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    Default Aussie Apps I'd love to see on the iPad but proabably will never happen :(

    So I've been playing with the iPad for day or so now and about to take it on a 5 day business trip (I'm looking forward to see how it handles on long flights)

    After looking at some of the great and no so great applications on the iPad I've put a wishlist of apps that I'd love to see bought over to the iPad thats specifically Australian focused

    - ABC iView Application. I would love to see this on the iPad. Hell ABC can even charge for it to recover development costs and I'll still buy it

    - Broadsheet and tabloid newspapers building apps like the phenomenal USAtoday etc. If they were to build an app like this and even have a moderate monthly subscription (say $10) I'd sign up in a heartbeat. The more I use USA Today and the BBC application the more I realise just how much news I am missing because the content publishers just dont "get" the way consume media

    - Melway for the iPad. Yes I know there is the maps application built in, but so pervasive is Melways it makes total sense to have an application of the iPad

    - I think these will come sooner rather than later. The Age and SMH Good Food Guide. I am sure this will be released but knowing Fairfax they will find a way to screw it up!

    - 7-11 App. What about a free app with Push notification so that if your nearby a 7-11 it will message you to get a $1 donut etc. This application can be used by the likes of Coles, Woolworths etc

    - Ikea App. Save trees and move the catalog onto the iPad

    - AFL realtime application so you can follow all the stats of the game "live". Maybe even have a streaming radio link for certain games as well

    What would you like in the Australian App Store?

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    I want pretty much the same as you - I also doubt most of them will arrive any time soon

    Local news sources & magazines (Fairfax, Newscorp, Crikey, The Monthly) should hurry up and get with the times. I'm happy to pay for content - I don't see any problems with paying $10/month for an iPad version of The Age, up to the same quality as the USA Today app, with the *EXACT SAME* content that's in the printed edition.

    The Australian Sky News should also make an iPad app, that brings news in video, text and audio into play. Charge $10/month for that too.

    There's so much opportunity - they already make content, just reformat the content for the iPad and charge for it!

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    I want
    The Australian newspaper
    Surfing World magazine
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    Australian Macworld
    The list goes on and on....I just want to replace all that newsprint and glossy paper that comes into my household.
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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    There's so much opportunity - they already make content, just reformat the content for the iPad and charge for it!
    Dare I say, time for a revival of the MTAU mag in iPad form?

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    I don't think Ikea necessarily need an app just to get there catalogue out. They're probably of the thinking that putting it on their website in PDF format would be enough.

    I think your 7-11 app is hilarious though. Would be great for when out for a day in the summer and you have an urge for a slurpee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinkst View Post

    I think your 7-11 app is hilarious though. Would be great for when out for a day in the summer and you have an urge for a slurpee.
    If the Gap (U.S Retalier) can spend millions on a totally pointless application I think 7-11 or others could something way better an innovative with a lot less outlay

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    I would like to see a newspaper app, but I think $10/month is a big too much.

    I would think something like $5/month with an option to subscribe quarterly and yearly would be a better price.

    I am thinking about all the reading I could get done on the iPad.

    When I buy books from O'Reilly (because borders don't stock half the tech book stuff I want!) I usually get the ebook version at the same time. Being able to just get the ebook and read it on the iPad is exciting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alessiman View Post

    - AFL realtime application so you can follow all the stats of the game "live". Maybe even have a streaming radio link for certain games as well
    I would love the AFL to be that progressive.

    Unfortunately, the AFL internet rights have been sold to Telstra.... and they have a complete distaste for Apple Products. Look at the iphone app that is available now!! While it does have video... it costs a fortune to use it throughout the season!

    I recently saw the newsletter that Telstra sends out to business customers. There is not one mention about the iphone throughout the entire publication.

    OK.... time to end the rant.

    The point being.... whilst Telstra has anything to do with the AFL, you unfortunately wont see anything quality come out for any Apple Product.

    Well... thats my opinion anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alessiman View Post
    - 7-11 App. What about a free app with Push notification so that if your nearby a 7-11 it will message you to get a $1 donut etc. This application can be used by the likes of Coles, Woolworths etc
    Not possible with the current iPhone OS that the iPad is running. We should see more apps be capable of this under 4.0 though

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    I would like to see Top Gear Australia mag (as well as the other suggestions).
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    The first on my wish list seems to have been fulfilled with The Australian producing an app.

    The Australian newspaper's ready with app of its own | The Australian

    Apple's iPad ushers in the era of convergence | The Australian

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    ABC have huge plans for iPad from what I've read around the place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybix View Post
    ABC have huge plans for iPad from what I've read around the place
    I love the line about reading newspapers being "intuitive"
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    Australian version of eBay US iPad app. Looks great.

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    Who so pessimistic? I don't see any reason to think those apps, or apps like them, won't come out at some point.

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    The Australian will have a iPad version of their paper late April - May.

    7-11 App. If it isn't in the advertising plan it won't happen. And there is extensive research and planning that would need to take place before this would happen. I think they would keep with the traditional advertising media. Lastly, you will have privacy issues to deal with.

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    With the 7-11 thing, I would envisage an app that sits in the background that provides push notifications, and then it being paired with a bunch of people who subscribe to the app's service that provides a GPS "box" that when the app (whether iphone or ipad) hits that "box" they can get the push notification about the delicious donuts in the "box".

    Wouldn't be hard to do now that we can write apps that can sit in the background and accept push notifications.

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    The 7-11 app was jus an example off the top of my head. As birdbrain mentioned the privacy issues are dealt with by the "allow push" notification your getting now in apps

    I am curious what sort of apps Aussie developers will come up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillo View Post
    I would love the AFL to be that progressive.

    Unfortunately, the AFL internet rights have been sold to Telstra.... and they have a complete distaste for Apple Products. Look at the iphone app that is available now!! While it does have video... it costs a fortune to use it throughout the season!

    I recently saw the newsletter that Telstra sends out to business customers. There is not one mention about the iphone throughout the entire publication.

    OK.... time to end the rant.

    The point being.... whilst Telstra has anything to do with the AFL, you unfortunately wont see anything quality come out for any Apple Product.

    Well... thats my opinion anyway.
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    I think most of what has been suggested here would be better done with HTML 5 and Safari rather than Apps. Do we really need to go back to the 90's

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