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- Working with the iPad touchscreen
- Printing with an iPad
- Syncing data with iCloud
- Using iTunes Match to update media on multiple devices
- Dealing with spam
- Sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
- Connecting an iPad to an external display
- Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
- Keeping to-do lists synchronized
- Taking pictures and movies
- Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
Skill Level Appropriate for all
While the iPad operates quite well as a solitary device, there are benefits to using external devices with it as well, keyboards, wireless headphones, microphones, even musical instruments. In this movie, we'll look at a couple of different ways to use such devices with your iPad. We'll start with a look at Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a technology that lets you use wireless devices from up to around 30 feet away. For instance, I can connect this Apple Wireless Keyboard to my iPad and use it to enter text rather than using the iPad's virtual keyboard.
This is done through a process called pairing. Let's give it a try. On the iPad, I tap Settings, I go to General, and then I tap the Bluetooth setting. I'll switch it on. And it shows me that it's searching for Bluetooth devices. Now I press and hold on the Power button on the side of the keyboard until the LED starts blinking, and it finds my keyboard. I tap that entry.
It asks me to enter a code, which I do, and then I press Return. It tells me it's connected, so let's see how that works. I go to the Notes app, tap to show the cursor, and sure enough I can type with the keyboard. You can also use keyboard shortcuts with it. So I will select Command+A. That's for selecting all. I will copy that text, Return to move down a few lines, Command+V to paste, paste again, and paste again.
Also, at the top of the keyboard, there are some controls. So there is a Brightness control. I can press Brightness down and that dims the iPad's display. I can also mute the iPad by pressing the Mute button. I can decrease volume, and I can increase volume. If I press the Eject key, that shows the virtual keyboard. I can make that disappear by pressing it again. So let's go back to the Home screen, and we'll talk about headphones.
The iPad also supports a variety of wireless headphones and speakers that use something called the A2DP protocol. For example, using a set of headphones like this, you can listen to all kinds of audio on your iPad, including music in the iPod app and video soundtracks in the Videos app. The procedures used to pair headphones depends on the manufacture and model. The instructions that come with your headphones will tell you how to pair them, just know that you pair them using the Bluetooth setting. So again, back to Settings > General > Bluetooth, and you'll find your headphones there.
There are also ways to connect peripherals to the iPad via physical means. Apple's $69 iPad keyboard dock is one. Just plunk your iPad into the dock connector and start typing. The back of the dock carries a dock connector port for charging and syncing your iPad, as well as an audio out port for connecting your iPad to an audio device, speakers, for example. Note that this dock was created for the first generation iPad. I have used it with the iPad 2 and it seems to work, but this isn't a configuration supported by Apple.
And then there is Apple's $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit. As the name implies, it's primarily designed so you can connect a camera, or camera storage card to your iPad and import pictures. I will show you how to do that in another movie. Now here's the cool part. This kit contains two adapters: one that contains a standard USB port and another that accepts SD storage cards. The one with a USB port is the secret weapon for those who want to attach peripherals to their iPad, because in essence, it adds a USB port to the iPad.
Let's look at some ways that you can use it. The first obvious thing people want to do is plug a USB keyboard into their iPads. Now this works with some low-powered keyboards. You just attach the USB adapter to the iPad and then plug the keyboard into the adapter. If the keyboard or another USB peripheral doesn't work because it needs more power, there is a workaround. Just plug your keyboard into a powered USB Hub and then jack the hub into the iPad's Camera Connector Kit. It should work.
You can also plug mini USB microphones and headsets into the iPad and use them with voiceover IP apps like Skype, as well as recording apps such as GarageBand for iPad. I will show you how that works. We will launch GarageBand. Here we are. I have got a USB mic right here, and you can see when I tap on it, that the VU Meter reacts, so that's working. Again, if they require too much power, use a powered hub. Or you can do things the old-fashioned way.
If you have a pair of Apple's earbuds that also include a microphone, the earbuds that ship with an iPhone, for example, you can plug them into the iPad's headphone port and record audio that way. Also, there are some instrument interfaces that plug into the iPad's headphone port for recording a guitar. Let's check that out. And now we'll look at making music on your iPad, and in order to do that, I've invited my friend Josh here to play a little guitar for us. Here's your cable. So what's going to happen here is Josh is going to play through the iPad's version of GarageBand.
This is a $5 app from Apple. What we've got hooked up here is IK Multimedia's iRig. This is a $40 adapter. The guitar is plugged into the bottom of the adapter, has an output that's going to the iPad's headphone port that also acts as an input, and then out of the iRig we are going to the speakers so we can hear what he is playing. This also works with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube. There is a free version you can get, but there is also a $20 version as well. And now I am going to switch over to the keyboard, and to do that, we've got the Camera Connector Kit.
This is the USB version and I've got this M-Audio keyboard plugged into it. So I need to go to the keyboard module within GarageBand. I tap that to open it. I've got a grand piano sound, and now I can rock out. (piano playing) And with that you know everything you need to know about peripherals on your iPad. Yeah.
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