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The App Store offers thousands of apps for various tasks. It’s impossible to download them all, so we’ll briefly tell you about the ones that are truly useful.
This article won’t cover basic programs like maps, social networks, messengers, or games. You’ll likely install those as soon as you unpack your tablet. The goal of this text is to introduce you to interesting iPad apps that can add variety to your lifestyle.
1. I am. Daily Affirmations
When you’re feeling down, it’s essential to distance yourself from demands and expectations. Acknowledge that you’re in a “for now” state and find inspiration in small things. The app “I am” can help with this by sending you daily notifications with affirmations.
Affirmations are statements that strengthen the connection between the conscious and subconscious mind. If you make them a part of your daily ritual, you may not even notice how negative thinking patterns are replaced by positive ones. When you start positively affirming that everything is truly possible, a whole world of opportunities opens up before you. As Buddha said, “You become what you believe.”
2. Endless Source of Inspiration
This app is an inexhaustible source of inspiration: ideas for renovations, interior design, photography, garden decor, as well as an endless catalog of photos on fashion, sports, travel, cars, food, and much more. It all looks like a board with images attached, each focusing on a specific theme.
You can comment on, save, and share the images you like with friends. For example, you can save photo shoot ideas and share this “board” with your photographer.
All pins on Pinterest are visual bookmarks linked to websites. This means you can get additional information about the image: where to buy a particular dish or find out about the delightful restaurant in the location you plan to visit.
In general, give it a try. See how to decorate your balcony with garlands for the New Year, get inspired by interior design, tattoo sketches, and check out patterns for children’s clothing—just enter what interests you in the search. The rest will be like stepping into the unknown.
3. Everything Under Control
Freeform is Apple’s proprietary app for work and creativity. It’s a virtual board with flexible functionality. It supports all types of files: text, photos, videos, links, PDF documents, voice recordings, stickers, drawings, graphics. Almost everything can be customized, changing the layout, size, and even transparency. In essence, it’s like several apps in one—well-thought-out and intuitively understandable.
Freeform can be used as a mood board for photo shoots, preparing for a school or business project, university research, bulletin board, and much more. It’s an excellent way to visualize ideas.
If you wish, you can open access and collaborate on the project with relatives, family members, or colleagues. It’s really cool that you can work together right during a FaceTime call! And it’s convenient that your work will be available not only on iPad but also on iPhone and Mac.
4. Day One Journal: A Way to Focus on Your Feelings
Our brains are wired in a way that they tire from “unfinished cycles.” These cycles occur when we ignore unpleasant thoughts and emotions that arise throughout the day. If we don’t process them, restless feelings continue to resurface. That’s why keeping a personal journal is important: by documenting what’s happening with you, you make sense of and “complete” these events. This is crucial for mental health.
The digital journal Day One is considered one of the best lifestyle apps for iPad. It has been downloaded over 15 million times and has received 200,000 top ratings worldwide. The app is highly thoughtful and allows you to organize your life systematically. Record your thoughts, add photos or videos of your day, input data about your physical activity, the music you listened to, your location, and even the weather on that day. This helps you focus on your feelings now and, in the future, revisit the moments you’ve lived through.
Day One does have a user-friendly interface that resembles a digital journal. It’s indeed enjoyable to “flip through” your entries. Periodically, the app sends notifications with “On This Day” reminders to refresh your memories. Additionally, on the home screen, a featured quote adds a nice touch – a small detail that brings a pleasant touch to your journaling experience. If you have any more questions or if there’s anything else you’d like to know or discuss, feel free to let me know!
5. A Soft Murmur: Background for Relaxation
This app is a lifesaver for those who are sensitive to ambient noise, whether it’s office chatter, the sound of a neighbor’s drill, a child crying in transport, or others. A Soft Murmur offers a collection of over 10 background sounds of nature, including storms, wind, crickets, crackling fire, birdsong, waves, rain, and more. You can mix, adjust the volume and intensity of these sounds, save them to your collection, and even share your customized “track” on social media. The app is very user-friendly and works without an internet connection.
Background sounds help you concentrate on work or study in a noisy environment, and they also facilitate relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep to the soothing sounds of nature. Additionally, to ensure your iPad stops playing when you fall asleep, you can set a timer.
6. Notion: To Always Stay Organized
This app is designed for simple and intuitive task organization. Its principle is to have everything you need always at your fingertips. Therefore, Notion easily replaces other popular programs like Evernote, Trello, and Google Docs.
Notion operates like a smart notebook where you can add everything related to a task on one page—text, drawings, audio, photos, videos, links, tables, code, and other content. Pages can be easily grouped and linked together. You can work on a project individually or collaboratively with a team using Notion.
In Notion, it’s convenient to write articles, create mood boards, manage budgets, keep track of movies you want to watch, store portfolios and resumes, maintain a client database, and monitor order payments. It offers vast possibilities for use. Notable giants like Nike, Tinder, and McDonald’s utilize this app. For instance, Figma uses Notion as a knowledge base for its employees.
7. All News in One App
Every day, we face an enormous influx of information—so much that it’s easy to get lost in it. We often visit the same websites multiple times in search of updates, read news from different sources, and explore information on specialized sites. All of this can consume a lot of time.
Feedly is the app that consolidates all the sites you follow—your favorite magazines, news outlets, YouTube channels, blogs, and websites—all in one place. You just need to subscribe to a source once, and updates will appear in your news feed. For convenience, you can categorize sites into groups, such as work-related, entertainment, or news. You can also customize the app’s font, switch to a dark theme (useful for reading in the dark), and easily bookmark useful articles on specific topics.
The RSS aggregator Feedly is available in English, and its interface is so intuitive that even a beginner can easily navigate it.
All the programs mentioned in this article are also available on iPhone, so you’ll always have access to your data. However, their full potential shines on the iPad. After all, the smartphone screen is too small, and there is no capability to write by hand on the Mac.
Purchase your iPad at iSpace stores: we have the complete lineup of current models in stock. All of them are on open display, so you can come and familiarize yourself with the devices before making a purchase.
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