Ipad For Dummies
Although the iPad is slowly gaining more and more terrain on the market, establishing itself in many work fields such as: education, business, travel and others, it still remains a mystery to most users that are not familiar with touch screen technology and are not used to “prodding” a device in order to make it work. The iPad is a bit different compared to your usual gadget since the interaction is made through its wide touch based display and the absence of a keyboard or multiple buttons.
For those that haven’t seen one or haven’t heard of one: the iPad is a merger between a laptop and a smartphone. It combines the characteristics of a laptop with the mobility of a phone. You can play games, watch movies, navigate online, or even read books on this lightweight handheld gizmo.
Let’s cover the basic controls of the iPad to make sure anyone understands how to use it (since afterwards, due to the intuitive design of the iPad they are going to learn its tricks really quick).
Turning the iPad on and off can be done by pressing the Power button on top of the iPad. This button will basically put your iPad to “sleep” and “wake” it up when you want to use it again. Due to its flash memory integrated, the iPad takes up to no time to power on and be ready for use. This is a lot more similar to the Sleep option of the Windows 7 operating system.
The only button that can be seen on the face of the iPad is the Home button. This button will get you to the home screen no matter what you were doing previously.
In order to increase the volume or decrease it, you will find two buttons on the right side of the iPad. Pressing them numerous times will either increase or decrease the volume until it either reaches a maximum or mute.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s focus on the display. Each of the icons located on the home screen represent an application that can be launched by simply tapping on the screen.
In order to navigate through the many options of your iPad you need to master the multi-touch display. For instance, flicking a finger is the equivalent of a mouse scroll which will enable you to navigate through screens, files, music or other collection you might use.
Pinching the screen will enable you to zoom just about everything enabling a better view of the certain webpage/ file / image or whatever you were watching. Despite the fact that you can have only a single app on your screen, you can actually use multiple and swipe between them.
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