Touring the Top of the iPad Exterior

By Bob LeVitus, Edward C. Baig, Bryan Chaffin

The iPad is a harmonious combination of hardware and software. Here, you take a brief look at the hardware — what’s on the outside of the iPad. On the top of your iPad, you find the headphone jack, microphone, and the sleep/wake button, as shown in the figure. Note that iPad Pro models also have two of their four speakers on the top:

  • Sleep/wake button: This button is used to put your iPad’s screen to sleep or to wake it up. It’s also how you turn your iPad on or off. To put it to sleep or wake it up, just press the button. To turn it on or off, press and hold down the button for a few seconds.

Your iPad’s battery will run down faster when your iPad is awake, so make a habit of putting it to sleep when you’re not using it.

When your iPad is sleeping, nothing happens if you touch its screen. To wake it up, merely press the button again or press the Home button on the front of the device (as described in a moment).

If you use an Apple Smart Cover or Smart Case (or any of the third-party cases that use the Smart Cover mechanism), you can just open the cover to wake your iPad and close the cover to put it to sleep.

If you have an iPad Pro model, two of the four speakers are on the top of the device.

  • Headphone jack: This jack lets you plug in a headset. You can use the Apple headsets or headphones that came with your iPhone or iPod. Or you can use pretty much any headphones or headset that plugs into a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack.

Strictly speaking, a headset includes a microphone so that you can talk (or record) as well as listen; headphones or earphones are for listening only. Either type works with your iPad, as do most wireless Bluetooth headsets and newer headsets with Lightning connectors (for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X).

  • Microphone: The tiny dot in the middle of the top is actually a pretty good microphone. (Hint: You’ll sound better if you use a headset — any headset.)
ipad-top
The top of the iPad.