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Apple popularised the tablet marketplace when they introduced their iPad onto the scene. Since then it has gone through a few changes and now there is a new, smaller model with the iPad Mini. If you are a happy owner of the Apple tablet then you are likely enjoying everything it has to offer. But there are some features it can do that you might not even be aware of. This guide will talk you through your tablet and hopefully teach you some new tricks that you did not know before.
Firstly, you want to enable iCloud. This is Apple’s cloud storage service, similar to Dropbox or Sky Drive that you might currently use on your computer. iCloud will give you 5 GB of storage space for free, which should be enough for the average user. It is handy to store things in the cloud that you do not want clogging up your internal memory. Additionally, everything will be available across your Apple devices. This means that if you take a photo on your iPhone and store it in iCloud, it will be available on your tablet too.
The App Store is full of exciting new things for you to try out. Something you might be interested in is using your iPad to read eBooks through a variety of different apps. There is even an Amazon Kindle app, meaning that you don’t have to buy a Kindle just to make use of the wide variety of eBooks available from their store. Be sure to download the free books that are constantly on offer. That way you’ll never run out of reading and you’ll be able to enjoy it all on the iPad’s large, bright and colourful display. Reading in true style!
Another great function of the iPad is to use it for video conferencing. The iPad has two cameras, one on the front and one on the back, meaning it is great to be able to chat with your friends and family. There are a number of apps, like Skype or FaceTime, which will let you video conference. With Skype, the other user doesn’t have to be on an iPad or Apple device. You can be on your iPad and your friend can be on the other side of the world in front of their computer screen – you’ll still be able to see them!
Did you know that your iPad can also function as a digital photo frame? When you’re not using it, instead of just storing it away, try putting it on display and letting it rotate through some photos. It’ll brighten up the room and make better use of the tablet. To enable the photo frame mode, wake up the iPad and click the little flower icon to the right of the unlock bar. This will begin a photo slideshow. You can also edit the settings of it, like how long each picture stays up for and whether it zooms in on people’s faces.
These are just a number of the neat features that the iPad can do. It’s the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to browse the vast app store to discover what else your device is capable of.