20 best apps for iPad Pro (2018)

The next generation iPad Pro with an 8-core A12X Bionic processor and 7-core is on sale this week.

graphic coprocessor. New tablets have achieved record performance - in benchmarks they bypass even some MacBook Pro models with Core i7! In addition, they received the long-awaited design update and the second-generation Apple Pencil. And, of course, to unleash the full potential of these amazing devices, appropriate programs are required. What kind? We will tell in this article!

Although iOS 12 for convenience failedget closer to macOS, some applications are now more comfortable to use on the iPad than on the MacBook. Given the positioning of the iPad Pro, it’s easy to guess that this is mainly about creativity apps.



If you already bought iPad Pro (2018), do not forget to install these applications to use the potential of your tablet to the maximum!

This article presents the best applications from different categories. This is not promotional material.




If you bought an iPad Pro with the new Apple Pencil, then the application Procreate it’s just for you to buy - even ifYou are not an artist or designer! This application opens up great opportunities for you. You can create complex illustrations and drawings, or just relax by painting mirror patterns and patterns. It is also one of the best digital calligraphy apps available on iOS.

Thousands of tutorials and tips for working in the Internet are available on the Internet. Procreate. You will find not only videos on YouTube with detailed explanations (including in Russian), but also ready-made templates, brushes and fonts.

Buy Procreate on the App Store ($ 12)

Adobe Lightroom CC

Mobile Lightroom from Adobe is deservedly considered one of the best applications for processing and organizing photos on the iPad. This is not a full replacement. Photoshop - but that's why Lightroom and is hotel software in the Adobe line. With it, you can quickly process photos using an extensive set of tools and the ability to create your own filters.

Some functions (including synchronization with desktop Lightroom and Photoshop) are available only to Creative Cloud subscribers, however, even free functionality is more than enough for basic processing.

Download Adobe Lightroom CC on the App Store

Microsoft Outlook

It's pretty funny that despite its bad reputation among Windows users, Outlook is one of the most convenient mailboxes for both iPhone and iPad. This application is multifunctional, stable and supports a large number of mail services.

But the most important advantage of it isthe ability to replace multiple applications at once. Here you have a mailbox, a calendar, and file storage - all in one program! Thanks to this, you can schedule a meeting in a couple of tapes, set up a reminder, download all the necessary files and send them to your boss.

Download Microsoft Outlook on the App Store

Affinity photo

Affinity photo - the closest functional replacement Photoshop for iPad Pro (at least until releasePhotoshop for iOS). You’ll get full access to photo editing, and on iPad Pro 2018, the program runs faster than ever. The application allows you to add as many layers with different blending methods and masks as you need. In addition, more than 120 brushes are supported.

And, of course, the application is adapted for ApplePencil for precise processing of individual parts of the image. Also here you can work with RAW and get access to a huge number of tools. Oh yeah, last but not least - you can download PSD files from your computer and process them on your iPad using Affinity photo.

Buy Affinity Photo on the App Store (1,490₽)



Affinity designer

Another drawing application on our list, Affinity designer allows you to sketch wherever you are. If Photo from the same developer is called to replace Photoshopthen Designer - rather analog Adobe illustrator. With it, you can create vector images. That is, right on the tablet you can work with any graphics: logos, brochures, posters, etc.

Use the Apple Pencil to draw, and then refine the image with dozens of available tools. Affinity designer - a must-have for every designer: even if you specialize in UI, you can use your iPad Pro to create mockups.

Buy Affinity Designer on the App Store (1,490₽)


On iPad (not yet) available Final cut xbut on the App Store you will find Lumafusion - iOS-video editor with the widest functionality at the moment. Moreover, on the new iPad Pro, this program literally flies - even when processing and rendering video in 4K!

You will get a full editor with support for 3tracks for video and 3 tracks for audio. Of course, other important functions of the video editor - for example, support for slow-mo, transitions, audio mixing, adding text and cropping audio and video - are also present.

Buy LumaFusion on the App Store (1,490₽)

Autodesk SketchBook

Autodesk has taken a step towards creative people around the world and made their application Sketchbook free for iPad and iPhone. And this is reason enough to establish Sketchbook, take the Apple Pencil and start drawing! Even if you do not consider yourself such a creative person or are not very good at drawing, just try: you never know what such attempts will lead to, and sketches definitely help to relax!

Download SketchBook on the App Store


Paper - another creative app for the iPad,which should be installed even for people who are usually far from creativity. This is one of the first applications of this type that came out for the iPad and showed how convenient and fun it is to draw on the tablet display. And that was years before the announcement of the Apple Pencil and the positioning of the iPad Pro as tablets for designers and artists! Today Paper can be used not only for quick sketches, but also for creating full-fledged drawings, as well as notes, tables and diagrams.

If you have so much information in your head that it’s about to explode, using Paper You can transfer everything to the tablet screen and organize your thoughts and tasks. You can use templates - from regular tables to the iPad interface - so that Paper You can even work on the UI.

Download Paper on the App Store




If you often work with PDF for study or work, be sure to download LiquidText. This program will change your perception ofwork with such files. It allows you to quickly add comments and annotations, as well as highlight parts of the text in separate notes with the ability to work with them separately in parallel with the main text.

LiquidText makes PDF so malleable formatas much as possible. Just open the document and start drawing, compiling clippings and making handwritten comments. And yes, you can open links using the built-in web browser without leaving the application!

Download LiquidText on the App Store

Microsoft Office Suite

Programs from the series Microsoft Office They don’t need to be introduced - and they are perfectly adapted for iPad. If you already have an Office subscription, you can use your account to access Word, Excel and Powerpoint. At the same time, on the tablet you will find almost all the functions of the desktop version, including keyboard shortcuts, cloud synchronization, templates, and much more.

Download Microsoft Word on the App Store

Download Microsoft Excel on the App Store

Download Microsoft PowerPoint on the App Store


Here you will find everything for annotating images. You can easily crop what you need, blur the parts you don’t want to show, zoom in on the desired objects with a magnifying glass, and add your own comments.

Download Annotable on the App Store

iCab Mobile

Safari Is a great browser, but its main problem isupdate rate. If developers of third-party browsers update applications regularly and actively respond to user comments and comments, then Apple updates Safari only with the release of the new iOS - so it will take years to introduce some features and fix bugs. In addition, the functional Safari and most other mobile browsers are greatly reduced.

Considering that the new iPad Pros are more powerful than some MacBooks, it is great for web surfing. Take full advantage of the tablet’s capabilities. iCab Mobile. It is as close as possible to desktop browsers. Here you will find the interface a la Chrome, convenient tab management, download managerand much more. In addition, you can install additional extensions - here they are called modules. With the help of modules, you can save pages in .EPUB and even do things that are not available in iOS itself - for example, watch YouTube video in the “picture-in-picture” mode.

Buy iCab Mobile on the App Store ($ 14)

Good notes 4

If you're looking for an advanced note-taking app on the iPad Pro that unlocks Apple Pencil's potential to the maximum, check out Good notes. You can draw and write on top of any image, or choose one of the template backgrounds.

It is worth noting that in Good notes (as opposed to standard Notes) functionHandwriting recognition really works. If necessary, you can easily translate handwritten text into printed text. You can also import PDF documents into the application and annotate them.

Buy Good Notes 4 on the App Store (599₽)

iA Writer

iA Writer can safely be called one of the best texteditors for iPad. It is not cheap, but it will definitely appeal to users who have to write a lot - including on a tablet. It provides a convenient system for storing and organizing files, as well as a special mode that makes all text light gray, except for the offer that you are typing at the moment. This allows you to avoid distractions and focus on your work.

also in iA Writer you will find dark theme, text replacement function andmuch more. For example, there is an interesting function that emphasizes words of different parts of speech in different colors. The only drawback is the lack of Russian localization. Because of this, if you do not know English, you will have to deal with the functions either with the help of a translator or by typing.

Buy iA Writer 4 from the App Store ($ 9.99)


This is a great lazy read service that allows you to save an article on one device so you can read it later on another. Using a browser extension Clip to evernote you can quickly save a clipping of the text, orthe entire article at once, add tags and select a folder to save. A free subscription allows you to sync data between your computer and two mobile devices, so you can save your favorite article on your computer and then read it from iPad on the way to work.



Up to 60 MB of data can be synchronized per month;while the volume of one note should not exceed 25 MB. Of course, this will not be enough for video synchronization, but for articles and images it is quite enough.

Download Evernote on the App Store


The new iPad Pros come with iOS 12 on board. And one of the coolest features of iOS 12 has become Teams for Siri. They allow you to start the execution of a whole chain of tasks in one word or phrase. Teams compatible with a number of third-party applications. Their number is constantly growing and already includes Carrot Weather, Streaks, Overcast, Trello and other programs.

Download Teams on the App Store

Google Docs, Sheets, and Presentations

Google Docs is available for iPad and yes it isthe application can hardly be called the best text editor. However, it fulfills its stated functions, is regularly updated and maintained by the developers. And in some cases, when the use of Google products for work is mandatory, but there is no computer at hand, this can save you time and nerves.

The same can be said of the other two officeapplications of the search giant. They are free, great for collaborative work with documents and do not differ much in functionality from their desktop and browser versions. Considering the new iPad Pro is equipped with a USB-C connector, you will be able to display your presentations on the big screen without Apple TV and adapters.

Download Google Docs in the App Store

Download Google Sheets on the App Store

Download Google Slides on the App Store

Best iPad Pro App

Which of these apps did you like? Can you remember which program you downloaded the very first to your tablet? Let us know in the comments!