Fact: Tablets are nothing without a rich selection of apps. Thankfully, iPads of every size, from the cute iPad mini to the XXL iPad Pro, can access Apple’s wonderful App Store to get a huge variety of software to suit any user.
According to Apple, more than a million dedicated iPad apps have been released worldwide. The right app can transform the iPad, regardless of its size, into nearly anything you desire. Want to look for a job? Download the LinkedIn app. Want to whip up phat beats during the subway commute? Download GarageBand. Any task you want to do, there’s probably an app for that.
However, there’s a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com’s picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you’re a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
What You’ll Find in This List
The Best iPad Apps features native iPad apps that deliver unique and compelling tablet-based experiences, not iPhone, or iPod Touch apps running in 2X mode. For your convenience, we’ve divided our selections into eight easy-to-navigate categories: Communication, Creativity, Entertainment, Productivity, Reading, Reference, Science, and Utilities.
We’ve also included links to in-depth reviews where available. Rest assured that even those apps that haven’t been fully reviewed are included because they’ve impressed us after some serious hands-on time.
What You Won’t Find in This List
The Best iPad Apps doesn’t include preinstalled apps or mobile games. The former aren’t included because default apps are easy to find—they already live on your iPad’s home screen. The latter aren’t included because we’ve broken out the best iPad games into their own dedicated article. Looking for apps for your other devices? We’ve got you covered there, too, with our 100 Best Android Apps and 100 Best iPhone iPhone Apps stories.
In the meanwhile, are you ready to discover some awesome iPad apps? Let’s get started.