HD

Some have suggested that the new iPad will be called “iPad HD.” I’ve no idea if that’s true or not, but it makes me think off all the existing apps with “HD” in the name. In March of 2010, I wrote about that trend, just before the original iPad was released in the US:

“I understand that developers want to distinguish iPad apps from their equivalent iPod offerings, but I don’t think ‘HD’ is the best method. That term has a specific definition — high definition video has one or two million pixels per frame — that the iPad doesn’t meet.

It’s logical to assume that one could tack ‘iPad’ or ‘For iPad’ onto their titles, but Apple only recently ruled on how ‘iPad’ may be used. Developers who have been hard at work for weeks had to make a decision before getting their apps in for review. Do you submit an app called, for example, ‘Plants vs. Zombies iPad’ or ‘Flight Control for iPad’ only to have Apple send it back at the last minute?

Additionally, what if a future iPad model is capable of high definition playback? Is your app then ‘HD Plus?’ I think ‘XL’ or something similar would have been better. I know I’m being nit-picky, but I wish ‘HD’ hadn’t been used.”

Now here we are with Apple supposedly about to introduce an iPad with a high-resolution display. It will be interesting to see what happens with those apps.