iPad

iPad Tip 40 - Back it Up

Make sure your iPad's data is properly backed up. When you're connected to your Mac or PC, open up iTunes and right-click on your iPad in the Devices list and select Back up. You don't need to worry about Apps you've downloaded or any purchases - videos, music - they're always available to you from Apple. Content you've created, such as photos and videos is what's important and at risk of loss when the iPad dies. You can also use an offsite service.

iPad Tip 33 - Home Sharing

Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (Advanced menu) on your computer and on your iPad (Settings > Music/Video and enter your Apple ID). Next, launch the Music or Video app on your iPad. In the Music App, tap the "More" button at the bottom, find the little house with "Shared" next to it. Tap on that and then on one of the Shared Libraries. It might take a few seconds to update, but then you can listen to all of that Library's media on your iPad. For video, tap the Shared tab at the top of the screen. Enjoy!

iPad Tip 22 - File Sharing

Desktop to iPad File Sharing

If you're wondering where Pages, Numbers and other Apps that save files store and manage the synching, look closely at the iTunes Apps tab (on your computer) when you plug in your iPad. Scroll down and
you'll see the File Sharing. Check out the apps that utilize fie sharing and the actual documents. When you're ready to sync your files, use the Add.. button to add your files and work with
them on the go.

iPad Tip 17 - Better Zooming

The Zoom accessibility option that's in the iPhone OS is even more helpful on the iPad than
on a smaller device because of the additional screen territory. You can turn this on from Settings
| Accessibility | Zoom by flipping Zoom to On.

The Zoom screen explains the three options: double tap with three fingers to zoom in; drag
with three fingers for panning around the screen; and use three fingers to double tap without
releasing, and then drag up or down to zoom in or out.

iPad Tip 14: Easy Apostrophe

Easy Apostrophe

I use apostrophe's all the time; see I just used one. But this is a key that's not visible on the
integrated virtual keyboard so it's a huge hassle typing them.

Press and hold the comma key. A pop-up variation appears with an apostrophe, and it even
appears highlighted, which means you don't have to move your finger to select it. Simply tap,
hold for a moment, then release to create the apostrophe.

iPad Tip 13 - Lock Rotate

Lock Rotate

This may not qualify as much of a secret, since Apple promotes the feature, but in my early
experience, it's terrifically useful. Flick the switch above the volume controls to lock screen
rotation. The iPad is quite sensitive to orientation, and rotates its screen with little provocation.
Locking rotation means sticking with the view you're in, even as you shift position, or place the
iPad flat on a surface.

iPad Tip 12 - Better Battery Life

Better Battery Life

The iPad battery can last for up to 10 hours, but you can squeak out a bit more usage. Drag the brightness slider (under Settings, Brightness) as low as you can stand, turn off both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (under Settings), don't play and videos or music, and avoid gaming apps.

Turn off or decrease the timing for data fetching. Data that is updated regularly includes email notifications and RSS feeds.

Turn off Location Services. Active use of maps and other location services will drain battery life. If left on, Maps updates continuously, something that you don't need draining your battery.

iPad Tip 7 - Preview Mail

By default, iPad's email app is configured to show only 2 lines, probably a hold-over from
iPhone, but impractically small for iPad.
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. Note - push features tend to drain battery power
a bit more quickly.