Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tips : Turn iPad caps lock on

Turn iPad caps lock on
To type a capital letter on the Onscreen Keyboard you first tap the left or right shift key, then the letter. If you need to type a whole word in caps this can be painful. Save time typing in caps by turning the caps lock on. To do this double tap on either shift key.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tips : Use the magnifying glass

Use the magnifying glass
You're entering text but you realise you've made a mistake a couple of lines back. You either fumble about with your finger trying to get back to the exact place, or you use the magnifying glass. Touch and hold your finger in the right area and the magnifying glass appears, enabling you to fine tune your insertion point.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Customize : Set your EQ

Set your EQ
Be sure to set the EQ for the iPad, which makes the sound quality much more listenable. Go to Settings, then iPod, then EQ. Select the style of music you listen to most often.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Customize : Password protection

Password protection
You can password-protect apps like iTunes so that a family member can't buy everything with your credit card. Go to Settings, then General, then Restrictions. Press Enable Restrictions and type a password, then turn on the restrictions you want for the apps available. Note that this password is different from your iTunes password - you'll need to tap in both.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Customize : Control iPad notifications

Control iPad notifications
Go to Settings, Notifications, and configure which alerts (and accompanying sounds) will appear.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Customize : Use a custom wallpaper

Use a custom wallpaper
Go to Settings, Brightness & Wallpaper. Flick to the right, go to Saved Photos, and select the image. Press the Set Lock Screen or Set Home Screen option, or Both.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Customize : Enable Autofill

Enable Autofill
Save time filling out web forms in Safari by making use of Autofill. In Settings choose Safari - AutoFill, then select Use Contact Info to autofill information from the Contacts app, or Names & Passwords.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Customize : Add extra apps to your tray

Add extra apps to your tray
There are four apps in the iPad's Dock (the shelf along the bottom of the Home Screen) by default, but you can have up to six apps here for quick access. Press and hold any icon on the Home Screen until the icons start to wobble, then drag two more apps to your Dock.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The iPad, Officially the Fastest Selling Tech Gadget

The Apple iPad has become the best-selling tech gadget in history, according to Colin McGranahan of Bernstein Research, an analyst responsible for tracking iPad sales. It is estimated that 8.5 million units has been sold so far with more to come this holiday season. This surge has not only affected the netbook market sales but, is in fact, slowly to eating away into PC sales, as well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Home screen

The Home screen is where you start on the iPad. It’s where you’ll find all your applications. It’s where you go to switch between them by pressing the Home button. Customize your Home screen by adding your favorite apps and websites.

Create up to 11 Home screens and browse them with a flick. Arrange the apps on your Home screen however you like — even move them between screens. Organize your Home screens right on the iPad. Or organize them in iTunes on your Mac or PC, then sync them back to the the iPad.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Contacts

Put a photo to a name, so you can find someone at a glance. Add an email address and you can send a message with a tap. Or add birthdays, anniversaries, and important notes to any contact. You can even set a reminder that’s saved to your calendar.

Scroll through Contacts with a flick of your finger. Or use built-in search to find a name fast. You can even group contacts. Turn iPad to landscape and you see your complete contacts list and a single contact simultaneously. Need directions? Tap an address inside a contact and iPad automatically opens Maps.

Connect your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to your computer, and iTunes can sync every contact you have, so every address book you use is a perfect match.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Calendar

View your calendar by day, week, or month. See everything in a list. The iPad Calendar app changes views with a tap or a turn. In portrait view, you can see an entire month or the details of a single day. Rotate the iPad to landscape, and you’ll find a list of the day’s activities on one side and your detailed schedule on the other. The iPad makes it easy to focus on what you’re doing now, even while you plan for what’s next.

Create calendars for different schedules. Each calendar appears in a different color, so it’s easy to manage them all. And you can see all your calendars at once.

Connect your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to your computer, and iTunes can sync every meeting, event, birthday, appointment, and reminder in every calendar application you use: iCal, MobileMe, Google, Microsoft Outlook, AOL, and more.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Notes

Use the Notes app to type down anything and everything and take it with you wherever you go. The iPad keyboard even accelerates your typing by tracking what you write and suggesting words, correcting spelling, and inserting punctuation for you automatically.

The Notes app is extremely simple and works out great but for those wanting more possiblity you will have to install and use other apps.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maps

Tap to view locations from above with high-resolution satellite imagery, up close with street view, by topography with a new terrain view, and in map view — all using Google services. iPad with Wi-Fi finds your location using known Wi-Fi hotspots, and Wi-Fi + 3G models use Wi-Fi, GPS, and cellular towers. So you can get routes, get directions, and get there in no time.

Say you’re in a new neighborhood and you want to find a restaurant. Type “restaurants” in the search field. All the closest restaurants will appear as pins around your location. Tap a pin to see a restaurant’s name. Touch and hold to see it in street view so you’ll recognize it. Maps even gives you directions and a route from where you are. Find the best route to your house and email it to a friend. Find the perfect sushi spot and bookmark it for later — or add it to your contacts list.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

iTunes

With the iTunes app you will have instant access to new music, movies to buy or rent, TV shows, and podcasts. All the content will be download wirelessly, right to your iPad. Browse New Releases, Top Tens, and Genres. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, type in a quick search. Play a preview of any song or video, then tap to buy it. With millions of songs and thousands of movies, TV episodes, and music videos in the iTunes Store. The Genius feature keeps track of what you love and recommends more of the same.

Discover iTunes U. You’ll find lectures, discussions, language lessons, audiobooks, podcasts, and more from top universities, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

When you connect iPad to your Mac or PC, the music, movies, TV shows, and videos from iTunes on your computer can sync to your iPad — and the media on your iPad can sync to iTunes on your computer.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

App Store

Thousands of apps are available through the App Store. Using your iTunes account, you will be able to download and easily install new apps. New apps are added everyday. They’re easy to find in their own special section, in every possible category: games, lifestyle, social networking, education, and dozens more. And they’re all designed specifically to make the most of the large iPad display, precise Multi-Touch screen, and powerful processor.

Most apps are constantly updated and the App Store will notice you when an update is available. Free version (Lite) of games is becoming a more common and useful thing through the App Store. That way you can first try to see if you enjoy the game or not. As of today, there is more then 200,000 iPad apps available.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

YouTube

The YouTube app is designed specifically to take advantage of all the capabilities of iPad.

Content is organized in a new way, so it’s easy to navigate and watch. Tap what you want to see, and the video automatically appears full screen. Use your fingers to play, pause, and advance through a video.

But I have two complains about the YouTube app. First of all, to be able to use all the features you need to register yourself a YouTube account. Secondly, most of the time when you will be surfing the Internet with the Safari browser and you will try to watch a video from YouTube, you will be transfered directly into the YouTube app. It makes the whole experience frustrating. But overall, this is a nicely designed and optimized app for the iPad.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tips : Video

Here are some useful tips when using the Video app on the iPad:

- Connect to an HD TV
You can connect the iPad to your television. You'll need the Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter, which connects to the 30-pin port on the iPad and to the VGA port on your HD TV.

- Use widescreen for some movies
Depending on the movie you watch, widescreen mode might work better. To use it, go to Settings, Video, and enable the Widescreen option.

- How to transcode videos
If you watch content in widescreen and want to maximize storage, you can save some disk space by using an application like Handbrake to transcode your videos into the largest 16:9 resolution the iPad's XGA screen natively supports. In Handbrake there is a preset in the right-hand drawer under the "Apple" section called "Universal" that is slightly less resolution than what I've recommended above (720 by 400 for a 16:9 video) but will play back just fine on both iPads and iPhones.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Video

The beautiful 9.7-inch high-resolution display makes the iPad perfect for watching any kind of video: from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos. You can buy or rent downloads right to your iPad video library from the iTunes store or you can upload your own content for your own viewing pleasure when you sync from your iTunes library on your computer. If you want to load the iPad up with your own ripped or downloaded videos, they'll need to be 720p or less and in h.264.

Browse your video library by poster art in grid view. When you see something you want to watch, tap it and it starts playing instantly. Turn iPad sideways to watch in widescreen view. Double-tap to switch between widescreen and full-screen views. Even tap to browse through chapters.

With the lithium-polymer battery in the iPad, you will be able to get up to 10 hours of video playback.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tips : iPod

Here are some useful tips when using iPod on the iPad:

- Set your EQ
Be sure to set the EQ, which makes the sound quality much more listenable. Go to Settings, then iPod, then EQ. Select the style of music you listen to most often.

- Save space for more music
When you connect your iPad to iTunes, there's an option under summary that, when enabled, will automatically convert all songs to 128 kbps AAC, which will save space on the device.

- Use headphones or connect to a stereo
The iPad has great audio quality. The speaker is not exactly robust, but you can connect the iPad to a stereo using a 3.5mm mini-to-mini cable.

- Access the iPod
Like the iPhone, you can access an iPod pop-up by double-pressing on the Home button.

- Create playlists
You can create playlists on the iPad itself in its iPad app. Just tap on the + button at the bottom left of the screen and give your new playlists a name. You then add songs by simply clicking on them in your music library. You can't remove songs here, instead you have to tap Done, then you get the option of removing songs.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

iPod

The iPod application for the iPad let you browse your music collection by song, artist, album, genre, or composer with the touch of a finger. See your music as full-size album art. Flip through all your albums and tap to choose what you want to hear.

When you want to play a song, tap it. The Now Playing screen appears, displaying the album art for the song you're playing. Tap to flip the album over and view the track list. Use your finger to pause, shuffle, change the track, and adjust the volume. Or, if you prefer some private listening, connect wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.


It's easy to fill your iPad with music. Tap iTunes to browse millions of songs in the iTunes Store and download new music directly to your iPad. When you connect iPad to your Mac or PC, the songs you downloaded on the go can sync to the iTunes library on your computer. It works the other way around, too. Everything from iTunes on your computer can sync to iPad. iTunes also syncs your playlists, including On-the-Go playlists, Genius playlists, and Genius Mixes. It comes with a musical Genius that automatically creates multiple mixes based on the music you love.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Photos

With the built-in Photos app on the iPad, you can see and touch your photos in intuitive new ways. Your photo albums appear as tidy little stacks you can pinch to preview. Tap a stack, and the whole album opens up. From there you can scroll through thumbnails. Tap to view full screen. Or flip through photos one at a time.

The display shows off your photos in vivid color with excellent brightness and contrast. It uses a premium technology called IPS (in-plane switching) to provide an extremely wide viewing angle, so friends and family can crowd around your iPad and still get a great view. When you rotate iPad, your picture rotates, too, so you can show it off any way you want. You can even create and play your own slideshows, complete with music and animated transitions.

The iPad works seamlessly with Faces and Places in iPhoto for the Mac, so you can view your photos not only by date and event but also by who's in them and where they were taken. You can sync your photos from your Mac or PC using iTunes. You can import photos directly from your camera or its SD card using the optional iPad Camera Connection Kit. And you can save photos from email or the web to your iPad photo library or even use GoodReader to import pictures, or simply use services like MobileMe and Dropbox.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tips : Mail

Here are some useful tips when using Mail on the iPad:

- Cut, Copy and Paste
Copying text is as easy as double tapping a word. But when you want to copy a whole paragraph, like for an address, you have to stretch those annoying little blue knobs...or do you? Tap any editable text four times. You'll highlight the whole paragraph.

- Preview More Of Your Mail
Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts and Calendars and select "5 lines" under Preview. Also, while you're at it, you might want to update your Push email from "Manual" if you like to have your messages waiting when you open the Mail app. Of course, this will drain power a bit more quickly.

- Turn off email alert chimes
Go to Settings, then General, then Sounds and disable the chimes. You can also adjust the sound level here.

- Remove the “Sent from my iPad” signature from outgoing email
Start out by selecting Settings from your home screen. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars from the list on the left side of the Settings window, and then tap the Signature (which by default will be “Sent from my iPad”). Use the delete button on your iPad keyboard to remove the signature (or use the Clear button). Now enter in your own personal signature, or leave the window blank to not use one at all. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars in the left column again. Now in the Signature section you’ll see your new, custom signature (or none at all if that’s the route you went).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mail

With its split-screen view and expansive onscreen keyboard, the Mail application for the iPad is simply stunning! When you hold you iPad in landscape mode, the screen split up with showing both an opened email and the messages in the inbox, each with two-line preview of its content.

The iPad displays rich HTML email, with images and photos. When you receive and email attachment, just tap on it to view it. You can rotate, zoom your PDFs, iWork files, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. And you can save pictures to your iPad photo library.

Unlike the Mail application on the iPhone or iPod Touch, the iPad benefits a lot from the bigger 9.7-inch screen. It makes everything more usable. But more importantly, Mail on the iPad feels much faster. Everything is displayed more quickly, scrolling is smoother, and attachments download and display faster.

Mail on the iPad displayed 34 lines, each with approximately 80 characters, in portrait mode (nearly eight times as much text as on the iPhone version) and 25 80-character lines in portrait mode (roughly 5.5 times as much).

It’s easy to set up with Exchange, POP3, and IMAP4 e-mail accounts. You can sync email with your Mac. Mail on iPad works with the most popular email providers, including MobileMe, Google Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and AOL, along with most industry-standard IMAP and POP email systems. To add an account, just type in some basic information and iPad does the rest. And when you need to find a message, Mail searches email on both your iPad and the server (depending on the type of account).

Mail on iPad Mail can also convert web URLs, phone numbers, email addresses, and street addresses to links.

Not surprisingly there are still some features missing that will probably soon be added as a unified Inbox, the ability to send to groups, smart folders and more. Remember that this is only the beginning and knowing Apple and the popularity of the iPad things will only get better.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tips : Safari

Here are some useful tips when using Safari for web browsing on the iPad:

- Save Images while Browsing the Web
Want to save an image that you find somewhere? Just tap and hold on an image on any web page, and you’ll be prompted to save the image, which will now be stock in your Saved Photos folder in Photos.

- Quick Scroll to the Top of Any Page
If you’ve scrolled down a long page of content, it can be annoying to scroll all the way back up to the top. Thankfully, all you need to do is tap the title bar at the top of the screen, and you’ll scroll back up to the top.

- Enable and add bookmarks to the Safari Bookmarks Bar on your iPad
By default, Safari doesn’t display the Bookmarks Bar. Start out by selecting Settings from the iPad home screen. Select Safari from the Settings column, and then slide the Always Show Bookmarks Bar switch to ON. Now launch Safari and visit a web site you want have added to your Bookmarks Bar. Tap the + (plus sign) to add a bookmark and then tap in the space that says Bookmarks. Tap Bookmarks Bar. You’ll be taken back to the previous ’screen’ and can now save the bookmark.

- Add a web page to the iPad home screen
If you visit a web page frequently then save time ponderously locating it in your Safari bookmarks by adding it as an icon to your Home screen. Tap the + icon in Safari then tap "Add to Home Screen".

- Copy and Paste Text from One App to Another
Just tap and hold a word, then use your finger to drag to select more text, and then Copy it. Go to the other application, tap and hold in the input box, and then use Paste. Easy! Want to select a whole paragraph the easy way? Just tap it 4 times to highlight the entire paragraph, then use Copy.

- Clear the Cache, History and Cookies in Safari for the iPad
You’re probably used to clearing this kind of data right from within the browser. Select Settings from your iPad home screen. Select Safari from the Settings column on the left. Towards the bottom of the Safari column you’ll see 3 buttons – Clear History, Clear Cookies and Clear Cache. Tap any of the 3 to perform that action. You’ll be prompted with a confirmation window. Tap the Clear button.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Safari

Web browsing is probably the main reason as to why most will buy an iPad. Through its Wi-Fi or 3G wireless connections, you will be able to surf the Internet using Apple's browser Safari.

Safari has been adapted to work perfectly within the iOS system. You can view pages in both portrait or landscape mode and the Multi-Touch screen brings a new experience to web browsing. With its 1024×768 resolution, everything is crisp and clear on the 9.7-inch screen.

Using your finger you can scroll rapidly through a page, enlarge a section of the page, pinch to zoom in or out. You can open multiple pages and links, which will be shown in a beautiful thumbnail page. In total you can have up to nine tabs open and switch between them by clicking an icon that brings tab thumbnails. You can easily save, copy or email images and text.

From my personal experience web pages loads fast and the Multi-Touch screen is extremely responsive and precise. You can easily synch your bookmarks from your Mac or PC to your iPad.

You can choose to always show the bookmarks bar. Security settings include fraud warning, in addition to cookie and autofill settings. You can block pop-ups and turn JavaScript on and off.

Safari supports HTML5 but not Adobe's Flash, which has been a major turn off to some. So far for me it has not been a problem as most of the site I visit religiously on a daily basis don't have any Flash based content.

Overall I'd say that the web browsing experience with Safari on the iPad is great. Being able to use your fingers to quickly go where you want brings the whole experience to a new level of enjoyment.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Unboxing the iPad

There is a reason as to why Apple has won prizes for their packaging, it is always a pleasure to open one of theirs. And to start this blog on the right foot, here are some photos from the unboxing of my 64 GB Wi-Fi iPad.

As expected this is yet another superbly designed box by Apple. The front presents us the default home screen of the iPad (which can be customized but more on that later).


The back of the box features some information about the iPad, technical specs and serial number.


Once opened the iPad is revealed and it is classic Apple styling! There is only one button on the front of the tablet, the home button. You will also notice the volume control rocker, rotation-lock switch, power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.


The iPad itself is protected by the classic Apple plastic wrap.


Finally there's the data cable, the charging brick, quick set-up manual and the classic Apple stickers.

The iPad

The iPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by Apple capable of web browsing, email, high-definition video playback, photo sharing, music, mapping, personal organization, digital book, magazine, comic, game, edutainment and more.

Announced on January 27, 2010 by Steve Jobs at an Apple press conference, the iPad was released in April 2010, and sold 3 million of the devices in 80 days. The iPad runs the same operating system as the earlier iPod Touch and iPhone, albeit a slightly older version. It can run its own applications as well as ones developed for the iPhone. Without modification, it will only run programs approved by Apple and distributed via its online store.

The iPad is controlled by a multitouch display. The iPad uses Wi-Fi or a 3G mobile data connection to browse the Internet, load and stream media, and install software. The device is managed and synced by iTunes on a personal computer via USB cable or via Wi-Fi.

The iPad's touchscreen display is a 25 cm (9.7 in) liquid crystal IPS technology display (1024 × 768 pixels) with fingerprint-resistant and scratch-resistant glass. The display responds to two other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense iPad orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.

The iPad can use Wi-Fi network trilateration from Skyhook Wireless to provide location information to applications such as Google Maps. The iPad has a bult-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless card. The 3G model contains A-GPS to allow its position to be calculated with GPS or relative to nearby cellphone towers.

The iPad has two internal speakers that push mono sound through two small sealed channels to the three audio ports carved into the bottom-right of the unit. A volume switch is on the right side of the unit. The built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR interface allows wireless headphones and keyboards to be used with the iPad. There is also a tiny hole that hides iPad's built-in microphone.

The iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. The iPad's battery can provide up to 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback, or one month on standby. Like any battery technology, the iPad's LiPo battery loses capacity over time, but is not designed to be user-replaceable.

The iPad was released with three options for internal storage size: a 16, 32, or 64 GB flash drive. All data is stored on the flash drive and there is no option to expand storage. Apple sells a camera connection kit with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.

The processor is a 1 GHz Apple A4 System on a chip. And feature iOS 3.2.2 operating system with iOS 4.2 due in November 2010. It weight only 680 g (1.5 lb).

The iPad comes with free apps and features such as Picture Frame, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Videos, YouTube, Settings, Safari, Mail, Maps, iTunes, App Store, iPod, Photos and more.

In the coming posts I will take an in-depth look at these applications and what is possible or not with the iPad.

Welcome to Inside iPad

Welcome to Inside iPad.

I know there are already lots of blogs and sites dedicated to the Apple's iPad but I personally think that most of them are lacking a critical and analytic view on the iPad itself and more importantly lack of regular updates.

With that in mind I have decided to create Inside iPad. This blog will feature my own personal appreciation or possible frustration with the iPad. Hope you will enjoy the adventure...