Is this the iPad's killer app?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gr8ful, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. gr8ful macrumors member

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    What I'm referring to is not a specific application but the new wave of fun to use, immersive, and interactive applications like "MLB.com At Bat".

    I'm not a big baseball fan, but MLB.com At Bat is worth a look to see how much interactivity can be crammed into an application without the app feeling cluttered, confusing, or sluggish. I think the "killer app" will be the future apps, like this, that allow you to become immersed in the content (TV show, sporting event, game, etc) and provide a fun and unprecedented level of interactivity.

    Look at what MLB.com At Bat offers:
    - Live audio stream (able to play in background via Safari)
    - Live video stream
    - In-game highlights
    - Interactive elements (follow pitch)
    - Overlay of up to the minute scores and stats
    - Configurable push notifications
    - Linked access to more in-depth info (news, schedules, rosters, background info)
    - Searchable video archives
    - Imagine if they added to that a social networking component (facebook, twitter, buzz, etc)

    The iPad and its larger display will spark even more innovation in the app space.

    ** No, I am not affiliated with or attempting to promote MLB.com At Bat. It was just the best example I've seen of what I see as a new wave of apps that will make the tablet/pad experience very, very enjoyable.
     
  2. BruiserBear macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a moderate baseball fan and I've been looking forward to seeing what the final MLB App looks like on the iPad. I'm quite sure I'll be buying it soon after the launch.

    What they showed at the iPad Press Conference was quite impressive, and that was 2 months ago. Hopefully they've done even more with that extra time.
     
  3. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    No prices announced yet right? I have a bad feeling :-(
     
  4. rtabdo macrumors 6502

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    I have NBA Leaguepass Broadband. It would be pretty sick if they built an app that allows you to watch the streaming games on the iPad.
     
  5. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

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    I wish the nba& nfl would do something like this.
     
  6. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    This is one of the main reasons I'm getting an iPad.
     
  7. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    Yes.

    This is exactly the type of innovative apps I believe developers will bring to the iPad that may not even show up on competing tablets. I'm no baseball fan, probably have seen less than 10 games live but this app looks pretty slick. The amount of information and video it delivers gets me very excited for things like the college football, basketball, NFL, NBA etc...

    The larger screen allows for app simply not possible on the smaller form factor. Several of the apps I use now on my iPhone have only one real limitation, screen size. Even web browsing can be a bit of a pain with all the zooming, scrolling and readjusting constantly to read an article. I don't usually surf if I can avoid it for that very reason. I think apps like VNC clients and Citrix will be so much easier to navigate on the larger screen. The fact I can preview an email vs opening it, or actually read the entire email without zooming/scrolling is going to be so nice.

    The same reason people buy larger LCD monitors for their computers will apply to the iPad. More screen real estate to make tasks easier and more productive. Bring em on!
     
  8. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the apps if done right are going to be crazy.
     
  9. Jeremy.Gray macrumors member

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    If they released an NHL GameCenter app or whatever, where users could just sign into it and watch games, that would be absolutely amazing! I'd pay $50 or more for that app, honestly. And that's on top of my subscription fee for the service.
     
  10. gr8ful thread starter macrumors member

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    Now, let your imagination go to the extreme. Games like Grand Theft Auto (don't really care for the violence, but...) using location based services and Google street view allow you to drive on the streets in the city where you are currently. You turn on the radio in the car and you are actually streaming from that cities local stations. Drive to your house, in the game, and turn on the TV to see what is actually playing on that station, in that city, in the real world. Make a phone call to a friend, in the game, and you actually place a call to a real person, if that is who you dialed.

    I'm talking about being totally immersed and able to interact in the virtual world like the real world and having aspects of the real world in the game and the game in the real world.

    This device will be a huge success because of the extensive integration of multi-touch that makes interaction fun, easy, and intuitive and because of the future developers who will push the limits of all of the features in the iPad.
     
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    The NBA already have the app for iPhone. No NFL. If NFL does this app for iPad, I would instantly get it.
     

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