Apple’s iTunes-based App Store began showing off iPad apps on Thursday, two days ahead of the multimedia tablet’s official launch. The online store also added iPad-specific top paid and free apps listings, along with iPad What’s Hot and New and Noteworthy lists.
The App Store already has a substantial number of apps that have been optimized for the iPad, such as Apple’s own Pages, Keynote and Numbers, a comic reader from Marvel, the Wall Street Journal, the ABC Player, Netflix, Twitterific, and 1Password Pro.
The iPad is Apple’s new tablet form factor device the runs iPhone OS and is compatible with most iPhone apps. It includes a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and at the end of April models with 3G wireless data access will be available, too.
With apps already showing up at the App Store, soon to be iPad owners will be able to start making their shopping lists so they can download the titles they want as soon as they unwrap their iPads on April 3rd.