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 you can add web pages to your Reading List so you can read them later, even when you’re offline.

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. Everything is razor sharp and easy to read on the Retina display.

iBooks

Download and read everything from classic novels to the latest page-turners. You can even add bookmarks and notes, and adjust the font size and background colour for easier reading. And with iCloud, you can start reading a book on your iPad and pick up exactly where you left off on your iPhone, iPod touch or Mac. Learn more about iBooks

Photos

Photos on iPad have never looked better. Swipe through images grouped into Moments and Collections, or view them as a slideshow. And there are so many easy ways to share. 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 spoken turn-by-turn directions. And photorealistic, 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 iPhone, iPod touch or Mac. Use the FaceTime camera on the front for chatting.2 Then switch to the iSight camera on the back to share the view from your end. Learn more about FaceTime

Newsstand

With Newsstand, your magazine and newspaper subscriptions are delivered straight 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

Send free messages to anyone on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Attach a photo or a video. Share locations, links and contacts. Or just send someone an emoticon. You can send to one person at a time or to an entire group at once.3

iTunes Store

Browsing the millions of songs and thousands of HD movies on the iTunes Store is fluid and fun on iPad. Like your favourites on Facebook and see what your friends Like. Download purchases directly to your iPad. And everything you buy is available through iCloud, so you can access your songs and movies on all your devices.

App Store

iPad apps were designed just for iPad — to take advantage of every pixel on the beautiful Retina display and all the power and advanced technology inside. The App Store has over 500,000 iPad apps, and many of them are free.4 So no matter what you want to do, there’s probably an app to help you do it. Learn more about apps from the App Store

iPhoto

It’s everything you love about viewing, editing and sharing photos — with the power and simplicity of Multi-Touch. You can quickly organise and compare photos. Apply professional-quality effects in a single tap. And create beautiful photo books, prints, slideshows and web journals to share with family and friends.5 Learn more about iPhoto

iMovie

Quickly and easily turn your home videos into beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers with graphics and cinematic soundtracks. And with iMovie Theater, you can screen them on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac — even your HDTV via Apple TV. Share on YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo, and it’s your instant world premiere.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 straight 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, résumés and documents. It takes only a few taps to choose a template, customise your layout, make it read beautifully and share your work. Writing has never been easier. Full stop.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 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 straight from your iPad.5 Learn more about Keynote

Calendar

Manage your busy schedules 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 favourite songs, artists and albums. Create customised playlists. Tap Shuffle to mix things up.

Videos

Watch your home videos over breakfast. Or check out an HD movie on the bus. With the stunning Retina display, you can enjoy everything as it was meant to be — in full widescreen.

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 dominating, check the leaderboards for scores.

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.

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.

Camera

The 5-megapixel 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.

Notes

Whether it’s a weekly shopping list or your top 10 favourite bands (for today, anyway), Notes keeps important information close at hand. And Notes stays up to date on all your devices thanks to iCloud. You can even share notes using AirDrop — instead of on the fridge.

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.

Clock

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

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 there on your iPad. And access the world’s largest online catalogue 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 customised 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.