Learn to use your iPad or iPad 2 with this friendly how-to guide!

Take Control of
iPad Basics

Tonya Engst

Learn core iPad skills! Tonya Engst helps you decide which iPad and accessories to buy, understand the iPad’s buttons and ports, learn multi-touch gestures, organize your Home screen, download apps, sync data and media, find your stuff, avoid newbie mistakes, and give a great iPad demo. Now updated for iOS 4.3 and the iPad 2!

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to fill in the blank spots in your basic iPad know-how with Take Control editor-in-chief Tonya Engst. For those of you who haven’t yet made the leap, she gives a practical guide for deciding which iPad and accessories to buy, after which she helps you understand the iPad’s buttons and ports, learn multi-touch gestures, organize your Home screen, get online, download apps, sync data and media, find and back up your stuff, and stay secure.

You’ll also learn how to impress your friends with a great iPad demo (you know they want it!).

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Questions that you’ll find answers to include:

  • How much stuff can I put on my iPad?
  • Why do I need to connect my iPad to a computer?
  • How do I keep my iPad battery in top shape?
  • How do I connect a keyboard to my iPad?
  • What’s the best way to keep track of and organize my iPad apps?
  • How can I move files between my iPad and my computer?
  • How can I sync data (like contacts and calendars) to my iPad with an Internet connection?
  • How can I secure my iPad in case it’s lost or stolen?
  • How can I quickly move to an app that I had open recently?
  • What is iOS, and why should I care?
  • What changed in iOS 4.2 and 4.3?
Tonya Engst

About Tonya Engst

Tonya Engst co-founded the TidBITS online publication in 1990 with Adam Engst. She also co-founded the Take Control Books series with Adam in 2003 and saw the series through its early years, working with many talented authors and editors to add hundreds of titles and to create a process that could easily produce PDF and EPUB/Mobipocket formatted ebooks from the same WYSIWYG manuscript. Tonya was editor-in-chief of the Take Control series from 2003–2017.

What’s New in Version 1.3

My goals for this new version were threefold:

  • Make the book fully up-to-date for iOS 4.3: Information about iOS 4.3 is sprinkled liberally all over the book, but you can find a list of the most important changes in iOS 4.3 in What’s New in iOS 4. That topic also lists changes that were new in an earlier version of iOS 4, just in case you are still getting your head around all the new options in your iPad.
  • Bring the iPad 2 into the book: Although the iPad 2 looks different from the original iPad, nearly all its features are identical. Changes in the book relating to the iPad 2 occur mostly in these topics:
    • iPad or iPad 2 describes the differences between the two models while helping you figure out which iPad or iPad accessories to buy.
    • Where Are the Cameras? explains where the camera lenses are physically located on the iPad 2.
    • Figure Out FaceTime and Camera help you use these apps on the iPad 2.
  • Provide a few look-ahead tips about iOS 5: iOS 5 will run on both the original iPad and the iPad 2; Apple has announced that they plan to release iOS 5 in fall 2011 (for readers in the southern hemisphere, that’s spring 2011).
  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • iPad Basics Quick Start
  • Decide What to Buy
  • Find Buttons and Ports
  • Connect Your iPad to a Computer
  • Update iOS
  • Power Up (and Down)
  • Learn the Interface
  • Connect with Bluetooth
  • Get Online
  • Set Up the Home Screen
  • Download and Manage Apps
  • Move Files and Data
between the iPad and Your Computer
  • Find Your Stuff
  • Secure Your iPad
  • Demo Your iPad
  • About This Book
  • December 2, 2011—I don't plan to update this ebook, Take Control of iPad Basics again with its present title. It has been replaced with an update in the form of a new edition, Take Control of Your iPad. This new edition is more advanced (hence the new title), longer, and squarely focused on iOS 5.