50 Top iPad Apps

September 28, 2011 · 7 comments

by Sonny M. Day

top ipad apps

Top iPad Apps makes your iPad 2  a lot more useful and fun to have. iPad has been dominating the field of mobile computing for some time now. Because of its mobility and awesome power, packed in a in a sleek and lightweight design, it has revolutionized almost every aspect of the digital world. How we do things that entails usage of computer has been changed with the arrival of this gadget by Apple. Since its launching, iPad has been selling like hotcake and the trend does not not have any sign of slowing. This enormous success of iPad is attributed in part to the hordes of developers who incessantly create new apps for the product. Indeed without the apps, iPad is as good as a picture frame. There are many iPad apps available in the web but finding ones which are useful at the same time stable, is not easy.

Because we in Tripwire Magazine has already made it our concern to find something anything useful, we decided to share with you top iPad apps for your amazing tablet. These iPad apps are some of the best and most popular in the web now. They arranged in categories, like social networking, news and entertainment, business and productivity and games, for your convenience. Also, you will find both free and paid iPad apps. If you are not already a lucky owner of an iPad you can get it here and don’t forget to look for some iPad covers as well!

We hope that these article can help you in your search for apps that truly rock! If it does please share this article to your friends so that they too can have these apps. Happy reading!



Social Networking Apps for iPad

1. Twitter – Free

Twitter Top iPad Apps

Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app for iPad.

2. Friendly for Facebook – Free

Friendly for Facebook

Friendly – one of the top iPad apps –  is a beautiful and full Facebook experience designed for your iPad.

3. Flipboard – Free

Flipboard Top iPad Apps

Named Apple’s iPad App of the Year and one of TIME’s top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos, videos, and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr, and Instagram. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read.

4. TweetDeck – Free


TweetDeck – one of the top iPad apps –  allows you to monitor, manage and engage in your social world by bringing together your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a powerful and flexible column-based dashboard.

5. HootSuite – Free


Compose and Converse on the Go. HootSuite for iOS is the perfect social media tool for Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare.

6. StumbleUpon – Free

StumbleUpon Top iPad Apps

StumbleUpon – one of the top iPad apps – is a discovery engine that finds the best of everything that is out there on the web, recommended just for you. With a touch of the Stumble button, or swipe of the screen, you’ll discover photos, videos and web pages recommended by friends and people sharing your interests.

7. BeejiveIM – $9.99

BeejiveIM for iPad

BeejiveIM is now available for the iPad! Get it now! BeejiveIM for iPhone was widely recognized as the top mobile instant messenger for the iPhone/iPad Touch – selected as one of the best apps in iTunes.

News Apps for iPad

8. USA TODAY  – Free

USA TODAY for iPad

The nation’s news updated 24/7 on your iPad. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy or enjoyable. Read stories from USA TODAY’s News, Money, Sports, Life, Tech and Travel sections. Enlarge images, watch related videos, and share stories via email, Twitter or Facebook. Download all stories to read offline; ideal when traveling. Review national weather maps and get current weather conditions, up-to-the minute radar images and the five-day forecast for your current location and other locations you set as favorites. Get the latest sports scores for NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football and basketball. Stay up-to-date on the USA TODAY-ESPN Top 25 Polls for college sports.

9. Reuters News Pro  – Free

Reuters News Pro for iPad Top iPad Apps

Access professional-grade news and market data from Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source for intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Thomson Reuters News Pro for iPad gives you knowledge to act, with fast on or offline access to the latest breaking news, pictures and video, together with extensive global financial data, corporate information and interactive financial charting.

10. CNN App  – Free

CNN App for iPad

Now you can watch your favorite CNN shows LIVE on your CNN Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. We’ve added CNN TV live – 24/7 – to all the great features that you love about your app. Go beyond breaking news with top headlines, in-depth feature stories and videos. You can also  choose your view from different navigation options; quickly scan the headlines or immerse yourself in a slideshow; take part in the conversation by commenting on stories and reading others’ responses; share stories on Facebook and Twitter or via e-mail; and save stories for offline viewing.

11. New York Times  – Free

New York Times for iPad

Enjoy the award-winning journalism of The New York Times, anywhere, with the enhanced NYTimes app for iPad® – now including more content, featuring blogs, videos and slide shows.

12. Popular Science+ – Free

 Popular Science+ Top iPad Apps

Popular Science+  – one of the top iPad apps –  is the re-imagined and re-designed digital version of Popular Science magazine. It has ALL the same content as the print magazine, along with special iPad-only features.

13. WIRED Magazine – Free

WIRED Magazine

It’s easier than ever to enjoy this groundbreaking monthly on your iPad. You can subscribe to this edition of WIRED, or if you’re already a print subscriber, access to the tablet version is included with that subscription.

14. Women’s Health Magazine – Free

Women's Health Magazine

Women’s Health magazine – one of the top iPad apps –  is for the woman who sees being healthy, physically and emotionally, as her edge. From the latest science-based facts to laugh-out-loud features, Women’s Health speaks to women exactly how they speak to each other–with a tone and look that’s smart, positive, energizing, provocative, fashionable, surprising and humorous. Temperatures creep downward and fall is on the horizon. The October issue of Women’s Health is here to help keep you at your hottest all season long.

15. Newsweek for iPad – Free

Newsweek for iPad Top iPad Apps

Have the insight, opinion and original reporting of NEWSWEEK delivered wherever you take your iPad. You can use this app to buy and read the latest digital edition of the magazine as well as access Newsweek’s web content for free.

16. MTV News  – Free

MTV News for iPad

MTV News – one of the top iPad apps –  gives you unparalleled access to the biggest stars and pop culture happenings around the clock! MTV keeps you up to date with the latest pop culture news on music, movies, television, celebrities, and gaming.

17. Pulse News  – Free

 Pulse News for iPad

One of only 50 apps in the App Store Hall of Fame, Pulse is a beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter and email is as easy as two taps.

18. X360 Magazine – $1.99

X360 Magazine Top iPad Apps

X360 is the UK’s best Xbox 360 magazine thanks to its unrivalled exclusives, editorial integrity, an entire section dedicated to the Xbox community and a team that lives, sleeps and breathes everything associated with the console. There simply isn’t a better Xbox 360 magazine on the market!

Entertainment Apps for iPad

19. OrbLive – $9.99


With Orb Live you’re never more than a tap away from all your favorite content. Watch TV shows from Hulu and Netflix, listen to music from Pandora and Sirius, or browse photos from Facebook and Flickr. You can also access all the music, photos and videos stored on your PC. No need to sync — just stream directly from your computer to iPhone.

20. Google Earth – Free

Google Earth

Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world’s population and a third of the world’s land mass.

21. iMovie – $4.99

iMovie Top iPad Apps

Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and the amazing new iPad 2. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the stunning Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music, and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles, and transitions. And you can share your movie with the world – right from iMovie.

22. TWCable TV – Free

TWCable TV

Now you can watch even more of your favorite networks on your iPad in your home! If you are a Time Warner Cable video subscriber, the FREE TWCable TV™ app turns your gadget into another TV screen and lets you watch selected live cable channels with your home WiFi connection. Watch Bravo from your bedroom, take Food Network with you to the kitchen or catch up on CNBC news from the breakfast table. TWCable TV now offers new features including DVR Manager, an interactive program guide and the ability to change the channel on your TV right from your iPad.

23. ABC Player – Free

ABC Player

Your Favorite ABC Shows are Now Playing on iPad! Download the ABC Player app to watch your favorite ABC shows for free on the iPad wherever and whenever you want to watch. View full-length episodes of Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, No Ordinary Family, Desperate Housewives and more.

24. Planetary – Free

Planetary Tp iPad Apps

Planetary – one of the top iPad apps –  is an all-new, stunningly beautiful way to explore your music collection, available only on iPad. Fly through a 3D universe dynamically created by information about the recording artists you love. Visit planets that represent your favorite albums and control the playback of your music on iPad by browsing and selecting astronomical objects.

25. Kindle – Free


The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, and magazines on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 950,000* books in the Kindle Store plus over 100* newspapers and magazines. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device.

26. NASA Visualization Explorer – Free

NASA Visualization Explorer

NASA SCIENCE: REVEALED! This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iPad. A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format. See the Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers! Download it now, tap into the power of NASA’s cutting-edge research today and check for new stories every week!

27. Snapseed – $4.99

Snapseed Top iPad Apps

Snapseed – one of the top iPad apps – makes any photograph extraordinary and puts a fun high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips. Now anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software!

28. GarageBand – $4.99


GarageBand – one of the top iPad apps –  turns your iPad 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 on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.

29. Pandora Radio – Free

Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio – one of the top iPad apps –  is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.

30. KORG iMS-20 – $15.99

KORG iMS-20 Top iPadd Apps

iMS-20 – one of the top iPad apps – is a complete music production app for iPad. It consists of a complete recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 analog synth with the patching capability, plus a 16-step analog sequencer based on the Korg SQ-10, a six-part drum machine which can create drum parts by simply tapping the buttons, and a seven-channel mixer with 14 types of effects.

31. djay – $19.99


Ready to rock your next party? Introducing djay, algoriddim’s award-winning and highly acclaimed DJ software, now on the iPad! djay transforms your iPad into a full–fledged DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your iPod library, giving you direct access to all your favorite tracks and playlists. A hyper–realistic touchscreen interface and ultra low–latency converge to offer you a true professional mixing experience, all with your own music. You can perform live, record mixes on–the–go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist from your iPod library auto–magically!

32. Star Walk – $4.99

Star Walk for iPad - interactive astronomy guide

Star Walk – one of the top iPad apps – enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time.

33. Glee Karaoke – $0.99

Glee Karaoke

The #1 music app in 21 countries, Glee Karaoke makes you sound like a star. Sing your heart out to songs from the hit TV show while a little magic helps you sound amazing. Do you have what it takes to make it to the top? You’ll find out as you compete with people all over the world! Enjoyed over 8 million times, Glee Karaoke lets you sing, compete and share with the world.

Business and Productivity Apps for iPad

34. Blogsy – $4.99

Blogsy Top iPadd Apps

Blogsy – one of the top iPad apps –  is a tool designed specifically to take full advantage of the iPad’s unique touch functionality. Adding your photos and videos is as easy as dragging them from the media sidebar and dropping them into your blog post. This makes writing blog posts as easy as it should be, saving you from the hassle of manually copy/pasting embed codes or links. Simply put, we think that Blogsy makes writing so easy that you will use it instead of your computer.

35. Instapaper – $4.99


Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines! Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don’t have the time when you find them. Save with Instapaper, then read later when you’re commuting, in a meeting, or waiting in line.

36. PhotoSync – $1.99


PhotoSync – one of the top iPad apps –  will transform your photo handling forever. It‘s the first app that makes wireless transfer of your photos/videos from or to your computer and other i-Devices – a breeze. PhotoSync also transfers to Dropbox, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, SmugMug and FTP. You need never use a cable again!

37. Penultimate – $1.99


The original, best-selling handwriting app for iPad now includes photo annotation. Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea — in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.

38. ACTPrinter – $1.99

ACTPrinter Top iPad apps

ACTPrinter – one of the top iPad apps –  allows you to “print” any document from your Mac/PC to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Finally your documents travel with you!

39. PDF Reader Pro – $2.99

PDF Reader Pro

As the top rated paid app in the Business category, PDF Reader Pro is famous for its friendly user interface, PDF scanner feature, easy file access (Wi-Fi, USB, and cloud storage), outstanding PDF rendering speed, and powerful annotation tools. As if you were having a portable office, PDF Reader Pro helps you manage your business on the go!

40. Credit Card Machine – Free

Credit Card Machine

Credit Card Machine – one of the top iPad apps –  was a Top 5 Finalist along with companies such as Amazon and eBay for Retail, Shopping and Commerce app of the year! The App is FREE to download and we can have your account setup the same day you apply with NO UPFRONT COSTS.

41. Simplenote – Free


People are using Simplenote to keep notes, lists, ideas and more. Your notes automatically synchronize with your computer and all your devices. It’s extremely easy to use. For those who want more power, you can also use tags, pins, versions, and sharing. The best way to learn about Simplenote is to try it. After you download it, you’ll be asked to create an account. This allows your notes to synchronize with your computer.

42. Quickoffice® Pro – $14.99

Quickoffice® Pro Top iPad Apps

Quickoffice® Pro – one of the top iPad apps –  is the essential Microsoft® Office productivity tool for your iPad that offers an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for advanced editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with an integrated file management solution with convenient access to multiple cloud service providers including MobileMe, Dropbox, Google® Docs, Box.net, Huddle and SugarSync.

Games for iPad

43. Chess With Friends – Free

Chess With Friends

Play chess with your friends and family anytime, anywhere’.

44. Dead Space™  – $2.99

Dead Space™ for iPad

Featuring hardcore gameplay with enhanced graphics for iPad 2 and a rich audio experience, immerse yourself in events that unleash the Necromorph horde again – and set the stage for the horrifying action of Dead Space 2. Hailed by fans and critics, this stunning vision of the Dead Space franchise is truly a landmark “

45. Infinity Blade – $5.99

Infinity Blade Top iPad Apps

For untold ages, the God King has ruled with an iron fist – his power is incalculable; his followers, legion. Now you must journey to the Dark Citadel to battle his Titans, one by one, until you face the tyrant himself. As it has been for all in your bloodline, this is your birthright – to free your people from an endless legacy of darkness. The immortal can be vanquished – but only if heart, mind, and steel are one.

46. Sunday Lawn – $0.99

Sunday Lawn

The grass is growing rampant in the neighborhood, and there’s only one man to call! Ladies and gentlemen – Meet Charlie and his wild mower. Join him in his Sunday work to clear up the neighborhood yard by yard, but watch out for puppy dogs, angry hedgehogs and other obstacles.

47. NBA JAM – $2.99


Jam with a friend in Local Multiplayer and rock your iPad with all the over-the-top, high-flying, 2-on-2 arcade basketball action just like you remember it – and like you’ve never seen before! Go to the hole. Go strong. Go for the monster jam.

48. Words With Friends HD – $2.99

 Words With Friends HD Top iPad Apps

Play the AD-FREE version of Words With Friends HD, the game more of your friends are playing than any other word game! (The HD version is optimized for the iPad’s big screen.) Experience for yourself why more than 20 million people are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.

49. Flight Control HD – $4.99

Flight Control HD

You’re an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport: just touch and drag aircraft to their landing zones. Sounds easy? You’ll need nerves of steel and smart strategy to keep the chaos under control! Flight Control HD has been especially redesigned for iPad, with all the iPhone content plus new ways to play, new maps and new graphics. It’s insanely addictive – easy to start, but impossible to stop, so get it now and find out what everyone is raving about!

50. Battleheart – $2.99

Battleheart Top iPad Apps

Create a unique party of heroes, and lead them in frantic real-time battles against monsters of ever increasing power. Lay waste to your foes with dozens of unique special powers as you gain experience, upgrade your party’s equipment, and craft them into the ultimate battle force!

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

John July 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

For business and productivity apps, you might want to try AnywherePad. Maybe you can add it in the list next time.


Koleo June 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

good list . i would add Beesy . A good productivity app ! good all in one


iPAS April 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

Good blog post. I certainly appreciate this website. Thanks!


Coach Terp December 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Surely not including Fox News was a freudian slip, given you listed the apps of nearly every other source of news; you wouldn’t purposely leave ‘the #1 most-watched’ source off news off the list, would you?


Paul October 29, 2011 at 3:03 am

Would be cool if you included Fox News app in the list.


Brit October 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

Good list. I would add Solar Walk as well to the entertainment section) love playing with planets on my iPad using 3d glasses.


Matt September 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Great selection. I would have added “AppsFriends” (http://appsfriends.com) to the “social networking” category, it’s a must-have for me on my iPad 2 😉


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