Here’s a simple but handy iPad tip for when you’re using the iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. If you’ve got Passcode Lock set on the iPad you do not have to touch the home or power button on the button to wake it from sleep mode. In fact, you can speed up the unlocking process by making use of the Bluetooth keyboard.
To do so, when the iPad is in sleep mode – just hit any key on the Bluetooth keyboard and then start entering your passcode.
Thanks to David Chartier at Finer Things for this one.
Update: It looks like my ‘easy’ fix has not worked for many users. It looks like now like this is an Apple issue that they are aware of and working on. In the meantime, the best current workaround seems to be this one: Go to the Purchased section in the App Store, make sure you’re on the All tab, and scroll through and apply updates.
I’ve seen a large number of users saying that the App Store Updates page is not working over the last few days. I experienced the issue myself – with the App Store icon badge showing a number of updates available, but the Updates page was completely blank.
It looks like there is a very easy fix for this though – the old school, cure-all fix for computer issues of all sorts. Reboot the iPad. Just power the iPad off and back on like normal. Just to be clear, to reboot the iPad you hold down the top Power button until you see the ‘Slide to power off’ prompt, then slide to power off. Give it 10 seconds or so and then hold the power button down again until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
That simplest of solutions has worked for me. Let me know in the comments if it works for you or if you have another solution to the issue.
This is another iPad Basics tip that seems to come up often in forum and support discussion threads: what to do when the space bar key is missing from the iPad’s keyboard in the Safari browser app.
In this case, it’s just as much about what to know as what to do. What you need to know is that at the top of the Safari screen there are both an Address Bar and a Search Bar. In the Address Bar you can only type website addresses, which do not ever have spaces in them – so the iPad removes the space bar key when you place your cursor in the Address Bar.
In the Search Bar – which is farther right at the top of the Safari screen – you type search terms, which can have spaces. So the iPad keyboard includes the space bar when you place your cursor in the Search Bar.
So if you find that the space bar is missing in Safari, it just means that you’re in the Address Bar, not the Search Bar – and you need to move your cursor over to the Search Bar if you need to type in search keywords and use spaces.
In iOS 7, Safari gets a new ‘unified smart search field’ which is just one bar that lets you enter a website address or a search term – as the Chrome web browser does in its omnibox. This is a much easier way to do things and will be a welcome improvement to Safari.
This is another basic iPad tip and a question I see asked about a lot in iPad discussion forums – how to stop apps or music or books from downloading automatically.
Automatic downloads can be very useful – these allow for all your new purchases (which even includes free apps you download) on any device where you have an iTunes account to be downloaded automatically on your iPad. But for some of us they can end up being an annoyance – for instance when you have certain apps or music that you only want on your iPhone. I tend to keep a much bigger music library on my phone than on my iPad, and there are some apps that are really only suited for and useful on a phone device.
The nice thing is that iOS makes it easy to turn these automatic downloads on and off for apps, books, and music individually or for all of them. Here’s how:
– Open the Settings app, scroll down the left sidebar a little way and tap on the ‘iTunes & App Stores’ section.
– You’ll see the ‘Automatic Downloads’ settings right in the middle of the screen. You can tap to toggle automatic downloads on and off for music, apps, and books.
It’s as easy as that and of course you can easily change these settings up as and when needed.