X-Plane for iPad
By Laminar Research
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Welcome to the world of gliders, X-15's, F-22's, airliners, light planes, aircraft carriers, fighter jets, and much much much more, all in hi-res, and all in ONE HUGE APP, optimized to fill every single pixel of the iPad in ultimate detail.
We, the programmers of Laminar Research, announce X-Plane, optimized for for iPad!
X-Plane has been well known to be the most powerful, versatile, and accurate flight sim in the world, and is now available on the stunning new iPad platform!
The large screen and powerful processors of the iPad provide a tremendous amount of power that we have NOT seen in ANY mobile device to date.
As well, the huge touch-screen interface for cockpit control and accelerometer-based sensing for flight control allow an interface to the virtual cockpit that is simply amazing.
This newly-available power and size let X-Plane for iPad have stunning new graphics and interface that we have not yet seen in any mobile device.
Based on this amazing new power and interface, X-Plane for iPad includes new scenery terrain data at a much higher resolution than X-Plane for iPhone, with terrain textures that are FOUR TIMES AS DETAILED as our previous mobile simulations.
As well, X-Plane for iPad has airplane textures that are four times as detailed as previous mobile versions of X-Plane.
3-D buildings dot the terrain, with airport terminal buildings at Seattle, San Fran, and Innsbruk, Austria.
New instrument panels that are much more detailed than anything we have seen in any other mobile device grace the airplanes and helicopters.
These new instrument panels also have a fun new interface for changing radio frequencies that is uniquely suited to the iPad... you will have to TRY it to see how easy and intuitive it is!
As well, X-Plane for iPad maintains the best consumer-priced flight model of ANY flight simulator for ANY platform, so it REALLY FEELS LIKE FLYING as you soar through virtual terrains.
As well, we have a new interface for selecting airplanes and scenery that is really fun to use... simply swipe your way through images of aircraft and flying regions to choose your flight experience.
Also new is background Air Traffic Control radio chatter, to really give you the feeling of being in the cockpit of a real airplane, glider, or helicopter.
With the amazing new scenery offered by the power of the iPad, excellent flight model that we always expect from X-Plane, and a fun new interface, X-Plane for iPad provide a GREAT simulation experience as you fly through virtual worlds on your iPad.
What's New in Version 9.84
Tire smoke on landing!
This works in flight, and in replay.
This lets you really see whee you touched down, and adds realism of course.
When bad guys attack!
When flying a fighter, select whether or not you want bad guys coming after you in the airplane selection window.
Space Shuttle more easily selectable from the scrolling list.
C-17 jet engine spool-up time is now more accurate, which really matters for the really low-speed, short-field approaches this plane is designed for.
Finallyyyy an update follows this app which was tremendously needed to bring life back to this app.
The new update is awesome.
I have given 4 stars because it has a whole range of planes and maps to fly in. However, it still needs more updates as Laminar Research have promised. The update needs, better cockpit, better graphics mainly and more customised planes.
Example: the Airbus A380 looks awesome but, you can see pixels in the writing and the logo. Make the graphics buttery smooth.
Apart from that, I believe the range of planes is really cool along with maps and the easy to fly flight controls which I like slightly better than Infinite Flight.
Please, please, please Laminar Research, keep the updates ongoing because I seriously play this game everyday. More major updates needed considering the break you had.
Lots of fantastic planes with graphics that aren't silky smooth but the physics are fantastic. The app maybe needs an update and more planes added to make this a complete app, but there's not much else better out there. Considering that there is so much on offer this is a brilliant app for the money. Maybe add the A340 or the A350 and maybe some small business planes. Adding the harrier or f-35 would maybe make this a complete app. These apps can look expensive but believe me, if you want to peruse this as a career the cockpit view is brilliant, or even if you want to have some fun all the other views are fantastic to help you find skills.
A lot of fun. Could do with a revamp.
This is one of few apps that I have cherished for the whole 3 years I've had my iPad. It really is good fun, and it's worth the money - a good investment I'd say.
There's a large range of planes to fly, aswell as a large range of locations. It doesn't get boring as there's so much to do - land all different planes, fight other planes in a jet, take off from water etc.
If I was to have one complaint, it's that updates aren't regular enough. We had an update a while ago, where a couple of new planes were added. But I don't think this is enough as it only happens very rarely. New maps would be great, and some more regular plane updates!
Overall though, worthy of your money!