Getting Real Work Done
Perhaps you thought only “real” computers could do “real” work. Well, the iPad is a real computer, so you’re right. Apple has a great productivity suite called iWork. It consists of Pages, a word processor; Numbers, a spreadsheet app; and Keynote, an app for creating slideshow presentations. All these apps feature a uniquely Apple approach to work that makes work (dare I say) fun. Better yet, if you purchased your iPad since October 2013, these apps are free – the first time you tap the App Store on your Home screen, your iPad will ask if you want to download these three apps and others. If your iPad has been around since sometime before October 2013, don’t worry. All iWork apps are $10 apiece, still much less than any Microsoft productivity program.
Each app works incredibly well. Paired with a wireless keyboard, you could type an entire book on an iPad, and fill it up with images and other media. Keynote adds slick graphical twists to any boring presentation, livening it up and keeping your audience awake. Numbers is useful and well thought out, and can calculate nearly anything you’ll need.
Make Mail More Productive
Mail is a great app – but it’s not fun tapping back and forth through different levels of your mailboxes. Fortunately, there’s a better way. Open Mail, and tap the back arrow (whatever it says) until you get to the very bottom stack. It should say Mailboxes in bold text at the top of your display. Right beside that, in blue, there is an Edit button. Tap that. You’ll see the list of mailboxes expand, some of which have blue checkmarks beside them. These are the mailboxes that you can access from the main Mail screen. Check off the ones you’re using most regularly (and uncheck the ones you don’t use), and drag them up or down to rearrange the order the mailboxes appear in. Then tap Done. That’s it! You can now access your oft-used mailboxes with fewer taps.
If you’ve never heard of FaceTime or haven’t used iMessage, you are missing out on something truly great. This is no social network time-vampire like (well, I won’t name names). No, Apple’s two free communication services are proper tools to keep in touch with people you know. FaceTime has two flavours – one version lets you both see and hear who you’re talking to, and FaceTime Audio is just like a phone call, except it uses Internet instead of cellular minutes. iMessage is like texting, but once again, it doesn’t eat up your monthly texting allotment and allows you to send photos and videos as well. Both services require an Internet connection and an Apple device on both ends, meaning you can’t chat face-to-face from afar with your Android-toting friends.
On a new device, activating iMessage and FaceTime is part of the set-up process, but if you opted out or forget whether you activated them or not, it’s easy enough to check and do it now if necessary.
1. Go to Settings and scroll down to FaceTime (or iMessage).
2. Tap the switch at the top of the screen to turn it on.
3. If prompted, enter your Apple ID and/or password.
It’s set up, just like that!
People can FaceTime or iMessage you via your phone number (if you also have an iPhone) or your email address.
To contact someone else via FaceTime or iMessage, you must have that person’s contact details in Contacts on your device. Then head over to the Messages or FaceTime app. To start an iMessage conversation, tap the pen-and-paper icon in the top corner and address it by typing someone’s name. Blue names, bubbles, and text indicate an iMessage. Tap Send and it’s off! Handily, iMessage can tell you when a message is delivered and even when it has been read.
FaceTime is simple to use as well. Just find the person you want to contact in the list and tap their name. On their contact card that appears, to the right of the FaceTime heading, tap the phone symbol to initiate a voice-only FaceTime call, or tap the video camera icon to start a video chat.
You can do the same thing from the Contacts app as well: beside the FaceTime heading on their contact card in Contacts, you can tap the phone symbol for a FaceTime Audio conversation or the video camera icon to keep an eye on them. To send an iMessage, go to the contact card in question and tap Send Message near the bottom and select an email address or phone number.
Turning iPad Off
As you probably know, you can put your iPad to sleep by pressing the Sleep/Wake button near the top right. When it’s asleep, it can still receive FaceTime calls, iMessages, emails, and the like. However, like any other computer, it can be turned completely off. This is useful in the rare case that you won’t be using iPad for some time, or something’s gone funky. All you have to to is press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until a slider appears, then slide it to power off. A little pinwheel will indicate that your iPad is powering off, and then it’s done!
Turning iPad On Again
Of course, you’ll need to know how to bring it back to life. There are two ways: press and hold the same Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo on the screen, or plug iPad into its power adapter. Either way, iPad will turn on again and be ready to go in about a minute.
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