Apps are the way to go!
40 billion apps have been downloaded — since the iOS
App Store opened in 2008.
Half of those, 20 billion, were downloaded in 2012.
There are now 775,000 iOS apps available
300,000 iPad apps
How to find good apps?
Check Curated Websites And Blogs
AppAdvice, MacStories, iMore, TUAW
Check iTunes App Store Reviews
Make sure the app Isn’t abandoned
Check the updated date
Built in Apps
iPad comes with built-in apps that are basic business tools
3 business tools: Pages, Keynote, Numbers
Microsoft Office to b available
Cisco Webex - high-quality, streaming video that takes
mobile web conferencing
Teleprompt Lite – simple teleprompter system for your
XpenseTracker - Track your mileage and expense with this
full featured app that's easy to use and even extends to
Tripit - all your travel plans in one place
FlightTrack Live - Free, live flight tracker and flight status
HoursTracker - Keep track of your time and earnings at
your hourly job, or track time as an independent
File Transfer Apps
Square - A card reader, simple pricing, makes it easy for
Quicksale - Create invoices in seconds with Quick Sale and
instantly email your invoices directly to your clients.
Choose from millions of titles in Amazon store
Access any books you've bought on other Kindle e-
readers right on the tablet
Has a feature called X-Ray, which shows the "bones of the
book," including the main characters and places
You can also purchase magazines through the app
Social reader app – log in with your social network and it
gathers all the links to the stories and photos your friends
are sharing in a clean layout
Flip through pages and pages of stories that are popular
with your friends.
Customize your news sources and select different topic
Basically, build your own personalized magazine
Reading a long article on your computer is not fun
Sign up for an Instapaper account (instapaper.com) and
when you come across a long article on your computer,
you can "Instapaper it" with a bookmarklet that you
When you log in to that same account through the iPad
app, the article will appear in an easy to read format
Step up from Apple's built-in Notes app.
The cross-platform app syncs your notes from the web
and all of Evernotes other apps so you always have them
in one place.
You can insert images and voice reminders within your
Evernote has organized all your notes into
notebooks, which you can give a cover photo.
Best way to get photos and files from one device to
The app can be downloaded on your computer (Mac or
PC), your phone, and your iPad. Drop a file in your
Dropbox on your computer and it will pop up on your
It's a great way to transfer images or files. Dropbox gives
you 2GB for free;
The app you want for tuning into the best videos on the
Brings in video that your friends are sharing on Twitter or
Log in with your accounts and it will bring in the videos
people are sharing on YouTube and other video sites.
You can share your own videos with your ShowYou
followers and easily share them on other social networks.
While ShowYou is great for seeing what others are
watching, nothing can top the official YouTube app.
It features lists of video topics on the left side along with
subscriptions to your favorite channels.
When you play a video at full screen, you just have to
swipe from the left to bring back those channels.
Swipe from the right and you will see suggested videos
based on the one you are watching
One of those must-have apps for turning your iPad into a
If you have a Hulu Plus subscription ($7.99 a month) you
get unlimited streaming through the app
You get all the standard video controls, but move to the
split screen mode and you can watch a video while
browsing other shows.
Log in with your Facebook account and you can "check-
in" to the TV show you are watching.
You can then see who else is watching that show and
what they are saying about it.
You can follow friends and they can follow you.
The app also shows you what is coming up on TV and
provides central pages for programs to show you what
others are saying about it.
Basically, it's the ultimate social experience around TV.
The app shows you what people are talking about – the
biggest buzz around shows, what the stars are watching
and what people are rating shows.
When you input your zip code and cable provider it will
also give you a guide of the day's programming and what
the buzz is about the show with data from Twitter.
If you happen to be watching the same show as a friend
you can even chat with them within the app about it.
Hottest music services and its iPad app shows off its
Log in and you will be presented with your collection of
songs, albums and playlists on the left side.
On the right column you see the list of songs. The app
also surfaces options which are buried in the desktop
apps or sites, like the Inbox and messaging features.
There's also an easy search function and "What's New"
area to see top songs.
Must-have when it comes to discovering music.
Log in with your account and you'll get all your saved
You can easily search for an artist or song to create a new
he app is decently designed but don't expect any bells
and whistles here
Fab has become one of the most popular places to shop
on the Internet because of its social media tie-in and its
You can browse lots of cool stuff in the well laid-out app.
You can see what your friends have bought or liked if you
log in with your Facebook account.
Words with Friends
You will find that some have turned their iPads into
Words with Friends machines, just playing the Scrabble-
like game with opponents for hours and hours.
Zynga's Words with Friends is exactly what it says it is – a
word game to play with your friends.
Very similar to Scrabble, each player gets a selection of
letters and has to create words.
Sign in with Facebook and you can start games with your
friends. You can play multiple games at the same time.
Virtuoso Piano 3
Piano keys are conveniently labeled with chords and
colors to help you learn, and right and left arrows at the
top help you progress and navigate the
keyboard, bringing you up and down the scale.
For $.99 each you can purchase additional packs, such as
guitar packs as well as the ability to disable ads.
Provides you with the basic editing tools to crop, adjust or create
effects from digital images.
If you use Adobe's Photoshop software, you will find a familiar set
tools in this app such as flip, straighten, crop and rotate. Select a
photo from your collection, and then press the edit button.
A row of tools appear as icons on the bottom; tap on the lens icon
to apply camera filters, such as Soft Focus or Sharpen. Press Crop
and swipe from the top or bottom corners to adjust the frame.
Adobe offers a more basic free app called Photoshop Express, but
Photoshop touch provides more interactiv
Around Me locates the nearest gas station, bank or restaurant for you, and
the newest release even lets you book a hotel.
Launch the app and a column with categories to search appears on the left
side, and a map with your current location loads onto the main screen.
Tap "Supermarkets," for example, and the app loads the nearest options in
the left side column with the address and distance from you.
The app contains a useful set of map tools, such as zoom and search
buttons; press the compass icon, enter in your address, and the app will
adjust the location on the map below.
Tap the Hotels tab, and the app provides a list of hotels nearest you
including star ratings and the lowest rate available per night.
Paper by FiftyThree
Design lovers, illustrators and even the casual doodler will find Paper
to be an essential app for sharing sketches and illustrations across
the web. Begin with a blank journal, and choose a photo for the
cover of your journal from your camera roll.
Tap the journal to open it and start to fill it. Tap on a page, and a row
of drawing utensils and a palette appear before you below.
Select the pen tool and a color from the palette and begin to draw--
the lighter you press, the thinner the line. Pinch and zoom to shrink
the journal and flip to the next page, or close it entirely when you
are done. If you've got an iPad stylus this is one of the best apps to
go along with it
TED is a series of events featuring some of society’s most
fascinating and innovative ideas and most influential
You’ll definitely disagree with some of them, because
there’s a large diversity of opinions.
But, there are a lot of talks worth listening to and they’re
all free. Many of the talks are short
and succinct, somewhere between 5-20 minutes.
Another one of the best iPad news apps from a media
organization is the NPR app.
It lets you quickly skim top stories, read related text
articles, and quickly add radio/audio stories to a playlist
that you can then listen to all at once.
A non-profit publication of investigative reporters, is doing
some of the most important work in journalism today — the
work that has increasingly been cut out of the profit-driven
Plus, they have an excellent iPad app. The three column layout
gives you the latest stories from ProPublica (most of which
don’t make the mainstream news), the middle column links to
good investigative news pieces from the mainstream media
(many of the stories are buried), and the third column has
ProPublica’s “Projects” or groups of stories where you can stay
up to date on on-going issues. Keep in mind that ProPublica is
non-profit and funded completely by donations.
NASA has a strong tradition of sharing its space
exploration advances and research and they’ve continued
that tradition in multi-touch style with an excellent iPad
app that lets you explore photography from satellites, see
NASA’s launch schedules, research historical information
about missions, and watch NASA TV live.
Providing excellent photos of 150 of the Louvre’s most popular
masterpieces, chosen by the museum’s curators. It also
provides a virtual tour of the Louvre itself.
It’s great that this app provides a visual tour and gives you a
map to help you find each of the 150 masterpieces. It also
provides excellent information on the artwork and the
This is the kind of app that can enhance your real world
experience of a place, or virtually take you to a place you may
Disney American Presidents: The Unofficial Oval
Disney American Presidents: The Unofficial Oval
This app gives users the chance to explore a digital scrapbook
to learn about the lives and times of all 44 U.S. presidents.
Swipe to the left to page through each president, one by
one, and learn about the era in which they lived, significant
challenges they faced, and fun and entertaining facts you may
not have known about the men who sat in the Oval Office.
One outstanding feature is the original video content; for each
president, the app provides expert interviews and
commentary from historians and political commentators. (
Lets you turn around the world with an interactive 3D globe.
With one finger, spin the globe to find a country. Pinch to
zoom in and select an object to learn more from the narrator
and geographer, Nick Crane.
Tap on the Polar Bear, for example, and the object enlarges to
the foreground accompanied by an information text field. On
the top left, tap on a selection of four icons to see countries,
regions, favorites and features. Select a country, for example,
and the globe rotates to reveal your selection along with basic
data about the country, such as the capital city and local time.
It's worth the money.
Allrecipes provides some of the best cooking tools on the iPad.
Its main app provides thousands of recipes in a well-organized
layout. But to add to that Allrecipes has released its Video
Cookbook app, which provides users with thousands of recipes
and hundreds of how-to videos to help you cook up a
Tap on a dish, such as Green Grape Salad. On the right-hand
side, the app displays shopping list of ingredients and cooking
directions and on the left side, the app displays video synced
with simple instructions as well as estimate prep and cook
times. Other cooking apps, such as Foodily and
Epicurios, provide helpful how-to's and recipe as well.
Lunchbox is a food-finding app that will save you in a pinch
when you forget to pack that brown bag or need a quick list of
restaurant options. Search categories, such as Food and Snacks
and Coffee and Tea.
Search for locations on the map by pinching and zooming on
the screen, or enter a search term, such as "Veggie Burger" to
see the nearby options. Tap on a suggested location, and the
app displays a map, as well as reviews, star ratings, and photos
taken by other users. The app provided a wealth of options
when we looked at it—it even recognized our own ABC
Vegetarian How to Cook Everything
Ten dollars might seem pricey for a Vegetarian cooking
app, but this is like buying a premium cookbook. New York
Times columnist and author Mark Bittman provides
vegetarians with over 2,000 recipes in this app, making it easy
to incorporate variety into a diet that might otherwise seem
limited. Search by recipe or type in a general term to find a
slew of possibilities.
The app includes a built-in timer so you can keep track while
you cook. Select a recipe and tap the "Favorites" key to add to
your list of go-to recipes. Tap on a featured recipe, and see an
overview of the dish, as well as ingredients, preparations steps
and variations on the selection.