The tablet market may have cooled down from its heyday of several years ago, but Apple's iPad remains the must-have tablet. Its portability, massive screen and impressive specs make it a great platform for productivity apps, media players, social media tools and everything else in between. From magazine and news readers to productivity and photo editing tools, we take a look at 20 of the best iPad apps that take advantages of the tablet's massive screen space and solid specs. (Photo Credit: Denys Prykhodov/Shutterstock)
Pixelmator has long been one of our favorite mobile art applications, and a new app, Pixelmator Photo, is geared toward photo manipulation. Pixelmator Photo is able to apply nondestructive color augmentation and editing to your images. The app comes with a wealth of tools to repair, touch up, and enhance your photos, allowing for fine-grained editing, or fast presets for quick tweaks. Pixelmator Photo's powerful tools turn your iPad into a mobile photo editing powerhouse, easily earning a place in the 2019 edition of the Apple Design Awards.
Moleskine isn't just about physical journals and notebooks anymore, as the app maker's strong push into iOS apps shows. Its Timepage calendar app was a great first foray into the mobile space, and Moleskine has followed it up with another Apple Design Awards winner. Flow is an impressive drawing and note-taking app that does justice to Moleskine's notebook roots.
Users can draw or take notes on an infinite-width canvas that lets you customize everything from your writing tools (virtual pens, pencils and markers in a variety of colors and sizes) and paper (from Moleskine's traditional ivory paper to black, white, and blue, with options for grids and more). It's a luxurious drawing experience that fully supports iPhone and iPad interfaces. The app is free for a 7-day trial, with subscriptions costing $1.99 per month and including cloud storage and app updates.
Moleskine's $6.99 Timepage calendar app for iOS does a good job at being stylish and feature-packed. A smart calendar and day planner, Timepage works with existing calendar providers like iCloud, Facebook and Google, while providing some nifty calendar views and easy event creation. The base view provides a simple timeline of the day's coming appointments, with a date tab on the side for selecting specific days of the week. A month "heatmap" view quickly shows which days are free or busy, with filters surfacing particular events or calendars. Natural language parsing for event creation, maps and weather info, and natural language support are among the other additions. This iPad version provides expanded view modes and split-screen support, taking great advantage of the iPad's expansive screen and multitasking features.
Astropad Studio turns your iPad or iPad Pro into a graphics tablet for your Mac. Astropad provides a natural drawing experience and should work with any Mac out of the box. It supports a wide variety of pressure sensitive stylus brands, such as Adonit, Wacom and Apple's own Pencil. Astropad is designed to work equally well whether you're connected to your Mac wirelessly or through USB, and features color correction, palm rejection, customizable shortcuts and gesture controls. The app works on a subscription model, costing $7.99 monthly, or $64.99 annually.
More than just a clever play on words, Procreate brings a fast, feature-packed digital arts studio straight into your tablet. Procreate features support for ultra-high def 4k canvases, up to 128 layers, 250 levels of undo and redo, and more than 100 customizable brushes. From transformative tools to video capture of workflow, multi-touch gesture commands and GPU accelerated filters, Procreate puts on an impressive performance. It's overkill if you're just looking for something to doodle with, but if you're in the market for a robust, professional quality art app on an iPad, Procreate deserves a look.
The Kindle app provides users with a powerful multi-platform reading app that gives them full access to their library and a highly customizable reading interface. Readers can tweak the app's text display, backgrounds and more, with Amazon's Whispersync technology ensuring that settings are saved across all your devices. Users can access books purchased through the Kindle marketplace, as well as a wealth of free public domain books and promos. The iPad's large screen, ideal for reading, is a perfect fit for the Kindle app.
Why spend a ton of money on ebooks if your local library already has a digital media lending system? Libby is the latest incarnation of Overdrive's popular digital media management system, allowing users to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from participating libraries. Simply sign in with your library card and then you can browse your library's digital media collection, allowing you to search for titles, set holds, borrow ebooks and audiobooks with a tap, and return or extend a lend just as easily. You can preview books from the app and download titles or stream them to your iPad to save space.