The highly rated astronomy iPad apps from Vito Technology have updates that allow them to display the heavens and our solar system in dazzling high definition for owners of the new iPad. Star Walk (US $4.99) is a fully animated guide to the night sky with a database of more than 20,000 objects. With the Retina display update, everything from details to the amount of items displayed on-screen at once is dramatically increased. Star Walk has also added more than 200,000 objects on screen, compared to 10,000 on the original iPad and iPad2. There are also new high resolution pictures of the day.
Solar Walk (US $2.99) is an interactive 3D model of the Solar System. Using your fingers on the iPad screen you can explore the surfaces of planets, change your position to create your own eclipses, and even see man-made satellites orbiting our earth.
I don't have the new iPad to test these apps, but the older versions were just stunning, and especially nice when you display them on a large monitor. These versions will be even more spectacular. Our Victor Agreda does have the app on the new iPad and he reports the interface is smooth as silk on the new versions and that moving around is more responsive than ever, but some texturing on the 3D models could use enhancement.
Vito Technology is also offering a contest to win a new iPad if you are willing to follow them on Twitter. Details are available on the Company website.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16