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Meet the iPad Mini
iPad Mini at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Activate the iPad Mini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Set Up as a New iPad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Set Up Siri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Finishing Touches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Work With iOS
Gestures and Techniques . .
Navigation Basics . . . . . .
The Dock . . . . . . . . . .
Multitask on Your iPad Mini .
Notification Center . . . . .
Siri and Dictation . . . . . .
iOS Tips and Tricks . . . . .
Change Your Settings
Airplane Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Wi-Fi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Cellular Data (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Do Not Disturb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Notifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Brightness & Wallpaper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Picture Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
iCloud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Mail, Contacts, Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
FaceTime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
iTunes & App Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Photos & Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
iBooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Newsstand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Podcasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Third-Party Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
iPad Apps and iCloud
Connect and Communicate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Productivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Sync with iCloud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Download More Apps
App Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Find New Apps . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Download Other Apple Apps . . . . . .
Ten Apps Every iPad User Should Own .
Find New Accessories
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The Dock Connector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Protect Your iPad Mini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
More Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Over the last few years, Apple’s iPad has become a new kind of
personal computer—one that goes with you everywhere, on which
you can do almost anything. People have used the iPad to create
masterpieces, play songs, write novels, and work on code. Others
treat their iPad as a home entertainment device, a cooking assistant,
or a reference book. Much like the blackboard tablet it resembles,
your iPad is a blank slate: It does what you ask it to. You get to decide
what you want your iPad to be.
The iPad mini, Apple’s newest device, is very much an iPad. It looks like
one, it has the same long-lasting battery, and it runs iPad apps. That
said, it’s also a device all its own: lighter, smaller, and more portable.
It’s better for reading. It’s less expensive. And it’s also still very new. We
don’t know where the iPad mini will fit into our daily lives yet.
That’s where you come in. We’ve created this book to help you start your journey with the iPad mini. It won’t
teach you everything you need to learn about your mini—after all, we don’t want to spoil the fun of discovering
things on your own. But we’ll get you started down that path with Multi-Touch tutorials, feature overviews, and
the ten apps we think every iPad mini user should own. What you do with your device from there? Well, that’s
up to you.
—Serenity Caldwell
November 2012
iPad Mini Starter Guide
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Associate Editor Serenity Caldwell (@settern) helps run the Superguide program. Now that she has finished
compiling books on every major Apple announcement this year, she’s going to ask Siri what movies she missed
in the last few months.
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to, works with, or installs on them—for Macworld.
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on a treadmill desk. Apple says the App Store contains 750,000 apps; Lex has reviewed approximately half of
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Meet the iPad Mini
FASTER, BETTER, STRONGER The iPad mini packs a full-fledged iPad into a 7.9-inch
screen and weighs less than a pound.
Meet the iPad mini, Apple’s miniaturized version of its popular iPad tablet. Equipped with a 7.9-inch screen
and weighing in at 0.7 pounds, the tiny tablet weighs little more than a pad of notebook paper—but it packs a
punch, featuring a dual-core A5 chip, speedy cellular LTE service, dual cameras, and up to 64GB of storage.
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Apple designed this device with minimal external buttons, so it’s imperative that you know what each one is for.
Once you’ve learned about the exterior, we’ll walk you through the process of activating a new iPad mini.
iPad Mini at a Glance
Designed with a minimalist aesthetic, the chamfered aluminum-and-glass iPad mini eschews a button-heavy
design in favor of simple controls and a slim figure. Here’s a quick rundown of all the features on the device’s
A Headphone Jack
The iPad mini has a standard 3.5mm audio jack on the top of its casing to let you listen to music. You can use
several types of headphones with the iPad mini, including the Apple earbuds, or alternatively you can use Bluetooth headphones. If you plug in headphones that have a built-in microphone, the iPad mini senses the mic and
allows you to use it with apps that have audio-recording capabilities. Otherwise the iPad mini uses its built-in
microphone to record sound.
b Microphone
The iPad mini’s internal microphone is on the top center edge of the device, right above the front-facing camera. You can use it to record audio in any app that supports audio recording. Unless you’re using an external
microphone, you’ll use this mic for video chatting, recording voice memos, talking to Siri, and more.
c On/Off Button
Press the On/Off button to turn the iPad mini’s screen on or off. You can still receive email and notifications
with it turned off, but the screen stays blank until you wake it by pressing this button or the Home button. To
turn the device off, hold the On/Off button down until the screen dims and the red ‘slide to power off’ slider ap-
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pears. Slide your finger across the switch, and the iPad mini powers down. (To turn your device back on, press
and hold the On/Off button again until the Apple logo appears.)
You can also decline or silence alerts and alarms with the On/Off button; press it once to silence an incoming alert.
D Front-Facing FaceTime HD Camera
This 1.2-megapixel camera can shoot 1280-by-960-pixel stills and 720p HD video (1280 by 720 pixels). Apple
designed the front-facing camera primarily for using FaceTime and snapping quick self-portraits.
E Touchscreen Display
The iPad mini doesn’t have a physical keyboard or many hardware buttons; instead, you use its 7.9-inch LEDbacklit Multi-Touch glass display to read books, surf the Web, compose email messages, navigate apps, and
change settings. The device’s screen boasts a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels at 163 pixels per inch, and is made
from optical-quality glass, which makes it highly scratch resistant. It also has an oil-resistant oleophobic coating
that makes it easy to wipe off smudges.
F Home Button
The only physical button on the face of the iPad mini, the Home button provides a variety of shortcuts for accessing apps and operating system features.
SINGLE-PRESS A single-press of the Home button can have several results, depending on what you’re using the
iPad mini for at the time: If the iPad mini is in sleep mode, pressing the Home button wakes it; if you’re in an
app, it returns you to the home screen; if you’re on a subsequent home screen page, it returns you to the first
page; and if you’re on the first home screen page, it brings you into the iPad mini’s Spotlight search mode. (See
“Navigation Basics” in the “Work With iOS” chapter for more information on Spotlight.)
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SINGLE-PRESS AND HOLD Press and hold the Home button for at least two seconds to activate Siri. (See “Siri
and Dictation” in the “Work With iOS” chapter for more information.)
DOUBLE-PRESS When the device is locked or in sleep mode, a double-press of the Home button wakes your
device and brings up the Music controls. In active use, it brings up the multitasking bar, showcasing your
active apps. (See “Multitask on Your iPad Mini” in the “Work With iOS” chapter for more information on the
multitasking bar.)
G Speaker
On the bottom edge of the iPad mini are two small stereo speakers. They play anything that makes noise on
your iPad mini, including music, video, or app sounds. You can also hook up the iPad mini to third-party speakers using the headphone jack, via Bluetooth, or via AirPlay, Apple’s wireless audio and video feature.
H Dock Connector
The iPad mini uses Apple’s new Lightning dock connector to connect to your computer and other accessories.
The connector is reversible, so you can plug it into your device in either direction. Unfortunately, if you have
older iOS device accessories that sport a 30-pin dock connector, your iPad mini won’t work with those items unless you get an adapter. (See the “Find New Accessories” chapter for more information.)
When plugged into its included power adapter, the iPad mini can charge while awake or asleep. Your device will
also charge when plugged into newer Macs and PCs, though charging will take longer. Older computers without
high-powered USB ports will only charge the iPad mini when it’s in sleep mode; when awake, it displays a ‘Not
charging’ message in the status bar at the top of the screen.
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I iSight Camera
The second of the iPad mini’s two cameras is located along the back of the device, in the upper left corner. This
5-megapixel camera features a five-element lens, backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, and an f/2.4 aperture;
it shoots 1080p HD video and 2592-by-1936-pixel stills. You can use this camera for quick moviemaking and
showing your FaceTime companion a wider view of your surroundings. (While you can certainly also take stills,
we suggest using a smaller device—like your mobile phone or a portable camera—for such matters.)
J SIM Card Tray (Wi-Fi + Cellular Only)
Apple offers the iPad mini in two different colors, white and black, as well as in two different models: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi
+ Cellular. If you want to be able to connect to the Internet via cellular networks, you need to buy the latter. (You
can tell them apart visually: The Wi-Fi + Cellular model has a black or white plastic stripe along the top back.)
The iPad mini’s Wi-Fi + Cellular model can operate on multiple cellular Internet bands: various bands of the LTE
cellular data standard, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA-EvDO, and HSPA. Major U.S. partners for the
iPad mini include AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. When purchasing a Wi-Fi + Cellular model, you must choose which
provider you want, though you don’t have to sign up for a contract plan. The iPad mini comes contract-free, allowing you to pay for service month to month.
Your iPad mini needs a nano-SIM card to connect to a cellular provider. Without it, you won’t be able to access
cellular Internet, only Wi-Fi. This SIM card comes preinstalled, though if you go abroad you can also pick up a
nano-SIM from a supported cellular carrier.
If you need to install a nano-SIM, or access your current SIM card, you can remove it by sticking one end of a
paper clip into the hole next to the SIM card slot, visible on the left side of the device.
K Side Switch
You can set the iPad mini’s Side Switch—located on the right side of the tablet near the top—to lock the screen
orientation or to act as a mute switch, depending on your preference.
To set this, go to Settings > General, and then tap Lock Rotation or Mute in the ‘Use Side Switch to’ section. If
you choose Lock Rotation, toggle the Side Switch to expose the orange dot, and your iPad mini stays in either
landscape or portrait view, regardless of how you’re handling it. When the rotation lock is engaged, a small icon
showing a lock with an arrow around it appears on the right side of the status bar near the battery icon. If you
select Mute in the settings screen, the switch controls the iPad mini’s silent mode, which mutes alert noises. Be
advised that you can still hear the audio from music and videos from the device’s speaker when the iPad mini is
in silent mode.
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L Volume Up and Volume Down Buttons
Directly below the Side Switch is a rocker button for volume. Press the top of the rocker to increase volume
and the bottom rocker to decrease volume. (In the Camera app, the top rocker also functions as a physical
camera shutter button.) In the Settings app, you can choose whether these buttons affect only noises from an
app, or whether they control systemwide sounds as well. (See “Sounds” in the “Change Your Settings” chapter
for more information.)
Activate the iPad Mini
If you’re reading this section, chances are you’ve picked up a brand-new iPad mini. Congratulations! If you
haven’t already set it up at your local Apple Store or cellular carrier’s retail establishment, here’s how you can
do so.
Once you’ve unboxed your iPad mini, turn it on by pressing the On/Off switch. A welcome screen greets you,
displaying a ‘slide to set up’ slider that rotates between different languages. (If you need quick access to your
device’s IMEI or ICCID number without setting it up, you can tap the information button, represented by a lowercase i, located directly above the slider.)
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WELCOME TO THE iPAD This is the first screen you see after turning on your iPad mini
for the first time.
Once you begin the activation process, you’re asked to pick your language and country. Your iPad mini then
checks for any Wi-Fi networks in the area that it can connect to; if there aren’t any, just tap the Next button.
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CONNECT TO ME Choose a Wi-Fi network to move forward, or set up your device over
cellular (if you have it) by tapping the Next button.
Next, choose whether to enable Location Services. This allows Apple apps (and third-party apps) to access your
location via Wi-Fi networks and your Global Positioning System (GPS) location.
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION If you want apps to be able to locate you (say, to find
your current location in the Maps app), turn on Location Services.
From here, you can set up your device as brand-new or, if you’re upgrading from an older iPad, restore your
data from an iCloud or iTunes backup.
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CHOOSE YOUR OWN You can set up your new iPad mini as a blank slate or restore it
from a backup.
Restore From an iCloud Backup
If you have an iCloud account and have previously backed up an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch using iCloud’s
Backup feature, you can use this backup to restore your data to your new iPad mini (though you’ll need to be
on a Wi-Fi network to do so). To restore your data, sign in to your iCloud account; agree to Apple’s terms and
conditions; and then choose which backup file you’d like to use, and tap the blue Restore button in the top right
corner of the screen. (Depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi connection, this process can take anywhere from a
few minutes to a few hours.)
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BACK ME UP, SCOTTY You can restore from any iCloud backup you’ve made, though the
most recent one is selected by default.
Restore From an iTunes Backup
If you tap Restore from iTunes Backup, you’re brought to the ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen. Connect your iPad mini
to your computer and open iTunes; after clicking your device in the source list, you’ll see the Set Up Your iPad
Mini screen, which asks if you’d like to set it up as a new iPad mini or restore from a specific backup. Choose the
correct backup, and click the Continue button to proceed. This process is significantly faster than restoring from
iCloud, because you’re transferring data over USB, not over Wi-Fi.
TETHER ME If you restore from an iTunes backup, you still have to plug your device into
your computer and select the backup in iTunes.
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Set Up as a New iPad
If you choose to set up your device as a new iPad, the first thing you have to do is supply an Apple ID, or create
one if you don’t have one. If you’ve ever purchased something from the iTunes Store, you’ve signed up for an
Apple ID (it’s usually your primary email address). Your login information for Apple’s iCloud service should also
work for signing in.
EMAIL IDENTIFICATION Your Apple ID is an email address: either one you already use or
a new email you create on the spot.
USE YOUR CURRENT APPLE ID Already have an Apple ID? Tap the Sign In with an Apple ID button and enter your
username (usually your email address) and password. Apple then spends a few moments linking your device to
your Apple ID.
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SIGN UP FOR A NEW APPLE ID If you don’t have an Apple ID, it’s easy enough to create one by tapping the Create a Free Apple ID button. You need to enter your birthday, name, email address (or create a new iCloud email
address), a password, a security question (in case you forget your password), and whether you’d like to receive
email updates from Apple. Once you’ve entered all your information, you’re asked to read and agree to the
terms and conditions, and Apple then registers your Apple ID.
NO APPLE ID FOR ME If you’d rather not set up an Apple ID, you can tap the Skip This Step link at the bottom of
the page. You can always add or create one from the Settings app later, but note that you won’t be able to buy
anything from the iTunes Store or set up iCloud until you do.
If you’ve set up an Apple ID, you can also set up iCloud on your device. iCloud is an umbrella term for Apple’s
collection of syncing services, which allow you to sync your photos, apps, contacts, calendars, reminders, notes,
and mail across multiple devices. (Read more about iCloud in the “iPad Apps and iCloud” chapter.)
IN THE CLOUD If you want to keep your new iPad mini in sync with your computer
and other iOS devices, back it up remotely, and find it if it’s misplaced or stolen,
enable iCloud.
Choose to set up iCloud, and you’re first asked whether you’d like to enable iCloud backups for your iPad mini.
If you do so, you can have your device back up all essential settings to your iCloud account; if you ever need to
restore, you can do so over Wi-Fi without needing to use a desktop or laptop. You can also elect to use iTunes to
back up your iPad mini to your computer.
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IT’S ALL STORED You don’t want to lose your iPad mini’s data. With iCloud, you can back
it up wirelessly to the service, or to your computer, using Wi-Fi.
Additionally, you have the choice of opting in to iCloud’s Find My iPad service. This enables location monitoring
for your device, allowing you to find it using your Apple ID and the Find My iPad app, should it go missing.
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WHERE IN THE WORLD? Enable Find My iPad, and if your device gets misplaced, you’ll be
able to find it on a map, send it a message, play a sound on it, or remotely wipe it.
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If you’ve set up an Apple ID, you may also be asked to use if you want to use iMessage, and what email addresses (and phone numbers, if you have an iPhone) you want those messages to go to.
Set Up Siri
One of the iPad mini’s nice features is Apple’s personal voice assistant, Siri. If you want to take advantage of Siri,
you can enable it here. (See “Siri and Dictation” in the “Work With iOS” chapter for more information.)
Finishing Touches
Once you finish the setup process, Apple asks if you’d like to send it anonymous diagnostics and usage information (similar to a desktop crash report). After you answer that question, your iPad mini will be all set up and
ready for you to begin using.
START YOUR ENGINES Once you’ve finished the setup process, you’re ready to begin
using your iPad mini.
Work With iOS
WELCOME TO iOS 6 Your iPad mini runs the latest version of Apple’s
mobile operating system.
Now that you have your iPad mini set up, it’s time to turn it on and explore. Just like the full-sized iPad, iPhone,
and iPod touch, your device runs Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, which uses a variety of finger-based
Multi-Touch gestures to help you navigate. In addition, your iPad mini comes with some great apps—programs
that you can run on your device—to make your life easier and more productive.
But before you start playing around, you’ll want to know the basics of working with iOS and your apps, and
what they can (and can’t) do. We’ll show you some basic gestures; help you get the hang of navigating the home
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screen, multitasking, and working with notifications; offer some tips and tricks; and introduce you to the iPad
mini’s voice assistant, Siri.
Gestures and Techniques
If you’ve never before owned a Multi-Touch device from Apple, you may be unfamiliar with crazy phrases like
pinch to zoom and the difference between flicking and swiping. Have no fear: Although some of these gestures
may have odd names, they’re easy enough to pick up.
As clicking is to a desktop computer, so is tapping to an iOS device. Tapping is the most common and basic
gesture: You tap to open apps, bring up controls, make choices from menus, and more.
Tap an object twice in succession to effect a double-tap. Double-taps are primarily used for zooming in or out
on text, but third-party apps also use the double-tap for various purposes.
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Tap, Hold, and Drag
For some functions‚ such as highlighting text, copying and pasting, or deleting and moving apps‚ you need to
tap and hold down on the screen. When you do this on a piece of text, it highlights in blue, and editing handles—vertical lines with blue dots at the top—appear on either side of the highlighted area. You can tap, hold,
and, while holding down, drag your finger to increase or decrease the selection area. Dragging also comes into
play for moving objects in apps, drawing, and swiping and flicking.
Flick and Swipe
Drag your finger across the screen—up, down, left, or right—to swipe. Swiping is one of your primary navigational tools: You use a left or right swipe to move through home screens or images in the Photos app; you use
an up or down swipe to read text in Newsstand, Safari, or elsewhere. It’s one of the easiest gestures to learn. A
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flick is just like a swipe, only faster: Your device supports inertial scrolling, which means that the faster or slower
you move your finger, the faster or slower content will move. If you want to get to the bottom of a page quickly,
just flick your finger upward in a fast motion.
One note of caution: All flicking and swiping on your device is inverse, meaning that when you move your finger
down (in other words, swipe down), you’re actually moving whatever is on the screen upward. This makes
perfect sense in the real world, but if you’re coming from a PC computer, where scrolling down on a trackpad or
with a mouse actually scrolls the window down, it can be a bit disorienting at first. Why make the clarification?
In this book, we refer several times to “swiping right” to bring up a left navigational bar—which can be confusing
if you don’t know about inverse gestures.
To zoom in or out, use the pinch gesture (also referred to as a pinch-to-zoom gesture). To zoom in or to open
something, place your thumb and index finger, pinched together, on screen and spread them apart. To zoom
out, do the reverse: Start with your thumb and index finger further apart, and then pinch them together.
You can even rotate some elements with two or more fingers. Just place two fingers on screen and make a
circular gesture‚ clockwise or counterclockwise.
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Navigation Basics
Now that you’ve taken your first step into the iOS world of Multi-Touch gestures, it’s time to learn how to navigate your device. We’ll go over the various status symbols you’ll see on your iPad mini and describe where your
apps are stored, as well as how to organize them, search for them, and delete them.
The Status Bar
The status bar is a mainstay on the iPad mini’s screen—it shows up whenever your device is awake or otherwise
turned on, and vanishes only when specific third-party apps (such as a game or full-screen video) require the
entirety of your screen. Within that tiny little bar live many status icons—all of which are there to let you know
about various enabled settings and connections. Here’s a quick rundown of the ones you’re likely to see on your
new iPad mini.
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(Tap the table to see it full screen.)
The Home Screen
When you first turn on your device, you’re brought to the home screen. Here, you see an assortment of icons:
In portrait view, these icons are grouped into up to five rows of four icons each; in landscape view, you see up
to four rows of five icons each, along with up to six icons grouped in a silver translucent shelf at the bottom of
the screen (the Dock).
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WELCOME HOME When you unlock your iPad mini, the home screen greets you.
The home screen is where your apps live and where you can launch them. Only 20 apps will fit on one home
screen, but you can organize your apps in multiple home screens (up to 11). (The apps in the Dock stay the
same no matter what home screen you’re on.) Above the Dock are several dots signifying the number of home
screens you have; the currently selected one is highlighted in white. Swipe left or right to go from screen to
The Dock
The silver translucent shelf along the bottom of your home screen is called the Dock. If you swipe between
home screens, you’ll notice that the icons in the Dock don’t change. That’s because the Dock is for the apps you
most frequently use; instead of having to swipe from screen to screen to find an app, you can drop it directly
into the Dock for easy access. You can store up to six apps in the Dock.
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DOCKING STATION Put your most frequently used apps in the Dock.
Open and Close an App
Want to launch an app? Just tap its icon. Once the program is open, you can return to the home screen at any
time by pressing the Home button.
Rearrange and Delete Apps
To rearrange the order of your icons, tap and hold on any icon on a home screen. After a few seconds, all your
app icons‚ including the one you’re holding on‚ start to wiggle, and a small black X pops up in each icon’s top
left corner.
DO THE WIGGLE Tap and hold on an app icon to enter edit mode; then simply drag app
icons around to move them.
You can then rearrange any apps on the home screen, or even drag them into or out of the Dock. If you’ve installed a third-party app you don’t want anymore, you can tap the X to delete it (you cannot delete the apps that
came preinstalled on your iPad mini). When you’re finished, press the Home button to make the app icons stop
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wiggling and stay in their new location. You can also rearrange your icons and home screens through iTunes
when you connect your device to your computer.
Use Folders to Organize Apps
When you start amassing a collection of apps on your iPad mini, organizing them can get tricky. Luckily, you can
use app folders.
SPOT SEARCH Swipe right on your home screen to get to the Spotlight menu, where you
can search for anything on your iPad mini.
Search in Spotlight
You can search for every email message, webpage, and app on your device, or search through Google or Wikipedia, by swiping right on your home screen until you reach Spotlight. To search, just type your query in the
text box at the top. If you search for an app, Spotlight will also show if the app is in a folder.
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FOLDED UP You can collect two or more apps into a collection called a folder.
A folder is a group of apps, represented by a single icon, on a home screen. Each folder sports miniature icons
representing the apps inside, along with an overall name, such as Games or Photography. When you tap a
folder, the Dock fades and slides down, making room for a view of the folder’s contents. Within the folder, you
find the name and icon for each app. Tap any app to launch it, or tap anywhere outside the folder to return to
the home screen.
To create a folder, start by tapping and holding any app icon to enter edit mode; after the icons begin to wiggle,
drag an app on top of another app. When you release the app, you create a folder, which opens and displays
both apps. By default, the folder’s name is based on the App Store category for one of the first two apps in the
folder. If you want to customize this name, just tap inside the field (while still in edit mode) and enter something
new. When you’re done, press the Home button to exit edit mode.
To add another app to the folder, reenter edit mode and drag the desired app onto the folder icon. Repeat until
you’ve added all the apps you want (up to 20 per folder), and then press the Home button to exit edit mode.
To edit the folder itself—its name, its contents, or the layout of the apps inside—you can either enter edit mode
and then tap the folder, or, while the folder is open, tap and hold on any icon inside. You can then tap the folder’s name to change it, drag apps within the folder to rearrange them, drag an app out of the folder to return it
to the home screen, or tap an app’s X button to completely delete it from your device. Unlike apps, folders don’t
have a delete button; to delete a folder, you must remove all the apps from it.
Multitask on Your iPad Mini
Opening and closing an app is easy: Tap the app to open it, and then press the Home button to close it. But
when you exit, you’re not actually shutting down the app: You’re freezing it in place, or sending it to run in the
background. This means you can have multiple active apps running at any one time, and you can even switch
between active apps without returning to the home screen.
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Frozen Apps Versus Background Apps
Sometimes you need an app to keep doing something when it’s not in the foreground. For that reason, Apple
uses several tools to allow apps to perform tasks in the background. One of these tools is the push-notification
system; another allows music apps to keep playing while the user switches to another app; yet another allows
tasks‚ such as photo uploads‚ to continue running in the background even if you switch out of the program performing the upload. If your third-party app doesn’t incorporate one of these background features, it will freeze‚
which is to say that it will remember whatever you were just doing when you reopen it, but it will not process
any data in the background.
STATUS BAR COLOR CHANGES When certain apps run in the background, they let you know by changing the
color of the status bar and providing you with a quick link back to the app.
ATTENTION! Certain apps that run in the background take over the status bar to let you
know what’s going on.
If you exit Maps while in turn-by-turn navigation mode, for instance, the status bar elongates and turns green;
you can tap it to return to the app.
The Multitasking Bar
You can switch between apps quickly by bringing up the multitasking bar.
SHELF CHANGE Double-press the Home button to bring up a list of your
recently used apps.
To do so, double-press the Home button; a bar below the Dock rises up from the bottom of the screen, showing
the most recently run apps. To switch to a different app, tap its icon.
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MULTITASKING SHORTCUTS In addition to holding a list of your most recently used apps, the multitasking bar
has a couple of other neat shortcuts for your device.
HIDDEN BONUS Lock your screen in portrait mode, change your song, and alter the
volume by swiping right to the shortcuts bar.
If you swipe right, you bring up a secondary set of controls allowing you to control currently playing audio (it defaults to the Music app, but you can also control music from third-party apps). You can also change your screen’s
brightness and either lock your device’s orientation in portrait or landscape mode (represented by a circular arrow) or mute and unmute your device (represented by a speaker), depending on how you’ve set the behavior of
the Side Switch. (See the “Change Your Settings” chapter for more information about the Side Switch.)
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Notification Center
When an app wants to let you know something, it uses Apple’s push-notification system to send you alerts. The
system can display these alerts as banners, pop-up alerts, or a combination of the two; when you’d like to see
all the alerts you’ve received recently, check Notification Center.
Get Banner Alerts
By default, you receive notifications as banner alerts. Banners get superimposed along the top edge of your
iPad mini, rotating into view with a 3D effect. The banners remain on screen for about five seconds. While a
floating banner is on display, you can tap it to launch the notifying app (such as Twitter, Messages, or Mail). Let’s
say you receive a banner notification because someone mentions your name in a tweet: Just tap the notification, and your Twitter client of choice launches to show you the tweet in question.
BANNER UP Your new notifications fold down from the top of the screen with an app
icon and a brief summary of the notification.
If you don’t want to attend to a banner immediately, you can ignore it and keep working away in whatever app
you’re using. Banners float on top of the screen for several seconds, and then they vanish on their own.
Retrieve Notifications
If you don’t tap a banner in time, or you want to see past notifications, you can access Notification Center whenever your iPad mini is unlocked. Just swipe down from the status bar to show any missed notifications.
Notification Center groups your past notifications by app; you can sort those apps by time or manually (you can
configure the order you’d like in the Settings app). You can clear out accumulated notifications per app with a
pair of well-focused taps: Tap the X next to the app’s name, and then tap the Clear button that appears.
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ACCESS YOUR NOTIFICATIONS Notification Center displays recent alerts grouped by app.
You can choose the number of alerts a given app can show in Notification Center, though the controls are a bit
limited. For example, you can choose how many upcoming Calendar events your iPad mini displays, but you
can’t choose which calendar it pulls those events from. The Notifications preference screen does allow you to
pick which email accounts you’d like to be notified about, however.
Customize Notifications
To define precisely how Notification Center and alerts work on an app-by-app basis, head to the Settings app
and tap Notifications. Here you choose which apps notify you, and you can configure all sorts of behaviors. For
each app, you can set whether notifications should appear in Notification Center at all; how many items can
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display; whether there should be an alert and, if so, which type (the new banner or the old-school pop-up alert);
whether to use an icon badge to signify alerts; whether new alerts should include sounds; and whether notifications should appear in your lock screen.
APP ALERTS You can determine whether an app’s notifications appear in
Notification Center, whether new notifications from the app display as banners or
alerts, and other options.
Notification Center also offers you one optional widget: Social. You can enable or disable it in the Settings app.
The Social widget lets you compose Twitter and Facebook posts from Notification Center. Third-party app widgets are not supported.
LOCK SCREEN NOTIFICATIONS You can also track notifications on your lock screen, where they appear in the
order in which they arrived, with the newest notification on top regardless of which app sent it.
From the lock screen, you can swipe to unlock your iPad mini, and you can also swipe an individual notification
to launch the app associated with it. Note that when new alerts arrive while your device is locked, the standard
swipe to unlock launches the app associated with that just-arrived notification.
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When a new notification arrives while your iPad mini is locked, it gets special treatment: The alert gets centered
in the middle of the screen, a bit like the notifications of old. But other, previously arrived lock-screen notifications are still accessible. A small gray handle appears at the top of the lock screen when other notifications
are temporarily hidden from view; drag it down to expose them (with a gesture much like the swipe to get to
Notification Center).
Siri and Dictation
By now, you’ve probably learned enough about your iPad mini to organize your apps and perform your first
Google search. If you value the spoken word above the touch-typing method for communicating with your
device, however, you’ll be happy to meet Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual assistant.
PAGING SIRI Make plans, check movie times, set a timer, and more, all by talking
normally to Siri.
Siri allows you to speak commands to your device and have it do your bidding. Your iPad mini includes
voice-control technology that makes it possible to compose emails, text messages, tweets, and more
through dictation.
Getting Started
To activate Siri, hold down the Home button on the iPad mini itself, or, if you are using a wired or wireless headset, press and hold the center button on the remote. You can access Siri from the home screen, the lock screen,
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or within an app; if you want to perform certain functions (say, a Web search) from the lock screen, Siri may ask
you to unlock your iPad mini first.
Apple’s voice-activated assistant works by recording your voice and sending it to a server that interprets what
you’ve said and returns plain text, so you will need an Internet connection (via Wi-Fi or cellular data) for Siri to work.
Siri currently supports the following languages: English (in U.S., Canadian, U.K., and Australian dialects), French
(in Canadian, French, and Swiss dialects), and German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese (Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, and Taiwanese Mandarin).
Once Siri launches, you can ask questions, schedule reminders, add appointments, check movie times, and more.
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Siri is tied in to Music, Messages, Calendar, Reminders, Maps, Mail, Weather, Clock, Contacts, Notes, Twitter
and Facebook, and Safari. Most anything you might want to do in one of those apps, you can do through Siri.
It’s also linked to Wolfram Alpha (a “computational knowledge engine” that can provide answers to numerous
factual questions), Yelp (an online directory of local businesses), OpenTable (a restaurant reservation service),
and sports scores and movie databases. When all else fails, Siri will usually suggest that it perform a Web search
for you.
Apple says that understanding the words you say is the easy part, and that Siri’s true genius lies in figuring out
what you want when you say those words and getting you the answer. You can talk to Siri as you would talk to
another person: It has natural language recognition. But Siri doesn’t require a strict syntax—if talk like Yoda you
try, it will generally figure out what you’re trying to say.
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SENSITIVE SIRI Apple’s personal assistant can understand the meaning of what you are
saying—it even gets this reference to HAL from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
You can use Siri to easily set an alarm or timer, and doing so often takes less time than it does to unlock your
device, find the Clock app, and tap within the app. Just say, “Set a timer for three minutes,” and your iPad mini
begins to count down. “Set an alarm for 5 a.m.” does exactly that, instantly. Phrases like “Remind me to record
my favorite show” and “Note that I need to take my suit to the cleaners” work, too. These are short bursts of
data input that you can handle quickly by voice using Siri.
RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS Ask Siri for suggestions for places to have lunch, and it provides a list of
nearby restaurants that serve lunch. You can then specify that you want to eat in a certain location—say, downtown—and Siri will give you a narrower list of places just in that area.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Get as specific as you like when you use Siri to find restaurants.
You can ask Siri to help you find restaurants by location, cuisine, price, outdoor seating, or a combination
thereof: “Show me cheap Italian restaurants with outdoor seating near here.”
Tap a result to see more details about the restaurant in question, including its price level, description, hours,
phone number, Yelp review average, website, and address. You can tap anything: Tap the restaurant’s star rating to see review snippets. If you tap one of those snippets, the Yelp app opens to that review. (If you don’t yet
have the free Yelp app installed, Siri prompts you to grab it from the App Store.)
Siri also knows about restaurants that support the OpenTable reservation system. You can say things like “Find
me a table for six people for dinner tonight,” and Siri responds with a list of eligible restaurants nearby. You can
make the reservation from within Siri’s interface. If you know that a specific restaurant supports OpenTable,
you can request it by name: “Book me a table for tonight at 6 p.m. at Phil’s Grill.”
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HAVE A SEAT You can make a reservation with Siri, too—so long as you have nearby
restaurants that use OpenTable.
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SPORTS Siri hits a home run for sports fans with its ability to answer sports-related queries.
SPORTSCASTER Siri is willing to field all kinds of sports-related questions.
You can ask Siri numerous sports-related questions, covering all the major sports leagues in the United States.
Possible questions include:
“What was the score of the last Eagles game?”
“Who do the Eagles play next?”
“How tall is Kobe Bryant?”
“Who’s taller, Kobe Bryant or Michael Vick?”
“How is David Ortiz doing for the Red Sox?”
“Show me the football scores from last night.”
“Which quarterback has the most passing yards?”
“Is anyone on the Yankees injured?”
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knowledge at present is limited to football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey.
MOVIES Siri isn’t only satisfied with a sports knowledge slam dunk; Apple’s assistant has gone all Hollywood. Siri
can provide information about movie showtimes, along with trailers, reviews, and general filmography.
FILM BUFF Siri’s film knowledge is awfully impressive.
Some of the star-studded queries Siri can now handle include:
“Where is Spider-Man playing?”
“Is My Cousin Vinny a good movie?”
“What comedies are playing now?”
“Who starred in UHF?”
“Who directed The American President?”
“What is Notting Hill rated?”
“Show me reviews for Prometheus.”
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“Who won best actor in 2010?”
“What are Tom Hanks’s best movies?”
“Which Susan Sarandon movies are rated R?”
“What are movies with Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry?”
When Siri presents its visual results for such questions, you can tap to view a trailer, tap the Tomato Rating to
read review snippets, tap showtimes for more information about the theater, and tap theaters to see them
located in the Maps app.
OPENING APPS You can also launch apps with Siri. Just say “Launch Facebook,” “Play Tiny Wings,” or “Open
Tweetbot,” and Siri takes care of it for you. If you’ve locked your iPad mini with a passcode, Siri prompts you to
type that code before it launches the app you requested. You can ask Siri to close an app, too—but Siri’s only
response will be a regretful “I can’t close an app.”
SOCIAL SIRI If you frequent Facebook or Twitter, you can post status updates with Siri. For instance, you can
say, “Post to Facebook I love reading Macworld,” “Write on my wall I love Mark Zuckerberg,” “Post I’m in the
mood for brunch to Facebook,” and similar alternatives.
SIRI-OUSLY, FOLKS You can use Siri to post to your Wall or update your Facebook status.
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SEEKING SEARCHES Apple’s integration of Wolfram Alpha with Siri lets you find answers to factual questions.
If you want to figure out the speed of light or the number of days until Christmas, Wolfram Alpha can provide
the answer. Its results come in the form of images, not text, so Siri can’t actually read you the reply. When Siri
cannot do what you ask, it will search the Internet. Siri cannot, however, read the search results or summaries
to you.
In addition to offering Siri’s assistant prowess, your iPad mini can also take down anything you say and convert
it to written text within an app.
Here’s how it works: On the keyboard is a button in the bottom row, to the left of the spacebar, with the image
of a microphone on it. Tap this button and the iPad mini transcribes whatever you say. It sends the results over
the Internet to a server that analyzes your speech and converts it into text (if you’re not online, the microphone
button doesn’t appear).
MIC ON Tap the microphone button on your keyboard when you want to begin
dictating your message.
To get the most out of Dictation, you need to start thinking in terms of punctuation. For example, to construct
a comprehensible email message, you might say, “Dan comma new paragraph What do you think about item
numeral six on the agenda question mark It might be right up your alley period new paragraph Let me know
what you think exclamation point.” The feature understands when you are requesting punctuation or a new
paragraph, and translates that into text. You can dictate text messages, email messages, entries in the Notes
app, Web searches, and more. Dictation works in third-party apps, so you can dictate just about anything by
choosing the microphone icon from the keyboard and speaking.
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iOS Tips and Tricks
Just as your computer has shortcuts and key commands for commonly used tasks, your iPad mini has a variety
of fun techniques you can use for copying and altering your text. In addition, you can share text and images,
print them, and send files to and from your computer via iTunes.
Select Text
There are two types of text you can select on your device: editable and noneditable. To select noneditable text,
just tap and hold on the word or phrase you’d like to select. If the text is editable, double-tap the word.
HIGHLIGHT TEXT Tap editable text to select it.
You can adjust this initial selection by moving the blue edit handles that pop up on either side of your selection.
While typing, you can also pinpoint your cursor where you need it. Just tap and hold until a magnifying loupe
appears, and then drag your finger through your text. Drag the loupe around, and the text insertion point follows it so you can easily position the cursor exactly where you want. When you release, the cursor appears in
the desired spot. You can also select an entire paragraph of text by tapping once with two fingers.
Cut, Copy, and Paste
Once you tap, hold, and release your text, you see the following options: Select (to select a word) and Select All
(to select everything).
Pick one of these, and then choose Cut, Copy, or Paste, or even choose a replacement word, if you’ve highlighted a misspelled word. To paste a word, just position your cursor by tapping, and then hold down for several
seconds until the Cut, Copy, or Paste popover appears.
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Define Words
The contextual text popover also has an option for defining the word or phrase you’ve highlighted. Just tap the
Define button and iOS’s inline dictionary shows up, offering you the definition.
DEFINITE DEFINITIONS Tap Define to see the definition of the highlighted word.
Get Suggestions
If you misspell a word, your device underlines it with a red squiggly line. Tap and hold on an underlined word,
and, to the right of the Copy and Paste options, you see a Suggest button that, when tapped, gives you suggestions for alternative words you may have meant to type instead.
DID YOU MEAN . . . Highlight any word and tap Suggest to see similarly spelled words.
(You can also tap the Suggest button for any correctly spelled word to see alternatives.) If you don’t care to see
your writing covered in squiggly red lines, you can easily deactivate the spelling checker by making a trip to
Settings > General > Keyboards.
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Share With Friends
Looking to share whatever it is you’re looking at? Look for an icon that’s a box with an arrow leaping out of it: This
is the Share icon. Tap it to view your sharing options. You can usually display the item in an email, text message,
tweet, or Facebook post; other options might include copying whatever it is you’d like to share, or printing it.
For instance, to share photos on Facebook from the Camera or Photos app, tap the Share button, and then tap
Facebook. The Facebook Share sheet that appears superimposes an album name on the photo, which is attached to the typing area.
SHARED EXPERIENCES When you use the built-in screen for posting to Facebook, Apple
calls it the Facebook Share sheet; for Twitter, it’s the Tweet sheet or Tweet Share sheet.
Tap the photo to choose a different Facebook album for it. In the bottom right corner, you can tap to choose
what audience you’d like to share your photo with; the available options reflect your Facebook privacy settings.
You can also choose whether to include location information for the photos you share.
Print From Apps
Some apps (both official and third-party) support Apple’s AirPrint standard, which allows you to send documents, photos, and email messages over Wi-Fi to any compatible printer. To use AirPrint, you need to connect
your device to a wireless network.
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On the printer side, either your printer must be AirPrint compatible, or you can download Ecamm’s $20 Printopia
on your Mac to allow your devices access to any networked printer.
Once you’ve submitted a job, you can use the built-in Print Center app to view or cancel pending print jobs and
even receive a notice when a printer is running low on ink. When your device is in the middle of a job, the Print
Center icon appears in your multitasking bar. Tap it to bring up a window showing the print jobs in your queue.
Tap a print job to get a full summary, including the photo title, printer it was sent to, number of copies, print
time, and status. If you no longer want to print your image or document, you can cancel the job from Print Center by tapping Cancel Printing.
Add Files to Your Apps
While your iPad mini’s apps on the whole do not interact with each other, some apps allow you to add files to
them from other programs, or from your computer by way of iTunes.
FROM ANOTHER APP If an email message, a website, or a third-party app contains a document that one of
your other apps can open, you see an Open In button, which allows you to choose the app you’d like to bring
the document into.
FROM iTUNES When your device is connected to your Mac and you have iTunes open, select your iPad mini
in iTunes’ Devices section, and then click the Apps tab. Scroll down to the File Sharing section. (If you have no
apps that support file sharing, this section won’t appear.) You see a list of apps installed on your device that can
share files through iTunes. Click one in the Apps list to see any files you’ve already added to, or created on, the
device on the right, along with their creation date and size.
Change Your
NUTS AND BOLTS Thoroughly customize your iPad mini’s system features by combing
through the Settings app.
Many iOS apps don’t let you set individual preferences in the apps themselves, as you can in applications running on Mac OS X or Windows. Instead, you access these options from the Settings app. This is also where you
can change systemwide settings, such as sounds and your choice of wallpaper.
Because this app does so much, it’s by far the most crowded space on your device—there are several menus on
the main screen in addition to entries for third-party apps. It can get pretty confusing pretty fast—so let’s slow
down and take a quick look at each of the system preferences.
Change Your Settings
Airplane Mode
If you travel frequently, Airplane mode is a necessity: It temporarily switches off the Wi-Fi antenna (and, if you
have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model, the cellular antenna as well), which could interfere with the airplane’s navigational system.
IN THE AIR Temporarily disable any signals with Airplane mode.
This allows you to safely use your device in the air once the captain gives the all-clear. Airplane mode is additionally useful when you want to conserve your battery life or avoid Internet distractions. When it’s enabled, an
airplane icon replaces the status bars in the upper left corner of your screen.
Even in Airplane mode, you can surf the Web if you’re on a plane that’s equipped with Wi-Fi; just reenable Wi-Fi
from the Settings app. (You can also individually reenable Bluetooth and VPN connections.)
Immediately below Airplane mode, the Wi-Fi entry displays your current connection status (Off, Not Connected,
or a network name).
Change Your Settings
WI-FINDER Connect to a wireless network with the Wi-Fi setting.
Tap Wi-Fi to access the Wi-Fi networks screen. From here, you can turn Wi-Fi on or off, join an available network,
and set whether your device should alert you to available networks while you’re out and about.
If you have Wi-Fi turned on, a list of available networks appears under the ‘Choose a Network’ heading. If you’re
currently connected to a Wi-Fi network, that network’s name appears in blue with a checkmark to its left. The
bars in the cone next to a network indicate its signal strength, and a lock icon means the network requires a
password. Tapping the blue arrow to the far right of a network’s name brings up its advanced connection information. To join an unlisted network, tap Other and enter an exact network name.
In the Bluetooth screen, you can turn your device’s Bluetooth antenna on or off, see a list of devices you’ve
connected to in the past and whether they’re available, connect to new devices, and unpair a device you’ve connected to previously.
BLUETOOTH CONNECTION Pair Bluetooth devices from the Bluetooth screen.
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Cellular Data (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model Only)
Within the Cellular submenu, you can turn cellular data (and LTE) on or off; enable data roaming for when
you’re out of the country; set up a Personal Hotspot; and enable cellular data for iCloud documents, iTunes,
FaceTime, and Reading List.
CELL SETTINGS In addition to enabling or disabling cellular data, in the Cellular screen
you can turn LTE service on or off to conserve battery life.
You can also choose which data-heavy features (iCloud Documents, iTunes, FaceTime, and Reading List) can use
cellular data. Note that to allow FaceTime to use cellular data, you must have an eligible cellular plan. You can
also set a SIM pin for your nano-SIM card.
PERSONAL HOTSPOT If you want to share your device’s Internet connection with other devices, you can do so
by using Personal Hotspot. Not every carrier supports this option, and many that do offer it require that you
purchase an additional data plan, so you may not have access to this feature. When enabled, Personal Hotspot
turns your iPad mini into a password-protected hotspot that multiple devices can connect to.
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HOTSPOTTED Enable Personal Hotspot to share your data plan with any Wi-Fi– or
Bluetooth-capable device.
This option shows up in the main Settings menu once you’ve initially set it up. After you’ve done so, you can
access the Personal Hotspot screen from the main Settings screen, where you can turn the option on or off;
change your Wi-Fi password; and read some information about how to connect external devices to your iPad
mini’s network via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.
Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb toggle silences notifications and incoming FaceTime calls (when Do Not Disturb is enabled,
a crescent moon icon appears in the status bar). To adjust the settings of Do Not Disturb, tap the Notifications
menu item located directly below Do Not Disturb.
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SHHH Activate Do Not Disturb so game and social network notifications won’t bother
you during certain hours.
A notification is an alert from one of your apps letting you know that an event has occurred (for example, that
you have a new instant message or that it’s your turn in a game).
SET TO NOTIFY Choose what apps send you notifications in this settings screen.
These notifications appear as badges on the app’s icon, pop-up windows, or banners (abbreviated alerts at the
top of the screen); you can view all your recent alerts in Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the
screen. Within the Notifications preference screen, you can define how Notification Center sorts apps (Manually
or By Time) and set per-app alert behaviors.
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In addition to apps, you can add the Share widget to Notification Center, which lets you post to Facebook or
Twitter from Notification Center.
Do Not Disturb Settings
Though you can enable Do Not Disturb mode from the Settings screen at any time, you’ll also find a number of
useful options within Notifications > Do Not Disturb.
QUIET, PLEASE Turn on Do Not Disturb to silence pesky notifications.
Here you can choose specific contacts (or groups of contacts) whose FaceTime calls won’t be silenced, and you
can enable the Repeated Calls option, which bypasses Do Not Disturb mode if the same person calls twice within
three minutes—useful if, for example, someone is trying to reach you because of an emergency. Under Scheduled, you can schedule Do Not Disturb to turn on and off at specific times: say, on at 12 a.m. and off at 8 a.m.
In Notification Center
For individual apps, you can choose whether an app’s notifications should appear in Notification Center at all;
how many current and past alerts Notification Center will display for that app (up to ten items); the alert style
(no alert, a banner, or a badge); whether the app should use an icon badge to count the number of alerts;
whether the alert should show a preview of the information; how often to repeat the alert (up to ten times, at
two-minute intervals); whether it should play a sound; and whether an app’s alerts should appear on your lock
screen. Certain apps (like Mail and Messages) have additional settings related to emails and text messages.
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As its name suggests, the General setting covers all basic settings on your device. From here you can set the date
and time, add a numeric passcode, control your network settings, restrict access to certain features, and more.
Within the About screen, you can view and change your device’s name; see general information such as the
device’s cellular network (if you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model), capacity, and version number; choose whether
to limit ad tracking and whether to automatically send diagnostics and usage data to Apple (and view any such
data that’s sent); and view legal and regulatory information.
ALL ABOUT THE iPAD MINI See your device’s information in the About screen.
Software Update
Your device allows you to update iOS over the air when a new version is available; tap the Software Update submenu to do so. (Make sure you’ve backed up your device to iCloud or a computer, just in case.)
If you’re curious about how much space your apps are using, how much of your iCloud storage you’ve filled, or
how many megabytes of data you’ve burned through, tap the Usage submenu.
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CLOUD CHECK In addition to tracking your app storage (and, if you have a Wi-Fi +
Cellular iPad mini, your cellular usage), the Usage screen tracks how much iCloud
space you’ve used.
You’ll see how much space you have available and how much you’ve used; a per-app space breakdown (with
an option to delete any app); a breakdown of your iCloud storage; a toggle for enabling battery percentage in
the status bar; the time since your device’s last full charge; and a Cellular Usage submenu that lists Cellular
Network Data information (if you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model), as well as offering a way to reset your usage
and data statistics.
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To enable or disable your iPad mini’s personal voice assistant, visit the Siri submenu.
BEAM ME UP, SIRI Alter language, voice feedback, and your personal information on the
Siri screen.
You can turn Siri on or off from this menu, and switch the language—and with it, the Siri speaking voice—to one
of the following: English (U.S., U.K., and Australian dialects supported), French, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish. It’s also possible to alter voice feedback: You can tell Siri to speak aloud only when
you’re in hands-free mode, or always; you can also set your information, so that it knows who you are.
A VPN (virtual private network) allows you to securely connect to the Internet via a proxy network.
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PRIVATE EYES ONLY Once you connect to the VPN, you’ll see a new symbol in your
status bar.
VPNs are mainly used by businesses that need to provide its employees with a secure connection to their intranet (private internal server network), though it’s become popular in recent years among individuals as a tool
for extra security.
If you have one configuration set up, the VPN menu displays your current connection status with an on/off
toggle. If you have multiple entries, the VPN shows Not Connected or Connected; tap the menu to access the
VPN screen. On this screen, you can enable or disable the VPN by tapping the toggle, choose an active configuration, edit or delete a VPN by tapping the blue arrow to the far right of its name, or add a new configuration.
As with a Wi-Fi configuration, if you’re currently connected to a VPN, that configuration’s name appears in blue
with a checkmark to the left.
To add a configuration, you need to know what kind of system your VPN uses—L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol), PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), or IPSec (Internet Protocol Security)—and certain information
about the server, user, and password. (Contact your system administrator or the person supplying your VPN if
you’re unsure what to do.)
As with Personal Hotspot, once you’ve initially set up a VPN, it shows in the top level of the Settings app, under
Cellular Data.
iTunes Wi-Fi Sync
When enabled, iTunes Wi-Fi Sync allows you to sync your device to your computer over an Internet connection.
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WI-FI SYNC You can set up wireless syncing by connecting your iPad mini to iTunes.
To do this, you need to first connect your iPad mini to your computer over USB and open iTunes. Once your
device is connected, select it in the sidebar and check the Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi box, and then click the
Apply button in the lower right corner.
Once you’ve set up Wi-Fi Sync, you can sync wirelessly anytime your iPad mini is connected to a power source
and located near your computer. You can force a sync by tapping the Sync Now button on the Wi-Fi Sync preference screen; below this, you can see what computer(s) your device is synced to, what data you are syncing with
that computer, and when you performed the last sync.
Spotlight Search
Enter the Spotlight Search submenu to choose what information shows up in a Spotlight search on your device
and what order it appears in.
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SELECTIVE SEARCH Choose which kinds of content you want Spotlight to search.
By default, Spotlight displays results in the order shown on this screen. Tap and drag on the three horizontal
lines next to an item to move it up or down in the list.
To exclude a type of result from showing in Spotlight (your email or text messages, for example), tap the entry
once. This removes the checkmark to its left; to reenable that type of result, tap it once more to add the checkmark back.
After periods of inactivity, your device goes to sleep; you must wake it by pressing the Home or On/Off button. Tap the Auto-Lock submenu to choose how much time passes before this happens: from two to 15 minutes, or never.
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LOCK IT UP Choose how long you want your iPad mini to wait before it
automatically locks.
Passcode Lock
You can assign a four-digit passcode to your device so that no one can use it without entering a passcode.
ENTER PASSWORD To lock your iPad mini with a passcode, enable Passcode Lock. You
can disable certain services so they won’t work while your device is locked.
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Tap the Passcode Lock submenu and select Turn Passcode On to pop up the Set Passcode screen. Use the numeric keyboard to enter and verify a passcode. Once you’ve entered a code twice, you have the option to turn it off;
change it; and set whether your device requires a passcode immediately or after a period of inactivity (after 1
minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 1 hour).
If you want more security than just a four-digit passcode, turn off the Simple Passcode setting and enter any
password you like, including numbers, letters, or special characters. You can additionally choose to have Siri
and the Picture Frame feature accessible when your iPad mini is locked. Here, you can also decide whether the
device should erase your data after ten failed attempts to enter the passcode.
iPad Cover Lock/Unlock
If you are using a Smart Cover (or a compatible third-party cover with integrated magnets), turn this setting to
On, and the iPad mini will automatically lock and unlock when you close and open the cover, respectively.
LOCKDOWN If you use an iPad case or cover that works with the iPad mini’s built-in
magnets, this setting determines whether the case can lock and unlock your iPad mini.
Say your kids want to play a game on your iPad mini, but you’re worried their fingertips may travel to places they
shouldn’t. Don’t worry: You can lock users of your device out of certain features by way of the Restrictions screen.
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RESTRICTED Keep your iPad mini family-friendly by setting privacy restrictions.
ALLOW After setting a passcode, you can choose whether to allow access to certain apps and services such as
Safari, Camera, FaceTime, iBookstore, and iTunes. You can also restrict a user’s ability to install or delete apps.
And you can enable or disable Siri (along with Siri’s comprehension of explicit language; if you swear when you
have this option turned off on your iPad mini, Siri will bleep your response and refuse to answer your query).
ALLOWED CONTENT You can additionally restrict changes to Location settings and Mail accounts, put age and
rating restrictions on certain content (specifically rated music, podcasts, movies, books, TV shows, and apps),
and prevent in-app purchases, as well as determine whether iOS should prompt you for your password on subsequent purchases immediately or after 15 minutes.
PRIVACY The Privacy subsection mirrors the options available in the new top-level Privacy settings (see the
“Privacy” section later in this chapter). For each type of data, you can choose whether to allow the current user
to make changes, as well as which apps have access to that data. (For instance, your child can’t change the toplevel Privacy controls if you enable restrictions on them.)
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CHANGES Along with the option to restrict the changing of Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
accounts, the Allow Changes section includes an option for locking the iPad mini’s
volume limit and for altering Find My Friends and Game Center settings.
ALLOW CHANGES This section dictates whether the user can change account information, Find My Friends
data, or the limit on volume.
GAME CENTER You can also restrict the playing of Game Center multiplayer games and the addition of friends
to the service.
Use Side Switch To
You can control the function of the iPad mini’s Side Switch, located on the upper right side of the device above
the volume controls.
SIDE SWITCH SETTINGS Set the Side Switch to perform the actions you need most often.
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If you select Lock Rotation, when you toggle the Side Switch until the orange dot is exposed, your iPad mini stays
in either landscape or portrait view (whichever it’s in when you move the switch), regardless of how you reorient it after that. With the rotation lock engaged, a small icon showing a lock with an arrow around it appears on
the right side of the status bar, near the battery icon. If you decide to use the Side Switch to mute your device,
select Mute to mute alert noises and ringtones from FaceTime calls. Be advised that you can still hear the audio
from music and videos from the device’s speaker in Mute mode.
Whichever functionality you don’t use the Side Switch for, you can instead access from the iPad mini’s multitasking bar: Double-press the Home button, swipe once to the right, and use the software button at the left edge of
the screen.
Multitasking Gestures
If you turn on Multitasking Gestures, you can use several finger-based shortcuts to handle all sorts of actions.
With this enabled, you can use four or five fingers to pinch an app closed and go back to the home screen,
swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar, and swipe left or right to move between apps.
MULTITASKING GESTURES With this setting enabled, you can use four- or five-finger
gestures on your iPad mini.
Date & Time
Set the date and time within this screen: Choose whether to display 24-hour time and whether to set the date
and time automatically or manually. (If you choose to set it yourself, your iPad mini will prompt you to enter the
time zone for your device, as well as the date and time.)
SET A DATE You can choose to set the date and time automatically or manually.
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Your device’s operating system offers several intelligent typing options; you can choose which ones to enable
by tapping the Keyboard submenu.
KEYBOARD KNACKS Make touchscreen typing a little less troublesome with
these shortcuts.
You can choose to enable Auto-Capitalization, Auto-Correction, Check Spelling, Enable Caps Lock, or “.” Shortcut (this last item allows you to tap the spacebar twice to insert a period and a space). You can also add extra
keyboards in international languages and add custom keyboard shortcuts (for example, having the letters omw
automatically expand to “On my way!”). And you can turn on Split Keyboard, which allows you to tap and hold
on the keyboard button to undock it from its bottom position and move it to an area that’s more comfortable
for typing, as well as split the keyboard into two sections you can easily type on with your thumbs.
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I KNOW A SHORTCUT The Shortcuts menu lets you expand frequently typed phrases
from simple abbreviations.
Choose the International submenu to set your device’s language, the international keyboard you’d like to use by
default, and your device’s region format and calendar.
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PARLEZ-VOUS FRANÇAIS? Set your iPad mini to use different languages in the
International screen.
A wealth of accessibility options is available to aid people with visual, aural, and mobility impairments, all of
which you can adjust within this submenu. The screen is broken up into several sections: Vision, Hearing, Learning, Physical & Motor, and Triple-click.
VOICEOVER The first option within the Vision section, VoiceOver, is a system that allows people with visual
impairments to navigate the touchscreen of an iOS device. Switch it on and your iOS device will speak to you,
telling you what you’re touching as you touch it. The VoiceOver screen includes multiple functions: The first,
Speak Hints, is an on/off option; when it’s on, VoiceOver provides some additional detail on how to use a button
or feature you’ve selected. The slider below allows you to adjust the speaking rate of the VoiceOver voice.
The Typing Feedback option within the VoiceOver screen is where you determine how the device indicates what
you’ve typed. You can choose to have the typed characters, words, or words and characters spoken to you on a
software or hardware keyboard (or on both). Below this item are three on/off options, Use Phonetics, Use Pitch
Change, and Use Compact Voice, which determine the character of the spoken voice.
In addition to supporting Contracted Braille and the Status Cell option, VoiceOver also lets you hook up eightdot Braille devices. The Rotor command includes a number of functions that you can control by rotating two
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fingers as if you were turning a dial: You can adjust speech rate, volume, hints, and vertical navigation. There’s
also a Rotor option for punctuation. You can choose different types of feedback when navigating images with
VoiceOver—Always, With Descriptions, and Never. Finally, you can elect to have the device speak notifications
as it receives them.
ZOOM This option allows you to zoom in or out on the screen by double-tapping with three fingers. To move
around on a zoomed screen, drag three fingers.
LARGE TEXT This option allows you to choose a larger text size for Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, and
Notes, ranging from 20-point to 56-point text.
INVERT COLORS Similar to OS X’s Invert Colors accessibility feature, the Invert Colors toggle lets you swap the
iOS device’s screen colors, which may make it easier for those users with visual impairments to see.
SPEAK SELECTION This option allows you to select on-screen text via the usual method and then tap a Speak
button to hear the text spoken.
SPEAK AUTO-TEXT The last Vision option can speak any autocorrected and autocapitalized text. Not only is this
helpful for people with visual impairments, but it also calls attention to your device’s desire to substitute words
when it detects alleged mistakes (sometimes it may be wrong).
MONO AUDIO This option alters a stereo signal through the headphone port or your speakers so that both
sides of the stereo stream are broadcast through each speaker or earpiece. Also, if you hear better in one ear
than in the other, you can use the Balance Control slider to make one channel of the stereo signal louder.
GUIDED ACCESS Designed to help users with learning disabilities—but useful for young children as well—Guided Access allows you to limit a user to a specific app and switch off elements that may distract him or her from
a particular purpose.
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WELCOME GUIDANCE With Guided Access, you can disable an app’s individual buttons.
To turn on this feature, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Switch on Guided Access in the
resulting screen, and then tap Set Passcode to create and verify a four-digit passcode that you’ll use to access
Guided Access’s controls. To use Guided Access, just triple-press the Home button when you’re in the app you
want to limit.
When you do so, the app window shrinks down. Below its representation you find a few controls. The first,
Hardware Buttons (which is set to Always Off), indicates that the user can’t switch out of the app by pressing the
Home button or using a swipe gesture to move to the multitasking bar. The Touch switch allows you to disable
all touch controls with the app—something you’d do if you want the user to see what’s on screen but not interact with it. You can also switch off the device’s motion features (such as the compass and gyroscope) by flicking
the Motion switch to Off.
The real power of Guided Access comes in the ability to disable an app’s interactive elements. To disable a
button, for example, simply use your finger to draw a circle around it. That circle turns gray to block out that
element, indicating that it now won’t respond to touch.
Take the Clock app as an example. If you’d like to allow access to the world clock and stopwatch, but not the
alarm or timer, circle the Alarm button and then the Timer button. A gray triangle covers each button, blocking it
off. (You can unblock an area of the screen by tapping the X in the top left corner of the gray shape.)
Tap the Start button at the top right corner of the display, and the app window leaves Guided Access mode and
returns to full screen. The blocked buttons remain grayed out and nonfunctional. Should you wish to later add
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or remove blocks, triple-press the Home button and enter the four-digit passcode, and you’ll reenter the Guided
Access interface.
Although Guided Access is intended for users with autism who need a distraction-free interface, or for users
with motor control issues, you can use it for anyone. For instance, if you’d like to keep the screen simple for a
small child new to the iPad mini, just turn off the buttons he or she won’t need.
ASSISTIVETOUCH If you have difficulty accurately touching items on the device’s screen, AssistiveTouch, the
first option in the Physical & Motor section, is for you. Switch it on, and a targetlike icon appears on the screen.
Tap it, and a gray overlay window appears from which you can select Gestures, Device, Home, and Favorites
icons. Tap Gestures, and you can choose to control your device with two to five fingers—helpful when you lack
finger dexterity. Tap Device, and common button commands such as Mute, Rotate Screen, Lock Screen, Volume
Up, Volume Down, and Shake appear on screen. Tap the command you want to invoke. Tap the virtual Home
button to go to the home screen. Tap the Favorites icon to access gestures you’ve created. You set up these
gestures by enabling AssistiveTouch and tapping the Create New Gesture entry at the bottom of the screen. In the
screen that appears, use up to five fingers to draw a gesture. You can then activate one of these gestures from
Favorites’ AssistiveTouch menu.
HOME-CLICK SPEED Designed to distinguish intentional and accidental three-button taps, the Home-click Speed
option lets you choose how slow your tapping can be. If users have difficulty pressing the Home button repeatedly in quick succession, they can slow down the speed to which it responds.
TRIPLE-CLICK HOME This option, aimed at users who will rely on the device’s accessibility features, allows you
to configure what a triple-press of the Home button does. The options include VoiceOver, Invert Colors, Zoom,
and AssistiveTouch.
If you’ve installed any configuration or provisioning profiles on your device, you’ll see them here. Otherwise you
won’t see this item. (This feature is primarily for developers testing beta software and for Web Clip functionality.)
If something’s gone wrong on your device, you can tap the Reset submenu to wipe things clean. You can
choose Reset All Settings, which brings your iPad mini back to its factory defaults; Erase All Content And Settings,
which deletes everything from your device, making it like new; Reset Network Settings, which gets rid of any
saved Wi-Fi networks and passwords; Reset Keyboard Dictionary; Reset Home Screen Layout; and Reset Location
& Privacy.
You can set your device’s sounds, ringer, alerts, and more in the Sounds menu.
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TUNE UP TONES You can set a custom tone for a bunch of different system sounds,
including your FaceTime ringtone.
In the Sounds screen on the iPad mini, you can set the volume of the ringer and alerts, and whether that should
change when you adjust the master volume on the device via the volume buttons. You can also choose your
alert settings.
Select tones for iMessages, new mail messages, sent mail messages, tweets, calendar alerts, and reminder alerts.
Also decide whether you’d like to hear Lock Sounds and Keyboard Clicks. You can add custom tones for any alert
mentioned, either one that’s stored on your computer or one you’ve created in an app like GarageBand.
Brightness & Wallpaper
In this settings screen, you can adjust your device’s brightness and change the background of your home and
lock screens.
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MAKE IT BRIGHTER Manually set your screen’s brightness, or tell your device to detect
the ambient light in a room and automatically set your brightness level.
By default, the brightness of your device’s screen adjusts automatically, using several sensors to detect light
patterns. You can turn this feature off to conserve battery power, however, and manually choose a brightness
level by moving the brightness slider to the left or right within this preference screen.
You can personalize your iPad mini’s screen with photos from your photo library or camera roll, or with one of
Apple’s stock wallpaper images. You see the image on the lock screen whenever the device is locked; the wallpaper for your home screen displays behind your apps.
Picture Frame
When you wake up your iPad mini, you see an icon of a framed sunflower to the right of your unlock slider. This
is the Picture Frame icon, a shortcut that allows your iPad mini to double as an animated digital picture frame.
Under the Picture Frame setting, you can choose between two transitions—the classic Dissolve and a nifty folding Origami effect—and select which photos you want the slideshow to pull from: all of the photos on your iPad
mini, or just certain albums or events.
You also have the option to set the time you show each photo for (2 seconds to 20 seconds), shuffle your
photos and, if you’ve picked the Dissolve transition, have the photos zoom in on detected faces. The Origami
transition automatically frames faces.
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PICTURE PERFECT You can turn your locked iPad mini into an animated picture frame.
Configure the settings here.
The Privacy screen lets you fine-tune which apps have access to your Location Services, Contacts, Calendars,
Reminders, Photos, and Bluetooth Sharing, as well as your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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PRIVATE AYES You choose which apps can access your personal data in the new
Privacy screen.
Location Services
Apple’s iOS allows apps to use your location to do nifty things, like find directions, orient yourself, and geotag
photos. You may prefer, however, to exclude some—or all—of your apps from this privilege, or disable all apps
from accessing specific services. To do so, tap the Location Services setting.
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DIVERSIFY LOCATION You can choose which system functions have location privileges.
Here, you can enable or disable Location Services globally, disable specific apps, disable certain types of location information within the System Services submenu (Cell Network Search, Compass Calibration, Diagnostics &
Usage, Genius for Apps, Location-Based iAds, Setting Time Zone, Traffic, and Wi-Fi Networking), and enable or
disable the Location status-bar icon. Within this menu, you can also discover which apps have been recently using your information: If the app has a purple arrow next to it, it has recently accessed your location; if the icon is
gray, it has accessed your location in the last 24 hours.
Apple offers full integration between your device and its mobile sync and backup service, iCloud. In Settings >
iCloud, sign in to your iCloud account (or create a free new one).
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SET UP THE CLOUD Log in to iCloud from the iCloud screen.
From there, you can view your account information, view or upgrade your storage, or customize your Mail
settings; choose whether to enable or disable iCloud syncing with Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari,
Notes, Photo Stream (which stores the last 1000 photos you’ve taken in iCloud) and Shared Photo Streams,
Documents & Data, and Find My iPad; adjust your Storage & Backup options; and delete your account from
your device, if necessary.
Mail, Contacts, Calendars
As its name suggests, this screen provides options for tweaking settings related to the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps, as well as the Reminders app. The screen is divided into five categories: Accounts, Mail, Contacts,
Calendars, and Reminders.
ACCOUNTS This section displays all your accounts and provides you with options to modify them or add new
ones. To view or modify a current account, tap it. The first entry you see is an Accounts submenu, where you
can adjust your username, password, email address, description, and server information; in addition, depending on the type of account you have (POP, IMAP, Exchange, or iCloud), you can choose the apps you want it to
sync with—Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes are default options, and iCloud can also sync Reminders, Bookmarks, Photos, and Documents—and adjust any extraneous options special to that type.
To add a new account, tap the Add Account submenu. If you have a certain kind of account (iCloud, Microsoft
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Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail), you may be able to set things up with just your username and password; your device will use those items to supply the correct server information. Otherwise, tap Other to configure a custom account. In the Other submenu, you can choose between adding a POP or IMAP mail account; an
LDAP or CardDAV account for contacts; or a CalDAV or Subscribed Calendar for calendars.
Below the list of accounts, you’ll see a submenu called Fetch New Data. Here, you can choose how often your
device checks your account’s servers for new mail, contact, or calendar information. If you have a push-enabled
account, you can enable the Push option to get data as soon as the server receives it; otherwise, you can rely on
data fetching at timed intervals: every 15 minutes, every 30 minutes, hourly, or manually (only when you open
the app in question and tell it to check for new information). If you have multiple accounts, an Advanced submenu allows you to distinguish which accounts should push, which should fetch at timed intervals, and which
should be on a manual schedule.
MAIL SETTINGS Add new Mail accounts and choose how you want them
displayed in this screen.
MAIL Several options are available for customization within this section: Choose how many messages to show in
a mailbox (50 to 1000 recent); how many lines of each message appear in a preview within your inbox (from none
to as many as five lines); whether to show the To/Cc label, ask before deleting, load remote images, organize by
thread, always Bcc yourself, or increase the quote level when replying to messages; what kind of signature (if
any) you’d like to add to your messages; and the default account to use when creating new email messages.
CONTACTS This section primarily deals with the display and sorting of your contacts: Sort and display by first
name, last name, or vice versa; identify your own contact card; and (if you have multiple accounts) choose a
default account to add contacts to.
CALENDARS In the Calendars section, you can turn new invitation alerts on or off; enable or disable time zone
support, which will keep events in their original time zone rather than displaying them according to the time
zone you’re currently in; choose how many months’ worth of events to sync (two weeks back, one month back,
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three months back, six months back, or all events); set default alert times for birthdays, events, and all-day
events (ranging from no alert to two days before); and choose a default calendar to add new events to. You can
also ask to receive notifications of changes to shared calendars.
Choose one of three fonts to use in the Notes app (Noteworthy, Helvetica, or Marker Felt), and what account (if
you have more than one) notes should save to by default.
FONT CHOICE The Notes settings screen allows you to select your font for the
Notes app.
The Reminders screen deals with settings for the Reminders app.
SET TO REMIND Open the Reminders screen to set a default list to add tasks to.
Choose how far back you’d like your reminders to sync (two weeks back, one month back, three months back,
six months back, or all reminders), and what list you’d like to add reminders to by default.
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To send an iMessage, you use the Messages app; to adjust its settings, you enter the Messages screen in Settings.
MESSAGE ME Alter your iMessage and Messages app preferences in this screen.
Here, you can enable or disable iMessage (which allows iOS users to send text, photo, and video messages to
one another over Wi-Fi or cellular connections); turn on read receipts (which allow the person you’re messaging to see when you’ve read their responses); and choose what addresses iMessage can reach you at (you can
also add email addresses and choose which one will show up as the primary address). There’s also an option to
show the subject field of a message.
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To use Apple’s video-chat standard, FaceTime, you first have to enable it from the FaceTime screen in Settings.
Here, you can log in to FaceTime by entering your Apple ID or iCloud account info.
GET SOME FACETIME Add your Apple ID to this screen to enable FaceTime.
Once logged in, you can change your location, view your account, or sign out by tapping the Apple ID button;
you can also add other email addresses you’d like people to be able to reach you at. If you have multiple addresses, you can choose which one you’d like your caller ID to display when you’re calling others.
If you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini, there’s also an option that lets you choose whether FaceTime can use
cellular data. To allow it to do so, you must have an eligible cellular plan.
The Maps app provides turn-by-turn directions and vector-based maps of the world. (See “Maps” in the “iPad
Apps and iCloud” chapter for more information.)
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SMALL MAPPING Control how big you’d like the city name labels to be from the Maps
settings screen.
The settings here let you choose the unit of measure (miles or kilometers), whether you’d like the map labels to
always remain in your default language, and the size and language of map labels. If you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular
model, you can also choose how soft or loud you’d like the spoken turn-by-turn voice directions to be.
If you want to customize Apple’s default mobile browser, you must use the Safari screen. Safari is split into
three sections: General, Privacy, and Security.
Change Your Settings
SURF SAFARI Change your default search engine, turn on AutoFill, change link behavior,
and tweak your privacy within the Safari screen.
In the General section, you can select which search engine you’d like to use by default in the search field
(Google, Yahoo, or Bing). In addition, you can decide whether to use Safari’s AutoFill feature, which automatically loads relevant data into forms by referencing a contact card; within the AutoFill submenu, you can choose
what contact card to use, determine whether to save usernames and passwords, and tap the Clear All button
to get rid of all your AutoFill data. Safari also wants to know what it should do when you open links on a page:
Should those websites open in a new tab and automatically take you to it, or should they open in a new tab in
the background? You can also choose whether to show or hide your Bookmarks Bar.
In this section, you can choose whether to turn on private browsing (which disables your browsing history while
you surf the Web) or accept cookies from websites (never, from websites you’ve visited, or always); you can also
clear your history, cookies, and data.
Change Your Settings
Reading List
Safari has an option to use cellular data for Reading List syncing (if you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model). In addition, under Advanced you’ll find the option to enable the new Web Inspector for developers, which lets you connect your iOS device to your computer so that you can preview—on your computer—what a website you’ve designed will look like when actually viewed on the iOS device. You can set your Mac up to use this feature within
Safari’s Develop menu; you can turn on the Develop menu in the Advanced tab of Safari for Mac’s Preferences.
Your browsing data should stay your own, and these settings attempt to help you do that. Choose whether to
be alerted with a fraud warning when you visit potentially fraudulent websites, and whether you’d like to enable JavaScript or block pop-up windows. The Advanced submenu allows you to see what websites are storing
information on your device (and how much space that data is taking up); you can delete an individual website’s
data by swiping to the right over an entry, or delete all stored information by tapping the Remove All Website
Data button. If you’re a Web developer, you may want to enable the Web Inspector within the Advanced screen.
You can set up your Mac to use this feature within Safari’s Develop menu (you’ll find this in Safari for Mac under
Preferences > Advanced).
iTunes & App Stores
The iTunes & App Stores screen in Settings deals with the account you use for App Store and iTunes Store
CONVENIENCE STORES The new iTunes & App Stores item combines iTunes Match and
autodownload settings in one place.
This screen offers options to automatically download new purchases (music, apps, or books) to your device and
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choose whether you want to download purchases only over Wi-Fi, or over both Wi-Fi and cellular (if you have a
Wi-Fi + Cellular model).
The Music screen offers customization for volume limits, Home Sharing access, and more.
MUSICALLY ADEPT Change your Music app’s settings in this screen.
Most of the options available are toggles. If you flip on the iTunes Match switch, you can enable Apple’s $25 a
year music storage service, which—if you’ve signed up for it—stores any music on your devices (up to 10) in the
cloud for easy streaming access. The Show All Music toggle displays all music you’ve purchased from the iTunes
Store, even if you haven’t downloaded it to your device.
You can also enable the Sound Check and Group By Album Artist options, and two submenus allow you to
select equalizer settings and volume limits. The last two entries deal with iTunes Home Sharing; enter your
Apple ID and password here to turn on iTunes Match and access any content from a Home Sharing–enabled
computer on your network.
The Videos screen in Settings controls where your videos start playing (always from the beginning, or from
where you last left off); whether to turn on closed captioning, and whether you’d like to enable Home Sharing.
Change Your Settings
VIDEO PREFERENCES Alter your video preferences in the Video screen.
Photos & Camera
In the Photos & Camera screen, you can adjust both sharing and slideshow preferences.
STREAMING PICTURES Enable Photo Stream from the Photos screen.
There’s a toggle to enable or disable Photo Stream, which automatically uploads the last 1000 photos you’ve taken to iCloud and simultaneously syncs them with all your devices. You can also enable Shared Photo Streams
(you can also do this via Settings > iCloud), which let you share images with your friends and family. In addition,
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you can set how long you’d like to play a slide in a slideshow (from two to 20 seconds), and whether you’d like
them to repeat or shuffle.
This option only shows up if you have Apple’s free iBooks app installed on your device. The iBooks screen contains the options for Apple’s native e-reader app.
BOOKWORM Alter iBooks settings in the iBooks preference screen.
Here you find the options to turn on full justification and autohyphenation, assign page turns to both left and right
margin taps, sync bookmarks and collections, show all your iBookstore purchases, and access online content.
Change Your Settings
This preference screen offers a toggle to enable automatic downloads of your Newsstand publications. (You’ll
only see this screen if you have Newsstand apps installed.)
This option only shows up if you have Apple’s free Podcasts app installed on your device. The Podcasts screen
contains the options for Apple’s podcasting app.
SPOKEN WORD Change your subscription and cellular data settings in the Podcasts
preference screen.
There are several options in the Podcasts preference screen: Sync Subscriptions, toggles for automatic downloads and what episodes to keep, and an option for using cellular data (if you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model).
The Twitter screen allows you to easily install the official Twitter app (if you haven’t done so already), add your
own account(s) for full iOS integration, link any contact cards with their Twitter accounts, and allow or deny
individual apps access to your Twitter information.
Change Your Settings
SYSTEMWIDE TWEETING Add your Twitter account(s) to this screen to enable tweeting in
the Photos and Maps apps, and more.
Change Your Settings
The Facebook screen works similarly to the Twitter screen.
FACEBOOKED The Facebook preference screen lets you add your account.
Here, you can easily install and log in to Facebook, as well as adjust the app’s settings. You can adjust your
sound alerts for Facebook chat and message notifications, choose whether to record video in HD, and check
Facebook’s About page.
Third-Party Apps
If you install any programs from the App Store, their preferences will show up in the Settings list below your
systemwide settings. Tap on one to adjust its settings.
iPad Apps and
TO THE CLOUD Learn about your built-in apps and Apple’s iCloud service in this chapter.
You’ve learned navigation basics and set up your device to your liking. Now it’s time to explore your iPad mini’s
built-in apps. Apple has packed a wide variety of programs into your device that allow you to communicate
with others, aid your productivity, and interact with music and video. Also, we’ll provide a primer on iCloud, the
company’s syncing service.
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Connect and Communicate
Your iPad mini can help you do many things, including communicate with your friends and family. Here are the
apps that let you interact and talk with others.
The Contacts app is your iPad mini’s address book. Locate specific people by using the search bar at the top of
the left page, or by scrolling your finger down the letter listing on the left side of the screen to jump to contacts
starting with a particular letter.
CONTACT ME The Contacts app contains the numbers, social networking information,
emails, and other personal data of your friends, family, and co-workers.
To manually enter a new contact, tap the plus-sign button (+); to edit a contact, tap the listing, and then the
Edit button in the lower left corner. If you’ve created any groups, you can access them by tapping the Groups
bookmark icon in the upper left corner; to return to the contacts screen, tap the bookmark icon again (it’s in
the upper right corner). You can sync contacts with your Mac’s Address Book via iTunes, or over the air through
Apple’s iCloud or Microsoft’s ActiveSync services.
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The Messages app lets you send fellow iOS users messages for free, using Apple’s iMessage technology, over
cellular data or Wi-Fi.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Messages app can send either a traditional SMS message or
an iMessage to your contacts.
iMessage works without any per-message charges from cellular providers or monthly texting plans; instead, you
send messages over your device’s cellular or Wi-Fi connection. iMessage is compatible with any iOS 5– or iOS
6–capable device, sending anything an SMS or MMS can—text, photos, video, contact cards, and locations on a
map. You won’t be able to use iMessage to contact people who have Android devices or BlackBerry phones—
that’s still the province of text messaging and instant messaging services.
iMessage is easy to set up and use: All you need to start messaging your fellow iOS device users is an Apple
ID. Once you set up your account, you can send iMessages through the app. For iMessage texts, you can turn
on a Read Receipts feature, which lets others see when you’ve read their messages. When using iMessages,
your contacts can also see when you are typing, and you can see when they’re typing, thanks to a gray speech
bubble that displays ellipses while they are typing.
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FaceTime is Apple’s video-chat application, made possible on the iPad mini thanks to the two cameras on
the device. You can talk to anyone over FaceTime who has an iPhone 4 or later, second-generation iPad or
later, iPad mini, fourth-generation iPod touch or later, and Macs running the FaceTime app and Mac OS X
10.6.6 or later. To start a conversation, you need one of these devices, a Wi-Fi network, and a friend who
shares the same.
GET SOME FACETIME Video-chat with your friends, family, and other contacts.
To get started with FaceTime, you need to log in with your Apple ID. You can enter this information directly in
the FaceTime app or under the FaceTime tab in the Settings app. Once logged in, set an e-mail address to use
as your FaceTime “number” so people can call you. From the FaceTime app, you can call people in your contacts
list and set favorites. You can switch between the back and front cameras during a FaceTime call by tapping the
camera toggle button on the screen.
With Mail, you can easily read and reply to your emails from multiple accounts.
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EMAIL AWAY Mail lets you check multiple accounts, flag messages, and mark
senders as VIPs.
To use the Mail app, you must first add your email accounts. You can sync your existing email accounts via
iTunes. You can also set up these accounts directly on your iPad mini: Head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap Add Account. Once you’ve added your accounts, open the Mail app. If you have more than one
email account, you have the option to see a unified inbox, where you can view all your messages in one inbox
rather than having to check each account for new messages. If you would like to add different signatures for
each of your accounts, do so in Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature.
You can compose messages in both plain text and Rich Text Format (RTF); Mail offers three formatting options
for RTF messages—bold, italic, and underline. You can insert photos and videos by double-tapping the place
in your email message where you would like to add your media and flipping through the options to find ‘Insert
Photo or Video’. You can search within your inbox or whatever mailbox you’ve selected by tapping the search
bar at the top of the column. In the inbox, you see a preview of each message that includes the sender’s information, the time the message was sent, the subject line, and, if you desire, a few lines of the text. If you come
across an important email, you can flag it with a red flag icon; marking messages as unread is another option.
You also have the option of using VIP and Flagged inboxes. Located in the main access window along with your
account’s inboxes, the VIP inbox lets you read emails from important contacts in all your accounts, and the
Flagged inbox aggregates all the emails you have flagged using the Edit > Mark > Flag menu option. Once you
have curated your VIP sections, you can select special notifications for VIP emails by entering the VIP Alerts settings, accessible through either the Mail app or Settings > Notifications > Mail > VIP.
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When your iPad mini is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, you can browse almost everything the Internet
has to offer.
SURFIN’ SAFARI A mobile version of Apple’s popular desktop browser, Safari, comes
standard on every iPad as the default browser.
Safari has some limitations (it doesn’t support plug-ins such as Flash or Java), but it should get you most places
you need to go. The browser has an easy-to-use double-tap-to-zoom interface and resolution-independent type
that makes even seriously zoomed-in pages readable. In Safari, you can both resize and scroll a webpage in any
direction at the same time, which can be useful in some situations. The app also provides tabbed browsing for
viewing multiple webpages at once, as well as a bookmarks bar.
Safari can also display open websites from your other iOS devices and computers using iCloud Tabs. This feature lets you sync your open webpages with any other device that is running iOS 6 or OS X Mountain Lion and is
connected to your iCloud account.
The app also includes a Reading List feature that lets you save interesting articles to read later. To add an article
or webpage to your list, tap the Share button (an arrow escaping from a box), and then tap Add to Reading List.
A Reader feature lets you view any article in a format that’s optimized for reading: stripped of ads, devoid of
messy formatting and page layout, and with larger, more-legible text.
Safari’s settings let iPad mini users choose whether new pages open in the foreground or background. (The
latter option lets you continue to view the previously opened page until you’re ready to switch to the new one.)
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Also, when browsing in Safari, if you tap and hold on a link, the options that appear now include an ‘Open in
Background’ command.
When it comes to organizing your day and navigating locations, your iPad mini is here to help.
Need to know what’s happening next in your life? The iPad mini’s Calendar app lets you see recent and upcoming events, in addition to entering new ones.
MAKE A DATE Schedule appointments and make plans using the Calendar app.
You can set custom alerts in Calendar so you don’t miss an important event. The iPad mini’s Calendar app can
sync with iCal, Calendar, Entourage, and Outlook calendars on a Mac and with Microsoft Outlook on a PC. You
can also add subscribed calendars and CalDAV accounts. Each calendar is assigned a different color for its
events. You can view events by day, week, or month, or as a list; if you’re viewing the calendar by day, you can
swipe to move from day to day.
You can also subscribe to shared iCloud or Google calendars.
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At its core, the Reminders app is a simple task-management utility, designed to look like a list on a sheet of
loose-leaf paper. It offers basic functionality for entering tasks and to-dos, mixing in geolocation fun for
good measure.
TASK LIST The Reminders app lets you keep track of important tasks.
Tap the first empty row in the Reminders app to type in a new reminder; tap the Return key to save your new
task. Next to each task is a checkbox—tap it to mark your task as completed. You can adjust the name of the
task, when it’s due, whether it repeats, its priority, and general notes. You can also tap Remind Me, which lets
you schedule time- and location-based reminders. (Note that location-based reminders only work with a Wi-Fi +
Cellular model.)
Notes is a straightforward little notepad app, useful for jotting things down. The main Notes screen looks like a
piece of yellow ruled writing paper, with lists and accounts along the left side.
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DULY NOTED The Notes app syncs with iCloud or your email provider to provide you
with the same notes across all your devices.
You can view and edit notes in portrait or landscape mode. To change the default font, visit the Notes section in
Settings. If you have a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion, you can sync notes via the Notes application; otherwise, you can sync them via the Info tab of iTunes. You can also send notes to yourself by tapping the Share
icon in the app. If you need anything beyond basic note-taking capabilities, you might want to look in the App
Store for alternatives under the Productivity category.
Apple’s mapping solution features vector-based maps, satellite imagery, free turn-by-turn directions, points of
interest displayed inline on the map, and new 3D Flyover locations including San Francisco, London, Boston,
and Sydney.
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DIGITAL CARTOGRAPHY The new Maps app sports vector-based maps and
turn-by-turn directions.
The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini includes a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, which lets your device figure
out exactly where it is by triangulating radio signals from satellites in orbit. Your device also uses Assisted GPS,
which essentially means that computers at cell phone towers assist the device’s search for GPS information,
improving speed and reliability. If you have a Wi-Fi–only iPad mini, your device will use local Wi-Fi networks to
try to locate where you are.
You can search for car and walking directions; for transit, Maps will suggest a third-party routing app. Once
you’ve settled on a destination, you can get either voice-navigation turn-by-turn directions (if you have a Wi-Fi +
Cellular iPad model) or swipe-through turn-by-turn directions (on Wi-Fi iPads). You can also access options for
dropping a map pin, showing traffic, viewing satellite imagery, or printing your map by tapping the page-curl
icon. For additional options, go to Settings > Maps to change the navigation voice volume, the unit of measure
(miles or kilometers), and the size and language of map labels.
Your device always displays the current time in the status bar (or on the Unlock screen when the screen is
locked). But if you’d like to track the time in multiple locations or if you want to use the Stopwatch, Timer, and
Alarm features, you can do so from the Clock app.
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TICKTOCK The Clock app lets you set alarms and time laps, as well as check the hour in
London, Taiwan, or any other city.
You can also use the Clock to set up alarms. From the Alarm tab, you can set the alarm’s alert message, whether
it plays only once or repeats on a schedule, what sound plays when the alarm goes off, and whether the alarm
offers a snooze option (to defer your wake-up time for ten more minutes). In addition to playing the default
Apple ringtones, you can also play a song from your Music library to wake yourself up. To time yourself or an
activity, tap the Stopwatch button. If you’re running, use the small lap timer above the main timer. To quickly set
an alarm for a specific interval of time—when you’re cooking, for example—tap the Timer button. (You can also
use Siri to set timers and alarms.)
It’s easy to have plenty of fun and entertain yourself with Apple’s multimedia apps on the iPad mini: You can
read books, listen to music, watch videos, download content, play games, and take and view photos.
The Music app is where you go to listen to songs. It is located in the iPad mini’s Dock by default, but you can
move it.
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BEAUTIFUL MUSIC Listen to your iTunes collection in the Music app.
Inside the app, browse your music library using the Playlist, Songs, Artists, Albums, and More tabs. Under the
More tab, you can also find any music shared over a network as well as sections for Genres, Compilations, and
Composers, and a toggle for ‘Sort by Artist’.
At any point in your browsing, you can search your library by tapping the search field at the lower right. You
can access the iTunes store in the Music app by tapping the Store button at the lower left. Downloading music
from the iTunes Store on your device immediately adds it to your device’s library (and, if you use iTunes Match,
makes it available via online storage).
To sync your device’s music library to your computer, you can either connect it physically to your computer to
manage the music in iTunes, or connect to your music library using iTunes Match. While your device is hooked
up to your Mac, you can choose to sync it to iTunes on the computer using Wi-Fi; that way you won’t have to
physically connect your device to transfer purchases or new files in the future. To access iTunes’ Match settings,
go to Settings > Music > iTunes Match. You can then stream albums and songs via the Music app, or download
them by tapping on the iCloud icon within Album view.
When your device is asleep, double-tap the Home button and swipe from left to right on the multitasking bar
that appears to access basic iPod controls.
Not in a musical mood? You can always listen to an audiobook from the Music app, or download Apple’s Podcasts app for more spoken fare.
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To watch movies and TV shows you’ve synced with your iPad mini, go to the Videos app.
This clean and easy-to-grasp app has all the basic controls you need to enjoy videos (such as play, pause, and
chapter selection). Your content appears in a list, with TV shows, movies, and music videos grouped together.
Browse your TV shows by season, and Videos will notify you if a new episode is available in the iTunes Store. To
download videos in-app, double-tap the price tag on your desired clip. You can search all your content using the
search bar at the top of the screen and play videos straight from the search results.
To download new music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, and lectures from iTunes U, open the iTunes
app on your iPad mini.
WHAT A COLLECTION The iTunes app has hundreds of thousands of songs, videos, and
The mobile version of the iTunes Store offers rotating banners that highlight new releases and items of interest. Along the bottom of the display are eight buttons—Music, Movies, TV Shows, Audiobooks, Charts, Genius,
Purchased, and Downloads. You can search the store at any time by tapping the search field, view current
downloads, and redownload previously purchased material from the Purchased tab.
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App Store
The App Store is Apple’s marketplace for third-party apps. You can access it through the App Store app on the
iPad mini, or via iTunes on a Mac. (For more on the App Store, see the “Download More Apps” chapter.)
Game Center
Game Center, Apple’s game hub, allows you to connect with friends and strangers alike, according to your
game-playing habits.
GAME ON Challenge your friends to a multiplayer game with Game Center.
You challenge your friends and allow them to challenge you, but you can also compare scores, discover new
games they’re playing, and get automatically matched with other iOS device users. Furthermore, you can stay
connected to your gaming circle with notifications, streaming video, leaderboards, and stats.
Game Center helps you find your friends and games you might be interested in through its Recommendations
feed. It gives you details on friends and the games they’re playing, and it lets you purchase a game directly from
the app. A Challenges mode lets you challenge fellow players with game-specific achievements and goals. You
can also sync your Game Center list of friends with Facebook to find new people to challenge.
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You can log in to Game Center with your current Apple ID, or sign up for a new Apple ID account. And you can
personalize your Game Center presence by adding a photo to your profile.
Newsstand automatically downloads new issues of magazines and newspapers when they’re available.
THAT’S FIT TO PRINT Find your magazine subscriptions in the Newsstand folder.
Any apps you download from the App Store that have been designed to work with Newsstand automatically
appear in this special folder. (You can’t move them anywhere else.) Each app shows up as a thumbnail image,
showing the cover of the publication’s most recent issue. Whenever a new issue is available, you see its new
cover image, as well as a blue sash containing the word New over the cover’s top right corner. Newsstand apps
can update themselves in the background; publishers can send updates to their apps as often as once per day.
(Not all newspaper and magazine apps are designed to work with Newsstand, however.)
The Photos app can display synced photos as well as the pictures and videos you’ve taken. It sorts your images
into up to six sections, depending on what images you’ve synced: Photos, Photo Stream, Albums, Events, Faces,
and Places.
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PHOTO PERFECT View synced photos as well as those taken with your
iPad mini’s camera.
You can create and edit photo albums directly on your iPad mini. The Photos app also includes basic editing
options, including an Auto-Enhance feature (represented by a magic-wand icon); as in Apple’s iPhoto app for
the Mac, this option improves an image by tweaking settings like sharpness, levels, and contrast. You can also
remove red-eye and crop images.
If you have an iCloud account and have turned on Photo Stream, you can view the last 1000 photos you’ve
uploaded to your Mac or taken on an iOS device. You can also create shared Photo Streams for your friends
and family to view on their iOS devices or iCloud. Unfortunately, the sharing is one way: Your friends can’t add
photos to your shared stream; they can only view it.
The iPad mini has a powerful 5-megapixel iSight camera, as well as a front-facing FaceTime HD camera for taking quick self-portraits and conducting FaceTime conversations.
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SAY CHEESE The front-facing FaceTime HD camera is great for quick self-portraits.
You can take photos and shoot video with either one of these cameras by going to the Camera app, accessible
from the home screen. To take a picture, tap the Camera button. You hear a shutter-click sound effect when
your device captures a still image. Within moments, the camera is ready to take the next shot. You also have the
option to zoom in digitally using the pinch-to-zoom gesture.
To help you properly frame your shots, an optional Grid feature divides the screen into thirds. The Camera app
has some advanced photo-taking features as well, including an AE/AF Lock that lets you set the focus and exposure on a specific part of the photo and lock it in place.
If you need a shortcut for snapping stills, tap the Camera button on screen or use the Volume Up button. You
can also easily view past images by swiping directly from the Camera interface.
To switch the Camera app into movie mode, tap the Photo/Video slider in the lower right corner of the
screen. When you enter video mode, a round recording light replaces the still-camera icon on the shutter
button. The light begins to blink red when you start filming. Tap the Capture button to start recording video,
and you see a time code displayed in the upper right corner of the screen, telling you how long you’ve been
recording. Tap anywhere in the frame to change the focus of the recording subject at any time. You can
record 1080p HD videos.
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Photo Booth
The iPad mini’s front-facing camera isn’t high-resolution enough to snap any fine-art photographs, but there is
one fun use for it outside video chat: Photo Booth.
EFFECTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Make yourself look silly with Photo Booth.
Tap the app and you’re greeted with eight previews of real-time effects, including variants such as Thermal
Camera, X-Ray, Twirl, and Mirror. Once you choose an effect, you can toggle between the front and back cameras, and tap and drag to alter the center point of the effect.
Sync with iCloud
Over the past few years, users have become obsessed with the notion of having their documents and data instantly available wherever they are, on whichever device they happen to be using at the time. In the past, Apple
experimented with this by offering limited syncing services; with iCloud, the company is charging headfirst into
the digital-syncing sphere.
Here’s a quick overview of the various benefits and perks you receive from having an iCloud account.
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What Is iCloud?
iCloud is a catchall phrase that covers Apple’s suite of sync and backup services, which aim to keep your
devices— both iOS devices running iOS 5 or later, and desktop computers running either OS X Lion or later,
or Windows Vista or later—on the same page, no matter which one you’re using at any given moment. Those
services cover four general areas: document and data sync, mobile backup, location awareness, and purchase
A free iCloud account provides 5GB of storage for document sync and mobile backup; you can purchase additional space for a yearly fee. (Your purchased content from the iTunes and App Stores and your Photo Stream
images do not count toward this limit.) Unlike some third-party services, iCloud doesn’t focus on preserving
individual files or providing a central folder where you can upload documents to access across platforms. With
iCloud, Apple wants you to stop worrying about where you’ve saved specific files, and instead focus on the
information itself.
Sync and Share
iCloud’s behind-the-scenes features focus on keeping data up-to-date, syncing documents and information
between devices, and streaming your recently taken photos across devices.
EMAIL iCloud offers users a free email account (in this case, using the format [email protected]) for sending
and receiving email. This account uses the IMAP protocol, so it works with any standard email client (such as OS
X’s Mail), as well as the iOS Mail app and the iCloud Web app.
DATA SYNC iCloud lets you access, update, and sync your contacts, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks,
notes, photos, and more across all of your devices and the Web.
iCLOUD OPTIONS An iCloud account lets you sync various types of data, including contacts and calendars,
across all your devices.
Mac users sync calendar, reminder, contact, and notes data using the Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, and
Notes apps, respectively (iCal, Address Book, and Mail in OS X 10.7); Windows users can use Outlook 2007 or
later. You can also choose to sync your Web browser’s bookmarks. All this information counts toward your 5GB
storage limit. To choose which items you’d like to sync, go to Settings > iCloud on each device and enable syncing
for each desired type of data.
DOCUMENTS & DATA Documents & Data sync keeps up to 5GB of your app information ubiquitous across all
your iOS devices, allowing you to create a document on one device, save it, and pick up where you left off on
another. (The 5GB is free; you can get up to 50GB on a yearly paid plan.)
PHOTO STREAM This allows you to snap a picture from any iOS device and have it seamlessly pushed to all
your other devices and computers. Photo Stream keeps images for 30 days, though on iOS devices it only
shows you the most recent 1000 pictures to preserve your iCloud storage space. In addition, you can create
Shared Photo Streams that let you share photos with family and friends.
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Back Up Files
In addition to syncing your files, purchases, and data to iCloud, you can back up your entire device. To do so,
open the Settings app and navigate to iCloud > Storage & Backup.
CLOUD BACKUP You can back up to iCloud, which lets you restore from the cloud.
Enable the iCloud Backup option, and your device automatically backs up accounts, documents, settings, and
the Camera Roll album to iCloud whenever the device is plugged into a power source, connected to Wi-Fi, and
asleep (locked). You can also force an iCloud backup at any time by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup
and tapping the Back Up Now button (which turns into Cancel Backup while a backup is occurring).
If you ever need to restore your device, you can do so over the air, with the iCloud backup working in tandem
with your iTunes and App Store purchases so you can get your device back to where it was. (You may not be
able to restore certain purchases—for example, some movies and TV shows—internationally due to licensing
restrictions; check your country’s terms and conditions to be sure.)
Find Your People, Places, and Things
Missing your iPad mini, or can’t find your friends? Your device can help you, using the Find My iPhone or Find
My Friends app in conjunction with your iCloud account.
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iPAD TRACKER The Find My iPhone app lets you track down any iOS device—as well as any Mac—with Apple’s
Find My device service enabled for your iCloud account.
FIND MY iPAD If you’ve lost your device, you can log in to the iCloud website or the Find My iPhone app on a
different iOS device to find it. From there, you can make the device emit a sound (even if it’s in silent mode),
enable Lost mode to track its location, and remotely lock (and optionally wipe) it. You can even choose to
receive an email notification if your device is initially off but later returns online.
FRIEND FINDER The Find My Friends app lets you track down those friends who’ve given
you permission to locate them.
FIND MY FRIENDS This app allows you to broadcast your location temporarily or permanently to a select group
of people, as well as locate those friends and family who have given you permission to locate them. You can
selectively enable and disable contacts, create a Temporary Event so that people can find you during an event
or outing, and restrict sharing with specialized controls.
iTunes in the Cloud
iCloud’s purchase management focuses on two areas—Past Purchases and iTunes Match (a $25 yearly addon)—that collectively make up iTunes in the Cloud.
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PAST PURCHASES The Purchased screen in the App Store app and the iTunes app allows you to view your
purchase history for your apps and your music, videos, and books, and redownload any of them for free. In
addition, you can go to the Automatic Downloads section in Settings > iTunes & App Stores to have your device
automatically download any new purchases you make using your iCloud account on any of your devices and
computers. (A few caveats: Redownloading certain items, such as music and television shows, may be restricted
by country. And if an item you’ve purchased is no longer available on the iTunes Store, you may not be able to
redownload it.)
CLASSY CATALOG Redownload your previously purchased songs from the iTunes app at
any time.
PURCHASES IN THE CLOUD The options for automatic downloads and iTunes Match appear in the iTunes &
App Stores screen of the Settings app.
iTUNES MATCH Though you can redownload individual music tracks to your device using the Purchased feature, for an additional $25 a year you can unlock iTunes Match, which offers up your entire library (up to 25,000
songs)—regardless of where you purchased each track—for viewing and listening on any iOS device or computer you own (up to ten).
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FOR A SONG iTunes Match lets you stream or download any song you own in the Music
app—whether you purchased it from the iTunes Store or elsewhere.
Once enabled, iTunes Match scans the songs in your music library and links them to the correct song in the
iTunes catalog for easy downloading and streaming to your devices. If you didn’t originally purchase your songs
from iTunes but they’re available in the catalog, you can download DRM-free 256-kbps AAC versions for free;
iTunes uploads your unmatched songs to iCloud so that you can access them from multiple devices.
More Apps
GO OUTSIDE THE BOX Head to the App Store to find more programs for your iPad mini.
Having acquainted yourself with the built-in apps on your iPad, you may want to reach outside the sandbox
for more interesting fare. The App Store, which you can access on your device or via iTunes on your computer,
features more than 750,000 downloadable apps. If there’s something you want to do on your iPad, chances are
it’s in the App Store. But separating the truly great apps from the weird and wacky ones can be tough. This is a
quick guide to the wonderful world of iOS apps, along with a few of our favorite third-party programs.
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App Basics
Before you start downloading apps willy-nilly, you should know that there are three types of apps in Apple’s App
Store: ones for the iPhone and iPod touch only, ones for the iPad and iPad mini only, and universal apps—those
designed to run on any iOS device. Your iPad mini can run apps designed for the iPhone only—but it will do so
in a frame mode, displaying the app at its iPhone size. You can tap the 2X button to enlarge it to the size of the
iPad mini’s screen, but it may look pixelated.
Browse the App Store on your iPad mini, and you can search for and download any apps—whether they’re designed for the iPhone, iPad, or all iOS devices (universal). If you want to ensure you’re purchasing only apps that
will run natively on your iPad mini, verify that you’re looking at iPad apps by selecting the iPad Apps tab before
you click to buy. In addition, when viewing an app in the App Store, look for the plus-sign button (+) in the upper
left corner of the price button—this means the app is universal and can run on all iOS devices—and be sure to
read the Requirements section on the left side of the browsing window. (For more details on how to download
an app, see the “Find New Apps” section in this chapter.)
ACROSS THE UNIVERS(AL) When you see the plus-sign button (+), you know that an app
can work on iOS devices of any size.
You need an App Store account (most likely it’s the same as your iTunes account) to download anything—even free
apps—so if you don’t have one, head on over to the Featured tab in the App Store, scroll down to the bottom of the
page, and tap Sign In. If you don’t have an account you want to link to, tap Create Apple ID; otherwise, tap Use Existing Apple ID to sign in with your Apple ID and password. You can change and link your credit card information from
within the app (though you can also do this from your desktop computer). To download an app, simply tap its price
once to highlight the green Buy App button, and then tap once more to confirm the purchase. (If the app is free, the
green button will read Install App.) You’re usually prompted for your Apple ID password as a security measure.
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If you install a third-party app that you no longer want, you can remove it by tapping and holding on its icon.
The icon will begin to jiggle, and an X will appear in the top left corner. If you tap the X, you’re asked to confirm
that you want to delete the app. Because apps must store all their data in the app’s package, deleting an app
also deletes all of its settings and stored information. If you delete an app that you later decide you want to
keep, you can redownload it from the App Store (if you don’t mind losing its data) or re-sync your device with
iTunes. If you deleted the app from iTunes as well, you can download it again for free from the iTunes Store.
You can load apps onto any iOS devices you have, provided they’re linked to your Apple ID.
Find New Apps
Apple gives you two ways to browse for new apps: You can use iTunes from your computer, or you can access
the App Store on your iPad mini while you’re on the go.
From a Computer
If you’re on your Mac, open iTunes, select the iTunes Store, click the App Store tab at the top, and click the iPad
option underneath the tab. Using the App Store interface is similar to searching for music and videos. You’ll see
a New And Noteworthy list of apps, along with lists curated by the App Store’s staff.
ON YOUR MAC You can browse apps by kind (iPad or iPhone) in the iTunes Store on the
Mac, under App Store.
When you select an app in iTunes, you see a description of what it does, a few screenshots of the app, and customer ratings. (You must own an app to review it yourself.) You also see other useful information on the app’s
page; for example, its category, age rating, and file size—handy to know if you’re short on space. Underneath
the app’s description is the URL for the developer’s website.
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Once you’ve downloaded an app to your computer, it’s listed under Apps in the iTunes Source list. (If you have
Automatic Downloads enabled on your iPad mini, this app will immediately download to your device as well.)
Within this section, you see a list of your apps, organized by app type (iPhone and iPod touch, iPad, or all three)
or genre. In the lower right corner, you can check whether updates are available for your apps or navigate
directly to the App Store to look for more.
From Your iPad Mini
Tap the blue App Store icon on your home screen. By default, the app brings you to the main landing page—the
Featured tab.
GET MORE APPS You can browse, purchase, download, and upgrade apps through the
App Store on your iPad mini.
Here, you see a rotating carousel of popular apps and app collections, indicated with large tiles. These items
automatically rotate smoothly to the right; tap one to learn more about it. You can also look at Featured apps
in various categories by tapping any of the tabs at the top of the screen, or the More tab (where you can choose
from categories like Books, Business, Games, Music, Photo & Video, Newsstand, and more). You can search for
apps by tapping the search field in the top right corner of the App Store.
In addition to its carousel, the Featured tab includes collections of New And Noteworthy Apps, App Store Essentials, What’s Hot, and custom app collections curated by Apple’s App Store team. New And Noteworthy showcases apps that Apple has chosen to highlight, while the What’s Hot collection displays apps that other users
have recently downloaded. Scroll to the bottom of the Featured tab to see a direct link to your account (or an
option to sign in or create a new account), and a Redeem button for cashing in iTunes gift cards and codes.
The Featured tab is but one of the five sections within the App Store, however: The other four are Charts (showcasing the top purchased and most downloaded iPad apps), Genius (if enabled, it recommends apps similar
to those you’ve already downloaded), Purchased (where you can redownload previously purchased apps), and
Updates (any third-party updates and patches show up here for you to download).
CHARTS If you’re looking for some new apps to download, Featured and Charts are great places to start: Charts
displays the top 25 paid, free, and highest-grossing iPad apps in the App Store; you can view up to 300 apps by
tapping the Twenty Five More button at the bottom of any of the lists.
GENIUS Once you’ve downloaded some apps, you can use the Genius tab to match new apps to your recommendations. For privacy reasons, Genius is turned off by default; to enable it, go to the tab and tap Turn
On Genius.
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THANKS, GENIUS The Genius tab lets you find apps similar to those you’ve already
UPDATE AND REDOWNLOAD Most app developers regularly update their apps to fix problems and add new
features. When your device detects updates for your installed programs, a red badge on the App Store icon
shows the number of updates available. Launch the App Store and tap the Updates tab; here, you can choose
whether to update one or all of your apps to their latest versions. You can also update your apps from the Apps
section in iTunes on your Mac; the updates will transfer to your device the next time you sync with iTunes.
Additionally, you can see a full list of your previously purchased apps by tapping the Purchased tab.
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LET’S DOWNLOAD IT AGAIN Miss playing that one game you deleted? You can
redownload it for free from the Purchased section.
(This feature is only available in certain countries, including the United States, due to worldwide licensing
restrictions; in addition, to show up on this screen, apps must still be live and on the App Store.)
You can view all your previously downloaded apps, or filter the list to see just those that are not on your iPad
mini. If viewing all apps, you’ll see an Open button next to those you have currently installed; apps you don’t
have on your iPad mini sport a cloud icon with a download arrow.
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Your iPad mini comes packed with some great preloaded apps from Apple, but you have to venture to the App
Store if you want the complete Cupertino collection. To augment the basics, the company has developed a paid
mobile version of its iWork office suite and its iLife suite (iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto), as well as some free
options, like the company’s e-reader app, iBooks; the location-aware Find My Friends; and more.
Free Apple Apps
Apple’s free apps accomplish a broad number of tasks: You can turn your device into a pocket e-reader; keep
track of your friends, phone, and computer; tweak your router’s network settings; and control your iTunes
library or Apple TV from afar.
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iBOOKS Apple’s iBooks lets you read ePub-format books and PDFs in both portrait and landscape modes. You
can purchase books from Apple’s iBookstore, organize your books, create collections, and delete books you no
longer want. Apple also offers support for interactive multimedia textbooks created through iBooks Author on
the Mac; these are similarly available through the iBookstore, and offer a more immersive experience—one
replete with videos, slideshows, and other touchable elements. You can read books by swiping virtual pages or
by scrolling the content vertically as you might in Safari or Mail.
BOOK LEARNIN’ In addition to letting you read “regular” ebooks, iBooks allows you to
read multimedia-rich textbooks.
iTUNES U If you’re interested in going beyond “book learning,” don’t miss the iTunes U app. This app provides
access to the content that’s available in the iTunes U section of the iTunes Store, allowing anyone to go through
interactive classes in an interface that’s highly reminiscent of iBooks. Teachers can post a syllabus, notes, and
assignments to the class, and students receive notifications when new posts are available.
FIND MY FRIENDS To locate your friends, you may want to turn to Apple’s aptly named Find My Friends—an
app that lets you track colleagues, family members, and friends via geolocation. (You have to opt in to the
service, and you only share your location with the specific people you allow.) Lost one of your devices? Find My
iPhone can find a wayward iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini, or Mac.
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FIND ME, FRIENDS With Find My Friends, you can see precise locations for friends who
have given you the permission to do so.
AIRPORT UTILITY This app lets you manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations from your iPad mini.
You can see a graphical overview of your network, get information about connected Wi-Fi devices, change network settings, restart a base station, and more from within the app.
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WI-FI TWEAKING You can manage your home’s Airport network entirely from your
iPad mini.
APPLE STORE Download the Apple Store app to access the company’s store directly from your iPad mini. You
can buy the latest Apple products, accessories, and software; make Genius Bar and One To One appointments;
view in-store events; and more.
CARDS You can make lovely letterpress cards on your iPad mini, thanks to the Cards app. Choose from 21 letterpress 4-by-6-inch card designs; from there, you can insert your own pictures and text, and provide a mailing
address for your recipient. Once you’re ready to send your card, you can choose one of your contacts or type in
an address from scratch—Apple prints and ships the card for you (it costs $3 to mail in the United States, $5 to
mail internationally).
MOVIE TRAILERS Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers app brings the newest HD movie previews to your iPad mini.
Save favorite movies and plan when you’ll be going to theaters, too.
PODCASTS If you listen to a lot of podcasts, you might want to download Apple’s Podcasts app. It stores and
streams all podcasts you’re subscribed to, playing them in a delightfully skeumorphic tape-deck interface.
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Paid Apple Apps
Apple’s paid applications serve more specific purposes: The iWork suite helps you write proposals, edit spreadsheets, and create presentations, while the iLife collection lets you make movies, jam on virtual instruments,
and tweak photographs.
iWORK The three iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—sell separately for $10 each, but they share a
common look and feel. When you launch each app for the first time, a Get Started guide in the app’s native format welcomes you—a document in Pages, a tabbed worksheet in Numbers, and a presentation in Keynote.
PAGES The Document Manager shows thumbnails of all your files.
In the upper left corner, a button (called Documents in Pages, Spreadsheets in Numbers, and Presentations in
Keynote) lets you access the Document Manager. Here, you can swipe through every document that the app
has stored on your iPad mini, in thumbnail view.
Each app works similarly to its desktop version. With Pages, you can create new documents, type in text, and embellish with typography and graphics. And since the iPad mini supports voice dictation, you can create and edit
documents by voice. You can create and work with spreadsheets in Numbers, and Apple’s Keynote makes it possible to design presentations from your device. (Apple also offers a $1 Keynote Remote app for the iPhone that
you can run in 2X [pixel-doubled] mode on the iPad; it turns your device into a clicker that can control a Keynote
presentation on your Mac.) All your iWork documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can sync with iCloud—
just go to your iPad’s iCloud settings and turn on Documents & Data. You will automatically be able to access your
iWork projects on any other iCloud-enabled iOS device, and on your Mac, by signing in to icloud.com.
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iMOVIE Apple offers iMovie for $5 as part of its mobile iLife suite. The app’s Multi-Touch gestures provide a variety of new ways to work with clips and the timeline for quick editing on the go.
iMOVIE You can make iMovie Trailers in literally just a few minutes.
You can zoom in or out or jump through the timeline, as well as move, split, skim, and rotate clips. And the
Trailer feature makes it easy to create a faux preview by dragging shots into a fully polished video template.
Once you’re finished editing, you can share the video in 1080p on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo.
GARAGEBAND Apple’s music-making software, GarageBand, is the second $5 app in the iLife suite for iOS. It
offers a slew of virtual and smart instruments, making it easy to strum chords or bang out tunes with just a
few taps.
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GARAGEBAND Create a musical masterpiece with your fingertips.
Professional and amateur musicians alike can use the app to record eight tracks of audio, and you can even
plug in USB accessories like microphones and piano keyboards using the adapter from Apple’s Lightning to USB
Camera Adapter.
iPHOTO The final app in the iLife suite, iPhoto is a $5 app designed to let you perform a wide variety of tasks,
including organizing photos; creating slideshows; creating Web-friendly scrapbooks; and editing, cropping,
tweaking, filtering, and retouching photos.
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iPHOTO Organize photos, retouch them, and apply exquisite filters with iPhoto for iOS.
Ten Apps Every iPad User Should Own
There are thousands of apps available for the iPad mini. Whatever your goal, as Apple’s advertising campaign
says, “There’s an app for that.” But a select group are simply must-haves—whether for their functionality, interface brilliance, or sheer entertainment factor. Here are ten apps your device shouldn’t be without. (We left out
Apple’s own App Store apps, though many—like GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork suite—are tremendously impressive. Get those, too.)
1. Reeder ($3)
Reeder is an RSS reader, and if you’re not yet on the RSS bandwagon, you should be. The app, which syncs
via Google Reader, presents a gloriously elegant interface for reading the latest articles from your favorite
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REEDER Reading through RSS feeds with your fingertip is simple and elegant with the
Reeder app.
Tap a headline, and the article slides into view. If the feed shows only a summary, Reeder’s built-in Readability
support can help: Reverse-pinch on the text (or tap the Readability button), and Reeder quickly loads the rest of
the article. Tap and hold on links to bring up a sharing window; Reeder makes it easy to email links, save them
to Instapaper (see below), post them to social networks, and more. There’s a separate iPhone version of Reeder,
but the iPad incarnation is simply glorious. You’ll never want to catch up on your feed subscriptions with anything else.
2. Instapaper ($4)
Once you start relying on Instapaper, you’ll wonder what took you so long. The idea is simple: Reading on your
iPad is much more pleasant than reading on your Mac’s screen.
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INSTAPAPER Save lengthy articles for distraction-free reading later.
When you come across lengthier articles online, you tap the Instapaper button—whether in your browser, RSS
reader, or Twitter client, or in one of the many other apps that integrate with the Instapaper service. The next
time you launch Instapaper on your iPad, it will pull down the text of that article, as well as any inline images—
but it’ll leave all the navigation, social networking modules, and Flash advertisements by the wayside. You’re left
with just text and images, and you control the font and brightness and all that other good stuff. The app also
makes it easy to discover more good Web content to read, based on your friends’ suggestions.
3. Tweetbot ($3)
Tweetbot began life as an excellent Twitter client for the iPhone, and the iPad version is even better. The app’s
unique interface and brilliantly implemented gesture support make it not just a powerful app for reading and
posting tweets, but a fun one, too.
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TWEETBOT Everything you could want out of Twitter is available at your fingertips with
Swipe to the right on a tweet to see the full conversation surrounding it; swipe to the left to see replies sent to
it. Tap and hold—on a tweet, a hashtag, a username, or a link—to expose contextual options related to that element. With support for services like Tweet Marker (for keeping you in sync with your device or desktop Twitter
client), Instapaper, and more, it’s a full-featured Twitter app that’s a delight to use.
4. Netflix (free; subscription required)
It feels almost like science fiction when you first use the Netflix app to stream movies and television shows to
your iPad.
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NETFLIX If you have a Netflix subscription, you want this app.
You can browse your Watch Instantly queue, search for other titles, and begin playing any of them in seconds.
Netflix isn’t the iPad’s most elegantly implemented app; it feels a bit like a website crammed into a program.
But it does what it’s supposed to do, which is to let you stream movies! Over the Internet! Wherever you have a
reasonably fast Internet connection.
5. Next Issue (free; subscription required)
What Netflix is for movies, Next Issue is for magazines. A monthly subscription gets you unlimited access to
oodles of print magazines from a variety of publishers, all optimized for your iPad. Though Next Issues lacks
some of the advantages of Apple’s Newsstand—most prominently the ability to download new issues of your
magazines automatically in the background—it does offer an impressively affordable way to get access to an
abundance of subscription content.
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NEXT ISSUE It’s Netflix, but for magazines. And it’s great.
The app makes simple work of getting current and back issues, navigating within magazines, and adding or
removing subscriptions.
6. PCalc Lite Calculator (free; $10 full version)
Though the iPhone’s Calculator app works fine, it simply doesn’t exist on the iPad. PCalc Lite works on all iOS
devices, and it looks great on the iPad.
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PCALC If you want a calculator on your iPad, PCalc is an excellent choice.
Beyond that, it adds tons of functionality beyond simple arithmetic: a scientific calculator, unit conversions,
constants, reverse Polish notation, multiple undos and redos, and themes. A $10 version comes packed with
features, but if you start with the free Lite edition, you can add other options from the paid version with separate in-app purchases.
7. CNN (free)
Other news apps exist, but no free news app offers quite the polish of CNN on the iPad. The app combines
videos and cleanly displayed articles to keep you abreast of all the news that’s fit to consume. The app is very
visual, with lots of photographs, easily readable text, and high-quality video to keep you informed. You can even
watch the network live within the app.
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CNN The CNN app combines photos, video, and text-based news to create a customized
and immersive experience.
8. Super Stickman Golf ($1)
Super Stickman Golf is a fun, fast-paced golfing game that has a lot in common with classic tank-shooter
Scorched Earth: Pick the angle and power of your shot and let ’er rip.
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SUPER STICKMAN GOLF It’s fun solo. It’s insanely fun against three of your closest
As you progress, you’ll unlock a variety of power-ups to enhance your game. But the real challenge in Noodlecake Studios’ app begins when you take on your friends in a fast-paced, frenetic free-for-all via Game Center or
locally via Bluetooth: The goal here, unlike in real golf, is to be the first to sink your ball, no matter how many
shots it takes. It’s the most fun you can have on a golf course that doesn’t have tiny windmills.
9. Dropbox (free)
Dropbox, a free Web service, lets you create a folder on your Mac that syncs automatically with whatever other
computers you tell it to.
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DROPBOX There’s no easier way to access documents from your Mac on your iPad.
The iPad app isn’t beautiful, but it does afford you access to all the files and folders you store in your computer’s Dropbox folder. You can upload your saved photos and videos to your Dropbox folder, or open saved files
in compatible apps on your iPad—including word processing documents, PDFs, images, and MP3s.
10. Toontastic (free)
If you have kids, do them—and yourself—a favor by downloading a free copy of Toontastic. The app empowers
kids to create their very own cartoons, walking them through the process of picking out scenery and characters
(or drawing their own), adding built-in background music, and recording narration.
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TOONTASTIC Your kids will delight in creating full-featured cartoons, and you’ll no
doubt delight in watching them.
You can save and rewatch your kids’ Spielberg-quality creations, and optionally share them online, too. The app
is adorably designed, and simple enough for the typical four-year-old to master.
Find New
When you purchase an iPad mini, Apple gives you the basics: an AC power adapter and a USB cable for syncing
and charging. But there are plenty of other useful accessories Apple doesn’t include. Whether you’re looking for
a protective case or other iPad accessories, you’ll find scores of add-ons that let you do what you wish. Here’s
some good background information for shopping for some of the most useful types of iPad mini accessories.
(For our reviews of the latest gear, head over to Macworld.com.)
The Dock Connector
For its newest iPad, Apple has done away with its proprietary—and nine-year-old—30-pin connector in favor of
a smaller alternative: the Lightning connector.
The 30-pin Connector
The 30-pin dock-connector port has been a staple of iPods, iPhones, and iPads since the third-generation iPod
hit store shelves back in 2003. While most media players offered simple USB connectivity for data and charging, Apple’s single port offered a slew of functions: Power, audio out, playback control, and speedy data syncing
were among its initial features.
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Over the years, the 30-pin port gained some features (HD video output, photo importing, and USB input, for
example) while losing others (FireWire charging and data transfer), but its presence on every iOS device meant
that if you bought any accessory that had a dock connector—speakers, docks, car chargers and mounts, you
name it—that product would work with your iOS gear.
On the other hand, the 30-pin dock-connector port wasn’t without flaws. For starters, it was somewhat fragile,
making it prone to either break the accessory or, worse, damage your iPad or iPhone when put under stress.
The connector’s thin profile and only-fits-one-way design also made it more difficult to use than, say, a standard
USB port: Depending on the device and the accessory, it could be a challenge to line up the connector and port,
especially on the iPod touch and some iPad models, thanks to their curved edges. Finally, the 30-pin connector
took up a lot of space, both on the outside and the inside, and as Apple’s phones, tablets, and media players
have gotten smaller and thinner, that real estate has become more and more precious.
Introducing the Lightning Connector
The iPad mini features a slimmed-down connector port that Apple calls Lightning.
The new connector uses an eight-signal design that works in both orientations, so you never need to worry
whether you’ve inserted the plug the wrong way up. The Lightning connector is also more durable than its
predecessor, and Apple describes it as all digital and adaptive (meaning that it uses only the particular signals
each accessory requires, and some of its pins can serve different purposes depending on the accessory it’s
attached to).
As with the 30-pin connector, the Lightning connector supports video output (using Apple’s $49 Lightning Digital
AV Adapter and $49 Lightning to VGA Adapter); digital-audio input and output; power and charging; syncing;
and much more.
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The other big advantage of the Lightning connector is its size: It’s 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin connector,
which means the space required on a device to accommodate the new plug is smaller by at least that amount—
not counting the reduction in the interior circuitry needed to support the connector’s features.
Adapt Old Accessories
The downside of the Lightning connector is that it renders the iPad mini incompatible with the millions of 30pin–connector accessories on the market and in people’s homes and offices. Apple includes a USB–to–Lightning-connector cable in the box with your iPad mini, but no adapter to connect it to older accessories.
If you’ve got expensive older accessories that you don’t feel like replacing with newer, Lightning-connector–
equipped versions, there are a few ways to use them with your new iPad mini. Specifically, Apple offers a $29
Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and a $39 cable version called the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2m).
Each of these adapters lets you connect 30-pin dock-connector accessories to the latest iPad models by offering
a Lightning-connector plug on one end and a female 30-pin port on the other. You insert the Lightningconnector plug into your iPad mini, and then attach the 30-pin end to the dock connector of your favorite
speaker system or other compatible accessory. The main difference between the two adapters is that the standard version is a single-piece adapter, just 0.8 inches long (not including the Lightning plug), while the cable version separates the 30-pin port from the Lightning plug with a flexible, 7.5-inch (20cm) cable that’s a little thicker
and stiffer than Apple’s standard Lightning to USB Cable. The two adapters function identically.
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According to Apple, the adapters support analog and USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Based on our
testing, here’s what you can expect when using the adapters with 30-pin accessories.
SPEAKERS AND AUDIO DOCKS The adapters will let you play audio with any 30-pin speaker or audio dock. This
includes newer speakers and audio docks that grab your player’s digital-audio (specifically, USB audio) output
and then use a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) in the speaker or dock itself to produce an analog signal.
But the adapters also work with speakers and docks—generally older models—that require an analog-audio
signal. These speakers normally connect to dedicated analog-audio pins in the 30-pin connector, relying on the
iPhone or iPod to handle the DAC conversion. The challenge here is that the Lightning connector doesn’t offer
analog-audio pins—the new connector is all digital. It turns out that hidden away inside each 30-pin adapter is
a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that converts the Lightning connector’s digital audio signal to an analog version. (The high price for the adapters is at least in part because they include a DAC.)
The adapters also support syncing, so if your speaker dock or dock cradle has a pass-through 30-pin or USB
port that you can connect to your computer for syncing, that feature will work with the latest iPads.
What about charging through a speaker dock? That depends on the circuitry a particular accessory uses to charge
an iPhone or iPod. Early dock-connector iPods charged via FireWire, so older docks were designed to charge your
iPod via the 30-pin connector’s FireWire-power pins. But newer iPods—and the iPhone and iPad—charge via the
30-pin connector’s USB-power pins, so most recent speaker docks provide charging power only via those pins.
This means if you use one of Apple’s adapters to connect your iPad mini to an older accessory that provides
FireWire power, that accessory will not charge your iPad, even if the adapter enables the accessory to work for
audio output.
CHARGERS AND BATTERIES When we tested the adapters with various 30-pin iPad chargers and batteries,
most worked properly, successfully providing power to and charging the battery of Lightning-connector devices.
The only exceptions, as explained above, were older accessories that provide power only via the 30-pin connector’s FireWire-power pins (in other words, those that don’t also supply power via the USB-power pins). These
power accessories won’t work with the latest iPads through Apple’s adapters—just as they didn’t work with
recent 30-pin iPads.
VIDEO Neither adapter supports video output. If your 30-pin speaker dock or other accessory offers a videoout jack to display iPad mini video on a TV or projector, that feature won’t work with Lightning-connector iPads
when connected using Apple’s adapters.
(As noted above, the Lightning connector itself actually supports video output, but these adapters don’t pass
video signals to the 30-pin connector. You need to use one of Apple’s special Lightning-to-video adapters.)
iPOD-OUT MODE For some people, the most disappointing limitation of Apple’s adapters—or, more accurately
in this case, of the Lightning connector itself—is a lack of support for iPod-out mode. iPod-out mode is a special
feature that lets particular accessories, such as car stereos and some complete home-audio systems, display a
version of your iPhone’s or iPad’s menus on the accessory’s own screen. This limitation appears to be related,
again, to the signal: The Lightning connector doesn’t provide the analog-video signal that older devices relied on
for iPod-out mode.
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MICROPHONES AND OTHER AUDIO-INPUT PRODUCTS As noted above, Apple’s adapters support USB audio,
and that feature seems to work in both directions: Microphones and other audio-input accessories that communicate via USB-audio protocols and that worked with the previous iPad models should work fine with the
latest iPads—both mini and fourth generation—using the adapters.
OTHER PRODUCTS Apple’s product page for each adapter notes that “some 30-pin accessories are not supported.” This cryptic caveat surely includes the iPod-out–mode accessories discussed above, but it also likely
includes any accessories that use analog video, require power from the iPad mini itself to function, or communicate using serial-port signals. It may also include older accessories that used particular electrical resistances
to trigger special communication modes. And it’s likely that accessories that send analog audio to the dock
connector won’t work. (Many vendors have in recent years switched to using the microphone connection of the
iPhone’s headphone jack for analog-audio input.)
It’s also likely that Apple’s older $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit won’t work through the adapters, as Apple is
offering a $29 Lightning to USB Camera Adapter and a $29 Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader.
PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS Assuming your accessories are compatible, should you use one of Apple’s
adapters instead of waiting for the release of Lightning-connector accessories? For any kind of accessory that
uses a 30-pin–connector cable, the adapters are easy to use, work well, and are considerably less expensive
than buying a slew of new gear—they’ll just add a bit of length to your existing cable.
However, dock-cradle accessories—docking speakers, audio and charging docks, and car mounts, to name a
few—present some practical obstacles. Namely, with these products, the 30-pin connector is already supporting
the weight of your iPad. When you add the standard Lightning adapter, you’re markedly increasing the torque
on the 30-pin connector. In these situations, I recommend using the cable version of Apple’s adapter, as it will
allow you to rest your iPad on the desk or table in front of the dock.
There’s also the matter of case compatibility. The standard adapter is slightly wider than the 30-pin dock connector, and the entire top edge of the adapter’s body sits flush against the bottom of your iPad mini. So if your
iPad case has only a small opening for Apple’s Lightning-connector plug, chances are it won’t accommodate the
Lightning to 30-pin adapter. The cable version of the adapter uses a much smaller housing around the connector, so it should be usable with many more iPad cases.
Protect Your iPad Mini
The iPad mini’s sleek design may make you want to show it off, but the device is vulnerable to scratches and
scuffs. To minimize the risk of damage, consider using a protective case. There are many types of cases, including simple magnetic covers, sleeves, folio cases, and bags. Choose the one that works best for your needs.
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Apple Smart Cover
SMART COVER Apple Smart Cover, $39.
Apple makes one in-house protector for the iPad mini: the Smart Cover. The Smart Cover is really just a cover—
but oh, what a clever cover it is, containing a slew of neatly arranged magnets that attach the hinge, perfectly
oriented, to the edge of the iPad mini; adhere the cover to the screen; and automatically sleep and wake the
iPad mini when you close and open the cover, respectively. The Smart Cover also rolls up into a triangular
bolster that acts as a typing and viewing stand. (Note that if you want to use the Smart Cover with another case,
make sure the latter provides enough room to attach the cover to the iPad mini’s left side.)
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Shells and Skins
ENGAGE SHELL FOR iPAD MINI X-Doria Engage Shell for iPad mini, $20.
Shells and silicone skins generally cover the back and sides of your iPad mini but not the screen, offering moderate protection while letting you use the iPad in its case.
Whichever case you choose, make sure it doesn’t block the iPad mini’s bottom-mounted speakers and Lightning port;
the headphone jack; the camera lens and flash on the back and the camera lens on the front; and the light and proximity sensors near the top edge on the front (unless, of course, the case is designed so that you take your iPad mini out to
use it).
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SLEEVE FOR iPAD MINI Onguard Sleeve for iPad mini, $45.
Sleeve cases protect your iPad inside another bag, such as a backpack, briefcase, or messenger bag. Some are
simple slide-in designs, while others zip closed or sport a flap closure for added security.
Folio Cases
CLASSIC FOR iPAD MINI DodoCase Classic for iPad mini, $60.
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Folio-style cases offer all-over protection for your iPad but flip open for easy access to the iPad’s screen without
requiring you to remove the tablet from the case. If you’re looking for stylish protection, this is it.
PROSTYLE COURIER FOR iPAD Brenthaven Prostyle Courier for iPad (all models), $70.
A bag lets you carry your iPad along with your other gear, and you can use it to tote your daily stuff even when
you aren’t carrying your iPad with you.
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Carrying Packs
JACKET D7 FOR iPAD MINI STM Jacket D7 for iPad mini, $25.
Sometimes you want to carry more than just your iPad mini, but you don’t want a bulky bag or backpack. A
carrying pack protects your iPad but also accommodates cables, a charger, and even a standalone Bluetooth
keyboard. They often zip all the way around, keeping your iPad completely enclosed when it’s not in use.
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Body Film
ULTRA HYBRID FILM FOR iPAD MINI Wrapsol Ultra Hybrid Film for iPad mini, $35.
Body films protect the sides and backside of your iPad from scratches and scuffs without adding bulk—they’re
simply a thin layer of superprotective material that adheres directly to the iPad. You can remove most types
without leaving behind sticky residue. Some kits also include a screen film.
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Screen Film
SCREENGUARDZ FOR iPAD MINI Bodyguardz Ultratough Clear Screenguardz for iPad
mini; $20 film; $30 screen and body.
Screen films are designed to protect the iPad’s screen from scratches without affecting touchscreen performance; a few also aim to reduce screen glare. Unfortunately, many of these films are difficult to apply, and
some actually make glare and fingerprints worse.
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