Get tips and tricks for downloading and using the iPad apps available on your tablet in this free lesson.
Even if you're new to the iPad, you've probably heard of apps. The concept is simple: Apps are programs that are designed to run on your device. The iPad comes with several built-in apps, but you can download more apps from the App Store. The iPad also makes it easy to manage the apps on your device.
The App Store gives you access to hundreds of thousands of apps. You'll find everything from games to entertainment to productivity tools—even apps that can help you with common tasks like studying for an exam, cooking dinner, or keeping track of travel plans.
There are thousands of apps you can download for free. Many other apps cost as little as $0.99, although some may be more expensive. If you're not sure which apps to try first, the App Store can help by giving you recommendations or showing you what's popular with other iPad users.
You'll need an Apple ID and a valid credit card to purchase apps from the App Store (including free apps). Review our Extra on Creating an Apple ID for more information.
If you're new to the App Store, Apple has organized some of the most useful and popular apps for new iPad users in one place. Open the App Store, scroll down to Quick Links, then tap New to the App Store?
A list of popular apps will appear. Each app will note its price (or it will say Free). Simply tap an app to learn more about it. The app page will appear with information about how the app works, user reviews, screenshots, and more.