(Updated in October 2017)
I have one of these for iPhone apps, and it occurred to me that there should be one for iPads, too.
- Overcast is my current favourite podcast app, though if cross-platform sync or video is important to you, Pocket Casts - is nice too.
- Soulver - a really nice calculator app.
- Bear - a beautiful notes app for iOS and Mac. Apparently there may be a web version coming some time, too.
- Paprika - a recipe app that syncs with iPhone and Mac OS X.
This couldn’t have been a category a few years ago, but things are (slowly) improving.
- Working Copy - A Git client for iOS that works really well with the built-in document pickers. Particularly sweet with…
- Textastic - A very nice text editor that can open entire repositories from Working Copy, meaning you can browse your files in the text editor and commit the changes later in Working Copy.
- Pythonista - Work with Python on iOS.
- Coda - A not-as-reduced-as-you’d-think version of Panic’s Coda for Mac. Syncs with the desktop so you can SSH into websites and publish changes.
News and Networks
- Flipboard - the best way to browse all your stuff at the same time: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Can be customised to have sections made up of only your favourites from those services, which is handy.
- Twitterrific and Tweetbot. Both excellent Twitter apps, though Twitterrific’s support for threads I find better. I mean, I wish threads weren’t a thing, but they seem to be.
- Reeder - RSS, syncs with many of the current RSS engines, as well as doing local RSS.
- Instapaper - recently purchased by Pinterest, still the most pleasant read-later service to my eyes. I quite like pagination, even if it is a little buggy.
- Kindle - and of course, use Kindle Cloud Reader for a nice front-end to the Kindle store.
Art and stuff
- Paper by FiftyThree - I don’t really do any drawing on the iPad, but if I did, I’d do it with this.