Barefoot World Atlas is Retina-ready for the new iPad

UK/US developer Touch Press has been making innovative book-apps for adults since the earliest days of Apple’s iPad – its The Elements came out when that device launched. Now the company has put its creativity to work for kids.

Its new iPad app is called Barefoot World Atlas, and it’s marvellous. It’s described as “an interactive 3D globe for iPad that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world”. A spinnable, zoomable Atlas with plenty of surprises for your geographically-curious kids.

Oh, and it’s already been optimised for Apple’s new iPad, which goes on sale tomorrow. That means if you get one, the globe will be shown in super-sharp Retina screen glory, although it looks spiffing enough on the original iPad and iPad 2.

“Young children will delight in playing with the 3D globe and exploring its features; while older children can delve deeper to discover a wealth of facts and insights including live data for every country from Wolfram|Alpha,” explains its App Store listing.

There are illustrations, photos, text and narration from BBC presenter Nick Crane, and 3D spinnable historical objects to investigate. It costs £5.49 on the App Store, and looks magnificent value at that price.

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