iPad AS AN EARLY INTERVENTION TOOL
Basics of iPad
1. What is Apple’s iPad?
a. The iPad is a touch-screen tablet computer and media player that is positioned in between a smart phone (e.g. iPhone) and laptop computer in size and capabilities. Several models will be sold with varying storage capacity, some of which support wireless Internet access over “3G” cell phone networks. (All models support WiFi connections to local wireless networks.)
2. Does it have speakers and a microphone?
a. Yes, it has a single speaker port on the bottom edge near the 30-pin Dock port, and a microphone on the top edge. There are actually two speakers, left and right channels, with sealed channels leading to the same opening.
3. How many songs/videos can iPad hold?
a. iPads have 16, 32 or 64 GB of storage. Some of the iPad’s storage is used for its operating system, so not all of this space is available for songs and videos. We don’t yet know exactly how much space is used by the OS, but based on the iPhone and iPod Touch, we expect that will account for less than 1 GB, leaving 15 to 63 GB of storage for videos, music, and apps.
4. Can I add more storage later?
a. No, iPad is not upgradable. (The just-announced Airstash device claims to be the first wifi flash drive that works with iPad, and it looks like it can store & stream any DRM-free media. See also the Airstash demo on YouTube.)
5. What operating system does it run?
a. The iPad runs on various versions of iOS .
6. Is it a big iPhone/iPod Touch?
a. With similar hardware and software, the iPad is certainly in the same family as the iPhone and iPod Touch but, of course, has a larger screen (over five times as much space), and a faster processor.
7. Can the iPad run iPhone apps?
a. Yes. iPhone/Touch apps are normally much smaller than iPad’s screen, so the iPad provides a “2x” enlargement button that doubles their graphics to take up most (but not all) of the iPad’s screen. There are occasional glitches; for example, we’ve seen the Facebook app mix up
its alignment when iPad rotates. Developers modify their existing apps to support both iPhone and iPad, or can create new apps just for iPad.
8. Is it a Mac? Can it run Mac applications?
a. No. The iPad lacks many of the programming interfaces used by Mac applications and has a radically different user interface from Mac OS X.
9. Okay, so what’s its relationship to a Mac or PC?
a. The iPad can be used as a stand-alone device but it is designed to connect with a Mac or PC and expects to get most of its media content from iTunes, as the iPod Touch does. It syncs with iTunes over USB to load your photos, music, TV shows, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and existing iPhone/iPod Touch apps.
10. Does it use the same processor as the iPhone? How fast is it?
a. The iPhone 3GS uses the ARM-designed Cortex A8 processor, and earlier iPhones and iPod Touches used the (slower) ARM 11. The iPad uses a 1-GHz “Apple A4” “system on a chip” (or “SOC”) design. The A4 is most likely a combination of the ARM Cortex A8 processor, the PowerVR SGX 3D graphics processor and memory controller, manufactured by Samsung (which also makes the iPhone’s processor). Apple claims this custom design is very fast, yet lower in power usage. And, though Apple hasn’t said this, it should be cheaper to manufacture, too, as an SOC design.
Based on clock speed alone, we expected iPad to be about 1.6 times faster than the iPhone 3GS. But it’s even faster than that. Mac and iPhone Twitterific developer Craig Hockenberry has published benchmarks comparing iPad, iPhone 3GS and original iPhone. Native code on iPad averages about twice as fast as iPhone 3GS (which itself was over twice as fast as iPhone 3G) with some tests running 3.9 times faster.
The user experience is very fluid; apps launch very quickly.
Apple iPad FAQ
1. What are the common uses of the Apple iPad?
Web browsing, reading and sending email, view photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books.
2. What is the maximum resolution fo the iPad Screen?
The 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen has a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi).
3. What is the Apple iPad battery life?
Apple iPad battery will last upto 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.
4. How do sync my computer with Apple iPad?
iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, and you can sync all of your contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications easily from your Mac or PC. You can download itunes for free.
5. What is the processor inside the Apple iPad?
The Apple iPad is powered by A4, Apple’s next-generation system-on-a-chip. It is custom made for exceptional processor speed and graphics performance, while sustainig a longer battery life.
6. Can I snap photos with the Apple iPad camera?
The Apple iPad has no camera (although it has a Take Photo option!). But you cannot take photos using iPad as of now. Here are 8 features iPad lacks and more missing features of Apple iPad.
7. What is the Apple iPad Price?
The Apple iPad is available in 2 variants, a Wi-Fi model and a Wi-Fi + 3G model, and here is the US pricing information. International pricing not yet announced.
Wi-Fi iPad price
Wi-Fi + 3G iPad price
8. Can I connect iPad to a keyboard?
They have a nifty iPad accessory called the iPad keyboard dock which combines a dock for charging your iPad with a full-size keyboard.
9. Can I read Kindle books on Apple iPad?
Amazon already has a Kindle for iPhone App at the Apple App store and it will soon be supporting iPad too. So you will be able to read Kindle books on iPad. Here are 10 reasons why Apple iPad is better than Amazon Kindle.
10. How can I develop iPad Apps?
You can join the iPhone Developer Program and download iPhone SDK 3.2 beta that contains all the tools you need to start developing and optimizing iPhone OS applications for iPad.
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11. Does my iPad have a hard drive?
Negative. Instead, it uses NAND-based memory to duplicate the functions of a spinning hard disk, which would suck up enough power to send battery miser Steve Jobs over the edge. All your applications, videos, photographs, downloaded music, movies, television programs and other data goes into the flash memory.
Depending on how much money you decided to throw at Apple, your iPad has 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage space. Each step up cost you $100.
Compared to a new Mac or PC, the iPad’s storage is Lilliputian: The low-end MacBook Pro, for example, has a 160 GB hard drive, while the cheapest iMac sports 500 GB. But it’s in line with the capacity of its closest cousin, the dinky iPod Touch.
12. Can I print from the iPad?
No. Apple didn’t stick a USB port in the tablet.
You’ll have to shunt what you want to a print to a PC or Mac using e-mail, or sync the iPad using iTunes or MobileMe, then print from there.
I want to read some books. What do I do?
Apple’s supposed to add its free iBook app to the App Store on Saturday. Install it and you’ll be able to purchase e-books from the limited stock — limited compared to Amazon.com’s e-book inventory, at least — that Apple’s put together for the launch.
13. What operating system does the iPad use?
The iPad runs a modified version of the iPhone OS (in this case, version 3.2). It adds things like contextual menus that aren’t available on the iPhone or iPod touch right now (there are some indications that they will stay iPad only, but no confirmation from Apple yet).
14. How much storage does the iPad offer?
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB, 128 GB
15. How heavy is the iPad
1.5 pounds (1.6 pounds in the 3G version).
16. What are the iPad’s dimensions
9.56 inches tall x 7.47 wide x 0.5 thick.
17. What is the screen size?
18. What is the screen’s resolution?
1024 x 768 pixels.
19. Does the iPad support Bluetooth accessories?
Some, yes. The full extent of accessory support isn’t clear yet, but the iPad will work with wireless Bluetooth keyboards.
20. What does the iPad cost?
With six models, this is a complicated question. Check out this article for a breakdown.
21. When was it launched?
April 3, 2010 in the U.S. The 3G model is set to debut in late April 2010 in the U.S., with worldwide debut scheduled for around the same time.
iPad OS and Apps
1. Will my old iPhone apps work on the iPad?
Yes. The iPad is compatible with nearly all iPhone apps. Current iPhone apps can run in two modes: in a window at the size they’d run on an iPhone or scaled-up to full screen. Apps can be written to take advantage of the iPad’s screen size without up scaling.
2. How do I run apps in full screen mode?
It’s pretty simple. Read this article to learn how.
3. What does “HD” and “XL” mean in iPad app names?
Those are used to designate native iPad apps.
4. Does it run Flash?
No. Just like the iPhone, still no Flash.
5. Can the iPad run more than one app at the same time?
No. Like the iPhone, there’s no multitasking (though that may come in later versions of the iPhone OS).
6. Does the iPad support other ebook formats besides iBooks?
Yes. This article has the full list.
http://www.qj.net/ipad/ipad-faqs This site has a lot of how to q’s and answers.
Note- This article was compiled some time ago, one may need to update self by reaching out to the iTunes and Apple website.