7 Best Note Taking App For iPad Pro

So you got a new iPad Pro, picked up an Apple Pencil to go with it, and now you’re trying to figure out what the best apps are for taking notes on the iPad Pro. There are actually a lot of apps out there for taking notes, and all of them have unique features. That said, with so many out there, ti can be difficult to find the right note taking app for you.

So if you follow along below, we’ll show you the best note taking app for iPad Pro. Here are our top picks!

Notability

Notability comes up as first on our countdown, bringing you powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Notability isn’t just for taking notes, but you can actually use it for signing official documents as well. You can share documents with friends, clients, and coworkers, too.

In addition, Notability allows you to take notable notes, by bringing your notes to life with photos, GIFs, web pages, and more from other apps that connect with Notability. You can secure and lock private notes, and then use a PIN, Face ID, or Touch ID to unlock them.

Notability has a number of import and export features as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Microsoft OneNote

Believe it or not, Microsoft actually has an excellent note taking app, which also has a ton of iPad Pro-based features inside of it. You can use Microsoft OneNote on any device, but it does have some iPad-specific features. Using your finger or the Apple Pencil, you can scribble your notes at a conference, write math equations in class, or even doodle or sketch ideas down. With a variety of pen colors and settings, you can create beautiful handwritten notes and drawings. OneNote has some other cool feature, like “Convert to Shapes”, which will automatically convert hand drawn shapes into actual shape objects on your “paper.”

Download it now: iTunes

Apple Notes

One of the best that you can pick up for the iPad Pro, naturally, is Apple Notes. Apple Notes is one of the best applications that you can use for the iPad Pro hands down, and that’s largely because of the inter connectivity that Apple Notes has through iCloud. Open up Apple Notes, jot down a note on the iPad Pro with your Apple Pencil, and you’ll be be able to access that note from any of your Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account. Even without the Apple Pencil features built into Apple Notes, it’s still an excellent note taking up with all sorts of neat features — you have formatting options, styling options, syncing, and even an app design that tries to resemble actual paper.

Download it now: iTunes

Google Keep

Next up, we have Google Keep. Google Keep is really unique as far as its design goes, because google has actually designed it around being essentially a post-it note app — that said, your notes are literally broken up into post-it note styles. Google also has some pretty neat syncing capabilities here, allowing you to sync your notes between devices and apps logged in with your Google account. It has a bunch of other neat features inside of it — like the ability to change your note’s color, a handful of formatting options, voice to text options, and so much more.

Download it now: iTunes

Evernote

Next, we have Evernote. Evernote might actually be the most powerful note taking app on our list. It’s a great way to manage large projects, or to simply jot down quick and small notes. Evernote actually works and can connect with many of your favorite applications, you can upload documents to it through the iPad Pro’s camera, and there’s even the ability to search for PDF and documents. It also has handwriting support, support for note templates, and even the ability to sync your notes between devices. If you decide to take Evernote on the Web, there’s even a Web clipper that will allow you to “clip” a portion of a page and upload that directly into Evernote.

Download it now: iTunes

Bear

Coming up near the end of our list, we have a note taking app called Bear. Bear is actually a fairly unique note taking app — it enables you to take and upload notes really quickly. But on top of that, one of the big things is being able to save and sort your notes by hashtags. It’s the perfect note taking app for the modern world. Bear offers you all sorts of content styling, formatting, and a clean place to take notes write in the app. There’s even an easy way to export notes into other services, such as a CMS of your choice. The one “con” to Bear is that, in order to get features for syncing between devices, that will cost you a subscription of $1.50 per month.

Download it now: iTunes

Simplenote

Simplenote might come in as last up on our list, but this is still an excellent and clean note taking app for the iPad Pro. This one actually resembles Apple Notes a lot, but is built around being the fastest and most efficient note taking app out there. One of the pros and cons to Simplenote is the lack of multimedia support — this makes Simplenote extremely speedy and responsive. Simplenote also makes it easy to transfer the notes you take into other apps.

Download it now: iTunes

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of excellent apps out there for taking notes. Any one of these will give you the features and functionality that you need to start taking rich notes. We wouldn’t say that one is better than another here, so it’s worth trying all of these out and finding the one that is right for you.

Do you have a favorite note taking app? Let us know what it is in the comments section below!