7 Must-Have Apps and Accessories for Your iPad

Your iPad is an amazing tool for work and play, but it will be even better with the following apps and accessories.

1. A strong protective case

You know you need a case for your iPad, but with so many options on the market, it can be hard to choose a brand. If you buy the wrong case, you won’t know until you accidentally drop your iPad and it breaks. That’s definitely not worth the risk, considering how much they cost. 

Instead, go for a reputable, reliable brand that has a track record of making cases proven to protect.

For instance, the Unicorn Beetle PRO for iPad (see i-blason.com) is always a safe bet since it’s made by a leader in the industry who puts their cases through rigorous testing to ensure they provide the ultimate protection. When you have one of their cases, you won’t have to worry.

2. The Apple Pencil

If you haven’t used the Apple Pencil, you’re in for a treat. Although it’s mostly of interest to graphic artists, the Apple Pencil is basically a wireless stylus for your iPad and other devices and it works amazingly well.

There are three different versions available – the first generation, second generation, and USB-C. The first gen isn’t worth considering because it’s a bit too slippery to grip properly. Apple fixed that issue when they introduced the second gen pencil.

The second generation Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive and has plenty of useful features. It’s the USB-C version that you want to avoid. It’s basically a high-priced budget version that doesn’t have all the features that make the pencil worth buying.

However, before you run out and buy any of the models, you might want to wait to see if Apple is going to release the third generation. It’s been rumored that it should be released sometime in 2024, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Even if you don’t use your iPad for graphic design, it still works great as a stylus and can be used to sign electronic documents.

3. A screen protector

Screen protectors are non-negotiable for an iPad. If you don’t have a protective case that comes with a screen protector, consider getting one to put directly on your screen. Although they do come with varying degrees of protection, anything is better than nothing for protecting against scratches.

4. Task management apps

Applications to manage daily tasks and projects are a must-have. Whether you need to keep track of a weekly shopping list or a major project you’re handling at work, you can do it all with the right app.

Some of the best apps for tracking projects and daily to-do lists are Asana, Basecamp, and Monday. They can be as complex or as simple as you need. Advanced features are available, but you don’t have to use them.

5. Games

If you use your iPad for work, don’t forget to install your favorite games so you can relax and unwind at the end of the day or on your breaks. Games are a great way to decompress, even though it might seem like you’re just wasting time. There’s nothing wasteful about taking the time to relax.

6. Apps for taking payments

If you run a business and need to take payments from people in person, you can do that with your iPad when you have the right app installed. Apple Pay is by far the easiest to use, but if your customers don’t have Apple Pay and want to pay with a credit card directly, you may need to use something like Square.

For most customers, you can use other payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Cash App, or Chime Pay Anyone. It’s a good idea to offer a variety of options so you can get your money no matter how your customers prefer to pay.

7. A stand

Sometimes you don’t want to hold onto your iPad or set it down on a desk or table to watch a movie. That’s why you need a stand. A portable, adjustable iPad stand will raise your iPad to the height of your choice so you can enjoy watching movies or scrolling through your social media feeds with ease.

Load up your iPad

These are just some of the things that can make your iPad more useful. Whether you use it for work, play, or both, you’ll get more out of your iPad when you load it up with the accessories and apps you need.

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