Steve Jobs took to the stage and pushed the reading aspect hard when the iPad was announced. But a lot of comics fans out there could see the potential for digital comics just as easily as digital books.
No other developer has done more to light a fire under the digital comics world. With its superb guided reading system - taking you from panel to panel, dialogue to dialogue, and to full page panoramas - the comic book shelf and in-app store of Comics is the new powerhouse behind digital publishing.
And with the major studios all making use of its technology, Comixology can reasonably claim credit for the success of Marvel, DC, Image and other comic creators' digital success.
We talk to our iPhones all the time, but thanks to this incredible application, the device now understands what we're saying. It's rock-solid speech recognition allows you to dictate text messages, email, notes, Tweets, Facebook posts and anything else you can't be bothered typing. If this were a full-priced app, it'd still be a bargain. They must be mad giving this away for free.
Multi-touch comes at a price on Apple's devices, which lack the pin-point accuracy for effective use with a stylus. But that didn't stop Autodesk from creating a drawing application that miraculously brings infinite artistic detail to the iPad's screen.
With all the functionality of Photoshop, the creative potential of a blank canvas and more tools and materials than an arts and crafts shop, this is the only way to paint in the 21st Century.
It takes a special kind of creative mind to challenge the things we take for granted. Things like a voice mail service. It's hard to imagine that voice mail is lacking, until you use HulloMail. In this age of communication, having your voice mails delivered by email, being remotely notified of missed calls or even sending voice mail in the opposite direction are the most essential functions you never knew you needed.
Remote desktop is one of the best kept secrets in desktop computing, and LogMeIn Ignition reveals it to the world. It's a surprisingly smooth and simple task to control your desktop computer from an iPhone or an iPad, with no loss of functionality. This app might appear expensive on the surface, but considering it effectively puts every file and every piece of software from your desktop at your fingertips, wherever you are, it's actually quite a bargain.