Best Apple iPad 2 Apps: UK download essentials of 2012

Apps to get the new Apple tablet up and running

Best Apple iPad 2 apps to download in 2011: T3 has scoured Apple's UK App Chart to round up the coolest applications for iPad

With a host of new specs and features, such as front and rear-facing cameras, and an A5 processor, the iPad 2 tablet will surely open itself to new app horizons.

Helping you begin the Apple iPad 2 app hording process, we've picked out a selection of current iPad-friendly apps and iPhone apps we hope will soon see find its way onto Apple's latest tablet.

Camera Plus Pro
iPad 2 feature
: Front-facing camera
The all-in one snapper app would cater for the new iPad 2 camera despite the lack of any kind of flash. Other notable features include switching between front and rear cameras for real-time previews of your edited photos
Price: £1.19
Buy this app: Download the Camera Plus Pro app now
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FIFA 11
iPad 2 feature: A5 processor
So we didn't get a Retina Display but a 1Ghz dual-core processor should make games like the latest FIFA instalment a veritable breeze when delivering more speedy, and fluid gameplay without being a drain on the battery.
Price: £2.99
Buy this app: Download the FIFA 11 iPad app now
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GarageBand
iPad 2 feature: Pressure-sensitive controls
Your very own recording studio, courtesy of iLife If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand has everything you need. The interface is similar to Garage band 09, but the increased touch sensitivity really tunes up the experience.
Price: £2.99
Buy this app: Download the GarageBand app now
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iMovie
iPad 2 feature: A5 processing power

iMovie moves over from iPhone, bringing full-screen, fingertip, 720p HD video editing to your new device. It's now a serious tool, with three tracks of editable audio, direct upload to Vimeo, YouTube, etc and of course, direct import from the iPhone 4. Go create.
Price: £2.99
Buy this app: Download the iMovie app now
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Rage HD
iPad 2 feature: A5 processor
The first person shooter may take up a weighty 745MB of your storage space, but it should run more efficiently on the iPad 2 with the high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip on board.
Price: £1.19
Buy this app: Download the Rage HD iPhone app now
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Skype
iPad 2 feature: Front and rear-facing cameras
While the in-built FaceTime app still only allows video calling over Wi-Fi, the free Skype app should give you free video calling over 3G and Wi-Fi with what the VoIP wonders say will be 'near CD quality sound.'
Price: Free
Buy this app: Download the Skype iPhone app now
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Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner
iPad 2 feature: Camera and Gyro
Allowing would-be Skywalkers to live-out their space battle fantasies on real life backgrounds, the new Gyro and camera capabilities of the iPad 2 should hopefully see us enjoying the Millennium Falcon action in augmented reality mode with gyro controls to give your aim a little more accuracy.
Price: £2.99
Buy this app: Download the Star Wars Arcade Falcon Gunner iPhone app now
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T3 Magazine Edition
What better way to enjoy the sleek new form factor of the iPad 2 than with your very own copy/or copies of the greatest gadget magazine? There's even a free preview to get you started...
Price: Free
Buy this app: Download the T3 iPad app now
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