The best iPad apps of 2019


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 iPad app of the week.

iPad app of the week: GoodReader ($5.99/£5.99/AU$9.99)

GoodReader is a PDF reader and annotation app. This in itself isn’t unusual on iPad, and nor is GoodReader’s ability to connect to a wide range of sources, including shared drives, and remote servers. What makes GoodReader worth adding to your iPad toolkit is its set of handy iPad-centric bespoke features.

There’s a two-up view, like in Safari, meaning you can compare two documents – or two sections of the same file. There’s support for Office documents, and to quickly extract all of the text from a file. 

Also, when exporting, you can burn annotations into a PDF so they can’t be edited, or ‘photocopy’ the document to a PDF of flat images that can’t be tampered with. In all, even if it doesn’t become your primary PDF reader/editor, it’s a great buy for these features alone.