Why no "stocks" & "weather" built-in app on iPad?

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  1. iPayton macrumors newbie

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    Long time iPhone owner, first iPad - why does Apple not bundle the very basic "weather" & "stocks" apps on the iPad like they do iPhone??

    I know there are plenty of choices in the app store, but those two work fine for my needs. I can't find them as options when I surf the app store.

    Any ideas?
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  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    We've all been wondering this ever since the first iPad came out. Only Apple knows the real reason, but my best guess is they didn't have the time / resources to make an iPad version of those apps. I think an iPad stocks app is going to be included in iOS 6 -- I know another "missing" app, Clock, is definitely in iOS 6.
     
  3. Liquidizer macrumors newbie

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    I know, it's so annoying! This was one of the main reasons as to why I was holding off on buying an iPad (although mainly because of the missing 'clock' and 'calculator' apps, not the 'stocks' and 'weather'). Goodness knows why Apple never included these, especially the calculator - I just can't see how it would be difficult to put a calculator on the iPad?

    I know the clock app is included with iOS 6, and for those with the new iPad you can get stocks and weather through Siri... does anyone know if Siri can do calculations?
     
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Yes, Siri does calculations. Also, there are a number of free calculator apps you can get from the app store. With clock coming in iOS 6, I see no reason why you should wait to get the iPad, if the lack of clock and calculator is really the only thing stopping you from getting it.
     
  5. iAmYou macrumors 6502

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    Are you for real? :mad:
     
  6. NZed macrumors 65816

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    Clock, Stocks, Weather, Calculator.

    Missing Apps. No Siri on my ipad 2(yet)

    Dissappointed.
     
  7. Liquidizer macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, heh, should have made myself a little clearer, the lack of those apps was definitely not the only reason I held off on buying an iPad - and in fact, I have now purchased an iPad and am very happy with it, I just found it a major annoyance as I intended on selling my iPhone to raise money for the iPad but didn't want to lose those apps.

    And thank you for answering my question, I'm definitely looking forward to iOS 6 now, it should make up for all the missing apps.
     
  8. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    I don't mind not having the stock app, since I find bloomberg just as good and even better, but not having a weather app is very annoying. There isn't any reason why they could not have made an app.
     
  9. dchao macrumors 6502a

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    iPad is supposed to be your 2nd device. Since you have an IPhone already (I have an iPod Touch). There is no need for another weather app, is there?
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Absolutely there is a need. I don't always have my phone and iPad next to me. How hard would it have been to include both? Stocks, that seems odd that one wouldn't want to take advantage of the larger screen.
     
  11. kazmac macrumors 603

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    I'd like the weather and calculator back myself

    As I've mentioned elsewhere the free and/or paid apps for these are not the same thing and I don't want to give away my private information just to get more features.

    I could do without the stocks, game center and messenger. I really wish Apple would allow you to add and remove their core apps as easily as 3rd party.

    But yeah, Weather and Calculator I wish those were a part of the core iOS apps again.
     
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    What do you mean, give away private info? As far as I know, there's no need to give any info to download free apps. For paid apps, yes, you need to give your credit card info to Apple, but other than that, again, I don't know what info you are thinking you need to give out.
     
  13. tgara macrumors 6502a

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    Stop sounding like a victim. If you want these apps, look in the app store and find a few that look good.
     
  14. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    John Gruber posted a while back that Apple had made: Clocks, Stocks, Weather & Calculator apps for iPad but Jobs killed them because he didn't like the UI. That seems to be the main problem, finding a UI that looks good. Can you imagine blowing the iPhone's calculator app up to fit the iPad screen? That'd be a disaster.

    Source: http://daringfireball.net/2010/03/iphone_apps_on_the_ipad
     
  15. kmj2318 macrumors 68000

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    The thing about the stocks, weather, and calculator is that they would have to be dramatically redesigned for the iPad. Sure Apple could just make larger iterations of the iPhone versions, but that would look like crap. Probably Apple doesn't see the benefit in designing apps that people tend to not care to much about having anyway (generally).

    Apple probably decided that it's kind of ridiculous not to have a clock app, but you can see that it have been changed a lot to fit the iPad. Maybe they'll bring more apps in the future. I couldn't imagine how they would do a calculator app, just a giant calculator on the screen would look ridiculous.
     
  16. NZed macrumors 65816

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    my sarcasm is weak. sorry
     
  17. number84 macrumors 6502

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    Why do people think everyone who has an a iPad also has an iPhone?
     
  18. kazmac macrumors 603

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    several paid weather apps

    Want you to register and give out more information to unlock several features. No thank you. I pay for an app once, I should get basic features without registering. I am tired of giving out any information I should not have to and that includes email addresses, etc.
     
  19. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Well, keep looking. I'm using Weather HD, which doesn't require any registration. I'm sure there are more like that around. Also, if you are just looking to replace the functionality of the iPhone's built-in weather app, then I'd think even those apps that require registration for additional features would provide the same basic functionality without registration, don't they?
     
  20. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Don't even need to give a credit card. Just buy an iTunes card. Available just about everywhere.

    Personally, I'm glad there's no built-in stock app. Prefer to choose my own financial apps and am very happy with Intellicast HD for weather.
     
  21. anyjungleinguy macrumors regular

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    iOS 6.

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    Although I'm not sure if you'll get the weather widget in the Notification Center, weather elements do appear in the clock app.
     

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