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The best apps to watch any video on iPad

Out of the box, the iPad will play many types of video, but far from all — and sometimes far from conveniently. Here’s what free and paid options can make it better.

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Three of the best video apps for iPad

It is not true that the iPad is only a consumption device. But it is true that it is a fantastic consumption device — and especially for video.

Apple doesn’t want you to have to think about anything, though, it wants you to just pick up your iPad and enjoy watching whatever you want. It does this to the extent that there isn’t even an actual video player app provided and instead, iPadOS just plays videos for you.

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