The iPad and the iPad 2 are amazing and powerful devices. To help you do amazing things with it, we offer this collection of tips and tricks and how-to articles.
Some of these are iPad Basics sort of stuff that are helpful for newer users- for instance, how to instantly jump to the top of a web or email page, how to save images from the iPad web browser or email apps. Others are how-to’s that are useful even for iPad power users – things like how to print from the iPad, or the best ways to get photos and videos transferred from an iPhone to the iPad without having to connect to a PC, or how to disable In-App purchases so your kids can’t inadvertently run up your App Store spending.
I hope some of these iPad tips will help you get the most out of your iPad.
Multitasking and rapid app switching via the Multitasking Bar on the iPad are by far and away my favorite new feature that we’ve gained in the recent iOS 4.2 update. Multitasking support has been extended to a defined range of services within 3rd party apps – where previously only Apple’s built-in apps were supported. Much more importantly, we now have the ability to (very) rapidly and easily switch between apps, via the new Multitasking Bar.
This is a big timesaver when swapping between apps and a huge productivity enhancer. For me it is hands-down the outstanding new feature in the 4.2 update, and one that makes working on the iPad an infinitely better experience.
So I decided to do a quick demo on how to use the Multitasking Bar for rapid app switching on the iPad. Hope this is helpful for those of you who are just discovering this superb new feature.
Folders are one of the big new features for iPad, added in the iOS 4.2 software update for iPad this week. They let you group your apps in folders and they are a tremendous help in organizing your apps and home screens on the iPad.
Folders are easy to work with and a pleasure to use. For those who have not yet tried them out, the video demo above offers a quick rundown on how to use folders on the iPad.
AirPrint is one of the headline new features in the latest version of the iPad software – iOS 4.2. It allows you to print directly to certain wireless printers from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch (see below for which models and other requirements).
This new feature has almost no settings, requires no setup on the user’s part, and is one of those typical Apple offerings that should ‘just work’ if you have the right device and printer.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s needed and how it works …
Being able to copy files from your computer to the iPad (and vice-versa) can be a big boost to productivity. File Sharing via iTunes is one of the easiest methods to do this with. Not all apps or document types are supported for File Sharing as yet, but there are a good range to work with, including the iWork suite from Apple (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and a good number of 3rd party apps like GoodReader, Office2 HD, iA Writer, and quite a few others.
If you have one or more apps installed that support File Sharing, it’s quite easy to do via iTunes.
Like many of you, I was filled with sadness when I read Alicia’s post on losing her iPad last week. It’s definitely a horrible feeling to realize you’ve left a valuable item behind when you’re out and about, but the thing is it happens to all of us at one time or another.
Luckily, as Alicia pointed out in her post, there are some things we can do on our iDevices to dramatically increase the chances of getting them back if lost or stolen. One of the most popular ways is to use the MobileMe Find My iPad (or Find My iPhone) feature to track your device’s location and be able to pinpoint it if it goes missing. I thought this might be as good a time as any to share a quick how-to on enabling this excellent service.
Hit the break for details on how to enable Find My iPad on your iPad …
Apple’s TV ads for the iPad are slick and well-executed, as are nearly all Apple TV campaigns. A lot of focus in the ads has been on iPad apps, and a lot of very good apps have been showcased within the commercials.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s the easiest way to find all the apps shown in the TV ads, the answer is very easy.
I spotted a basic but very cool iPad keyboard tip the other day, over at the iPad in Canada site – on how to insert an apostrophe quickly via the iPad keyboard. This method allows you to insert an apostrophe straight from the main Qwerty section of the keyboard, without having to shift over to the numbers / special characters section.
All you need to do is tap on the comma key and hold for just a second or two. You’ll see the apostrophe symbol popup in blue. Once you see that, just release the key and the apostrophe will be inserted – much quicker than having to swap keyboard areas.
Have you ever started reading a long article on the web and thought that it would be great to be able to read it in iBooks on the iPad? If so, did you know it’s quite easy (on a Mac) to print a web page as a PDF to iTunes and read it later on the iPad (or iPhone) in iBooks?
Well … it is. Read on for a quick rundown on how it’s done …
Here’s a swell little iPad feature that I’ve never made use of before today. I have no great excuse to explain why, but I’ve just never realized / remembered this was a feature on the iPad:
the Bookmarks Bar
As in, the thin bar running just below the address bar and search field etc. at the top of the Safari app. I use it constantly in my desktop browsers to have quick access to sites and online services I most often visit – but had never thought to use it on the iPad until reading a tip at Mac OS X Hints about it.
One of the very first things Steve Jobs mentioned about the iPad when he introduced it is the ability to set custom wallpapers for both the home screen and lock screen. This is a nice, and very easy, way to personalize your iPad – so it seems well worth a quick how to post.