Finding the missing iPad apps: Best weather, stocks, calculator, voice memo, compass, and phone for iPad

Finding the missing iPad apps: Best weather, stocks, calculator, voice memo, compass, and phone for iPad

Apple didn't include voice memo, weather, calculator, phone, compass, and stocks apps on the iPad, but the App Store has great alternatives for each and every one!

iPhone owners who pick up an iPad are often surprised to find that, while many things about iOS are the same, the built-in apps are not. Apple's Weather, Stocks, Calculator, Compass, Phone, and Voice Memo apps, all front-and-center on the iPhone, are nowhere to be found on the iPad Air or iPad mini. The why - that Apple perhaps didn't feel the interfaces scaled well to the big screen, or simply didn't think they were as absolutely necessary on a tablet as they are on a phone - doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the App Store has us more than covered with several excellent weather, calculator, stock, and voice memo apps for iPad to choose from. Which ones are the very best, however, and more importantly, the best for you?

Best weather apps for iPad

Best weather apps for iPad: Today Weather, Clear Day, Ultraweather, and more!

Since there's no iPad version of the built-in iPhone and iPod touch Weather app, if you want to find out the temperature or check the forecast on the big screen, you need to turn to the App Store. But there you run into a second problem - too many great weather apps to choose from. It's one of the most popular app categories on the store, and developers and designers have had a field day making the perfect weather apps to suit a wide range of needs. So many, in fact, choosing just the right one to suit your needs can be almost overwhelming. That's where we come in. From minimalist or power-packed, here are our favorite weather apps for iPad!

Best Stock Market apps for iPad

Best Stock Market apps for iPad: Bloomberg, StockTouch, Stock Guru, and more!

Even though the iPhone's built-in Stocks app is nowhere to be found on the iPad, it's still is an amazing tool for managing your finances either at home, at work, or on the go. From checking on your investments, to monitoring trends, to knowing when to buy and when to get out, when to short and when to stay long, there are ton of apps that help you do just exactly that. Which stock apps is best for you? Here are our favorites!

Best calculator apps for iPad

Best calculator apps for iPad: PCalc, MyScript Digits, and more!

Apple doesn't include a Calculator app on the iPad the way they do on iPhone and iPod touch, so if you want to tally up your numbers or do complex equations, you need to go to the App Store. And that's a good thing, because there are several excellent - and different - calculators to choose from. The question is, whether you need simple arithmetic, scientific or engineering equations, or full-on graphing, which is the best calculator app for you? Here are our favorites!

Best voice memo apps for iPad

Best voice memo apps for iPad: CaptureAudio, Recordium, and more!

Whether you're a student attending lectures or a professional with a need to record meetings or conference calls, voice memo and audio recording apps are a must have for lots of people. While the iPhone has one built right in, the iPad does not. Luckily, the App Store more than makes up for it with plenty of very good voice memo alternatives. From basic recording to advanced annotation, which one is the best, and more specifically, which one is the best for you? Here are our favorites!

Best compass apps for iPad

Best compass apps for iPad: Spyglass, CheckIt, Compass 54, and more!

Unlike the iPhone, the iPad doesn't come with a built-in Compass app. That might sound fine, since you're more likely to be out and about and in need of finding your way with an iPhone. However, the iPad is a great travel companion as well, whether you're on a business trip, out hiking, or out on the high seas. And if you have it, why not use it? Luckily the App Store is full of great compass apps for iPad, the only problem is figuring out which is the best one for you. That's where iMore comes in! These are our favorite compass apps for iPad!

Best phone apps for iPad

Best phone apps for iPad: Skype, FaceTime Audio, Talkatone, and more!

Apple hasn't ever included a Phone app on the iPad, and maybe that's just as well. Do we really need to see people with 7.9- or 9.7-inch devices propped up to their heads? Yet iPad owners may certainly need to make calls too, and like the giant conference phones of old, in some cases, bigger really can be better. So, if you absolutely, positively need to get your call on, and the iPad is what you want to use, you'll need to check out some alternatives. Luckily, there are several excellent voice calling apps to choose from, and one is even built-right in!

More great apps

Those are the best of the best of the missing iPad apps, but there are many, many more great iPad apps and games to check out on the app store. Find them below, and let us know your favorites as well!

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Finding the missing iPad apps: Best weather, stocks, calculator, voice memo, compass, and phone for iPad


I want Yahoo! Weather for the iPad.
PCalc is awesome, but I love the tape feature of Digits.
Following Ally's article about compasses yesterday, I grabbed Spyglass while it was on sale for $.99. (I love the use of the iPad's sensors with Spyglass).
FaceTime is my favorite because it's integrated right into Apple's systems, but Skype is what I need to "comm with my mom" while she's using my Kindle Fire. Maybe one day FaceTime will be more prolific?

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I doubt it for FaceTime. It seems that Apple had intended for it to become an open standard in 2010, but then they got sued by some patent troll, and so had to implement some server workarounds for FaceTime (which is why its performance is a lot worse these days).

Sure there are better choices out there vs Apple's native apps and I can live without the other apps but what I can't understand is why Apple didn't even bother to include their calculator and voice memo app on the iPad. Both apps would really be handy to have in a lot of situations. I'm probably just nitpicking a little because anybody could already have downloaded an alternative app with the same amount of time as it would have took them to read my response. Lol. Still I'd like to those missing apps on an iPad for the next iOS release.

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I would love to see Yahoo weather on the iPad as well. As far as calculators go, I use one called "CALC - A Scientific Calculator". It gets the job done for me.

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I don't know why a calculator wasn't provided for the iPads either. A few months ago I argued with my 10 year old daughter that she had a calculator on her mini because, well, my iPhone & her mini are running iOS 7... why wouldn't the iPad have the same thing the iPhone has? Der!
Turns out, it was an opportune moment for a lesson in not only humility and how dangerous it can be to assume can be but also "WTF, Apple".

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And just think. It took Apple until iOS6 to make a clock app for the iPad lol!

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Some good choices, but one word about weather apps... Do not just consider design and features, also consider the accuracy of weather data. Apple's (Yahoo's really) data is awful here in Europe, even temperatures are off by several degrees more often than not, wind speeds and cloud heights are often completely wrong, as they obviously copy some data assuming the rest of the world to use US units of measurement, same goes for a lot of other US-centric apps. Always look for apps that use data from local weather services.

Best weather app: WeatherPro for iPad
Best calculator app: HiCalc HD Pro
Best voice memo app: Evernote
Best phone app: FaceTime

I enjoyed reading this article and the recommendation for each category is great. I was looking for a calculator for my iPad. Thanks for the Article.

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Hey Rene, have you tried RØDE Rec for the iPhone? It's a really great "professional" recording app that I was surprised to see wasn't included in one of the lists.