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Top 39 apps for the iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini as highlighted by Apple

Apple introduced the new iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina display at its October Special Event on Tuesday. Part of the presentation focused on the stellar apps in the iOS App Store that make the iPad such an incredibly useful tool. Below you will find 39 apps that Apple singled out as being best in their class.

Avokiddo Emotions - Playful learning for kids A zany zebra, shy sheep, and jolly giraffe help kids discover emotions. Using over 100 props, kids can make animals laugh, cry, or feel any way they want.

Coolson's Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet Sampler This is an addictive, fast-paced word game full of charming narrative and hand-drawn graphics. Play alone or against friends. Either way, it's a world of words and whimsy.

Concepts: Smarter Sketching Concepts helps you capture, explore, and communicate ideas quickly. It's an easy way to sketch freehand. Or use Shape Guides to create perspective lines, templates, storyboards, and more.

Cubasis Cubasis makes mixing music a breeze. Record tracks in CD-audio quality, edit with the Key and Sample Editors, and use the included mixer and audio effects to get the perfect sound.

DC Comics Download great comic books, from the newest to the classics. Follow every adventure with a comic-friendly Guided View or the traditional full-page view.

djay 2 djay transforms your iPad into a full–featured DJ system with direct access to all your favorite songs and playlists. Perform live, record mixes on–the–go, or let djay create a mix for you.

Figure Slide your finger across your iPad to create and record a bass line. Play drums by tapping. Tweak the rhythm, range, and scale to get the sound you're after.

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine It's your own beautiful magazine, customized with the news you care about - your favorite websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and more. Flip through updates from around the web and around the world.

Fly Delta for iPad Spin an interactive globe to explore destinations and fare specials. Experience a whole new view with the amazing Glass Bottom Jet, which lets you see what you're flying over through photos and landmark information. View and plan upcoming trips with an interactive map.

Fotopedia Reporter Publish stories to the Fotopedia community or share them on Facebook or Twitter. Follow great photographers, collaborate on story drafts, and get advice on your own work.

Real Estate by Zillow - Homes & Apartments, For Sale or Rent Find homes for sale and for rent. Swipe through photos without leaving your search map. Get notifications when new listings hit the market. It's your personal real estate broker on iPad.

Galaxy On Fire 2™ HD It's 3D space combat, and you're a space war veteran. Your job is to save the galaxy from devious alien raiders, ruthless space pirates, and power-crazy madmen.

Gilt for iPad - Shop Designer Sales Shop for the most coveted brands with Gilt. You can find designer brands at insider prices for women, men, kids, home, and more. And discover great deals for things to do right in your city.

The Human Body by Tinybop Kids can explore a working model of the body to discover what we're made of and how we work. Every part is animated and interactive - the heart beats, guts gurgle, and lungs breathe.

Infinity Blade III The power of the Infinity Blade is yours to discover in this timeless adventure. Along with villains, champions, and sword fighting. And love, betrayal, and redemption.

Interactive Alphabet Teach the alphabet in so many ways. For babies, it's a guided, touchable tour of A to Z. Kids can learn to write the ABCs with interactive letter toys and word drawings.

Intro to Letters, by Montessorium Based on the Montessori method, this app helps kids learn to trace, read, and write. Students can also record letter sounds, names, and phonograms to practice their words.

Letterpress - Word Game Find words, steal tiles, and color the board. It's the perfect blend of words and design. Play against your friends or foes on Game Center to keep the game colorful.

Memory of Colors presented by Fotopedia This masterpiece by Jaime Ocampo Rangel is a collection of 1300 high-resolution portraits of people from 40 unique cultures, as a celebration of the diversity of humankind. The portraits span 18 countries (from Algeria to Yemen) and 5 continents.

Cooking Light Recipes: Quick and Healthy Menu Maker Build a simple menu with a few swipes. Explore more than 300 easy, delicious entrées - then add sides and desserts to make healthy meals you and your family will love.

AutoCAD 360 View and edit 2D and 3D DWG drawings with this easy to use drawing and drafting app. Add notes and suggest changes with powerful review and markup tools. Then seamlessly share your drawings with others.

National Parks by National Geographic An award-winning interactive guide to 25 of the most-visited U.S. national parks. Includes beautiful photo galleries, maps, and special tips like What to Do and Park Secrets.

NBC It's your favorite NBC shows, anytime, anywhere on iPad. Watch full-length episodes, easily keep track of them all, and find out what's coming up.

Paper by FiftyThree Paper is where ideas begin. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes, or drawings and share them across the web.

Personal Capital Money and Investing See your entire financial picture at a glance. Monitor your personal finances with easy-to-understand charts and graphs. And get help from expert advisors.

Popular Science+ It's the re-imagined digital magazine on what's next in technology, science, gadgets, space, and more. Access special iPad-only features like photo galleries, videos, and other interactive content.

Sketchbook Pro for iPad This is serious sketching on iPad. Customize your canvas and use a brush library and color library to draw. Save your sessions with time-lapse recording, then store them in a gallery.

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders It's the ultimate WWII air combat game. Engage in dogfights, protect cities, and bomb enemy structures. Do it all in accurately recreated locations like the Coast of Dover and Pearl Harbor.

Status Board Make your life's data beautiful. Use the easy built-in panels to see your calendar, tweets, email, weather, news, and more. You can also see relevant data about your business or organization.

StockTouch This app will change the way you understand the stock market. As you watch the market unfold, you can uncover insights on companies and sectors and study historical information.

Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day Just hold your iPad to the sky to automatically find stars, constellations, planets, satellites and more. It's stargazing fun for all ages.

Tayasui Sketches Designed by artists and made for everyone, Sketches is perfect for jotting down ideas, illustrations, watercolor painting, or anything your creative mind can imagine.

Bloomberg for iPad Take advantage of up-to-the-minute business and finance news so you can grow your portfolio. Track, manage, and analyze your personal holdings with easy to understand performance and summary charts.

Hotel Tonight The spontaneous traveler can find last-minute deals on hotel rooms - for that very night. Pre-selected hotels are rated Luxe, Solid, Charming, Hip, and Basic. Access hotels across the U.S. and in over 12 countries.

Traktor DJ This pro DJ software brings high-impact DJ-ing to iPad. You'll see the mixer layout with crossfader, 3-band EQ, and filter on each channel. Create stunning mixes in seconds.

Diptic PDQ PDQ (short for Pretty Dang Quick) is the fastest way to create photo collages and share them with friends. On your iPad Retina display, collages look pretty dang great.

Where's My Water? 2 Cut through dirt and guide purple water and steam to help Swampy and his friends. This sequel to the physics-based puzzler includes three new locations: the Sewer, the Soap Factory, and the Beach.

The Whole Pantry Access easy, inspiring whole-food recipes and lifestyle and wellness guides. It's all designed with whole-food benefits in mind: to improve sleep, lose weight, get clear skin, and get more energy.

Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words Kids learn how to trace letters in a fun and motivating way. The Writing Wizard is customizable to suit every kid's needs. And you can use reports and profiles to check progress.

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