The entire internet seems to be in a frenzy today regarding the unannounced Apple Tablet. Between the CEO of publisher McGraw-Hill confirming its existence and Daily Finance already reporting on things they don't like about it, speculation, rumors, rants, and questions which won't be answered until Steve takes the stage tomorrow are running rampant.

This morning, Stand Alone Inc announced their intentions to bring Crosswords [$9.99] to the rumored Apple tablet device. While they may be jumping the gun a little bit, announcing a game for a device which hasn't even been officially announced, Stand Alone does have a fair amount of street cred' in tablet application development. They were a major developer for the now defunct Apple Newton and authored an impressive library of software for the Newton, which is still available online.

Crosswords is among the better crossword games available on the App Store, and is one of the few games which has lived on my phone since its initial release in 2008. If the Apple tablet does run the iPhone OS as many are speculating, and it has either its own associated App Store or operates off the existing App Store, we expect this will be the first of an avalanche of announcements of software coming to the device.

Apple's keynote begins tomorrow at 10:00 AM Pacific, and will be covered live by nearly every tech-related web site. We will be providing live updates with anything that pertains to gaming, regardless of what is announced, and if Apple's tablet does end up serving as a gaming device, expect tablet game coverage to supplement our existing iPhone and iPod touch coverage.

  • DGH94

    It's already been confirmed with video evidence, along with the truth that it DOES run on the iPhone OS.

    • arn

      there's been no video evidence. everything you think you've seen has been fake.

      arn

      • DGH94

        Fine, be that way arn. ;)
        Probably true, but I wanted to say what people would do to that comment. :P

  • DGH94

    It's already been confirmed with video evidence, along with the truth that it DOES run on the iPhone OS.

    • arn

      there's been no video evidence. everything you think you've seen has been fake.

      arn

      • DGH94

        Fine, be that way arn. ;)
        Probably true, but I wanted to say what people would do to that comment. :P

  • arn

    I remember Stand Alone from Newton days. Good to see them still producing Apple handheld apps. :)

  • arn

    I remember Stand Alone from Newton days. Good to see them still producing Apple handheld apps. :)

  • TomHandy

    Well, here's a question. Will we need to buy separate iPad versions of apps we own on the iPhone? Or will one app run in both (possibly with specific features or larger resolution when running on the iPad)? I'm sort of assuming that we won't, but who knows - I can imagine separate apps if they are really functionally different, but otherwise i'd hope to have one app that would run in different ways depending on the device you were using it on.

    • arn

      McGraw seems to imply you can run both.

      arn

    • Little White Bear Studios

      I think it's really going to depend on if there is a separate section for tablet apps on the store. If it's just part of the normal rankings, I'm betting Apple wants a single app for all devices. Unfortunately, all those extra large graphics are going to bloat the app beyond the 10MB ATT download limit in most cases, which will hurt impulse sales on the iPhone. If devs can get away with it, I expect a separate tablet version for each app, if the combo version isn't under 10MB.

      • MaroonFree

        Could/Would developers get around that by offering a promo code with the sale of the smaller iPhone app?

      • Little White Bear Studios

        We only get 50 promo codes per version right now, so unless Apple creates a new deal, we can't give out free stuff on a massive scale.

  • TomHandy

    Well, here's a question. Will we need to buy separate iPad versions of apps we own on the iPhone? Or will one app run in both (possibly with specific features or larger resolution when running on the iPad)? I'm sort of assuming that we won't, but who knows - I can imagine separate apps if they are really functionally different, but otherwise i'd hope to have one app that would run in different ways depending on the device you were using it on.

    • arn

      McGraw seems to imply you can run both.

      arn

    • Little White Bear Studios

      I think it's really going to depend on if there is a separate section for tablet apps on the store. If it's just part of the normal rankings, I'm betting Apple wants a single app for all devices. Unfortunately, all those extra large graphics are going to bloat the app beyond the 10MB ATT download limit in most cases, which will hurt impulse sales on the iPhone. If devs can get away with it, I expect a separate tablet version for each app, if the combo version isn't under 10MB.

      • MaroonFree

        Could/Would developers get around that by offering a promo code with the sale of the smaller iPhone app?

      • Little White Bear Studios

        We only get 50 promo codes per version right now, so unless Apple creates a new deal, we can't give out free stuff on a massive scale.

  • RiverOnFire

    Wow... Talk about stealing Apple's thunder. I doubt Apple is happy about this leak. Obviously this CEO is trying to piggy back on the huge buzz.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      I was surprised by this too, I would have thought he'd have signed an NDA, pertaining to any meetings they had with Apple. Yeah, I bet Steve Jobs has the literal smoke coming out of his ears about now.

  • Howard

    Personally, I thinkk 'Daily News' has it spot on based on what we know...I hope I stand to be corrected.

  • RiverOnFire

    Wow... Talk about stealing Apple's thunder. I doubt Apple is happy about this leak. Obviously this CEO is trying to piggy back on the huge buzz.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      I was surprised by this too, I would have thought he'd have signed an NDA, pertaining to any meetings they had with Apple. Yeah, I bet Steve Jobs has the literal smoke coming out of his ears about now.

  • Howard

    Personally, I thinkk 'Daily News' has it spot on based on what we know...I hope I stand to be corrected.

  • chris

    well the i tablet is gonna be way out of my price range.. but i am having fun with sway sure would be cool to see sway on the tablet. maybe i could get better at sway with more room for my hands. laughs.

    chris.

  • chris

    well the i tablet is gonna be way out of my price range.. but i am having fun with sway sure would be cool to see sway on the tablet. maybe i could get better at sway with more room for my hands. laughs.

    chris.

  • HelperMonkey

    If you really want to blow people's excitement levels through the roof, just announce something that will play CROSSWORD PUZZLES!!!
    Game Changer. Pow.

    • MrMuesli

      lol. Yeah, I can see them lining up at the Apple store in droves, foaming at the mouth just gagging to play.....a crossword puzzle!

  • HelperMonkey

    If you really want to blow people's excitement levels through the roof, just announce something that will play CROSSWORD PUZZLES!!!
    Game Changer. Pow.

    • MrMuesli

      lol. Yeah, I can see them lining up at the Apple store in droves, foaming at the mouth just gagging to play.....a crossword puzzle!

  • NotYou

    I just read that Daily Finance article linked above. What a bunch of crap. It's all about why that specific cubicle dweller won't get one. I know it's just an article on gadgets, but that's about as crappy as journalism gets.

    I usually don't get too excited about new gadgets, but I can see this being very useful for someone like me. I don't know if it'll catch on the way they hope, but I won't be at all surprised if it does.

  • NotYou

    I just read that Daily Finance article linked above. What a bunch of crap. It's all about why that specific cubicle dweller won't get one. I know it's just an article on gadgets, but that's about as crappy as journalism gets.

    I usually don't get too excited about new gadgets, but I can see this being very useful for someone like me. I don't know if it'll catch on the way they hope, but I won't be at all surprised if it does.

  • http://www.ummband.com Andrew

    crosswords for 10 bucks? announced before apple's official conference? whoever announced this is lamer than lame. and no, I'm not buying this, just out of principle.

  • http://www.ummband.com Andrew

    crosswords for 10 bucks? announced before apple's official conference? whoever announced this is lamer than lame. and no, I'm not buying this, just out of principle.

  • Johnny

    I personally don't think there's a market for it. It's going to be an expensive toy. What actually is it going to be used for? The only thing I can see is that it will be used for is an expensive eBook reader because of the screen size. You might as well buy a cheap netbook for watching movies, emailing or word processing. Or just use your iPhone, which is probably hell of a lot more practical when it comes to size and being mobile. It will sink later after all the hype has gone and tomorrows circus that's there's really no point to this device.

    • NotYou

      I disagree. I think anyone who works in a creative field will find this useful. Most people in creative fields rely on Macs already; a system like this is almost ideal.

      • Johnny

        I agree with you, but the creative field is specialised. Some people will find this useful. But I just think there is going to be a small market for this.

  • Johnny

    I personally don't think there's a market for it. It's going to be an expensive toy. What actually is it going to be used for? The only thing I can see is that it will be used for is an expensive eBook reader because of the screen size. You might as well buy a cheap netbook for watching movies, emailing or word processing. Or just use your iPhone, which is probably hell of a lot more practical when it comes to size and being mobile. It will sink later after all the hype has gone and tomorrows circus that's there's really no point to this device.

    • NotYou

      I disagree. I think anyone who works in a creative field will find this useful. Most people in creative fields rely on Macs already; a system like this is almost ideal.

      • Johnny

        I agree with you, but the creative field is specialised. Some people will find this useful. But I just think there is going to be a small market for this.

  • J. Quire

    I use Crosswords all the time at the cottage. On April 3, Crosswords will be one of the first apps that I download again (assuming that
    the ipad version will be stand alone)

  • J. Quire

    I use Crosswords all the time at the cottage. On April 3, Crosswords will be one of the first apps that I download again (assuming that
    the ipad version will be stand alone)