2012 has been another banner year for the iPad App Store. There are now more than 328,000 apps designed specifically for iPad available (as at 12/21/12) – very close to double the number that there were at this time last year. There are iPad apps for just about any use that can be imagined for them – from excellent business and productivity apps to iPad editions of leading newspapers and magazines, to amazingly capable apps for enhancing our photos and videos, to stellar apps for education and of course plenty of entertainment apps and great iPad games.
Great iPad apps continue to be a major reason why the iPad is the leader in the tablet arena and such a hugely popular device. Apple knows what they’re doing with all their iPad TV ads focused nicely on highlighting all the wonderful things you can do with iPad apps. Once again this year I’ve spent huge amounts of time looking at and reviewing iPad apps, and I’m ready to share my annual list of choices for the Best iPad Apps of 2012.
It’s worth noting that there are a number of repeat winners in this list, because they are still eminently worthy of being on it. Of course there are plenty of new choices too. Any apps that are repeat choices from 2011 will be marked with an asterisk next to the their names. Here we go …
Best iPad App of 2012
PhotoToaster: A fantastic photo editing and photo effects app. It offers a superb range of effects that can be applied with a single tap or adjusted to a fine level with a simple slider. The lighting effects in particular are just stunning. The interface is elegant and minimal and makes it easy to enhance your images. The app also has a great array of sharing options. If you only want to have one iPad app to improve your photos with, this is a great choice.