Show off your new iPad with these apps that take advantage of the retina display tech

March 16, 2012

So you’ve got a shiny new iPad — now what? Given that the most significant upgrade this time around is its new Retina Display, we suggest diving into apps that will best show off the high-resolution screen.

Apple has wisely collected some choice apps optimized for the new iPad in iTunes, but there are still some glaring omissions from that list. We’ve collected some of our favorite apps, as well as the ones that we think will look best when upgraded to the new iPad’s 2048 by 1536 pixel resolution.

Epic’s sequel to its smash-hit Infinity Blade has been one of the best-looking apps on the iPad since it was first released. Now with its update for the new iPad, Epic’s graphical prowess has even more of a chance to shine. Infinity Blade II shows how the new iPad can seriously be considered a competitor to existing consoles. — $6.99

Amateur astronomy junkies rejoice, the best space app on the iPad is now even better. Solar Walk contains a ton of information about our solar system, as well as detailed 3D models that really take advantage of the iPad’s Retina Display. — $2.99

Apple has finally ported its popular photo editing and management app to iOS. While it’s a bit late to the party, iPhoto still has a lot to offer some consumers thanks to its effects, multi-touch editing, and browsing features. — $4.99

With the strongest e-book library around, Amazon made sure that its Kindle app was ready for the new iPad. In particular, the Kindle app will show how the new iPad makes text look extra-sharp (Apple says its sharper than reading a newspaper). The Retina Display may be good enough to tempt some consumers from purchasing Amazon’s e-ink Kindles. — Free

Business data never looked this pretty. Mellmo launched its iPad app Roambi Flow last May, in an attempt to bring the stodgy and boring world of business information into the stylish tablet era. While it was attractive from the start, on the new iPad Roambi Flow will make your business data seem downright sexy. — Free (Viewer)

There are plenty of news reading apps on iOS, but Reeder is by far the best. Now you’ll be able to keep track of all of your RSS feds (including Google Reader), with text that looks better than any of your other displays. — $4.99

Copyright 2012, VentureBeat

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