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Top 5 iPad "secrets"

 
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Joli, what would be your top 5 "things you probably don't know about the iPad but should!"?
 
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That depends on the state of your iPad! If it's an iPad 1, iPad 2, or iPad 2 updated to iOS5!

In that vein:

1. Update to iOS5. Not a secret so much as a tip.
2. Use iMessage to text iPhone users so they will not incur a texting fee from a provider.
3. The new iOS5 lets you, FINALLY, swipe left and right to move among months in Calendar. Use this calendar now, and as updates become available, and hopefully Siri comes to the iPad, you can ask it questions like "Am I busy today? and get an answer.
4. The Top Free Apps in the App Store are generally awesome.
5. Set up Find My IPhone so you can find your iPad if it's lost or stolen, lock it, or wipe the data from it.
 
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Joli Ballew wrote:
5. Set up Find My IPhone so you can find your iPad if it's lost or stolen, lock it, or wipe the data from it.


When I first got my iPad, it said I'd need to subscribe to MobileMe to make this work. Is that still the case? I have too many subscription fees nickel-and-diming me to death now, but is MobileMe worth it? I've heard some mixed reviews.

 
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MobileMe is no more. iCloud is free.

P.S. MobileMe was deeply flawed, but was still worth every penny to me.
 
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That's good to know. I didn't realize iCloud replaced MobileMe. I'll have to investigate it further.

As long as we're talking about it though, how about syncing podcasts? I was hoping they'd just be waiting for me on the iPad after it magically downloaded new episodes through my wi-fi while I slept. Not only is that not the case, but the "Get More Episodes" button has been removed from the iPod app (now called Music). That means I either have to 1) cable sync, or 2) go to the iTunes store through the iPad, search for the podcast I want, then figure out which episodes I need to download. Option 1 is significantly easier than option 2 so it means that the introduction of iCloud to iPad has just meant cable syncing more often.

 
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I'm going to have to look into that. I've downloaded some podcasts but I have not encountered the problems you mention here. JB
 
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Oh, well. Once I figure out syncing wirelessly, I suspect my whole problem will be solved. That "Get More Episodes" button is definitely gone though. Just go to one of your podcasts, where it lists out the episodes you have on the iPad, and you can see: no button. It wasn't perfect before though. Once or twice, I deleted all the old episodes of a podcast, expecting to press the "Get More Episodes" button when I was to get the new eps. But once I got the list down to zero, the whole page went away.
 
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