Best apps to run on an M1 iPad 2022

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It all started with the iPad Pro (2021). Apple put its M1 chip, which powers Macs, into an iPad, leaving everyone wondering what Apple would do with all that power and performance.

Of course, the iPad Pro (2021) is not the only iPad that has the M1 processors, as the iPad Air 5 also has the powerful chip that powers the brain. If you want to try your best to push the M1 to its limits on your best iPad, here are the best apps to run on an M1 iPad.

What difference does M1 make?

You might be wondering what exactly makes the M1 better for a particular question, and the answer is a bit complicated.

In my iPad Air 5 review, I mention that the limitations of the iPadOS software prevent the M1 chip inside from reaching its full potential. If you had an iPad Air 4, and all the apps you run do not give you any problems (and they probably are not), the M1 in the iPad Air 5 will not make much of a difference. But that does not mean that the M1 chip has no benefits.

Due to its sheer power and performance advantages, any iPad with an M1 chip will be able to handle apps that require a lot of CPU performance and especially apps that require lots of GPU to run. This is where you will notice the biggest difference.

Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe Premiere Rush screenshot

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Editing video – especially high-resolution files – is one of the most stressful things you can do on any device, and doing so on an iPad can be really difficult. Still, the M1 chip in the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air makes video editing on a tablet a much smoother experience.

Adobe Rush is basically a sticky version of its popular editing software for Mac and PC called Premiere Pro, but while it may not have all the features of the Mac software, it’s still the best video editing software you can get for your iPad.

The user interface is fairly easy to navigate and still offers all the features you could wish for while editing a video, such as color correction, audio mixing, the ability to add titles and transitions, and more. You’ll probably forget that you’re not on a desktop because the app has everything you need.

While the focus of Adobe Premiere Rush is predominantly on preparing social media videos, that does not mean that the software is for amateurs only because it lets you move content back and forth between Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro. This makes it a great way for video editors to get some work done on their latest project when they can not be on their desktops.

Just remember, because it’s an Adobe product, you’ll need a subscription that you can bundle with other Adobe software, or just get Premiere Rush yourself.

Adobe Premiere Rush App Con

Adobe Premiere Rush: Edit video

When it comes to editing video on your iPad, Adobe Premiere Rush has all the features and tools you need to make any video.



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As you can imagine, editing images also requires a lot of processing power. I’m not talking about just applying filters or cropping an image, but comprehensive and precise edits like color grading, editing light curves, and even digitally enchanting an image. I use Pixelmator to edit my photos on my Mac and iPad Air 5, and the M1 is especially useful when I edit photos galore.

With Pixelmator, you can access color-correction presets with a single tap and face-editing programs that can easily erase imperfections, blemishes, unwanted objects, and more. In addition, you even have the ability to edit photos that are up to 100 MP in size, which means that even if you shoot in a high-quality camera, you should be able to edit those photos directly on your iPad.

Heck, Pixelmator doesn’t just stop by editing photos; you can also paint magicians directly on your iPad using your Apple Pencil and turn your tablet into a digital canvas.

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Pixelmator updated early all its software for the M1 chip, which has made Pixelmator one of the best apps you can get for your M1 iPad. Edit all the high quality photos you want and even paint your own creations!

Microsoft Excel

Excel on iPad

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I know you think I’m crazy to put this on the list, but listen to me. If you are a spreadsheet wizard, you know how much Excel can slow down your computer or tablet when you really start making charts, graphs and tables for everything. It takes a decent amount of CPU power to run many spreadsheets, but more importantly, the M1 chip in your iPad will help run Excel much more smoothly when multitasking.

Yes, Apple’s own spreadsheet program, Numbers, still exists, but Microsoft is still the king of spreadsheets. Plus, Excel is so prevalent on the iPad that Microsoft actually went out of their way to make its iPad version of Excel the absolute best it can be, making it one of the best iPad apps in general.

Microsoft Excel app icon

Excel to iPad

Make charts and graphs with ease and display your data as you see fit. It’s a great app to use while in split screen mode on your M1 iPad


Codea screenshot

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Codea is a really cool app that aims to help you learn about coding, app design and game design on iPad. It uses the programming language Lua and is specially made to be a friendly and inviting coding editor.

The M1 chip is especially nice to have when playing around in Codea because you can just tap and drag items to change how the code interacts and you will see these changes in real time. It requires a decent amount of processing power to make that experience smooth and hassle-free.

Of course, Codea does not want you to make a best-selling game in the App Store right away, but it’s a great tool to help you understand the basics of game design and 3D graphics. If you are at all interested in how the design of apps is on the iPad, there is no better software than Codea to get your feet wet.

Codea app icon


Codea is a beautifully designed crash course in game design and 3D graphics. It’s best on an M1 iPad for the smoothest experience.


Procreate Screenshot Ipad

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You’ll probably start to see a theme on this list, but creative work tends to take a lot of GPU power, which the M1 excels at offering on the iPad. Procreate has long been one of the best apps for drawing or creating digital art, and it runs amazingly well on an M1 iPad.

Whether you love to paint, sketch or draw, Procreate has all the tools you need to turn your M1 iPad into the ultimate artist canvas. With very advanced tools like double-textured brushes and expert smearing tools, you can create really beautiful works of art that look like they are actually painted.

It is also versatile, allowing you to export your creations in PSD, native .procreate, TIFF, transparent PNG, multi-page PDF or even web-ready JPEG file formats. In addition, the project tracking feature allows you to record your progress as a time-lapse video that you can share with others, which is perfect for posting on social media – people love quick paint!

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If you are planning to make some digital art on your M1 iPad, Procreate is one of the most powerful sketching, painting and illustration apps you can buy.

Call of Duty: Mobile

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While not all mobile games need a lot of power to run smoothly, some mobile games (typically those from the major game development studios) can be power hogs that make them run a little unevenly on older chipsets. My M1 iPad Air 5 has been able to handle every game I throw at it, including the impressive Call of Duty: Mobile.

When you play Call of Duty: Mobile on your M1 iPad with a game controller in hand, it’s easy to forget that you’re not playing the game on an actual console.

With classic modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination and Kill-Confirmed on iconic maps like Shipment, Raid and Standoff, as well as 100 player Battle Royale mode, Call of Duty: Mobile is truly a AAA gaming experience. Plus, it’s multiplayer, which means you can compete with your friend or people from all over the world.

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Call of Duty: Mobile

Want the Call of Duty experience you get on the console of your M1 iPad? Call of Duty: Mobile delivers it all!

The M1 is great when you need power

You’ve probably noticed a recurring theme on our list – the apps that need the most CPU and GPU performance are the best on the M1 iPad. There’s a reason people love to howl over the M1 chip, whether it’s in a mac or an iPad, and that’s because when you need the power, it can deliver.

This list is not the end of it either. Even apps that may not need the power of an M1 chip can see some performance improvements running on a faster chip just because the power is there. Then open all your favorite apps on your M1 iPad and see how they run – you may be surprised.

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