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iPad and iPad mini Absolute Beginner's Guide


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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5099-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5099-0

Make the most of your new iPad or iPad mini–without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to get comfortable, get productive, get online, connect with friends and family, enjoy media, play games, post to Facebook and Twitter, and more! Even if you’ve never used an iPad before, this book will show you how to do what you want, one incredibly clear and
easy step at a time. iPads have never, ever been this simple!

Who knew how simple iPad and iPad mini could be?

This is today’s best beginner’s guide to using your new iPad or iPad mini…simple, practical instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn:

  • Master gestures and touchscreen tips you can use in any iPad app
  • Get productive fast with Notes, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, and Notifications
  • Use iCloud to automatically sync and share data with iPads, iPhones, and Macs
  • Browse the Web more efficiently with Safari’s best shortcuts
  • Capture high-quality photos and video with your iPad
  • Share  ”Photo Stream“ albums with other iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch users
  • Make free FaceTime video calls
  • Post to Facebook and Twitter from your iPad
  • Get the best new free and paid apps from Apple’s App Store
  • Make the most of iTunes and your iPad’s amazing media capabilities
  • Read new bestsellers and free classics with iBooks
  • Transform your iPad into a great online gaming device
  • Use Find My iPhone to find a lost iPad in the house, or lock it if it’s stolen
  • Adding hardware that makes your iPad more fun and useful
  • Finding Wi-Fi connections and making the most of paid data plans


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

 How This Book Is Organized 3

 Conventions Used in This Book 3

 Let Me Know What You Think ..5

I Get Acquainted with iPad Hardware and iOS Basics

1 Overview of the iPad 7

 What Is the iPad? 7

 How Does the iPad Differ from Laptops and Desktops? 10

 What Are the Benefits of an iPad? 12

 What Are the iPad’s Weaknesses? 13

 A Closer Look at the iPad Hardware 14

2 Overview of the iOS 19

 Say Hello to iOS! .......19

 What Is iOS? 27

 Take a Quick Tour of iOS 29

 Moving Apps and Creating Folders .35

 Using Gestures with iOS 38

 What About Typing? .39

3 iCloud and Settings .43

 Customization and Backup .............43

 Settings, Settings, Settings .............44

 Take a Tour of Settings ...46

 Fun and Easy Settings to Tweak ....54

 The Power of iCloud .57

II Using the iPad’s Basic Productivity Apps

4 Contacts ....65

 Say Hello to the Contacts App ......65

 Adding a New Contact ...68

 Send Message ...........78

 FaceTime ...78

 Share Contact ............79

 Add to Favorites ........80

 Settings Tweaks .........80

5 Notes and Reminders ....83

 Takin’ Some Notes! ...84

  Creating Notes .....86

  Editing Notes ........88

  Searching and Deleting Notes ..93

 Using Reminders ........95

  Choosing When You Want to Be Reminded 96

  Setting Recurring Reminders ....98

  Receiving Alerts ..101

6 The Calendar App ...........103

 Check Your Schedule ....104

 Create an Event .......110

  Create a Recurring Event ........113

 Add a New Calendar Category ...119

 Importing Other Calendars ..........120

7 The Mail App 123

 Configuring the Mail App .............124

 Touring Mail .............126

  Adding New Mailboxes ...........127

  Flagging Emails ..129

  Marking an Email as Unread ...129

  Archiving and Trashing Email .130

  Replying, Forwarding, and Printing ............131

  Writing a New Email 132

 Extra Features ..........132

 Sending Attachments ....137

 Other Email Apps ....141


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