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106 Awesome iPad Apps for 2014

The iPad is, by far, the most software-rich tablet out there. We’ve been creating Best iPad Apps lists for years now, but this is something new. We’ve completely rewritten and recreated our master list of fantastic iPad apps. In the pages ahead, you’ll find more than 100 of our faves, from Amazon Instant to Zite, with more to come! We’ll add new apps on a regular basis and tweak this article to help you find apps in any category you need. Each main category page is split into subcategories too, so you can find the best apps for Turn-by-turn navigation just as easily as ones for transit directions. It’s all right here. Let us know what you think in the comments section, or suggest something we’ve missed!

(Be sure to check out our other hot new best iPhone apps list).

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New Apps Added! (August 2014)

Here are the newest apps added to the roundup.

Day One

DayOne

Every day is an adventure and you can record every moment in Day One, the award-winning journaling app. It automatically captures the context around your day while you add the story.

iStopMotion

iStopMotion

The iPad is equally great for watching movies as it is for making them. Create your own animated films and time lapse clips with this powerful app that captures footage frame by frame.

Notability

Notability

If you need a little old school comfort and want to scribble on your iPad, Notability is a solid option. Get the pen-to-paper feel with all of the digital bells and whistles like imported documents or linked files.

Paper by FiftyThree

PaperbyFiftyThree

When it comes to creating art on the iPad, Paper by FiftyThree is the canvas you need. A wide range of tools make it easy to get the effect you want. Great for sketches or for more involved creations.

Sky Guide

SkyGuide

If you can’t see the stars clearly in the sky, you can get a good look at them in Sky Guide. The beautiful app puts a galaxy’s worth of stars, constellations, planets, and more in your hands.

Traktor DJ

TraktorDJ

There’s plenty of ways to listen to music on iPad, but if you want to mix your own, you need Traktor DJ. It’s the easiest way to get the same effects as a real DJ without needing your own turntable.

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Entertainment

Entertainment covers all the stuff you watch, read, play, and enjoy. This is the fun stuff, and our favorite section.

Movies and TV

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix is an absolute essential app, especially on the iPad. Tons of films, TV shows, and random documentaries about drug cartels that look great on the Retina display. Subscription starts at $8 a month.

Hulu Plus

HuluPlus

No cable? No problem. Hulu is the place to go for catching up on all of the shows on television right now. Most network and cable channels have shows available. Subscription to Hulu Plus starts at $8 a month.

Amazon Instant Video

AmazonInstant

For Amazon Prime subscribers who take advantage of the large video library provided by Amazon, this is the app of choice. Rent, purchase, and stream tons of videos. Amazon Prime subscription run $100 a year.

IMDB

IMDB

What good is all this streamable content if you can’t remember the names of the shows and movies or actors that you want to watch? IMDB is the answer, plus it provides movie news and showtimes.

Crackle

Crackle

The Netflix and Hulu apps may be free, but Crackle’s content is free, too, with no subscription needed. There’s tons of turnover and weird content, but it has Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars series.

Viggle

Viggle

Viggle does the novel task of rewarding you for consuming media, which you’re going to do plenty of. Check in to shows, interact with fans, play show-specific trivia, and score some gifts for your trouble.

YouTube

YouTube

YouTube used to be included in iOS until the Apple-Google breakup, but you should put it right back on your iPad. It’s the best place to watch user-submitted content, and a great place to get your fix of cute animal videos.

Fan TV

Fanhattan

With content split up across various platforms, it can be a pain to figure out where the movies and shows you want reside. Fanhattan centralizes all the information by showing you everywhere a video is streaming.

Showyou

Showyou

In front of the television and the silver screen aren’t the only place to be entertained anymore. There are tons of online creators, and you can see all the best web video in one place on Showyou. It’s like Flipboard for video.

Books

Audible

Audible

You can easily read a book on a tablet, but why do that when you can have someone else read it to you? Audible, an Amazon company, has a massive library of audio books to choose from.

Kindle

Kindle

You may have chosen the iPad over a Kindle tablet, but you can still enjoy the Kindle app. It gives access to Amazon’s huge selection of books that can be downloaded and read anywhere.

iBooks

iBooks

This is a no-brainer app since you already have an Apple device, but Apple’s own book shop is still a solid option. Purchases sync to your account and can be viewed on any Apple device.

Oyster

Oyster

Video and music aren’t the only mediums that have gotten the streaming experience. You can pay a monthly fee for Oyster and download all the books you want from its library without owning. The subscription costs $10 a month.

Comics

Comics

Who says books can’t have pictures? Some of the best stories out there exist in graphic form, and you can read them on your iPad with Comics. The app allows you to read purchases on your ComiXology account from anywhere.

News

Flipboard

Flipboard

The news isn’t always pretty, but it will look good in Flipboard. The app turns your favorite news sources into a digital magazine with a beautiful layout for your consumption.

Zite

Zite

Pick the topics that matter to you and Zite will mix them together in a mashup of articles tailored to your tastes. It’s a hodgepodge of the things that interest you most (highly addictive).

News Republic

NewsRepublic

News Republic is a news app for the social media generation. Articles from hundreds of top publications are navigable by tags, which will lead you into an internet rabbit hole very quickly.

Feedly

Feedly

Feedly is the more traditional way of following your favorite websites. This RSS reader will feel familiar to any Google Reader users and is ideal for keeping up with tons of sources at the same time.

Pocket

Pocket

Wind up with way too many tabs open at the same time? Then it’s time to get Pocket. Save articles and come back to them when you have time. This app is formerly known as Read it Later.

News 360

News360

There’s always multiple takes on a news story, and you can see them all with News 360. Find a headline that catches your eye and see how every other news source has tackled the same topic.

Digg

Digg

A lot of news apps try to match your preferences, but Digg has its own tastes and interests. You can see the hand-picked stories deemed to be best of the web and trend-worthy by Digg’s staff.

Radio and Podcasts

Pocket Casts

PocketCasts

Apple’s own podcasts app wasn’t so well received, which sent us on a hunt for a better option. Pocket Casts is our favorite podcast app thanks to its design and great options.

TuneIn Radio

TuneInRadio

With its new version, TuneIn just reinvented the Live Radio and podcasting app. The new TuneIn has built-in social elements like Spotify. Read our full review.

Stitcher Radio

StitcherRadio

Stitcher Radio is a bit like the Pandora of talk shows. Tell it your favorite podcasts and shows and it’ll put together a playlist of those plus others it thinks you’ll enjoy as well.

Music

Spotify

Spotify

No music streaming service is more popular or offers more music than Spotify. Listen to all of your favorite songs on the go. A subscription to Spotify Premium is $10 a month.

Pandora Radio

Pandora

Everyone is plenty familiar with Pandora at this point, and it’s still a must-have app for music lovers. No other option matches Pandora for new music discovery tools.

Shazam

Shazam

If you can’t put a finger on the song that you’re listening to, or you hear a catchy tune on a commercial and want to log it, use Shazam to figure out what’s playing.

Creating

iStopMotion

iStopMotion

The iPad is equally great for watching movies as it is for making them. Create your own animated films and time lapse clips with this powerful app that captures footage frame by frame.

Traktor DJ

TraktorDJ

There’s plenty of ways to listen to music on iPad, but if you want to mix your own, you need Traktor DJ. It’s the easiest way to get the same effects as a real DJ without needing your own turntable.

Games

Infinity Blade III

InfinityBlade3

Apple always turns to the Infinity Blade series to show off what its tablet is capable of, and for good reason. The fighting game with epic boss fights always looks amazing.

Limbo

Limbo

For an odd game, check out Limbo. It’s eery, a little scary, and stunningly beautiful despite its black and white color palette. Filled with tough puzzles and challenges.

Bastion

Bastion

A hit from the indie gaming world made its way to the iPad and the experience is just as great. An action RPG with amazing visuals and an enthralling story.

Monument Valley

MonumentValley

Some games are about offering an intense environment and difficult challenges. Then there’s Monument Valley. It’s an extraordinarily pleasant game with beautiful visuals, relaxing puzzles, and an odd retro vibe.

The Room Two

TheRoomTwo

Things are going to get a little creepy and odd once you enter the Room. It’s a game full of ambiance and intrigue. The Gameplay consists of puzzling and intricate machines that you interact with through intuitive touch controls.

The Walking Dead

WalkingDead

If you’re familiar with the Walking Dead empire at all, you’ll know what to expect here. Tons of tension, an engaging story, and plenty of gory and graphic deaths – both human and zombie.

Pro Sports

ESPN SportsCenter

ESPN SportsCenter

No place offers sports coverage like ESPN, so turning to the Worldwide Leader in Sports on your iPad makes sense. Score updates, news alerts, video highlights, and more await the sports fanatic in you.

WatchESPN

WatchESPN

Seeing the scoreboard tally each point in real time isn’t always enough. Sometimes you just have to see it. WatchESPN lets you watch tons of sporting events live – assuming your cable provider allows it.

TheScore

theScore

There’s way too much sports news to digest, but if you want to try, TheScore has all that and more — tons of information, live scores, and everything you’d expect to track your crazy sports obsession.

College Sports

ESPN College Football

ESPNCollegeFootball

It’s pretty tough to avoid ESPN when getting your sports fix. It just has the best college football coverage. Year-round updates, live games, and a scoreboard are all here.

NCAA March Madness

NCAA March Madness

March Madness is easily one of the best times of year for any sports fan. Non-stop games, tons of upsets and underdogs, and you can follow it all as it unfolds with this app.

CBS Sports

CBS-Sports-iPad

It’s not college specific, but CBS Sports has a plenty of college related content and offers regular coverage of the biggest college sporting events, including title games.

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