it be said then that programs are better compared to the iPad than about the iPhone? This is close to the fact, but it’s not quite there yet. While it is true that practically all iPhone apps can migrate to and function well on the iPad, a cosmetic loss is incurred in the process. Apps that are indigenous to the iPhone, when seen in an enlarged way on the iPad, seem less sharp, more pixelated. One may see jagged edges and blurry parts on the graphics of those programs. This naturally results from enlarging or doubling graphics originally composed for a smaller display. This result is known as “pixel doubling.”

To fix pixel doubling, the iPad user is provided the option to view a native iPhone app in its original, smaller dimensions. Thus, on the iPad, the program will occupy only about one-half of this screen. For some native iPhone apps, there’s also an option to download a higher-resolution version. With this, the app looks fantastic on the iPad as it will on the iPhone.

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