There are many smartphone apps available in this day and age; in fact, it seems as though there’s an app for everything. However, over the past year or so there has been an increase in apps designed specifically for tablets – in particular, iPads. If you’re an iphone app developer in Australia in 2015, let’s just say you won’t be short of work!

About iPad apps

Many iPad apps don’t have a great reputation. Users find that while they are labelled as ‘free’, they actually require you to spend some money to get anything out of them. In-app payments can be very annoying – especially when you realise that they are for features basically essential to the running of the app itself. In addition, you may also have to deal with advertisements. Smart phone marketing is a well-known advertising tactic – and when it comes to tablets, it’s much the same deal. In-app adverts are quite common when it comes to ‘free’ iPad apps. So, are there any good, free apps for iPads? The answer is yes – there are actually quite a few.

Facebook

Everything you love about Facebook, designed to perfectly complement an iPad screen. This app fits in well with the design aesthetic of iOS 7 and iOS 8, and it’s very easy to use.

Twitter

Again, this app has been designed to perfectly suit an iPad. It’s simple to use and makes it easy to access all the basic functions of Twitter – which is what you really want with a mobile app.

Skype

If you want to be able to video-call friends and family, Skype is a great option. Skype is much better suited to the larger iPad screen compared to that of a smart phone, making this a great app to have on your tablet.

Kindle

Love reading? The Kindle app is available for use on iPads, meaning you can browse and download eBooks to your personal device. The bigger iPad screen is ideal for reading on the go.

BBC iPlayer

Watch any shows that have been screened in the last seven days with the BBC iPlayer. Whether it’s television shows or radio programs, you can stream them directly from your iPad – without any adverts. Got a long journey ahead of you? This app is a must!

YouTube

There’s no better way to pass the time than by watching YouTube videos. Sure, you can watch them via the internet browser on your iPad – but the optimised YouTube app is the easier, smoother way to do it. The app is slicker and more suited to the screen size of a tablet, making navigation easier.

eBay

eBay for iPads is the perfect way to browse through items – and keep a check on auctions. Many people choose to access eBay via mobile devices as they allow you to stay connected all the time – so there’s no need to worry about an auction ending without your knowledge. iPads are ideal for eBay lovers – they are big enough to get a good look at images, and you can take them with you wherever you go.

BBC Weather

No ‘best app’ list is complete without a weather app – everyone wants to know if it’s going to rain or not. The BBC weather app for iPads provides you with everything you need to know – from visibility and the chance of lightening, through to UV details and the pollen count.

Trends come and go

Mobile app trends are always changing. For example, Android developer in Perth were once popular, but now these devices  account for 50% of the market share – and therefore the apps are no longer as common as they once were. Currently, apps created for Andorid are very popular – and it looks as though this trend is set to continue for some time yet.