What’s in the iPad Box - dummies

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Part of iPad For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You most likely already opened the handsome box that your new Apple iPad came in. But if you didn’t, here’s what you can expect to find inside:

  • Lightning connector–to–USB cable: Use this handy cable to sync or charge your iPad. You can plug the USB connector into your Mac or PC to sync or plug it into the USB power adapter.
If you connect the USB cable to USB ports on your keyboard, USB hub, display, or other external device, or even the USB ports on an older Mac or PC, you may be able to sync but more than likely can’t charge the battery.
For the most part, only your computer’s built-in USB ports (and only recent-vintage computers at that) have enough juice to recharge the battery. If you use an external USB port, you’ll probably see a Not Charging message next to the battery icon at the top of the screen.

    A powered USB hub, one that plugs into an AC outlet, will probably recharge your iPad. Some USB hubs don’t provide enough juice to recharge an iPad, but others do. If you have a powered hub, try it. If you see the Not Charging message, your hub’s not juicy enough.
For what it’s worth, as long as your iPad is sleeping, it will still charge, albeit much more slowly, when you see the Not Charging message.

  • USB power adapter: Use this adapter to recharge your iPad from a standard AC power outlet. Since this doohickey is made to charge iPads, you’ll never see a Not Charging message when you use it.
  • Some Apple logo decals: Of course.

  • iPad instruction sheet: Unfortunately, this little one-page, two-sided, so-called manual offers precious little useful information beyond referring you to the Apple website.

  • SIM eject tool (models with 3G or 4G wireless): This little metal doohickey does just what its name implies. Most people go through their entire lives without ever ejecting a SIM card, but at least now you know.

  • Important Product Information Guide pamphlet: Well, it must be important because it says so right on the cover. You can find basic safety warnings, a bunch of legalese, warranty information, and info on how to dispose of or recycle the iPad. (What! You’re getting rid of it already?)
A few other pieces of advice: Don’t drop the iPad if you can help it, keep the thing dry, and — as with all handheld electronic devices — give full attention to the road while you’re driving (or walking, for that matter).

  • iPad: You were starting to worry. Yes, the iPad itself is also in the box.

What’s not in the box are earbuds. If you want to use earbuds (or a headset) for music, video, games, or anything else, you have to find one elsewhere. Consider finding one that includes a built-in microphone. If you have an iPhone or an iPod touch, the headset that came with it will do just fine.

Although the iPad doesn’t come with the Voice Memos app that comes with the iPhone and iPod touch, it can record to many of the apps that are available in the App Store, such as the free iTalk Recorder app from Griffin Technology, or the $0.99 Voice Memos for iPad app from KendiTech, Inc.

A headset with a microphone can also serve you well for FaceTime video chats; telephone calls with the free Skype app; providing instruction to Siri; and speech-to-text translation, using the nifty built-in dictation feature (in third-generation and later iPads).