Free for Creative Cloud customers, Adobe’s first shot at bringing its fantastic photo editing app to the iPad is pretty successful. Your photo library is synced across devices, so you can bung snaps right from your camera roll and pick them up when you get home. There are plenty of editing options available and support for RAW files is a welcome addition.
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While this isn’t a full featured Logic app for iPad Air 2, it does extend the functionality of the desktop version, letting you make basic changes to your sounds, control recordings and browse your library. Having a touchscreen helps to speed up altering settings.
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Post it Plus
Now, this is the sort of app that makes it worthwhile having a camera on the iPad Air 2. Capture information from Post-it notes and build up a digital library of notes, freeing up your desk from the invasion of coloured paper.
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A super powerful CAD drawing app is now available on the iPad. It works with 2D and 3D DWG drawings that you’ve uploaded to an AutoCAD 360 account, but these can downloaded so you’re not limited to working online. Layers and references are all carried across, multi-touch adds in a new way of manipulating images and sharing with others is done in a tap.
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Announced at the same time as the iPad Air 2, Pixelmator for iOS packs many of the same features found in its desktop brother, but in a mobile, touch friendly app. While the App Store is packed with photo editing apps, Pixelmator offers much deeper customisation options, it’s also built with iCloud Drive in mind, so can start work on the Mac OS X version and finish up on the iPad.
As the iPad Air 2 finally brings an impressive camera tablet to the tablet party, so you’ll be able snap shots and then instantly add good looking effects, without a computer.
The app supports JPG, PNG and Photoshop files, lets you resize images, adjust colours and even work with layers. It’s a seriously powerful, 64-bit app that’ll really show just how capable the iPad Air 2 is.
Epic Zen Garden
More of a showcase of what the new iPad Air 2 can do than an actual game, Epic Zen Garden is built upon the Unreal Engine 4, combined with Apple's new Metal API and looks frankly outstanding. It shows just how far mobile gaming has come, just look at how realistic the water is, if you don't believe us.
Another app demoed at the iPad Air 2 launch event, Replay is a simple to use, yet powerful, video editing tool that aims to make creating good looking videos easy. Just select the photos and videos you want to join together and the app will combine them with effects, text and music to create something that looks like you’ve worked on it for hours.
The app is initially free to download, though to get the most out of it you’ll probably want to shell out £6.99 through IAP and unlock all the features, oh and remove the watermark that would normally appear on all your videos.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout
If you want to push to the iPad Air 2 to the limit with some big blockbuster games, then check out the latest in Modern Combat series, Gameloft’s Call of Duty rival. Built using the new Metal engine Apple introduced in iOS 8, Blackout can produce some seriously good-looking visuals on Apple’s newest tablet. Sound effects are improved too, with added ooomph and gameplay is smooth as butter. If you want to show off your snazzy new slate to a friend, show them Modern Combat 5.
Another game rebuilt using the Metal engine, Asphalt continues its reign as one of finest games on iOS. Visuals are crisper, with more animations and gameplay is smoother, just what you’d expect when there’s a bump in processor speed available. The same IAP purchase gripes we have with the game are still hanging around, but with it being free to download you can at least get a feel of the game before you lay down some cash.
Paper by Fifty Three
One of our favourite new features of the iPad Air 2 is the laminated display, which makes it feel like you’re touching the pixels. So, what better way to take advantage of it than to get up close and personal and do some drawing. Paper is far and away the best drawing app on the iPad, with realistic motion and effects, a variety of pen types and nifty additions like quick rewind. iOS 8 also brings improved surface pressure when you’re using the Pencil stylus accessory.
The iPad Air 2 looks to make tablet photography more socially acceptable and if you plan on ditching that point and shoot and going all out tablet, you’ll need a handy editing app too. We’ve already highlighted Pixelmator, which is great at the in-depth stuff, but Afterlight is great if you want to add top quality filters and make small adjustments to your snaps.
If works as a standalone app, or as an ‘Extension’, so just can edit right from the Photos app. All the usual tweaks are there, from saturation options, to sharpening and obviously more filters than you can shake a stick at.