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Ipad Training Spring 2014

Michael Nieckoski


iPad Physical attributes  

  • Size... in comparison with iPod/iPhone/Mini... book sized

  • Still uses the same OS 7  Operating system

  • Weight, light, but extended use it can become heavy – get a case with prop

  • Home Button

    • tap and double tap

  • Jacks – special Apple Jack with headphones and microphone

  • On/standby  vs. shutdown

  • Camera(s) front and back  video and still/ Facetime  

  • Speakers

  • Apple Lightning connector/USB/Charger

  • Settings Changes

    • Locking Rotation in Settings

    • Changing Auto-Lock timeout

    • Turn off Bluetooth

    • Changing font size (for those apps that support it

    • Increasing the contrast  (accessibility)

    • Bold Type (accessibility - requires restart)

The screen and the icons on the screen

  • Touching, tapping, double-tapping, flicking, swiping, pinching, Scrolling

  • Multi-touch gestures

    • Five finger pinch to close an app

    • Four finger swipe L-to-R or R-to-L to move from app to app

    • Four finger swipe Up

  • 9 home screens of icons total

  • Spotlight search – swipe down from the top of the screen... searches the device – set the preferences on what it searches in Settings

  • Control Center: one finger swipe from bottom

  • Bottom Row – The Dock

    • fixed apps – can have as many as 6 and can hold folders

  • Closing open apps:  four finger swipe from bottom, then swipe the thumbnail UP

  • Arranging and deleting apps:

    • touch and hold until they dance

    • touch the app and move it - even from screen to screen

    • Delete apps by tapping on the black X  Note that you cannot delete apps that come with the iPad

  • Creating folders

    • drag one icon on top of another, then name the folder

    • 10 apps per folder page

    • Can have multiple pages within a folder

  • Accelerometer...

    • the device understands its attitude – useful for games

    • Rotating from portrait to landscape

    • Locking Rotation (in settings)

  • Using the keyboard (Notes app)

  • Some apps have you write with your finger – Stylus as well

  • Cleaning the iPad: To clean iPad, unplug all cables and turn off iPad (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. iPad has an oleophobic coating on the screen; simply wipe iPad’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands. The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal usage, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will further diminish its effect and may scratch your screen.

iOS 7 is HERE!

What’s New?

  • New icons for many apps (Clock, Safari, Photos, calendar, contacts, maps, etc.)

  • New look to folders

  • new sounds to choose from

  • Spotlight Search moved - now on each page, swipe down on page

  • Control Center - swipe from bottom towards center of page

  • Look for the <  that's where you swipe from

  • Reminders are swipe down from very top of page

  • 4 finger swipe up gives a thumbnail of each open app

  • Photos are arranged by time and place OR Albums as before (bottom icons)

  • Dynamic backgrounds and lock screen (moving bubbles)

  • There can now be multiple pages in each folder - up to 10 apps on a page.

Battery  Charging, Battery life

  • A long time for the first year or so trails off after that

  • The battery is not replaceable... the device itself must be replaced

Suggestions to prolong battery life:

  • if you’re not using a Bluetooth device, turn off Bluetooth in settings

  • Keep your screen brightness at 50% or lower as much as possible

  • In settings, do not have email, etc., check often, once per hour is good

  • If you’re not using it, turn off location services

  • Turn off any applications that update automatically Settings\General\background app refresh  --off

General Capabilities and features

Web Browser

  • The iPad user manual is in the resources section of the website

  • Safari and alternatives -Rover, Chrome, Puffin, Rabble Browser

  • Safari tips… READ button for web pages

  • Quick scroll to top of page.. tap title bar

  • Make your own desktop icon to get somewhere fast in Safari


  • Very rudimentary word processor

  • First words of your note are the title of the note

  • Finger on the screen to place the cursor

  • How to select,  COPY and PASTE

  • Sending by email

  • Gmail Notes Collection

  • Speak to type notes


  • Since iOS 6, iPad no longer uses Google Maps: there is a Google Maps app available

  • Locating ourselves with location services

  • Tap to zoom in…double-tap zoom out

  • Bottom right peeler – map/satellite/traffic

  • Find the house in which you grew up

Cameras and Photos

  • change from still to square to video by moving slider

  • change from front to back camera

  • volume button as shutter release

  • Take a photo of yourself and use as Lock Screen and Home Screen

  • use for QR Codes

  • screenshot: Power and Home buttons... saved to photo album

  • Skype or Facetime with family


  • Can have male/female voices  (Settings\General\Siri)

  • hold down home button to access Siri

  • must have a network connection

Tips and other good stuff

  • It is best to re-start the iPad regularly

  • How to close running apps on the iPad

  • Get into a daily routine of putting it on the charger before bed.

  • Auto-Lock in Settings... changes timeout