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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Health, fitness, travel, and navigation

Best iPad apps: Health and fitness

Screens are half the reason we’re so out of shape, but your iPad can help you get back in shape, too. The apps below will help you work out, eat right, and we have a few tips for you if you’re into sports.

Elevate Brain Training

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Elevate is one of the best brain-training apps out there. It’s designed to improve your focus, memory, and math skills with a series of entertaining activities. The cognitive tests also get more challenging as you improve, regardless of which of the 30 you choose.

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Yoga Studio

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Choose from a range of HD video classes for different abilities and improve your flexibility, strength, balance, and relaxation. You can even craft your own classes and schedules.

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MyFitnessPal Calorie & Diet Tracker

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Keep a really close eye on everything you consume and get a calorie count along the way. This app covers more than 3 million foods, and you can use it to track your exercise as well.

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7 Minute Workout

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You don’t need any equipment to stay fit with these 7 minute workouts and they can be performed anywhere. A little gamification and progress tracking encourages you to work out daily.

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Fitbit Coach

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Fitbit Coach will save you the expensive costs associated with gym memberships and fitness gurus and instead helps you customize your own workouts to get the results you’re after.

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WebMD for iPad

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Combining a symptom checker, first aid advice, pill identification, drug and treatment information, and a local directory of healthcare professionals, this is the best free healthcare app.

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First Aid by American Red Cross

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It’s empowering to know exactly what to do in an emergency, and it helps you take the right action and keep a cool head. This app is full of easy to follow advice for coping with accidents.

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Coach’s Eye ($5)

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Record your baseball swing or your tennis game, and you can watch the video back in slow motion, compare two videos side by side, and then annotate and share the results to help you improve.

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Best iPad apps: Travel and navigation

Most of us don’t use our iPad around town (unless you have a LTE enabled version), but that doesn’t mean an iPad isn’t a great tool to help you get around or understand where you are. Here are our favorite travel apps.

Airbnb

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Airbnb is one of the most popular traveling apps for people who aren’t too fond of hotels or just want to save a buck or two. The iPad app makes it easy to see what you’re getting into, and you can really analyze the rental’s photos before you make a decision. You can search by a variety of factors, including the number of rooms, location, amenities, and more. Airbnb boasts 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, so you’re bound to find the perfect spot for your next trip.

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TripAdvisor

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One of the most comprehensive travel apps around, TripAdvisor offers up millions of reviews covering places of interest, hotels, restaurants, and more. Reviews are written by genuine travelers offering up their opinions and tips, but you’ll also find pricing, opening hours, and contact details, so it can be a real treasure trove of information to help you plan every step of your perfect vacation.

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Google Maps

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We’d hate to re-open the Google Maps vs. Apple Maps wound again, so we’ll just say this: Download Google Maps. It’s accurate, thorough, and offers free turn-by-turn voice navigation.

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TripIt

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Having TripIt on your iPad is like having your own special travel itinerary folder (the one you plan to make for every trip but never do). It keeps hotel, car rental, and flight information in place and in chronological order.

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Kayak

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Kayak Pro is like the Google of travel planning. It’s the smart search engine for trip planning that will help you find flights, cars, and hotels to fit your schedule and budget. It aggregates multiple airlines and services.

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Hipmunk

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Finding flights and hotels is easy on Hipmunk. The app offers handy visualizations, helps you land in a comfy hotel for cheap, and organizes flights by its trademark “agony” rating to minimize duration, layovers and price.

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Google Translate

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If Google has an app for it, you should probably have that app. Google Translate can handle text, voice, handwriting, and text in images. It works with over 70 languages no matter the input.

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mytaxi

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Never wind up stranded when you have your iPad in hand. In as few as two taps, you can get a taxi on its way to your location. Follow the taxi in real time, rate drivers, and pay by app.

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Spyglass ($6)

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If you end up getting lost, you can count on Spyglass. It equips you with a GPS, compass, finder, tracker, and AR navigation to ensure you’re never lost, even in strange locales.

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OpenTable

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No time to whip up a meal at home? No problem. There’s plenty of restaurants around town waiting to serve you. There are over 20,000 participating food stops and is the industry standard for getting reservations.

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Yelp

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We probably don’t need to explain Yelp to you, as it’s well-known service at this point. But you should have the app so you can find places to check out, hidden gems around the city, and read reviews to avoid bad food.

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Zagat

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Zagat has been a standard setter for restaurant reviews for some time now. Acquired by Google in 2011, its digital presence has gotten better. The app offers reviews and Google Street View panoramas so you can places.

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StubHub

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Nights that you spend sitting inside could become an experience in town. Check StubHub for cheap tickets to events and snagging some seats. You might catch a show you would have missed.

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AroundMe

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You never know what’s going on just next door to you. Or at least you didn’t until you had AroundMe. Drop a pin anywhere on the map and watch it populate with events and happenings taking place around that area.

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Photography, art, social media, and communication

Best iPad apps: Photography and art

Google Photos

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Storing photos takes up a lot of space on your iPad. Google Photos is the answer. Privacy concerns aside, the app offers unlimited photo storage at lower resolutions, categorizes them in different ways, and lets you create fun photo story collages that you can share on social networks. Showing off the photos from your latest trip is especially nice on the iPad. Google Photos is also very smart at sorting pics.

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Tayasui Sketches ($5)

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Tayasui Sketches looks simple and clean, but it offers a number of different brushes for free and a clutter-free space to draw. You get a pencil, rotring, watercolor brush, felt pen, and eraser for free. You can import photos, too, if you want, and it’s really easy to share your sketches on social networks or via email. It’s great for illustration and quick sketches, but if you buy the in-app purchase, it can become a professional drawing app with surface pressure, layers, types of paper, more brushes, and the ability to change brush sizes. The app lets you try the pro features for an hour, so you can decide if it’s worth the $5 price tag.

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Forge ($4)

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Forge is more like a sketch pad for ideas, a brainstorming tool, and an inspirational white board for visual thinkers than a full-on drawing app. Artists and designers can work through ideas and iterations in the app, as well as bring in photos from Dropbox and the default photos app on iOS to help inspire your sketches. There are only six simple brushes to choose from, but you can control color, gradient, and other key aspects of the drawing. Forge also has layers, so you can save each layer to look back on later, change, or delete entirely. You can create multiple portfolios and view your sketches on a wall to get an idea of where you’re going.

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch

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Adobe’s entire iOS app suite works extremely well on the iPad, but we’ll highlight Sketch in particular as our favorite drawing app of the bunch. You can create expressive drawings and paintings on it without opening a sketchbook. Artwork can be sent as layered PSD files to Adobe Photoshop CC or resized up to 4x in Illustrator CC to print high-resolution copies. The app includes 13 tools, a digital ruler, and graph guides. You can import your own images or stock photos to work on top of, too. Using the Creative Cloud connection, you can send a file to Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC on your PC or share your art with the Behance creative community.

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Procreate ($10)

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Procreate comes equipped a full set of drawing tools, which expertly imitate real creative implements, such as soft pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, graphite pencils of varying hardness, acrylic, oil, watercolors, and more. Whatever the medium, Procreate’s digital tools will give you the full effect and appearance of the real thing. You can even smudge, blur, and manipulate your strokes just as you would on paper or canvas. You can export your artwork as PSD, PNG, JPG, or Procreate files. The app also helps you build a portfolio and share your work if you so desire.

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Adobe Illustrator Draw

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Featuring an accessible user interface, Adobe Illustrator Draw enables you to sketch and create vector-based designs. You can zoom in, sketch with various tips, place and resize multiple images or layers, and it works with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Capture CC. If you already use Adobe products on your laptop or desktop, then this will be a breeze to use. Naturally, there’s support for all the big styli, including the Apple Pencil.

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Best iPad apps: Social media and communication

Ready to do a little talking? These are our favorite apps for socializing and blogging (if any of you still do that).

Facebook

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The daddy of social networking is the most used app on mobile devices and the iPad version has a slick feel and look. Connect with your friends and family, share your life, chat and play games.

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Pinterest

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Creating visual bookmarks and sharing inspirational collections with others is a breeze on Pinterest. It could have been invented with the iPad in mind; the two go so perfectly together.

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Skype for iPad

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One of the original Voice Over IP apps and still hugely popular, Skype is a great option for iPad owners. You can engage in video or voice calls, share files, and send text messages.

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WordPress

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One of the most popular blogging platforms around, WordPress is behind a lot of websites and blogs (including Digital Trends). The app lets you to log in and manage your site, post articles, check notifications, and review stats.

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Tumblr

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You can quickly share anything with Tumblr including traditional blog posts, videos, photos, and links. The app supports multiple blog accounts, you can send messages, and you can schedule posts.

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Day One

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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.

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