Many people, particularly in the UK, think that the Apple iPad is a device that will take online gambling to an entirely new level. Here are some of the reasons why.
For one thing, though touch screen PCs have been around in various guises for several years now, Apple has turned the technology into something that people can’t seem to get enough of. That’s because they know a lot about user interfaces and have made the iPad interface a joy to use compared to Windows tablets that used hunt and peck type styluses.
Yes, iPads are expensive, but that hasn’t stopped them from selling rapidly. It only took 28 days for Apple to sell a million of them. That’s twice as fast as the first iPhone sold. The iPhone 4.0 operating system is set for November 2010 release for the iPad, and when that happens, the iPad will probably become more popular as a replacement for a netbook, TV, or game console for a lot of people.
While there is little doubt that the iPad’s top-of-the-line graphics and great user interface are perfect for gaming, there is the question of whether there will be sites and services available to allow customers to use their iPad to interact with online casinos.
Apple itself is going to stay away from anything but simulated gambling apps as long as the US internet gambling ban is officially in place. While there are plenty of workarounds for US gamers to play internet casino games, any apps for the iPad for that purpose are going to come from the casinos themselves rather than Apple, and that is a safe bet for the foreseeable future.
In May, UK gambling site Betfair started offering a downloadable internet gambling app from the iPhone App store that is available to customers in Ireland and the UK. It uses GPS to make sure that bets are only placed from the UK and Ireland, and it will not function elsewhere. All major UK sportsbooks have launched iPhone apps because of the huge customer base for these devices, and the same is likely to be true for the iPad. Sites such as PartyPoker, Full Tilt, PokerStars, and Bodog are already Mac-friendly, and are likely to step up their support for the iPad in the near future.
Why are users likely to flock to online casinos with their iPads? Partly because the devices are so comfortable to use. They have a 9.7-inch LED backlit display and weighs just a pound and a half. The fact that they work in landscape or portrait mode makes them that much more convenient, and the 10 hour battery life doesn’t hurt. They also have the fastest wireless protocol available. The graphics capabilities can handle sophisticated games, so slots and poker look great on the device. In fact, some online gambling sites have made apps that put four poker tables on the iPad at a time.
It may be awhile before online casinos will be available to US gamblers due to the still-hazy nature of internet gambling laws in the US, but apps for the iPad are proving to be very popular at other places on the planet, with UK gaming sites in particular gearing up to go live on the iPad.