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iPadHas the new Apple iPad changed your life yet?  Maybe it's just me, but I can't say I have a need for an oversized iPhone.  Still, the iPad is coming and Electronic Arts is ready to jump in, as the company debuted another version of Need for Speed: Shift at the Apple press event.  Kotaku has the details.

EA's Travis Boatman came on stage to show off an iPad version of Need for Speed: Shift. Rather than comment on how pretty the photograph looks, let's hear from our own Michael McWhertor, entrenched at the Apple event as we speak.

"They're showing off an iPad version of Need For Speed: Shift. Looks like a much higher res version of an iPhone game, but it takes advantage of screen real estate. Tap on the car to get an in cockpit view, tap on the rear view mirror to see behind you."

A good show, but only one game? Boatman left the crowd with a promise: "Expect a lot more from EA soon."

Get ready for a whole slew of iPad games from the big third-party publishers. Is there really a demand for Need For Speed and other console-based franchises on a tablet computer? I can sort of understand the push for iPhone games since they are basically portable by definition, but while the iPad is designed for on-the-go use, it seems impractical to hunker down with one in a public place just to play a game.  Talking with co-workers has me thinking that I'm missing the point though, but they're all Apple-faithful and I tend to be critical about new technology that sports a high price tag.