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Apps that Feature + by their Name

July 6, 2010

If you see a plus (+) sign next to or below an app in the iTunes App Store, it indicates that app is universal – designed to work natively on both the iPhone and iPad.

Typically these universal apps are provided by developers when the functionality is similar on both iPad and iPhone, but due to the iPad’s large screen a different interface is needed (to include sidebars, popovers, and wide views instead of deep levels).

It also means you only have to download and pay for the app one time.

Yes, you can run almost any iPhone app on the iPad if you’re okay with pixel doubling which creates boxing or pixilated graphics. However these universal apps ensure you get the best user interface – and user experience – possible on all current iOS devices.

If you have an iPhone or iPod touch and an iPad, and you see the + sign for a universal app, you’re good to go.

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