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iPad Frequently Asked Questions


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With the release of the iPad, the big question is: will you buy one? The answer to that, though, may require asking more questions first. This list of frequently asked questions about the iPad will answer some basic, and some advanced, questions that will help you make a decision. Questions and answers on:

iPad Specs

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).

How much storage does the iPad offer?
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

How heavvy is the iPad
1.5 pounds (1.6 pounds in the 3G version).

What are the iPad's dimensions
9.56 inches tall x 7.47 wide x 0.5 thick.

What is the screen size?
9.7 inches

What is the screen's resolution?
1024 x 768 pixels.

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.

What does the iPad cost?
With six models, this is a complicated question. Check out this article for a breakdown.

When does it come out?
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

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 fullscreen. Apps can be written to take advantage of the iPad's screen size without upscaling.

How do I run apps in fullscreen mode?
It's pretty simple. Read this article to learn how.

What does "HD" and "XL" mean in iPad app names?
Those are used to designate native iPad apps.

Does it run Flash?
Nope. Just like the iPhone, still no Flash.

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).

Does the iPad support other ebook formats besides iBooks?
Yes. This article has the full list.


Using the iPad

How hard is syncing an iPad?
Pretty easy, and very similar to suyncing an iPhone. Get the details here.

How do I fix a frozen iPad or turn it off?
Turn off an iPad using these steps, and follow these directions to restart a frozen iPad.


Wireless Features

Does the iPad have GPS?
It depends on which model you have. The WiFi/3G models offer full assisted GPS (AGPS) like the iPhone 3GS. The WiFi-only models uses WiFi and like the original iPhone for their location services.

Do all models of the iPad have WiFi?

How do I connect my iPad to a WiFi network?
Given that the iPad runs the iPhone OS, the process for connecting to WiFi is basically the same as with the iPhone. Read this article for detailed instructions.

Do all iPad models have 3G cellular connections?
No. There are three models - one in each capacity size - with 3G.

Who is the 3G carrier?
Like the iPhone, AT&T provides 3G service to the iPad, though Verizon also offers services via its MiFi plans.

Can the iPad work with other carriers?
Maybe. Apple touts the device as unlocked, but it doesn't work with T-Mobile in the U.S. due to differences in the networks and the chips used in the iPad.

Do I have to buy 3G service when I buy an iPad?
No. The 3G service is optional. If you don't want it, you can buy a WiFi-only model.

If I buy the 3G service, do I sign a two-year contract?
No. The iPhone requires a two-year contract with AT&T, but the iPad does not. With iPad, you pay month to month and can cancel at any time without penalty.

What is the cost of the service?
View all iPad 3G data plans in the U.S.


iPad Battery

What is the iPad's battery life?
Apple claims 10 hours of use on a full charge, though some reviews are reporting even more battery life.

Can I squeeze even more life out of the iPad's battery?
Sure. Check out these 10 tips for conserving iPad battery life.

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