ANALYSIS: Apple's new iPad is launching in the United States March 16. And for those who were lucky enough to preorder it, here are some tips for what customers should do with it after breaking it out of the box.
Apple's new iPad is launching March 16
. But according to the latest reports,
Apples tablet has already sold out of its preorders, and those hoping to get
their hands on the device on launch day will have little to no chance of it.
Demand is so high for Apples new iPad that the company doesnt anticipate
having a new supply available to customers for two to three weeks after its
But for all those who will be lucky enough to get
their hands on the new iPad at launch day, it might be a good time to provide a
refresher on what they should do to ensure the device is ready to go as soon as
its home. From the simple, like applying the Smart Cover, to the more complex,
like setting up iTunes, there are a host of things that new iPad buyers must
know before they break the device out of the box.
1. Get the Smart Cover on it
The new iPads Smart Cover is not just any old thing
to protect its screen. The cover, which latches to the side of the device, can
act as a stand, turns the device on when taken off and powers it off when
placed on it. This might be the simplest piece of advice in this roundup, but
be sure to place the Smart Cover on the new iPad. Protection and added
functionality are worth having.
2. Set up your email
One of the first things to do after powering on the new iPad
is set up email accounts. Since the new
iPad is designed to be a replacement for the PC, getting all your email
accounts onto the device is an important step. Thankfully, Apples tablet
supports all kinds of email accounts, including those from Gmail, Microsoft and
others. You can even get your Post Office Protocol (POP) and Internet Message
Access Protocol (IMAP) accounts onto it.
3. Set an access password
One of the last things new iPad owners think about
when booting up their tablet is password-protecting the device. Without a
password, anyone can pick up the tablet, open the Smart Cover and see just
about anything they want. Although a system-wide password isnt the only
security issue to take into account, its arguably the biggest one.
4. Consider turning off location settings
Yes, todays tablets and smartphones come with location
features that help you get more from location-based apps, but consider the
privacy ramifications of that. Do you really want everyone to know where you
are at every moment? And if you snap a picture with the new iPad and share it
on Twitter, do you want your current location to be shared? At least consider
turning off location settings in the new iPad to preserve your privacy.