UK iPad App store launched

Scrabble and Financial Times sitting pretty at the top of the charts
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Apple has soft-launched the iPad App Store in the UK, a week before its tablet officially goes on sale here.

Brits who've procured an iPad from the US in recent weeks have been unable to access the App Store from their device until now: a pop-up informed them that the iPad App Store wasn't available in their country.

Now it is. I'm looking at it now on my iPad. You can browse featured apps, check out the paid and free charts,, browse by category or search for apps - all from the device.

The current top paid app is EA's Scrabble game, followed by: GoodReader, Weather HD, BeejiveIM, Pinball HD, Real Racing HD, Angry Birds HD, Mirror's Edge, Need for Speed Shift, and Command & Conquer.

Meanwhile, the free apps top ten consists of Financial Times, Harbor Master HD, Big Calculator, Adobe Ideas 1.0, Time Magazine, Wikipanion, Shazam, Draw Free, Dictionary.com and WeatherBug Elite.

In-app payments now also work for UK iPad owners - I just splashed £5.99 on an outfit in HomeRun Battle 3D, which I was unable to do before.

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