The most glaring app omission on the iPad to date if Facebook, which has yet to reveal its presence on Apple's tablet computer. One too-to-home copy cat app called Facebook Ultimate has already been deep-sixed from the iTunes App Store. Also, in today's iPad Industry Roundup, we look at new ways of outfitting your wardrobe - iPad style, and showcase a sneak peak of the new HP and Microsoft Slate tablet computer.
Facebook Ultimate now a collector's item
Years from now, I look forward to showing off the $2.99 Facebook Ultimate app to friends as an artifact of what kind of copy cat applications slipped past Apple in the days after the iPad shipped to consumers. In the nearer-term, I'll still use it as a Facebook client for the iPad until somebody shuts it down or Facebook comes out with its own iPad-specific application.
As reported by Tech Crunch, Facebook Ultimate was removed from the App Store less than 72 hours after the first iPads were shipped. Tech Crunch published a long missive from the app's developer (with frowning emoticons and all, pleading ignorance as to why Faceook or Apple would have a problem with an application that even the most seasoned of app observers could mistake for an offical Facebook app upon first glance. At it's peak, Facebook Ultimate - a clunky but functional Facebook iPad client - was the 7th highest grossing iPad app sold on iTunes.
"I feel like I have been victimized and used as an example because of the success of the app," said the unnamed developer.
The only question that remains is when Facebook will have its official iPad app ready for prime time.
Scottevest, the clothing manufacturer that lets consumers live large while comfortably carrying all of their digital devices, how has a iPad holding travel vest on sale for those who can't ride a ski lift without tapping into their 9.7-inch screen. Now we await a fleece that can also serve as a wireless Internet hot spot - at least until the 3G iPad comes out in a few weeks.
The Slates are coming, the Slates are coming
The tablet PC to take on the iPad Mac, apparent images of the HP Slate computer from an internal company presentation can now be viewed on Engadget. The starting price for the device - which you see compared directly with the iPad, is $549. The device will have an 8.9-inch screen at 32GB of story. Stay tuned.