Hundreds of iPad apps approved ahead of launch
New iPad owners will be able to choose from more than 700 apps when the Apple tablet-style computer goes on sale in the US on Saturday
Developers have been working round the clock to ensure their applications are among the first available for the Apple iPad.
The device, which goes on sale in the United States on Saturday, can also run applications designed for the iPhone and iPad touch, though some software designers have chosen to optomise their apps for the iPad's large, 10in screen.
Among the apps available at launch are Twitterific, a Twitter client for the iPad; productivity app Bento; addictive game Flight Control; and optimised news apps from AP and Reuters.
Other media organisations, such as the New York Times, are also expected to make an iPad app available on day of launch, as are large games studios, including Electronic Arts.
According to Flurry, a mobile analytics company, 40pc of the apps being developed for the iPad are games.
Several developers have been given pre-release units of the iPad in order to fully test their apps, as have influential US journalists and well-known Apple fans, including Stephen Fry.
Fry has been using his Twitter account to post pictures of his favourite apps, and has been full of praise in particular for Wolfram Alpha's Periodic Table app, which he describes as "animated and gorgeous" and worth buying the iPad for alone.
The iPad goes on sale in Ireland and the UK at the end of April, though Apple is yet to release pricing information for the device.
In the United States, Apple has started an aggressive marketing campaign for its touch-screen, tablet-style computer.
The iPad makes an appearance in Modern Family, a comedy show on the ABC channel in the US.
ABC is owned by Disney, a company in which Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, has a huge share. Jobs even gave Modern Family a namecheck at the iPad launch in January.