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iPad For Seniors For Dummies

Author:
Dwight Spivey
Published: April 5, 2022

Overview

Make the most of your iPad!

iPads are some of the coolest and most versatile tablets on the market today. You can watch movies, listen to music, go online, talk to your family and friends, and pretty much anything else you can think of. But with updates coming all the time, it can be difficult to keep track of the smorgasbord of features this portable device offers.

That's where iPad For Seniors For Dummies comes in! This handy guide to the even handier iPad has all the latest updates for the newest version of the famous tablet and its operating system. Want to talk to Siri? Check this guide. Want to find where those cute photos of your grandkids went? We've got you covered.

With this handbook, you'll also be able to:

  • Get a brand-new iPad up and running, smooth as silk and easy as pie
  • Protect and secure the data on your iPad so you can keep yourself and your family safe from hackers
  • Go online, shop, watch videos, listen to music, shoot your own movies, and more

Perfect for anyone who just got a new iPad as a gift, or for anyone who's got an existing iPad kicking around that they've been meaning to use more often, iPad For Seniors For Dummies is the easy-to-follow and step-by-step tutorial you've been looking for.

Make the most of your iPad!

iPads are some of the coolest and most versatile tablets on the market today. You can watch movies, listen to music, go online, talk to your family and friends, and pretty much anything else you can think of. But with updates coming all the time, it can be difficult to keep track of the smorgasbord of features this portable device offers.

That's where iPad For Seniors For Dummies comes in! This handy guide to the even handier iPad has all the latest updates for the newest version of the famous tablet and its operating system. Want to talk to Siri? Check this guide. Want to find where those cute photos

of your grandkids went? We've got you covered.

With this handbook, you'll also be able to:

  • Get a brand-new iPad up and running, smooth as silk and easy as pie
  • Protect and secure the data on your iPad so you can keep yourself and your family safe from hackers
  • Go online, shop, watch videos, listen to music, shoot your own movies, and more

Perfect for anyone who just got a new iPad as a gift, or for anyone who's got an existing iPad kicking around that they've been meaning to use more often, iPad For Seniors For Dummies is the easy-to-follow and step-by-step tutorial you've been looking for.

iPad For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

iPads cost a pretty penny, especially if you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model. This is why you should know how to take care of your iPad, troubleshoot any problems it might have, and get Apple support for iPads.

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What Do You Get with the Newest iPads and iPad OS 13?

Apple’s iPad gets its features from a combination of hardware and its software operating system (called iOS; the term is short for iPad operating system). The most current version of the operating system is iPadOS 13. It’s helpful to understand which features the newest iPad models and iPadOS 13 bring to the table. The iPad is currently available in various sizes, depending on the version of iPad. Here are the five basic sizes, by iPad type:

  • iPad: The seventh-generation iPad features a touchscreen that measures 10.2 inches diagonally and sports a super-fast 64-bit desktop-class A10 Fusion processor.
  • iPad Air: The third-generation iPad Air employs a touchscreen measuring 10.5 inches diagonally and features a 64-bit A12 Bionic processor.
  • iPad mini: The iPad mini 5’s screen measures 7.9 inches diagonally and uses a 64-bit A12 Bionic processor to do the behind-the-scenes work.
  • iPad Pro: The two iPad Pro models are the fastest of the bunch. One measures 11 inches diagonally, and the other is 12.9 inches; they both come with blazing fast A12X Bionic processors.

Dimensions of devices are typically shown in the units of measurement commonly used in a region. This means, for example, that the basic iPad is shown on Apple’s U.S. site as being 9.8 inches (250.6mm) high and 6.8 inches (174.1mm) wide. In metric-system countries, both dimensions are given, but the order is reversed. When it comes to screen sizes, however, the dimensions are given in inches.

In addition to the features of previous iPads, the latest iPad models offer
  • Screen resolution: In addition to screen size, screen resolution has evolved so that Apple’s Retina display, which supports very high-resolution graphics, now appears across the line. The name derives from the concept that individual pixels on the screen are so small that at normal viewing distance, they can’t be distinguished.
  • Apple Pencil: Originally designed exclusively for use with iPad Pro models, the Apple Pencil now works with all of the latest iPad models. (Be sure to check which version of Apple Pencil will work with your iPad.) Apple Pencil lets you draw and write on the screen with a familiar pencil-style tool rather than with your finger.The Apple Pencil contains a battery and sophisticated processing powers that make the experience of using it very much like (and sometimes better than) traditional pencils. Third-party pencils and drawing tools exist, but Apple’s integration of Apple Pencil is remarkably smooth; the product has taken off quickly among graphic artists, illustrators, and designers. As other people have discovered its usability for marking up documents, it is becoming more and more common in business environments.
  • Faster motion coprocessor: This coprocessor processes game features, such as the gyroscope and accelerometer. The iPad Air, both iPad Pro models, and the iPad mini all feature the M12 coprocessor, while the iPad sports an M10.
  • Touch ID: This security feature is included on all newer iPad models. Sensors in the Home button allow you to train the iPad to recognize your fingerprint and grant you access with a finger press. Touch ID also allows you to use the Apple Pay feature to buy items without having to enter your payment information every time.
  • Facial Recognition: Touch ID is replaced on the latest iPad Pro models with Face ID. Using Face ID and the front-facing camera, your iPad Pro model unlocks when it recognizes your face.
  • Barometric sensor: On all iPad models, this sensor makes it possible for your iPad to sense air pressure around you. This feature is especially cool when you’re hiking a mountain, where the weather may change as you climb. Perhaps more to the point, the changes in barometric pressure can be sensed on a smaller scale so that elevation can be sensed and measured as you move normally.
  • More keyboard options: The iPad Pro has a full-size onscreen keyboard. Because the screen has more space, the top of the keyboard can contain extra commands for filling in passwords and using more advanced input techniques.
  • Smart Connector for Smart Keyboard: Additionally, you can use a Smart Connector to hook up a Smart Keyboard, which makes getting complex work done much easier.
  • Live photos: Using the 3D Touch feature, you can press a photo on the screen to make it play like a short video. The Camera app captures 1.5 seconds on either side of the moment when you capture the photo, so anything moving in the image you photographed, such as water flowing in a stream, seems to move when you press the still photo.
The iPadOS 13 update to the operating system adds many features, including (but definitely not limited to)
  • Performance enhancements: Apple promises that iPadOS 13 will increase the speed and performance of your iPad, including older models going back as far as iPad Air 2. From apps to keyboards to taking pictures, everything gets a speed upgrade.
  • Siri improvements: Siri just keeps getting better. Siri can now speak in more natural tones and cadence, thanks to new software rendering capabilities. Siri can also give you more personalized information, including being able to find event information and reminders in other apps. And Siri can now play audio files from third-party app providers.
  • Dark Mode has arrived: With iOS 13, you have the option of using Dark Mode, which shifts the iOS color scheme from light to dark. Dark Mode is especially helpful in low-light situations, or when you don’t want to disturb others with the bright light from your iPad's screen.
  • Accessibility enhancements: Voice Control allows you to control your iPhone entirely with your voice, dictation is much more accurate, processing of voice commands happens right on your iPhone (as opposed to being transmitted to an online location and then returned to your iPhone), Numbers and Grids help to make more accurate selections, and the list goes on.
  • Upgrades to Photos: The Photos app receives some love in iPadOS 13, allowing for faster and more accurate searches of your Photos Library, better organization, better filters, enhanced and non-destructive video editing, and other features make this a great update.
  • Built-in apps have been updated: iPadOS 13 provides performance enhancements and interface upgrades for all of the apps that come pre-installed with it.

Don’t need or use all the built-in iPad apps? If so, you can remove them from your Home screen https://www.dummies.com/consumer-electronics/tablets/ipad/for-seniors-delete-apps-from-your-ipad-2/. When you remove a built-in app from your Home screen, you aren't deleting it — you’re hiding it. This is due to security reasons. However, the built-in apps take up very little of your iPad’s storage space, and you can easily add them back to your Home screen by searching for them in the App Store and tapping the Get button.

These are but a very few of the improvements made to the latest version of iPadOS.

iPads Articles

How to Set Parental Controls on the iPad

iPads can be useful learning and entertainment tools for your children, but that doesn’t mean they should have the run of the device. If you have children in your life that use devices linked to your Apple ID through Family Sharing, you can manage their activities using Screen Time. Use these steps to set parental controls on the iPad using the Screen Time app:

  1. Open Screen Time in the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to the Family section and tap the name of a child’s account. Then tap Turn On Screen Time.
  3. Tap Continue and move step by step through the process of enabling Screen Time for the child’s account.
  4. Tap the Start and End options to set times for Downtime, and then tap the Set Downtime button, or tap Not Now to skip.
  5. Tap the circles next to app categories, or just tap All Apps & Categories, to set App Limits for the child’s account
  6. Tap Set next to Time Amount to set a time limit, and then tap the Set App Limit button at the bottom of the screen.Of course, you can also tap Not Now to skip.
  7. In the Content & Privacy screen, tap the Continue button.
  8. Set a Screen Time Passcode to prevent changes from being made to the settings for this account, if prompted.

    Don’t forget the Screen Time Passcodes you use for Screen Time accounts! Write them down somewhere safe if you need help remembering.

  9. Screen Time is now activated for the child’s account. You may make changes to the account’s Screen Time settings at any time.

To learn more, check out these hints, tips, and shortcuts for your iPad.

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How to Set Content and Privacy Restrictions in Your iPad’s Screen Time App

Screen Time helps you prevent access to content that you don’t want to be accessed on your iPad, and you can also use it to set privacy limits. iPad content to be restricted could be apps, websites, media (movies, music, etc.), books, and more.

If you’re going to restrict content and set privacy restrictions, it’s advisable to enable the Screen Time passcode. That way, only someone knowledgeable of the passcode can alter the settings you’re about to make. This is highly recommended, especially if you’re original intent is to provide safety for any children who may use your iPad.

To set content and privacy options on your iPad using the Screen Time app:
  1. Open Screen Time options in the Settings app.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and then toggle the Content & Privacy Restrictions switch to On (green).
  3. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases to allow or block installation of apps, deletion of apps, or in-app purchases (purchases that may occur within an app, such as buying upgrades for characters in games). Also decide whether users always require a password when making purchases in the iTunes Store or App Store (It’s a good idea to use this option if other people use your iPad).
  4. Tap the Back button in the upper part of the screen to return to the Content & Privacy Restrictions screen, and then tap Allowed Apps. This feature allows you to enable or disable apps that are created by Apple and are installed on your iPad by default. As you can see below, all of them are enabled to start. If you’d like to disable any of them, simply tap the switch to turn it Off (white). This will completely remove the app from the Home Screen; re-enabling the app will place it back on the Home Screen.
  5. Tap the Content & Restrictions button in the upper part of the iPad screen to return to the Content & Privacy Restrictions screen, and then tap Content Restrictions.
  6. In the Allowed Store Content section, you can make restrictions based on certain criteria. For example, you can limit which movies are available for purchase or rent in the iTunes Store based on their ratings. Tap the Content Restrictions button in the upper part of the screen to return to the previous screen.
  7. The Web Content section lets you restrict access to websites. From there you’re able to allow unrestricted access to the web, limit access to adult websites, and further limit access to only a list of specific websites that you can customize. You may remove sites from the list by dragging their names to the left and tapping the red Delete button that appears. You may add websites to the list by tapping the blue Add website button at the bottom of the list. Tap the Content Restrictions button in the upper part of the screen to return to the previous screen.
  8. Options in the Siri and Game Center sections let you prevent access to untoward content or language, as well as disabling multiplayer games, adding friends to games, and turning off the ability to record your iPad’s screen.
  9. Tap the Content Restrictions button in the upper part of the screen to return to the previous screen from either of these sections.
  10. Tap the Back button in the upper part of the screen to return to the Content & Privacy Restrictions screen, and then view the items listed in the Privacy section. This area lists features and functions built-in to your iPad. Tapping one shows you which apps are accessing the feature or function, enabling you to limit access to specific apps or to turn off access to them altogether (by selecting Don’t Allow Changes).
  11. Finally, the Allow Changes section of the Content & Privacy Restrictions screen lets you determine whether changes may be made to such features of your iPad such as Volume Limit settings, Cellular Data options, and more.