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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Education, creativity, and home

Best iPad apps: Education and creativity

Coda ($25)


If you ever engage in web development, you’ll find this app invaluable. It’s a powerful text editor that supports every conceivable file format. You can work on pages with your website up in Safari at the same time, thanks to the split view support. It also allows for easy file management and transfer, handy shortcuts to speed up your coding, and even provides a full-featured SSH client built-in. It’s everything you need to manage your website. If you would prefer a simpler editor for your blog and just use Markdown, then check out Byword ($6).


Microsoft Word

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It has been a long time coming, but Office for iPad is here, and all apps are highly polished, custom designed mobile options of Microsoft’s all-powerful suite. However, if you want to see their full potential, you’re going to have to pay up.


Notability ($10)

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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.




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.


Khan Academy


Khan Academy is a huge collection of knowledge that you can access for free. With thousands of videos covering a huge variety of topics, you can take time out of your day to learn just about anything you want.




Picking up a second language is tough, but you can make it feel like a game with DuoLingo. The app makes it easy to learn as you go, quizzing you in different ways that will insure that the lessons stick no matter the language.


Sky Guide ($3)


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.



TED iPad

You’ll find thousands of free videos here featuring interesting and informative talks from TED conferences. You can create playlists based on your preferred topics, or find something by entering your mood.



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Donde is a visual shopping app that helps you find exactly what you’re looking for based on visual cues, colors, and pricing. Instead of having to know what a sweetheart neckline looks like to search for a dress with one, you simply tap on the picture of the neckline and other factors you want in your perfect dress. The app animates quickly and looks great on the big screen.


Deliveries ($5)

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Deliveries is simply a great app for tracking packages. It provides accurate summaries, a sleek user interface, and seamless integration with every Apple device. It also works effortlessly with iCloud and your tablet’s notification center.


Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List


Epicurious possesses one of the biggest collections of recipes around. Save a recipe on the web and it’ll appear synced in the app. There’s even a built-in shopping list so you can find the ingredients you need.


BigOven Recipes

BigOven iPad

Boasting more than 350,000 recipes this app will inspire you to cook new dishes. It also includes grocery list and meal planner functionality, and you can upload your own recipes — this is everything you need to get busy in the kitchen.



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