The 100 best iPad apps for your Apple tablet

Load your iPad with the best apps in every category, from work to play

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Music, books, and gaming

Best iPad apps: Music and books

Scribd

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Avid readers will love Scribd, a Netflix-like subscription app that puts millions of ebooks, comic books, and audiobooks at your fingertips for just $9 a month. It has all the big titles, including the entire Game of Thrones series and scores of bestsellers. Graphic novels and comics look great on the iPad and so do regular ebooks. Scribd gives you recommendations based on your library, too.

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Pocket Casts ($4)

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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 slick design and great options. This is the ideal app to manage your podcast addiction.

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Spotify

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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.

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Pandora Radio

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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.

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iStopMotion ($10)

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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.

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Traktor DJ ($10)

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There are plenty of ways to listen to music on your 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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GarageBand

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GarageBand is Apple’s own product, but it’s really a must-have for any music lover. It turns your iPad into your ultimate digital amp and even if you’re not a capable musician, it’s a blast to mess around with the virtual instruments.

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Audible

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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 audiobooks to choose from.

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Kindle

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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.

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iBooks

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

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ComiXology

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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.

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Libby

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This fantastic app enables you to digitally borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your local library for free. All you need is a valid library card and you can get started downloading or streaming content right away.

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Best iPad apps: Gaming

Civilization VI ($30)

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Long recognized as the king of epic, turn-based strategy, Sid Meier’s Civilization series has been keeping players glued to their PCs for years now. But the fiendishly addictive empire building game is now available for the iPad, as long as it’s an iPad Air 2 or newer. You get 60 free turns to try it out before you have to pay for the full game. It’s a highly polished strategic treat that challenges you to conquer the world, but be prepared to lose days playing it.

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SimCity BuildIt

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Sim City BuildIt has been around on iOS for a while, and although it’s playable on the iPhone, it has always been more enjoyable on the iPad. The bigger the screen, the better — particularly because the game’s control system is all about pinching, zooming, and rotating highly detailed 3D buildings. This is an EA title and it’s free to download, which means there are also plenty of in-app purchases. If you don’t mind, there’s fun to be had inside this version of Sim City.

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Infinity Blade III ($7)

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Apple always turns to the Infinity Blade series to show off what its tablet is capable of, and for good reason. Stylish sword-fighting, hordes of enemies, and truly epic boss fights add up to a visually gorgeous game that’s a must-have for iPad owners.

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Limbo ($4)

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

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Bastion ($5)

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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.

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Monument Valley ($4)

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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.

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The Room Two ($2)

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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.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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Blizzard Entertainment’s popular trading card game is perfectly suited for the iPad. Players can collect cards, build decks, and duel opponents, using simple touch gestures to perform every task. The game is free to play, too, and players can acquire new packs of cards by completing quests or spending money.

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