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10+ Best iPad Air Apps to Download

Nadia Ali

| 1 minute ago


If you're new to the iPad Air and wonder, "What are the best apps to download," we compiled a list of the best entertainment, organization, and creativity apps for you.

Purchasing an iPad Air is only half the fun; the apps gives you the full iPad experience!

Regardless of if you use your iPad Air for work, leisure, or both, there is an app to help you maximize your time and optimize your tasks to ensure you're playing and working as efficiently as possible.

Here are the must-have iPad Air apps to download to get the most out of your device. Let's begin with the most popular genre for our devices: entertainment.


iPads are a fantastic source of entertainment on-the-go, whether that be music, movies, television, or games. It's one of the driving forces behind getting an iPad for many people!

So, what do we recommend? Let's take a look at the selection below.

Video-Streaming Service (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+)


Watching your favorite television shows or movies has never been easier than it is now, with a wide variety of video-streaming services available for you to try.

From Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu to Disney+, there is a streaming service for everyone to catch up on your favorite flicks.

Of course, each streaming platform offers its own directory of films and television, along with their own originals.

So, you may have to do a little research to figure out which service best fits your preferences and needs, or you could always get more than one!

Once decided, you'll never have a dull moment, whether that be in your spare time or on your next commute.

Price: Free with In-App purchases



If you love to game, then you've probably already heard of the uber-popular video game Minecraft.

Escape to another space to build your own world solo or with your friends. Travel far and wide on land to the sea and explore the depths of the earth as you gather materials to build the world you imagine.

Embark on the virtual adventure in creative mode to discover new places without the rush. Or, for the challenge seekers, take on survival mode to face dangerous animals and beings while building your own community with friends.

Download the iPad version on the App Store, and you'll be good to go in the 3D world, breaking apart those blocks!

Price: $6.99 with In-App purchases

Music-Streaming Service (Apple Music, Spotify)


While your iPad Air may not be the first device you go-to for listening to music, it's still probably a good idea to have an app on there just if you need access to some tunes!

Each of these music-streaming platforms offers free trials. Before you enter your credit card, try each of them out, and then subscribe to the one you like best.

With your Apple Music or Spotify subscription, you can listen to your favorite songs, playlists, and podcasts while you walk on the treadmill or cycle on your bicycle machine.

If you're traveling or commuting, the best part of these subscriptions is that you can listen offline whenever you'd like to save on using your cellular data!

Price: Free with In-App Purchases (for Spotify)


Your iPad Air is the perfect organizational companion to communicate and streamline your everyday to-dos to keep your head on straight.

Whether you're using your finger or Apple Pencil to note everything down, having the appropriate organization apps is essential to ensure you are prepared for the day.

Here are our top four recommended iPad apps to do just that.



In the age of work-from-home and remote work positions, you need Zoom.

Zoom is a video chatting service that helps communicate as much as you can from your device. The app has become our best friends and saviors to virtually keep in touch with co-workers, friends, and family.

If you need to share a document or finding on your screen, Zoom supports share screen options. Zoom is an essential tool in today's world. Get chatting face-to-face by starting a "New Meeting" from the comfort of your iPad.

Price: Free



One of the best note-taking apps for the iPad is Notability.

You can directly handwrite into the app with your Apple Pencil. You can also use the other journaling and drawing tools at your disposal (highlighter, ink, text, audio) on an imported PDF file. It looks like work and school just got a lot more hands-on!

With the multi-note feature, integration of shapes and icons, and options to doodle, you can prepare a presentation in no time. The best part is that you can continue working from your iPad or iPhone to your Mac.

Price: $8.99 with In-App purchases

Microsoft PowerPoint


Microsoft's PowerPoint app is the presentation app to download for any of your devices.

PowerPoint is the slideshow maker tool we have all become accustomed to over the years. You can add special effects and time each component added to your presentation slides hassle-free.

At this point, it's essential for work and school assignments and a must-have on your iPad to create and share presentations when you're on-the-go.

Price: Free with In-App purchases


The iPad is a perfect launchpad for creators and designers to let their creativity roam free!

With an abundance of apps on the market currently, it can be overwhelming to filter your search for creativity's best iPad apps.

The best part is that the variety of iPad creativity apps provides options for every artist, which means there is something for everybody!

Affinity Designer for iPad


Affinity Designer is a professional graphic design platform application created specifically for the iPad.

Unleash your creativity and share your content with Affinity Designer's vector tools, various typography options, live pixel previews, and real-time adjustments to let you pan and zoom effortlessly at 120 fps.

Here, the artist in you can find everything you'd possibly need to create beautiful illustrations, art, branding, icons, and more. So, grab your Apple Pencil and begin drawing!

Price: $19.99



Who says you need a full band to create music? Let your inner musician shine with GarageBand.

The GarageBand app for your iPad gives you your own little digital studio where you can play, record, and share your creations. Layer and modify your tracks anywhere at any time when you use GarageBand on your iPad.

Take advantage of your access to an expansive range of world instruments, as well as the Sound Library, where you have free instrumentals and loop tracks at your fingertips. Go ahead, and get playing!

Price: Free

Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor


If you're interested in photography and want to improve your visual editing skills, you need Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor.

Adobe Lightroom is an easy-to-use, high-quality photo editor for all your photography and image-editing needs. Complete with filters, retouching, and much more, turn your photos into stunning snapshots of your life.

If you have image presets, you can add and manage them in the Adobe Lightroom app. Presets are an easy and efficient way to edit your photos consistently across your entire collection.

Price: Free with In-App purchases



Create movie magic effortlessly on your iPad Air with iMovie.

Similar to GarageBand, the iMovie application is an Apple classic and favorite. Instead of creating breath-taking audio, put together trailers and short to feature films on your iPad with iMovie.

Complete with templates, graphics, transitions, and other editing tools, you have the power to create Hollywood-style movies and trailers right from your device.

Add titles, transitions, music—you could include your original tracks from GarageBand—to your film and produce everything on your iPad.
Sitting in the director's chair has never been easier!

Price: Free

SketchUp Viewer


SketchUp Viewer is a helpful app for all sorts of designers, architects, or those who are merely curious about using a platform to visualize and create their own worlds.

SketchUp on iPad can have you designing cities and buildings, landscapes, or your dream bedroom!

The latest version lets you view any space in 3D. You can also take advantage of the Augmented Reality (AR) features to interact with the models you create.

It is a fantastic tool for those accustomed to implementing a more advanced design, but overall accessible for those willing to learn the app and put in the work!

Price: Free with In-App purchases

Products Covered

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iPad Air
Release Date
October 2020


• 64GB / 256GB
• 10.9" Liquid Retina Display
• A14 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture
• 12MP, Smart HDR, 7MP FaceTime HD Camera
• Up to 10 Hours Video Playback


Despite being thinner than the iPad and iPad Pro, the iPad Air (2020) is arguably the most advanced iPad on the market. With Apple's latest A14 chip, an edge-to-edge display, and top-notch cameras on both the front and back, the latest iPad Air will not only satisfy your needs, it'll do way more.

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