Every new gadget in technology is fun to have, but there is something extra special about an iPad. If you are the proud new owner of an iPad, you need to know how to navigate it and master its use. The following article will help you to do just that.
When you are looking into purchasing an iPad you need to consider a few things to get the best price possible. If you want to use the iPad outside of your home or office, then you will want to purchase the more expensive version that includes 3g as well as WIFI.
Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an “Orientation Lock” button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to “Mute.” If you preferred the older function, you can access a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function.
Most people know that an SD card can be plugged into the iPad directly from their camera to view photos. Many people do not know that a connection kit can be purchased to connect your camera to your iPad. You can search the online Apple Store to find one for your camera.
You can use shortcuts for messages. One example is double tapping space to add a period. You won’t have to add it yourself and the time you save can mean more messaging to family and friends.
One of the great things about the iPad is that it allows you to quickly check your email. If you receive a large volume of emails throughout the day, it may actually be draining your battery. The device is configured to check for new messages frequently and automatically. Instead of setting it to notify you of new messages every few minutes, go into the Mail, Contacts and Calendars settings to adjust the frequency of mail checks.
Determine if you would like the lock key for locking your tablet’s orientation or muting your sound. Be aware that if you have an early model iPad, you will not have this feature. Typically, you will find all devices that run on iOS 4.3 and higher have this capability. Pushing down on the reducing volume button will also activate the muting option.
Get a USB keyboard. When you get a keyboard, you expand your abilities with the iPad. Keyboards are often more comfortable for posting on Facebook, forums and doing other online writing. That allows you to be more efficient. Some keyboards double as a case, so check out the options available.
If you enjoy listening to audio-books, you’ll love the VoiceOver application under Accessibility settings. This feature will read aloud any text displayed on the screen. Open your favorite e-book or blog and your iPad will read it to you! This is perfect for listening in your car or while you are doing work around the house.
Do you need to include a quotation in the text you are typing? You could either access the second screen of your keyboard or save time and use the hidden quotation mark on the first screen. Tap and hold on the interrogation point key and a quotation mark will appear. You can select it by sliding your finger.
Use “erase” for your security. If someone is trying to enter your password code, and gets it wrong 10 times, all the data on the device will be erased. After all, someone who is trying it 10 times in a row does not mean well, and you certainly don’t want them accessing your information.
Buy a custom case to hold your iPad. These cases look like book covers, and they enable you to use the iPad without taking it out. The case protects your expensive equipment if you accidentally drop it. It also makes it easier for you to carry around your fragile equipment.
All of the satellite navigation applications in the iPad are not free. A good substitute for this is using the Maps instead. Tap on Directions in the upper left of Maps. The iPad will then figure out your location and will direct you on each stage of your travels to your destination.
If you have the choice, use Wi-Fi instead of a 3G connection with your iPad. Apple has said that the average battery draw with a Wi-Fi connection is significantly less than with a 3G connection. You will get approximately 10 hours of usage with Wi-Fi, rather than about 6 hours with 3G.
In the Google Maps app, the Street View can be used. Complete a search brydgeair on the map and you will see a red pin appear. Tap the pin and choose the person icon to load the street view.
The final row of icons on your iPad will be locked no matter what page of icons you are on. This should be used for your most accessed apps. Generally, people like to put social applications, email or musical programs here. Play around with these slots to find what is best for you.
Do you use the video call feature a lot? If the small screen where your own image is displayed gets in the way and prevents you from seeing what your friend is showing you, you can use your finger to move this small screen by simply dragging it to a different area of your screen.
Use the hidden apostrophe on the virtual keyboard’s first screen instead of navigating to the second screen. Simply hold down on the exclamation mark key. A hidden apostrophe option then appears. Slide your finger up to select it. This shortcut comes in handy for typing emails and other messages.
Hopefully you have a better understanding of how to better use your iPad to take care of business and entertainment. You probably didn’t know much of the information you’ve read in this article. That means there is always more to learn, so keep gaining more knowledge as to how to operate your device.