If like me, you decided you couldn’t wait for the iPad to come out in the UK and ordered one from the USA, you may be wondering how you can get Apps on it. If you try to load the App Store from the iPad you’ll get a message saying “Your request could not be completed” – the reason being that the UK App Store won’t be available till the iPad is officially launched on the 28th May.
What you can do however is find and add iPad Apps via iTunes on your Mac or PC, and there are a few ways to do this:
Go to the iTunes store and search for “iPad” or “HD”, this will show lots of iPad Apps free & paid, the downside is that you have to browse through quite a few pages as all the different categories are lumped together – games, books, business etc. But it does work and you can then download them.
The next method I discovered of finding iPad apps is by using the App Store drop-down menu and clicking on some of the categories. For example if you click on “Books” you might find you can then browse all the Book Apps, and even view the top free and paid ones. I say “might” as normally you would only expect to see iPhone/iPod books, the only thing I can think is that once you have connected you iPad and/or downloaded some Apps, iTunes automatically chooses to show iPad Apps. The only category this doesn’t seem to work for is “Games” where you will only find iPhone/iPod Apps displayed.
The third method again uses the iTunes search, but this time try searching by category, so for example if you search for “utilities” you then get a page with the option to view all iPhone utility Apps, and just below that the option to view all iPad utility Apps. Unlike the previously mentioned method you can also browse all the available iPad games. You can quickly see a list of all the searchable categories by using the App Store drop-down menu.
To transfer all your downloaded iPad Apps to the iPad itself you will need to select the iPad under the “Devices” menu down the left. From there it’s just a case of clicking on the “Apps” tab and syncing them. The first time you do this you might need to uncheck all of your iPhone/iPod Apps. After I had done that the first time I connected the iPad, I then found that any other iPad Apps I downloaded were automatically checked, so now I just need to click on “Sync” when I need to transfer new Apps.
Unfortunately those methods don’t allow you to get all Apps, for example you won’t find iBooks, iWork etc. To get those you will either need to set up a USA account complete with US address and payment method, or wait for the UK launch.