Applications, referred to as apps, are small software programs that run on a computer or handheld device. They are created to perform a specific task or set of functions. In this example, we will focus on mobile phone apps, but the same process and expertise go into any platform app development or mobile app development. Apps are applications that run on your iPad. They work with your iPad to help you do everything from keeping up with friends on social media platforms, composing a new email, managing your photos, etc.