Got an iPad for Christmas 2011? Learn to Use It!
Naturally, Apple iPads were a popular holiday gift this year. That means there are a lot of new iPad users out there this month…some of them who might still be confused about how to make the most of their new device. Getting started with a new iPad and learning all of the features can be a daunting task, especially if you aren’t familiar with other Apple devices. If you’re a new iPad owner, you probably know that it can do a lot. But if the first thing you did with yours was an internet search for “how to use an iPad”, this post should help a little.
I want to use my new iPad for movies/music/eBooks/etc. What file formats does it support? This is only a concern if you plan to get a significant amount of your media from places other than iTunes. Naturally, Apple provides all iTunes content in a compatible format. If you aren’t using iTunes, here are the file formats supported by the iPad:
- iPad supported Music/Audio file formats: .mp3, .m4p, .m4a, .wav, .aiff
- iPad supported Image file formats: .jpg, .png, .gif
- iPad supported Video file formats: .m4v, .mp4, .mov, .avi
- iPad supported eBook file formats: .epub
This list is not entirely inclusive, however. These are the file formats supported by the iPad as is, but third partyy apps can allow you to view other files as well.
Can I read textbooks on my iPad? Of course. Any textbook you can purchase via iTunes, Kindle, or another compatible eBook store can be read on your iPad. You can also sign up for a subscription textbook service, allowing you to access unlimited textbooks on your iPad for a one time fee.
Can I use my own accessories with my iPad? Where can I get iPad accessiories? Any headphones with a standard sized jack can be used with the iPad. The iPad also has bluetooth capability that allows it to pair with most bluetooth devices. The only accessories that might need to be tailored specifically for the iPad are iPad cases, docks, and keyboard accessories. When shopping for these accessories, make sure they are made to fit the size of your iPad. More about iPad accessories…
I need extra security. Where can I get an iPad VPN? If you’re worried about security risks or identity theft while using your iPad on public networks, you might be in the market for a VPN to keep your browsing safe. HidePad offers this security service for iPads, as do a handful of other providers.
Apps are so expensive! How can I jailbreak my iPad? Where can I get free iPad apps? iPads come with some unfortunate restrictions, one of which doesn’t allow you to use apps that aren’t sold in the iTunes App Store. Jailbreaking your iPad removes these restrictions, so that you can download and run free third-party apps without having to go through iTunes. If you don’t want to jailbreak, just keep your eyes open for special promotions in the App Store. Many apps are offered for free for a limited time, and we try to post some of them here. Read this post for more about jailbreaking/unlocking.
I have a great idea for a new app. How can I make my own iPad apps? Depending on how tech-savvy you are, making your own iPad app might not be as hard as you think. Enroll in the iOS developer program, check out Apple’s developer resources, pick up a iPad app guide book, or (if you want less of a challenge) sign up for a step-by-step app developer course.
I’m still lost! Where can I learn more about how to use my new iPad? Many people believe the included Apple manual to be lacking in clear and detailed information, so as a result there are thousands of webpages out there to provide more help with learning your way around the iPad. There’s even an iPad 2 “Missing Manual” that fills in all the holes in Apple’s guides (and then some!). If reading isn’t your thing, there’s even a series of iPad video lessons to help new iPad owners out.