Ads, a necessary perceived evil that are the compilation of information collected anonymously about us and our behavior while using our iOS devices. This information is gathered by countless entities that include everything from search engines, to hardware and software companies, to websites that provide services, often free of charge in exchange for your personal information. The way in which they gather information about you and your usage habits range from full disclosure to any number of ninja-like behind the scenes farming, to completely anonymous exchanges of information. Regardless of the tactic or process used to collect your information, it is important to know what options you may have, if any, and how you can best protect yourself and your personal information.
When you’re looking to find ways to extend the battery life of your iPad, one of the easiest ways to chip away at battery drain is to examine background activity–process that are going on behind the scenes and aren’t forward facing. By managing the background activity you will be better prepared to understand how your battery life is adversely affected by what’s going on behind the scenes. Every time you launch an app on your iPad, you begin the process of draining the battery. In addition, many apps continue to run in the background. Luckily, iOS has a process where you can manage this background activity, and selectively reduce the amount each app is allowed to utilize.
No matter how small the activity might seem to be, a reduction is a reduction. In turn the background activity will ultimately decline as well. So where do you begin to access this information you can manage the background activity on your iPad?
One of the most important things we can do to keep us safer in this day and age is to actively take a responsible role in controlling the information we share on our electronic devices. Apple has made this somewhat easier for us by adjusting many of the iPad’s default settings to safer modes out of the box. Safeguards like this force us to have to give permission to apps the first time they require information that would generally be considered private.
The category at the top of the list when it comes to privacy is the often debated, Location Services. This is because apps that are compatible with Location Services can potentially gather and use your information as data points indicating your location. One way this information can be translated is via local Wi-Fi networks, when activated on your iPad. However the data collected by Apple is completely anonymous and does not identify you or your location in a way that personally identifies you. Furthermore, you will always be able to tell when an app is currently using your location because there will be an icon of an arrow next to it in the Location Services portion of the Settings App.
From time to time, if you use your iPad away from home with enough regularity you will most likely come across more than one occasion when you might need to use cellular service to complete an important task. Using your iPad in this manner can only happen if your iPad is LTE enabled. In the last few years Wi-Fi Hot-Spots have proliferated through the places we frequent most often while away from our home base. This has directly reduced the need to use our iPads over a data connection. Furthermore, the US cellular carriers have expanded Family Sharing plans to the extent that many of us, myself included, simply tether our iPad to our iPhones or other mobile devices to share data as needed.
One of the more convenient features of iOS is called background app refresh. The process pretty much works like it sounds Apps can refresh their content in the background when on Wi-Fi or cellular. While this can be very helpful, because apps in this state will run for a short amount of time before they enter a suspended state in which they aren’t actively being used. Turning on Background App Refresh will use additional battery capacity despite the fact that they aren’t open or running, because they can still update new content in the background. While this might not be a deal breaker for the most part, there have been some apps that have been known to continue to run in the background and use more than their fair share of power.
When Apple released iOS 9.3 there have been some notable bugs that have created issues for some users after they installed the latest update. The main issue was with iPad Air and earlier models required entering the Apple ID and password to used to set-up the device to complete the software installation. If for some reason, iPad owners couldn’t remember their password, their devices were stuck in an inactivated state until they could either recall the password or were able to reset it. As a result, Apple temporarily disabled updates for the older iPads (and iPhones older the the 5s) until they could release an updated version of iOS 9.3 that didn’t create the same issues. Apple has created a support document for those iPad owners who are currently stuck in the activation state.
We all know how important password management is these days. It’s bad enough when “evil-doers” are able to break into databases that are built to keep your most private information safe. So there’s no need to give them a head start by using your “favorite” password to sign into all, or the majority of your protected online accounts. Luckily, you can use iCloud Keychain to create random passwords for your online accounts. If you’ve haven’t set-up iCloud Keychain yet, here is a quick and easy tutorial.
After years of experience using multiple platforms and devices, there’s one thing I’ve learned–screens on mobile devices freeze and/or becomes unresponsive every once in a while. There are various reasons this can happen. Sometimes you might be using an older iPad or iPhone with the most recent version of iOS, and the user experience isn’t always ideal. Sometimes you have a rogue app that isn’t behaving like it should, and the OS hiccups. Whatever the reason, until you’ve been faced with the predicament yourself, you might not know exactly what you can do to fix it.
What to do if your screen is black or frozen
The first option to remedy the situation is to force your iPad to restart. In my experience, this process tends to fix most situations, and it is really easy to initiate. A forced restart will work even if your iPad screen is black and non-responsive. To trigger a forced start press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time until your device restarts. Continue to hold this button combination until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Your device has now restarted, and most likely will be behaving appropriately once again.
Every time you make the decision to update an older iPad and purchase a new one of your first considerations is how we you can seamlessly transfer your current data to a new device without fail. When approaching this process you have two choices in how to proceed. You can either use iCloud or iTunes to transfer your selected content between the two devices.
How to Create an iCloud backup of your iPad
If you choose to utilize an iCloud backup to transfer your content to a new iPad the first thing you need to do is to make sure you have a recent iCloud backup. Open the Settings App–> iCloud–>Backup. Here you can see if/when the most recent iCloud backup was created. Additionally, at this time you can also choose to initiate a new backup on the fly.
Even the most diligent, and careful individuals might misplace their iPad or iPhone from time to time. A while back I was guilty of leaving my iPhone on a rollercoaster at Disney World. So I know first hand the overwhelming panic that can wash over you, and how helpless it can feel. Luckily I was able to reclaim my iPhone from the lost and found. It could have gone very differently for me that day. The experience definitely made me rethink the steps I would have needed to take to recover my iPhone, or possibly remote wipe the data in the event that I wasn’t able to locate it.
Turn on Find my iPad
I know this isn’t of any comfort for those of you who neglected to turn on Find my iPad–but, this is a biggie. You have many more opportunities to get you iPad back if you have this feature activated. When you first buy and activate your iPad you will be prompted to turn it on. However, in the event that you decided not to then, please turn it on now by going to Settings–> iCloud–>Find my iPad/iPhone and turn the toggle to on. Additionally, while you are already on this screen, toggle on the Send Last Location to automatically send the location of your device when the battery is critically low.
Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations for their Let Us Loop You In Keynote on March 21 @ 1 pm EST. It’s no secret that we finally expect to see a new, updated version of the iPad Air. However, rumors have suggested that the new iPad will now be called the iPad Pro, like its big brother, instead of following the previous iPad Air naming convention. The new iPad is expected to contain many of the features that we saw introduced on the larger iPad Pro. These include a Smart Connector for connecting accessories, a four-speaker”stereo” design, a possible LED flash on the rear camera, and the much sought after display support for an Apple Pencil.
If you’ve been itching to upgrade your current iPad, and you want to sell it to have some extra cash toward a new one, there are a few items you need to take care of to prepare your device for sale. Most importantly, you will need to remove any personal data and return the iPad to its factory settings so that there is no trace of your information left behind.