iPad: The About Tab in General Settings - dummies

iPad: The About Tab in General Settings

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The iPad’s About tab, as shown in this figure, is found under General Settings. And About is full of information about the device. What you find here is straightforward:

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  • Network you use (3G or 4G only): AT&T or Verizon

  • Number of songs stored on the device

  • Number of videos

  • Number of photos

  • Number of applications

  • Storage capacity used and available: Because of the way the device is formatted, you always have a little less storage than the advertised amount of flash memory.

  • Software version: For example,version 5.0. But as the software is tweaked and updated, your device takes on a new “build” identifier, indicating that it’s just a little bit further along than some previous build. So you see, in parentheses next to the version number, a string of numbers and letters that looks like 9B1769 and tells you more precisely what software version you have.

    The number/letter string changes whenever the iPad’s software is updated and is potentially useful to some tech support person who might need to know the precise version you’re working with.

  • Carrier and cellular data (Wi-Fi + 3G or +4G versions only): That’s AT&T or Verizon in the United States.

  • Serial and model numbers

  • Cellular Data Number

  • Wi-Fi address

  • Bluetooth address

  • IMEI, MEID, and ICCID: These stand for International Mobile Equipment Identifier, Mobile Equipment Identifier, and International Circuit Card Identifier, respectively. They live up to their geeky acronyms by helping to identify your specific device.

  • Modern Firmware: The version of your iPad’s firmware, which is a combination of hardware and software, that helps your iPad function as an iPad.

  • Diagnostics & Usage: Choose whether to automatically send diagnostic data to Apple.

  • Legal Notices, License, and Regulatory: You find all the fine print in these two categories. And fine print it is because you can’t spread to enlarge the text.