In 2010, when the first iPad was released, in order to setup the Apple tablet you were investing in you had to connect it to a PC or Mac with iTunes installed on its drive. The iTunes connection that you were supposed to establish was the connection that helped you register and configure the tablet by setting up preferences and loading up content. Nowadays things have changed due to the release of iOS 5.0 that comes with all the features necessary in order to allow you to use for the setup of you new iPad a Wi-Fi connection. What you will also need to make available is a power outlet to which you can connect the iPad while making sure the Wi-Fi connection that you are interested in can be still established. This outlet is necessary because during the initial set up you will need plenty of juice, so in order to avoid interrupting the process you should keep the tablet plugged at all times.
To initiate the iPad setup of interest you will first have to open the tablet by holding pressed for a few seconds the rectangular button available on the iPad’s top right side. After a few seconds pass you will notice the display of an Apple logo that stays visible until the tablet boots up completely. The next windows will display one by one all the steps that you need to follow in order to successfully complete your iPad’s setup. The first thing that you will have to do is take a look at a Welcome screen and select the language that you are interested in using. In the next step you will have to select a country or region in order to advance to the location services window that asks you to choose if you want to enable this feature or not. It’s best if you choose to leave it disabled until you get used to your iPad and pay more attention to the next window that involves connecting to the Wi-Fi network of choice. After you’re done with this connection you will be able to choose between setting up the iPad as new device and restoring it from a backup. You should use the latter option only if you are upgrading from a previous iPad version for which you have already created a backup.
You will then have to sign in the iCloud, agree to Apple’s license, customize the backup options available, decide if you enable the “Find my iPad” app and the dictation feature, register the device and then start using and enjoying it. I must also mention that “Find my iPad” can be enabled only if you also enable location services.
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