The iPad is a wonderful device with many great uses, but it can be confusing for the new user. If you have never used a tablet computer or smartphone before, you might find yourself a little intimidated after taking it out of the box. Common questions include "How do I plug the iPad in?" and "How do I connect it to my computer?"
To help answer some of these questions, let's take a look at what comes with the iPad. In addition to the device itself, the box contains a small insert with a diagram of the device and a quick explanation of how to set it up for first time use. The box also contains a 30-pin cable and an AC adapter.
This cable contains a 30-pin connector on one end and a standard USB connector on the other. It has two primary uses: plugging your iPad into a PC and plugging your iPad into a power outlet. The 30-pin cable connects to the slot at the bottom of the iPad.
Rather than include a separate cable just for powering the iPad, Apple includes an AC adapter that allows you to plug the 30-pin cable into the adapter and the adapter into your power outlet.
You can also charge the iPad by plugging it into a PC, but older computers may not be able to properly charge the iPad.