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Built in apps?

ewo1992

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Mar 11, 2012
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Why are some of the iPhones and itouchs built in apps not in the ipad, like clock, weather, stocks, calculator, I really would like to have these apps built in. I know there are tons of free apps for these though but I liked apples.
 

Night Spring

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Jul 17, 2008
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A lot of people have wondered about this, but really, only Apple knows why, and they aren't talking.
 
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gorskiegangsta

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Mar 13, 2011
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The only one whose exclusion bothers me is the calculator app. I think Apple would've been able to make some awesome improvements to it on the iPad. Every computer needs a good calculator app. As far as Clock, Weather and Stocks go, Apple probably believes that they won't be as useful on a non-pocketable device such as iPad. Stocks is pretty much a business oriented app so I'm not entirely sure how useful a native client would be on the iPad when you can just visit any website. I expect Apple feels the same way about Weather, since the iPad is less likely to be carried outside of home. Clock (alarm, timer, stopwatch, etc..) is also more useful on a handheld device than on an iPad.

I've been able to find some decent replacements for above apps, however:

Stocks: couldn't care less, though there are probably good alternatives on the app store

Calculator: PCalc Lite (free); HiCalc Calculator (free); HiCalc Calculator Pro (11 in 1) ($0.99) - amazing app for the price

Weather: Weather+ ($0.99); (free); Fahrenheit ($0.99) (free); Weather Live ($0.99) (free); Thermo (free)

Clock: Classic Clock (free) (Pro $0.99); Best Timer ($0.99)

EDIT:
Voice Memos: Voice recorder for iPad ($0.99); MegaRecorder HD+ ($0.99); also GarageBand ($4.99) has recording functionality.
 
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JohnDoe98

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What about voice memos? What do people recommend as a replacement? Something that will record lectures efficiently...
 
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j o s h

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Mar 11, 2011
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Sorry but Digits is the best calc app (yes that includes Apple's Braun knockoff).
 
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HelveticaNeue

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Apr 24, 2010
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Sorry but Digits is the best calc app (yes that includes Apple's Braun knockoff).

I agree completely!

I would love to have the clock on my iPad. I often need to set alarms and don't want to go fetch my iPhone. Also, It'd be nice to have the weather and stock widgets for notification centre.
 
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APlotdevice

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Sep 3, 2011
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What about voice memos? What do people recommend as a replacement? Something that will record lectures efficiently...

For lectures I would actually recommend one of the Note Taking apps with a built in voice recorder. Such as Noteability or Notes Plus.
 
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Stealthipad

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Apr 30, 2010
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I miss the clock app the most. There are apps that do simular but nothing quite as nice as the iPhone clock app.

Maybe we will be surprised!:confused:
 
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gamecube117

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Mar 7, 2012
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Why are some of the iPhones and itouchs built in apps not in the ipad, like clock, weather, stocks, calculator, I really would like to have these apps built in. I know there are tons of free apps for these though but I liked apples.

I don't mind the weather, stocks because I would only be able to access it if I had wifi. But for calculator and clock??? C'mon Apple, those are useful handy ones!
 
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gamecube117

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Mar 7, 2012
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The only one whose exclusion bothers me is the calculator app. I think Apple would've been able to make some awesome improvements to it on the iPad. Every computer needs a good calculator app. As far as Clock, Weather and Stocks go, Apple probably believes that they won't be as useful on a non-pocketable device such as iPad. Stocks is pretty much a business oriented app so I'm not entirely sure how useful a native client would be on the iPad when you can just visit any website. I expect Apple feels the same way about Weather, since the iPad is less likely to be carried outside of home. Clock (alarm, timer, stopwatch, etc..) is also more useful on a handheld device than on an iPad.

I've been able to find some decent replacements for above apps, however:

Stocks: couldn't care less, though there are probably good alternatives on the app store

Calculator: PCalc Lite (free); HiCalc Calculator (free); HiCalc Calculator Pro (11 in 1) ($0.99) - amazing app for the price

Weather: Weather+ ($0.99); (free); Fahrenheit ($0.99) (free); Weather Live ($0.99) (free); Thermo (free)

Clock: Classic Clock (free) (Pro $0.99); Best Timer ($0.99)

EDIT:
Voice Memos: Voice recorder for iPad ($0.99); MegaRecorder HD+ ($0.99); also GarageBand ($4.99) has recording functionality.
Isn't iPad used for business though? I mean, I guess Stock would be important then. And Clock would be super convenient for business people if they're always traveling, they could add different time zones, etc

And since a lot of people have been using iPads as their Laptop, it is important to include the calculator in the iPad. My dad never wanted a Laptop, but he's super happy with his Samsung Tablet, lol
 
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