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Tips for Your New iPad

by Bea March 20th, 2012 | Apple, Gadgets
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Our last post was about the new iPad that came out recently. Your new toy is probably a lot of fun, but did you know that there are a lot of tips and tricks to help make your user experience even better? This article assumes that you are going to be using the iPad like the average user would — browsing the Internet, streaming movies, playing games, playing apps, and more.

One way to protect your iPad is to adjust the settings on it so that it will erase all the data after 10 failed password attempts. This might be too risky of a move for you due to your circumstances (forgetful, silly friends, children who tap on the screen without the intention of logging on, etc). If you would like to do that, enable the Erase Data option under Settings > General> Passcode Lock. Another way to protect your iPad is to make sure that you secure your backups. You can encrypt your iPad’s backup data by going into iTunes, clicking the Summary tab, and clicking the Encrypt iPad backup option.

When it comes to browsers, you can use iTunes to sync your iPad’s Safari bookmark with the ones on your PC. All you have to do is check off the Sync Bookmarks With option in iTunes under  iPad > Info > Other.

If AutoCorrect was not enough to shorten your texting time (though sometimes it takes 10 times longer), you can even teach your iPad some tricks with its iOS 5 shortcuts. For example, instead of writing “be there soon” you could write “bts” as a shortcut, and that’s all you would have to type! To do this, go to Settings > General > Keyboard> Add New Shortcut. You probably already know this shortcut, but you can save yourself a lot of time by double tapping when you want to end a sentence. This will leave you with a period followed by a space!

Do you want to change what the side toggle does for you? Apple allows you to chose between enabling and disabling audio alerts or locking the screen’s orientation (portrait or landscape). This option is under Settings > General> Use Side Switch.

There is a lot that you can do with an iPad, but even more that you can do to save time while using it!

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