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In iPad Tips and Tricks, author Christopher Breen provides expert tips for getting the most out of the Apple iPad (first generation) and iPad 2, including gesturing, typing, and adding content, as well as troubleshooting common device issues. The course explains how to download and manage apps, configure email accounts, create presentations, and set up videoconferences. The course also demonstrates both built-in and third-party solutions for opening and editing files, streaming video and audio wirelessly, and troubleshooting common device issues.
Although your iPad could obtain music, movies, podcasts, and apps via wireless connection, when you need to do things like sync the media from your computer's iTunes library, add books to the iBooks application, or import photos from your computer, you must use a wired USB connection to your computer. The application you use to manage the whole thing is Apple's iTunes. In this movie, will take a look at how the iPad is reflected in iTunes. We will start by plugging the iPad into your computer. Now the iPad requires a high-speed USB 2.0 connection.
So, you connect the wide end of the iPad's included data cable into the bottom of the iPad. And you attach the narrow end into your computer's USB 2.0 port. This port may or may not charge your iPad when it's awake. On older computers, the port doesn't have enough power to charge an iPad when it's awake. But it will do so when it's asleep. By default, iTunes should launch when you attach the iPad.
If it doesn't, launch it. If you haven't plugged your iPad into your computer for a day or so, iTunes will back it up. Normally, this doesn't take too long. But if you get tired of waiting, you can click on the small x within the read-out pane at the top of the iTunes window to stop the backup. In iTunes's source list, you should see the iPad listed under the Devices heading. Select it and the iPad Summary tab fills the window. The top of the Summary pane shows your iPad's name, capacity, software version, and serial number.
You don't rename your iPad in this pane, but rather, you do so by clicking on the iPad's name in the source list and then entering a new name. We won't do that here. In the middle of the pane is the Version area, where you find the Check for Update and Restore buttons. iTunes checks for iPad's software updates every couple days, but you're welcome to click the Check for Updates button if you want to check manually. If you'd like to restore your iPad to the condition it was in originally when you first unwrapped it, click the Restore button. We will cover why you should do this when we talk about troubleshooting in another movie.
Before we look at the Options area, let's move to the bottom of the window. Here you'll find a Capacity bar. This tells you how much content is stored on your iPad. Each kind of media--audio, video, photos, apps, and books--has a different color and a different entry below the bar. By default, these entries tell you how much space is occupied by each kind of media. Click on an entry and it changes. For example, audio changes to the number of songs.
Click again, and it tells you how long it would take to listen to all of it straight through. To the right of the bar is a button. If you haven't made any changes to the way you'll sync your iPad, this button will read Sync. You just click on it to sync the iPad. When you sync the iPad, the information and media you've asked iTunes to copy to your iPad is indeed copied. If there's not enough room on the iPad to sync everything you've chosen, iTunes will tell you so. At that point, you'll need to choose fewer items to sync. If you make a change, for example, we won't sync TV Shows, the Sync button is replaced by Revert and Apply buttons.
Click on Apply, and iTunes accepts your changes, and the Sync button appears again. You then click on Sync to actually sync the iPad. I'll put things are back the way they were and Sync appears again. We'll look at the changes you can make in other movies. For now, let's move on to the Options area in the Summary tab. Open iTunes when this iPad is connected is on by default. It means that when you plug in your iPad, iTunes will launch if it's not currently running. I like this option on, but if you normally charge your iPad by plugging it into your computer and get tired of iTunes launching, you're welcome to switch this option off.
Sync only checked song and videos is useful for selecting just the media you want to sync to your iPad. For example, if there's one track in an album that you absolutely hate, you can enable this option and then uncheck the box next to the track. When iTunes syncs that album to the iPad, it will leave out the unchecked track. The iPad can play both standard- definition and high-definition videos, though it scales down HD videos so that they don't actually play at a high-definition resolution. HD videos use considerably more data than standard-definition videos, meaning they chew up quite a bit more storage space.
If you want to put more videos on your iPad, you'll enable the Prefer standard definition videos option. That way, when iTunes syncs the movies and TV shows in your iTunes library, it will first sync standard-definition videos. If there's room left over after that, it will sync high-definition videos. The Convert higher bit rate to 128 kbps AAC option is another way to save space on your iPad. The higher bit rate an audio file has, the larger the file. This option will take AAC audio files, which is the audio format used by the iTunes store, that have a higher rate, 256 kbps second for example, and convert them to 128 kbps.
Using this option, you can pack more music on your iPad. Note, however, that when this option is on, it takes iTunes much longer to sync your files, because it first has to convert them. Don't worry, the converted copies aren't also stored on your computer, taking up room. This is an on-the-fly process. As you will see, you can ask iTunes to sync music and videos to your iPad in a variety of ways. If you'd rather do it yourself by dragging music and videos directly to the iPad in iTunes's source list, enable the Manually manage music and videos option.
Then there's the Encrypt iPad backup option. When you restore an iPad with the Restore button we spoke about, you're prompted to choose a backup file. If others have access to your computer, you may not want them to restore their iPads with your backup file. To prevent them from doing this, you could encrypt your iPad backups. Enable this option, click Change Password, and enter and verify a password for your backup. Later when you want to restore your iPad, you must enter this password. Finally, at the bottom of the pane, you see the Configure Universal Access button.
Universal Access contains settings that help those with disabilities use the iPad. I'll discuss this feature in a separate movie. That takes us through the syncing and the Summary tab.
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