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What to Do With a New iPad

Have a New iPad? What to Do First

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I have a new iPad. What do I do now?

You've just taken the iPad out of the box. Now what? If you are a little intimidated about the prospect of getting started with your iPad, don't worry. We'll take you through setting up the iPad for the first time to learning about the app that come with it to the best apps to download and how to find new apps.

Step One: Getting to Know Your New iPad

The first step is initializing the iPad and linking it to your Apple ID. If you don't already have iTunes installed on your PC, you should do that now. It is not required, but it can be helpful. You'll also want to register an Apple ID, which is required. (If you don't want to do that now, the set up process for the iPad will allow you to do it during setup.)

  • Setting up a New iPad. The initialization process is quick and simple. And thanks to the latest iOS update, you don't even need to plug your iPad into your PC.
  • What Apps Come With the iPad?. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the apps that come pre-installed on the iPad. Some of these may become your favorite apps.

The iPad is an amazingly easy device to use once you learn the basic navigation. But until you learn the basics, the iPad can be a little intimidating. The touch screen interface is designed to be intuitive, but you first need to learn concepts such as swiping your finger across the screen to move from one page to the next and pinching your fingers together and apart to zoom in and out.

  • Learning iPad Navigation. This guide steps you through the first three things you should do with your new iPad in order to learn the basic navigation. Once completed, you'll be able to switch from page to page, move apps around the screen and even create folders for apps.
  • iPad 101: A New User's Guide. This handy guide not only teaches some of the basic navigation, including how to delete apps you no longer want, but also goes into how to go about finding new apps. The App Store has hundreds of thousands of applications, but with a few tips, you can find just the right one for you.

Step Two: Filling Your New iPad Up With Apps

Speaking of apps, you will want to load up on some of the best apps as soon as possible. The apps that come pre-installed cover some of the basics, like web browsing and playing music, but there are a number of apps that deserve a spot on just about anyone's iPad. And, of course, there are all of the great games.

  • 15 Must-Have iPad Apps. This list will cover the basics, such as Netflix and the iBookstore. And best of all, this list only contains free apps, so you won't have to worry about wracking up a bill while you download them.
  • The Best iPad Games. The previous list included the best free apps, but if you want the best games, you'll need to spend a little money. But one of the best parts about the iPad is how cheap some of the best games are compared to game consoles. You'll find great games for as low as $.99 and premium games running in the $4.99-$8.99 range.

Step Three: Getting the Most Out of Your New iPad

Did you know you can connect your iPad to your HDTV? And when your iPad's screen goes dark, it is not actually powered down. It is suspended. You can power down and reboot your iPad to solve some basic problems, such as if the iPad is starting to seem slow. The following guides will help you learn a few tips on how to use the iPad more efficiently and how to troubleshoot problems that may occur.

  • 12 Uses for the iPad. Sometimes, even the most simplest use for the iPad can be a mystery if no one tells you about it. This list can give you some ideas for how to put the iPad to better use in your home.
  • iPad Tips. Did you know you can skip the apostrophe while typing on the iPad? The auto-correct will put it in for you. This keyboard tip is just one of many cool tips that can help you use the iPad more efficiently.
  • Basic Troubleshooting. Unfortunately, life with an iPad isn't always perfume and roses. If you do run into problems, these troubleshooting tips can help you solve them yourself without needing support from Apple.
  • The iPad Guide. Want some more tips and tricks? Need a little more help using the iPad? This guide will go through getting started with the iPad to getting the most out of it.

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