Get tips for using iOS effectively in this free iOS tips lesson. This will help you get the most out of your operating system.
To use your iPad, you'll need to understand the basics of iOS, the operating system for the iPad (and also the iPhone). You'll see it when you turn on your iPad for the first time. iOS is what powers the iPad's hands-on features, including the multi-touch screen, easy-to-use interface, and built-in apps. In short, it's what makes the iPad work the way it does.
Watch the video below to learn more about the basics of iOS.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different parts of the iOS interface.
The status bar at the top of the screen displays current information about your iPad. This includes (from left to right) the status of your Internet connection, the time, and your remaining battery life.
The dock at the bottom of the screen is designed for your most frequently used apps. By default, it includes Safari, Mail, Photos, and Music. You can customize your dock by adding or removing icons so you always have access to your favorites.
The screen you see here is called the Home screen; however, it may help to think of it as similar to your computer desktop. It's where all of your apps are kept, and it's the first thing you see when you turn on your device. You can even have multiple Home screens to make room for more apps and to organize icons. To navigate between screens, swipe left or right.
The icons you see here are shortcuts to your apps. In this example, the icons represent some of the built-in apps that came with iOS. If you choose to download more apps, the icons will appear here too. To open an app, simply tap the one you want.
Gestures, sometimes called multi-touch gestures, are what you'll use to open apps, navigate online, and more.
Even if you're new to the iPad, you've probably heard of apps before. The concept is simple: Apps are programs that are designed to run on your device.
The iPad comes with several built-in apps that you can access immediately from the Home screen. They're a great place to start for new users because there's nothing to download or install. Many of these apps are ready to use right out of the box (like the Camera app), while others require a little more setup (like Mail and Contacts). We'll take a look at some of the built-in apps later in this tutorial.
Once you've explored the apps that came with your device, you might want to try downloading some more from the App Store. There are thousands of apps you can download for free. Many other apps cost as little as $0.99, although some may be more expensive.