A recent article posted on Gizmodo provided some useful and relevant information for new iPad owners. And considering that there are over 800,000 people who have ordered Apple’s tablet computer, and more than 300,000 people who have already taken their iPad computer home, a second look at the theme of the Gizmodo article, How to Set Up Your iPad, could prove quite useful. Apple is widely known for its intuitive design when it comes to its products, but a brief tutorial may nevertheless provide some insight. The following steps are all that consumers need to take in order to be putting their new iPad to full use:
1. Remove the iPad from its packaging. Like other Apple products, the iPad is packaged in an environmentally friendly manner, using as little (recycled) packaging as possible.
2. Plug the iPad in and follow the prompts that appear on the screen. Consumers will be prompted to first register their new iPad, and then set up their iTunes store account. New iPad owners should make sure they have downloaded the most recent version of iTunes, iTunes 9.1.
3. Choose whether or not to sync the new iPad with the computer. Consumers will be prompted to sync their iPad, and they have the option of doing so. However, it is reported that iPad hard drives fill up quickly, so perhaps fully syncing to a computer is not the best idea.
4. Pick which apps to sync to the iPad. As mentioned above, iPads tend to fill up quickly so consumers are cautioned to be selective with which apps they sync to their new device. Right off the bat, consumers should uncheck any application that pertains to GPS or camera because the iPad does not have these functions.
5. Pick which media to sync to the iPad. Here again, consumers should be selective, especially those with a 16GB iPad. The iPad is just not a great place to store certain types of media, such as movies and television shows.
6. Set up the iPad itself. After getting media and apps safely on the iPad, it is time to adjust the settings. This is where iPad owners can add their email accounts by entering their account information (under the Mail, Contacts, and Calendars tab).
7. Browse through the settings and select preferences. The best way for consumers to get to know their new iPad is to browse through the settings and see for themselves what their options are. This is simple to do, as the iPad is highly intuitive to use. Consumers can select their wallpaper, adjust brightness and adjust how much text they will see when previewing their mail from the settings tab.
8. Visit the App Store. There is already a wide selection of Apps for purchase at the App Store so new iPad users should browse the store for Apps that would serve them well.
And there it is; everything that iPad owners need to know about jumping on their iPad can be reduced to eight simple steps. It is apparent that the iPad is following the Apple trend of simplicity and functionality.