One of the best things about an iPad is everything you can do with it.

Compose your own rock ballad. Polish a presentation. Say (and wave) hello to a faraway friend. With lots of great Apple-designed apps built in, and more you can download from the App Store, there’s no limit to what you — and your iPad — can do.

Safari

This is browsing at its most beautiful. Pages look crisp and sharp, and they load almost instantly. Type anything in the unified smart search field, and Safari automatically suggests matches. And now you can see all your open web pages with tabs from the same site grouped together.

Mail

Mail makes it easy to scan your inbox and open attachments. You can send, receive, and reply across all your accounts. Keep track of email conversations by thread. Or turn iPad from portrait to landscape to change your view. And now on iPad, you can easily jump between drafts and emails in your inbox.

iBooks

Read everything from classic novels to your favorite page-turners. Add bookmarks and notes, and adjust the font size and background color. With iCloud, you can start reading a book on your iPad and pick up where you left off on your iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac. And Family Sharing lets you share iBooks with up to six family members. Learn more about iBooks

Photos

The Photos app lets you search all the photos and videos on your iPad to find your favorites. Use the powerful new editing tools to make your shots look even better. Then post to Facebook or Twitter with a tap, use AirDrop to share with someone nearby, or share with a group of friends using iCloud Photo Sharing. Learn more about iCloud Photo Sharing

Maps

Get photo‑realistic, interactive 3D views with Flyover mode. Images and text look sharp even when you zoom in. The Maps app is a destination unto itself.1 Learn more about Maps

FaceTime

With FaceTime you can make video — or audio‑only — calls over Wi‑Fi or cellular to an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac. Use the FaceTime camera in front for chatting.2 Then switch to the iSight camera on the back to share the view from your end.

Newsstand

With Newsstand, your magazine and newspaper subscriptions are delivered right to your iPad. And new issues download automatically in the background. Many publications are designed for iPad, so you can interact with elements on the page. To search for new titles, just tap the Store button.

Messages

With new continuity features, you can now send iMessage, SMS, and MMS messages from any of your devices. Send a video of what you’re seeing the moment you’re seeing it. Share locations, links, and contacts. Or just send someone a smiley. You can send to one person at a time or to an entire group at once.3

iTunes Store

Browse among millions of songs and thousands of HD movies on the iTunes Store. Download purchases directly to your iPad. And access everything you buy on all your devices. Thanks to Family Sharing, up to six members of your family can also access your purchases.

App Store

iPad apps were designed to take advantage of all the power and advanced technology inside your iPad, including the Retina display. The App Store has over 500,000 iPad apps, and many of them are free.4 And the App Store works with Family Sharing, so up to six members of your family can download your purchases, too. Learn more about apps from the App Store

Camera

The 5MP iSight camera on iPad lets you take beautiful photos. The large Retina display makes a picture-perfect viewfinder. Snap a square-format pic. Quickly switch to shooting video. Hold the shutter button down and get rapid-fire shooting to capture life’s fleeting moments.

iMovie

Turn your videos into beautiful HD movies featuring cinematic graphics and soundtracks. With iMovie Theater, you can watch them all on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac — even your HDTV with Apple TV. And when it’s time for your world premiere, share directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more.5 Learn more about iMovie

GarageBand

Touch Instruments and Smart Instruments make it easy and fun to create music on your iPad. You can record, edit, and mix up to 32 tracks and share them right from iPad to your fans across the room or around the globe.5 Learn more about GarageBand

Pages

Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you effortlessly create reports, resumes, and documents. It takes only a few taps to choose a template, customize your layout, make it read beautifully, and share your work. Writing has never been easier. Period.5 Learn more about Pages

Numbers

Spreadsheets have never brought so much to the table. You start off with a blank canvas. Tap to choose a handsome template. Then add multiple tables, which are prebuilt with formulas. Or build stunning interactive charts with a touch. The power of numbers has never been so beautiful to behold.5 Learn more about Numbers

Keynote

Wherever you go, the power to create a compelling presentation is right at your fingertips. Tap one of 30 elegant Apple-designed themes to start. Add photos, interactive charts, and cinematic transitions. And use AirPlay to wirelessly present on an HDTV right from your iPad.5 Learn more about Keynote

Calendar

Manage your busy schedule with the Calendar app. You can view events by day, week, month, or year. And switch from portrait to landscape to get a broader view. Even your Facebook events are integrated into Calendar, so you can see what your friends are up to.

Music

Build an iTunes library full of your favorite songs, artists, and albums. Create custom playlists. Tap Shuffle to mix things up.

Reminders

iPad never forgets, so you won’t, either. The Reminders app lets you set location- or time‑based alerts for all the things you need to get done — even recurring ones. And iCloud keeps Reminders in sync on all your devices, so you can make a list on your iPad and be alerted on your iPhone.

Videos

Watch an HD movie on the bus. With the stunning Retina display, you can enjoy everything as it was meant to be — in full widescreen.

Contacts

Use the Contacts app to store names, numbers, email addresses, Twitter handles, and more. The profile information of all your Facebook friends is integrated into Contacts, too, so whenever they make a change, you automatically stay up to date.

Photo Booth

Make a face and it’ll stay that way, courtesy of Photo Booth on iPad. Take some nutty pictures of yourself. Or of you and your friends. Pose for the camera, apply an effect, and share away.

Notes

Whether it’s a weekly shopping list or your top ten favorite bands (for today, anyway), Notes keeps important information close at hand. There’s a Dictation feature for when you’re too busy to type. And Notes stays up to date on all your devices thanks to iCloud. You can even share notes using AirDrop — instead of on the refrigerator.

Game Center

The world is your arcade with Game Center. Challenge your friends or take on an opponent six time zones away. When you’re done schooling them, check the leaderboards for scores.

Clock

Check the current time in cities around the globe with the world clock. Set the alarm for five minutes before kickoff on Sunday. Time your morning yoga session with the stopwatch. Even use the timer to ensure perfectly baked cookies.

AirPort Utility

Setting up a Wi-Fi network is incredibly easy — you don’t even need a computer. Just plug in an AirPort base station and connect it to your DSL or cable modem. The AirPort Utility setup assistant built into iOS will have you up and running with a few taps.

iTunes U

Let iPad be your teacher. And your classroom. Take complete courses from universities and other schools right on your iPad. And access the world’s largest online catalog of free education content, from books and podcasts to video tutorials.

Podcasts

Discover, subscribe to, and play podcasts of all genres. Browse hundreds of thousands of free audio and video titles in the Podcasts Store. And create customized stations that add new episodes automatically.

Find My iPhone

If you lose your iPad, all is not lost. Now turning off Find My iPhone, erasing your device, and reactivating it all require your Apple ID and password. So even when your iPad is out of your hands, you can still protect its contents.6

Remote

Don’t get up — use your iPad to wirelessly control iTunes music on your Mac, PC, or Apple TV.