In Pictures: 15 Best iPad Apps for Newbies (2012)

Got a shiny, new iPad or iPad Mini? The first thing you'll notice is that the tablet itself isn't all that exciting. It's the apps that make the iPad special. Here are 15 must-have apps.

Weather HD

One of the first apps you'll fire up in the morning will be Weather HD ($1), a wonderfully visual weather app showing what conditions (temperature highs and lows, humidity, wind, chance of precipitation) will be like in cities of your choosing. You can see a weekly or hourly forecast, as well as a quick view of all the cities. Even better, you can allow Weather HD to push weather updates about certain cities – although I recommend setting this up for only one city, otherwise you'll get inundated with updates.

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