The iPhone ushered in an era of beautiful interface design unlike anything we’d ever seen on a mobile device. This trend is now being revived and pushed further than ever on the iPad’s larger screen and the results are amazing.
We’ve combed through the App Store to bring you 30 iPad apps with gorgeous interfaces. Keep in mind that the screenshots rarely do the apps justice and that you really should try a few out for yourself.
“Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite people, lists and blogs on Twitter.”
“With AmpliTube for iPad, you’ll have an entire guitar/bass rig at your fingertips, comprised of 4 simultaneous stompbox effects, an amp-head plus cabinet and a microphone. You will be able to choose between 5 amps (Clean, Crunch, Lead, Metal, Bass) with full controls, 11 stompbox effects (Delay, Fuzz, Overdrive, Wah, Envelope Filter, Chorus, Flanger, Phazer, Octave, Noise Filter + Distortion once registered), 5 speaker cabinets and 2 microphones (dynamic and condenser)”
“Weather HD, the most beautiful way to check for weather information on the iPad and the iPhone. See the current and forecast weather in stunning high definition videos. ”
“A student’s life is a dizzying mix of activity and just plain craziness! Take charge of your schedule and put iStudiez Pro to work for you! Take advantage of iStudiez Pro easy navigation and never miss another course, lecture and lab, track tasks and deadlines, plan homework, arrange assignments and much more!”
“Nota is a set of indispensable tools for musicians at any level. It has a piano chord and scale browser, a piano and staff note locator, a note quiz and a reference library with over 100 symbols. Make sure you also check out Nota for the iPhone to take all of these tool in your iPhone or iPod Touch.”
“With Night Stand HD Pro, we’ve taken our bestselling hit for iPhone and the groundbreaking iPad version and rolled them into a single Universal app. With a stunning new NINTH clock theme, powerful new stopwatch, support for background alarms in iOS 4 and exclusive Retina Display optimization for iPhone 4 & iPod touch 4G, Night Stand version 1.5 is the best, most feature-complete time utility on the App Store.”
“Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. Other todo applications either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Things instead offers the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features.”
“Have a music box on your iPad! Reminisce your old memories! iOrgel is a digitally-reinvented-music box for iPad. Simply wind the spring and enjoy beautiful songs. You can also create a new song and share it with rest of the world.”
“The Photo Cookbook for the iPad is like a private cooking course in your own kitchen with an experienced cook, who clarifies the preparation. Beautiful photography, which is displayed in high resolution on your iPad, illustrates every step.”
“Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.”
“Articles lets you easily read and discover Wikipedia Articles on your iPad. Just enter a search term and let Articles find the Wikipedia entry you are looking for. Use the integrated maps feature to learn about interesting places and historic events around your current location, or anywhere else in the world. Or simply shake your device and let Articles find an entry for you.”
“Organize all the details of your busy life in one iPad app! Bento for iPad comes with 25 ready-to-use database templates that can be easily customized to organize virtually any type of information you have. Manage contacts, track projects, plan events and so much more. Bento for iPad is a new version of Bento, the popular personal database from FileMaker – use standalone or synchronize with Bento 3 for Mac!”
“Want to doodle, draw on photos, or paint a masterpiece on your new iPad? Look no further! Layers packs in everything you need to be creative on the go. The pro edition of Layers provides more brushes, more layers, and more advanced layer operations than the standard edition. Enjoy more control over your brush tip using the brush offset option, and email your paintings as layered PSD files to transfer your work to the desktop!”
“SousChef for iPad helps you find and save recipes more easily than you ever could before. And when you’re ready to cook, SousChef is the perfect companion to have in the kitchen.”
“Get an interactive Program Guide that lets you plan your TV viewing, watch up-to-the-minute video, plus get handpicked news and entertainment with Yahoo!® Entertainment on your iPad. Current news articles and photos: Stay on top of the news, with in-depth coverage in key areas.”
“Never lose your place in a calculation again with the live as-you-type expression view. Simply swipe the keypad to the left to reveal advanced functions. See your past calculations in the history tape. You can even send old values and expressions back to your calculator or to a friend via email. ”
“Delivery Status touch helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. The main view shows the latest status of your packages, and counts down to the estimated delivery date. Tap a delivery for more information, and if you like you can view the shipping company’s web page, or see where your packages are on a map.”
“Activity Monitor Touch is a handy activity monitor for your iDevice! Detailed usage information on disk space, memory, and CPU activity. Overview page showing device UDID, capacity, free memory, battery power, and network state.”
“Pulse is a visual news reader for your iPad. It takes the news sources you follow, and instantly creates a visual mosaic of your news. Tap on an article, and you’re presented with a very clean view of the news story.”
“Finally – your own personal, daily newspaper! The Early Edition takes all of the news sources that you enjoy and presents their content in a format which is familiar, stylish and intuitive.”
“Yahoo! Sportacular HD is your game day couch companion. Follow games, check stats or start times, get TV programming information and more in a single tap. Coverage currently available for NFL, MLB and college football.”
“Keynote, the powerful presentation application for Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. It makes creating a world-class presentation, complete with animated charts and transitions, as simple as touching and tapping. ”
“Pocket Informant is an integrated calendaring and GTD-based tasks solution for the iPad. Our purpose is to fuse together best-of-class calendaring with best-of-class tasks into one great solution.”
“iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.”
“All the weather, no ads! This is the only weather application you ever need for your iPad. Get detailed current conditions, a 15-day forecast, hourly weather details, radar, AccuWeather’s exclusive lifestyle forecasts, and weather videos. This paid version is just $0.99 but there is an ad-supported free version as well.”
“You start off at a living periodic table where every element is shown with a smoothly rotating sample. To read about tin, tap the tin soldier. To read about gold, tap the gold nugget. Immediately you see the sample filling nearly the entire screen, photographed to razor sharpness and rotating around a complete circle in front of your eyes.”
“You always need a simple tool to control how much you want to spend this month. Essentially you need a big calendar to track how much money you have spent compared to how much you wanted to spend. You also need to generate lists of overdue payments, planned payments and check what has already been paid off. Bills for iPad are made to help those needs! Make your ongoing monthly financial planning an easy and pleasant task!”
“An amazing 3-D drum experience! Lay down your beats over top of home-grown jam tracks. These drums are the real-deal! Low latency, fully animated, made by musicians for musicians!”
“The only weather application you’ll need for your iPad! Get current weather conditions and a three-day forecast for over two million locations across the globe.”
“Quickly and securely accept card and cash payments for your business, service, charity – even to sell your couch. A free Square card reader makes payments even faster. Generate email receipts. With Square for iPad, add sales tax and a beautiful list of items sold. Sign on to squareup.com to manage your sales and receipts with an intuitive web-based interface.”
What Did We Miss?
That concludes our roundup of some of the best iPad interfaces we’ve seen. Leave a comment below and let us know which of the examples above were your favorites.
Also be sure to leave a comment about your favorite iPad interfaces that didn’t make the list. There are tons of examples of gorgeous interface design in the app store so I’m sure there are plenty left to choose from!