10 of the best new iPad apps

Don't leave your new Apple iPad homescreen naked for long, we've got just the apps to show off that Retina Display

Netflix

£Free with £5.99 a month sub

Netflix might have a smaller film catalogue than its rival Lovefilm but you can watch movies via the iPad app and most importantly, Netflix streams in HD. So with a monthly Netflix sub and a new Apple iPad under one arm, you've gone and got yourself one of the best on-the-go movie set-ups. Nice work.

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Grand Theft Auto 3

£2.99

GTA 3 for iOS is an impressive technical achievement – it's an excellent game with fondly-remembered radio stations, good missions and redesigned controls. We can't wait to try it out on the new iPad with its A5X processor, said to be four times faster than Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

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BBC iPlayer

£Free

Our number one tablet app lets you watch catch-up BBC TV shows and radio over Wi-Fi and 3G on your new iPad. Plus if you've got a new Apple TV 2012 (or one of the old Apple TV models) you can watch anything you've missed on the big screen with Apple's AirPlay tech.

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iPhoto

£2.99

iPhoto really shows off the iPad's Retina Display with great gestures, quick glance comparisons and tons of editing tools and adjustments, all for less than a fiver. Read our first impressions of iPhoto on the new Apple iPad here.

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Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon

69p

Our new favourite iOS game, Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon is a one touch game with amazing Terry Gilliam-style graphics, cheerful soundtrack and deceptively difficult gameplay. We'll have hit download on this incredibly good value game within minutes of laying our hands on the new iPad and we can't wait for the Retina Display-optimised version.

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GarageBand

£2.99

GarageBand 1.2 has not only been optimised for the iPad's new display, it's also got an awesome new feature called Jam Session that lets you "jam" with up to three of your iOS-device toting mates, wirelessly playing music together and recording it. Find out more here.

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MPme

£Free

If you splashed out on a fancy AirPlay compatible speaker, stick MPme on your new iPad to wirelessly stream tunes from this free curated radio iPad app. MPme will recommend artists and tracks based on what you're playing – handy.

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Facebook

£Free

Swipe through some lovely hi-res photos of your mates as well as newsfeeds and social games (if you must) on Facebook's app designed specifically for the iPad. We think the new-look Timeline for Profiles and Page will get on mighty well with the new iPad 3's glorious 264ppi screen.

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Skype for iPad

£Free

Your new iPad might not be your best friend if you prefer to hide behind pixels when you're not looking so great on a video call. Otherwise, with that new and improved 5MP camera with 1080p video, Skyping over 3G and Wi-Fi will look better than ever on Apple's latest tablet.

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Osmos for iPad

£2.99

Stick some headphones into your new iPad and get ready for this physics-based eat 'em-up meets ambient, cosmic simulator. The spaced out soundtrack is hynoptic and swallowing up single-celled organisms on the new iPad will have us hooked for hours (possibly days) on Osmos.

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