Some Must Have Apps For Your New iPad


Apple ID/ Getting Started

So you finally bought a new iPad and don’t know what apps to download. Many people are faced with this issue and have no clue where to start. If you are new to the iPad and looking for some great apps I can help. Below are some of my favorite apps mixed with some must haves and popular apps.

Before we get started you may also want to make sure you have an Apple ID set up and a credit card so you can purchase apps from the App Store even if they are free. You can start HERE setting up an Apple ID or use your iPad to do the same thing under <settings> then scroll down and click on <store> and create a new Apple ID and set up your credit card information. They ask for a credit card since this is what will be used to buy apps, music and anything from the App Store. For more help and information on setting up an Apple ID from your iPad click HERE.

You can visit the App Store on your iPad by clicking on the blue icon labeled ‘App Store’ . Once the App Store is opened you can use ‘featured’ to see wat is new and what is hot in apps. You can use the ‘top 25’ to see what others are downloading the most. You can click on ‘top paid’ or ‘top free’ apps depending on what you want to spend. The search feature will allow you to type in an app name such as “CNN” and it will show you all related apps to that specific name. Once you find the app you like tap on ‘free’ or the box with the cost and then tap ‘install’. Depending on your Wi-Fi or 3G speeds it may take a few minutes to download.

I highly recommend buying an Apple TV to go with your iPad. “Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays the content you love from iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, and your favorite sports leagues on your widescreen TV. In up to 1080p HD. Just plug it in and discover a whole world of movies, TV shows, photos, music, and more. You’re gonna need a better couch”.


iPad Apps

Below are some iPad apps I highly recommend. Most are free but some will cost you a little bit of cash but not too much. There are a ton of great apps in the App Store but these are just enough to get you started.

(Click on the links/app names below to download the apps from the App Store)

Social Apps


(Cost – Free)

This app was just updated for the retina display. It lacks some features and functions as Facebook on your computer. You will not see Timeline yet. One of the most popular apps and social media sites.


(Cost – Free)

Although Twitter is integrated on iDevices, the iPad ships without the Twitter app already installed on it. Twitter is very popular social media site and very useful if you know how to use it correctly.


(Cost – Free)

Pinterest is gaining in popularity. I use it often. “Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find in your life. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes”.


(Cost – Free)

Groupie is an iPhone app but you can 2x zoom it in and it still looks great. “Groupie is the easiest way to connect with people who share your interests and hobbies. Join and create groups, meet new people and stay in touch with friends”.



Infinity Blade II

(Cost – $6.99)

You can buy Infinity Blade part 1 which is only .99 cents for a limited time. Infinity Blade 2  just added high-resolution support for the New iPad. Both games are great and look amazing. This is a combat/ fighting game.


(Cost – $1.99)

Another great looking game that shows well on the retina display. This is a platform game where you “Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption”.

Dark Meadow: The Pact

(Cost – Free)

Yet another beautiful game that shows off the retina display. You battle some creepy looking characters. “A dark fairytale of intrigue and mystery, where the sins of the past must be paid for… So sets the stage for The Dark Meadow — a visually stunning world of deep exploration, gripping story, and heart racing combat, created with the unrivaled power of the Unreal Engine 3”. The app is too new for me to give feedback.

Words With Friends

(Cost – $2.99/Free)

This is a very popular game that has been out for some time now. All Zynga games are usually very addictive. Play along with friends, strangers or facebook friends. This game is similar to Scrabble. There is an HD version or non HD version. This will cost you $2.99 or you can get the free app that is ad supported with annoying pop ups.

Scramble With Friends

(Cost – Free)

Another addictive Zynga game to play with friends, strangers or facebook freinds. This game is similar to the classic board game Boggle.

Draw Something

(Cost – Free)

Gaining in popularity daily and very fun to play. Zynga just bought out this game so it should get even better and have more words to chose from. “Play the Free version of Draw Something, the most popular social drawing and guessing game in the App Store with over 100 millions drawings created! Experience for yourself the laugh-out-loud game your friends are raving about”!

Pinball HD

(Cost – $1.99)

This game looks and feels great on the iPad and retina display. It also look great using an Apple TV to mirror the iPad. You can tilt the table to different angles. This is just what the name says, an HD pinball game.

Real Racing HD

(Cost – $4.99)

Another beautiful game on the retina display or using an Apple TV. “Real Racing HD offers the most realistic racing experience available on iPad. With all the content of the iPhone version plus enhanced features, graphics and gameplay to take full advantage of what iPad and iOS4.2 are capable of, this is hand-held racing like you’ve never seen before”.


Apple Apps

You can’t go wrong with any of these apps below. They are all from Apple and packed full of features close to the original apps on you Mac. These are all paid apps. You may think $9.99 is too much but these apps are quality apps and are very useful for work, home and for playing.


(Cost – $9.99)

“Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. This powerful app has been exclusively designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Create, edit, and view documents wherever you are. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date on all your iOS devices — automatically. And the Retina display on the new iPad makes everything you do in Pages even more brilliant”.


(Cost – $9.99)

“Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping”.


(Cost – $9.99)

“Numbers is the most innovative spreadsheet app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it lets you make compelling spreadsheets in minutes — with tables, charts, photos, and graphics — using just your fingers”.


(Cost – $4.99)

This is a must have if you love taking photos and editing them. Works great and looks nice with the retina display. “iPhoto is a universal app that runs on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4 or later. With iPhoto for iOS, Apple brings Multi-Touch to photography in a breakthrough way. Browse, edit, and share your photos from your iPad or iPhone, like never before – all the powerful tools you need are at your fingertips”.


(Cost – $4.99)

“Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create spectacular trailers and thrilling home movies in minutes.* And share your finished projects with the world — right from iMovie”.


(Cost – $4.99)

“GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses”.


Other Great Apps

Calculator for iPad

(Cost – Free)

For some reason the iPad ships without a native Apple calculator app. This is the best free calculator app for your iPad. The only con is that it is ad supported so you will see ads.

Nightstand Central for iPad

(Cost – $2.99 / there is a free version)

Beautiful app that looks awesome on your new retina display. “With music alarms, a built-in sleep timer, weather info, customizable photo backgrounds, and even an included shake-on / shake-off flashlight, Nightstand Central turns your iPad into the ultimate bedside hub”.


(Cost – Free)

An app that will allow you to tap the screen when you hear a song playing and it will identify that song in seconds. “Lightning fast tagging. Now discover, explore and share more music, TV shows and brands you love in as little as one second. With unlimited tagging use Shazam™ as much as you want, and experience more of what you like, faster. Download and experience the 9th most downloaded app of all time”.

Google Search

(Cost – Free)

My favorite part is using Voice Search, just tap on the mic and say what you are searching for and you get instant results and very accurate. No need to type if your hands hurt. “Search the web faster and easier with the latest Search app from Google. Get exclusive search features only available in this app for the best search experience. Completely redesigned for the iPad. Google Goggles: Snap a photo of what you see to find more information about products, landmarks or famous paintings, and even solve Sudoku puzzles. Search Nearby: Find places near you without typing your location”.

Google Translate

(Cost – Free)

This is a great app if you travel or just need a quick translation to or from another person. “Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations”.

Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search

(Cost – Free)

One of the best travel apps, it is very easy to use and great looking. “Hipmunk takes the agony out of flight & hotel search. With Hipmunk you’ll see all the relevant flights on a timeline, helping you visualize the right choice. Unlike every other app out there, Hipmunk doesn’t just show you the cheapest flight first — the app instead sorts by “agony,” which incorporates important factors like how long you’ll be traveling and how many stops you’ll make. Hotel results are shown on a map so that you can see exactly where you’ll be staying. You can also turn on heatmaps that will show you the best areas to stay based on unique interests like food, landmarks, nightlife and more”.


(Cost – Free)

“Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go”.


Some other great apps worth a mention but some are still buggy:


(Cost – Free)

Use you iPad as a TiVo remote. “TiVo® DVR and non-TiVo DVR customers can get the TiVo experience in the palm of their hands with the FREE TiVo app – including Suddenlink and RCN Premiere DVRs. Turn your iPad or iPhone into command central for your TiVo DVR. Now you can search, browse, discover and share without ever interrupting the show you’re watching”.

Xfinity TV

(Cost – Free)

This app is usually buggy/glitchy but fun when it works. “Watch your favorite TV shows and movies on your iPhone®, iPad® and iPod Touch® – wherever you go. You can also control your TV, search TV Listings and On Demand, and schedule your DVR recordings directly from your device”.

NFL ’11 for iPad

(Cost – Free)

If you’re a huge football fan like me then this is one of the better apps. Keep track of your favorite team and all the latest NFL news. “NFL 2011 is the new official iPad app of the National Football League. Watch on-demand NFL Network news and info. Listen to live home & away radio broadcasts for every game with Audio Pass. Game highlights. Filter your favorite team’s news. Follow game action with our drive chart and stats. Tap on team logos to see rosters, team stats, and player info”.



The Weather Channel, YourDay, ColorSplash, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds, eBay, Amazon, TwitBot, Twitterrific, Bing, Paper, WordPress, Facebook Messenger, Viggle, Motion X GPS Drive, Flixter, Fandango, SketchBookX, Crackle, TNT, CW, Pandora, Speed Test, Gmail. I’m sure I forgot a few.




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