Apps set the iPad apart from other tablets, whether you need to work on office tasks, learn something new, make music, watch a movie or become a digital artist.
But which apps are worth your cash and time? We’ve tested thousands to come up with our definitive list of the best apps for iPad right now.
You’ll find them split into categories on the following pages, but first see below for our favorite iPad app of the last two weeks.
iPad app of the week: Procreate ($9.99/£9.99/AU$14.99)
Procreate is a painting app that marries the kind of clout pros need with an immediacy that makes it approachable for newcomers. The interface is stripped back, with tools accessed from a bar at the top of the screen, and brush size/opacity from sliders on the left. Two-, three- and four-finger taps trigger undo, redo, and full-screen respectively.
Beyond the basics, Procreate has a range of tools for all kinds of creative endeavors. Animation Assistant converts layers to frames in a GIF. Quickline snaps strokes to straight lines and shapes. Powerful transform and adjustment tools allow you to warp a selection and tweak colors.
For artists, Brush Studio will be the real prize. It can import Photoshop brushes (and run them faster than Photoshop), or you can fashion custom creations from a dizzying array of settings and sliders. So whether you’re an old master or a budding artist, this is a superb, affordable, powerful, usable app.