iPad - Home screen

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Home screen

Press the Home button at any time to go to the Home screen, which displays your iPad apps.
Tap any icon to open the app. See “Using apps” on page 24.

Status icons

The icons in the status bar at the top of the screen give information about iPad:

Status icon

What it means

Airplane mode

Shows that airplane mode is on—you can’t access the
Internet, or use Bluetooth® devices. Non-wireless features
are available. See “Airplane Mode” on page 120.


Shows that your carrier’s 4G LTE network (iPad Wi-Fi + 4G) is
available, and you can connect to the Internet over 4G LTE.


Shows that your carrier’s 4G network (some iPad Wi-Fi + 4G
models) is available, and you can connect to the Internet
over 4G.


Shows that your carrier’s 3G network (4G or 3G models) is
available, and you can connect to the Internet over 3G.


Shows that your carrier’s EDGE network (some 4G or 3G
models) is available, and you can connect to the Internet
over EDGE.


Shows that your carrier’s GPRS network (some 4G or 3G
models) is available, and you can connect to the Internet
over GPRS.


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Status icon

What it means


Shows that iPad has a Wi-Fi Internet connection. The more
bars, the stronger the connection. See “Joining a Wi-Fi
network” on page 120.

Personal Hotspot

Shows that iPad is providing a Personal Hotspot to
another iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. See “Personal
Hotspot” on page 123.


Shows that iPad is syncing with iTunes. See “Syncing with
iTunes” on page 20.


Shows network and other activity. Some third-party apps
use this icon to show an active process.


Shows that you’re connected to a network using VPN. See
“VPN” on page 123.


Shows that iPad is locked. See “Sleep/Wake button” on
page 10.

Screen orientation lock

Shows that the screen orientation is locked. See “Viewing
in portrait or landscape” on page 15.

Location Services

Shows that an item is using Location Services. See
“Location Services” on page 122.


Shows that a song, audiobook, or podcast is playing. See
“Playing songs and other audio” on page 85.


White icon: Bluetooth is on and paired with a device, such
as a headset or keyboard.
Gray icon: Bluetooth is on and paired with a device, but
the device is out of range or turned off.
No icon: Bluetooth is turned off or not paired.
See “Using Bluetooth devices” on page 37.


Shows the battery level or charging status. See “Charging
the battery” on page 22.

iPad apps

iPad comes with the following apps:


Browse websites on the Internet. Rotate iPad sideways for widescreen viewing. Double-tap to
zoom in or out—Safari automatically fits the webpage column to the screen. Open multiple
pages using tabs. Sync bookmarks with Safari or Microsoft Internet Explorer on your computer.
Add Safari web clips to the Home screen for fast access to favorite websites. Save images from
websites to your Photo Library. Print webpages using AirPrint. See Chapter 4, “Safari,” on page 40.


Send and receive mail using many of the most popular mail services, Microsoft Exchange, or
most industry-standard POP3 and IMAP mail services. Send and save photos. View PDF files and
other attachments, or open them in other apps. Print messages and attachments using AirPrint.
See Chapter 5, “Mail,” on page 43.


Organize your favorite photos and videos into albums. Watch a slideshow. Zoom in for a closer
look. Edit photos and print them using AirPrint. Use Photo Stream to push the photos you take
on iPad to your devices. See Chapter 10, “Photos,” on page 59.


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Sync with your iTunes library and listen to your songs, audiobooks, and podcasts on iPad.
Create and manage playlists, or use Genius to create playlists for you. Listen to Genius Mixes
of songs from your library. Use Home Sharing to play music from your computer. Stream
your music or videos wirelessly to an Apple TV or compatible audio system using AirPlay. See
Chapter 18, “Music,” on page 85.


Send messages over Wi-Fi to other iOS 5 users, and include photos, videos, and other
information. Your messages are encrypted. See Chapter 6, “Messages,” on page 48.


Keep your calendar current on iPad, or sync it with your Mac OS X or Windows calendar.
Subscribe to others’ calendars. Sync over the Internet with Microsoft Exchange or CalDAV servers.
See Chapter 13, “Calendar,” on page 69.


Take notes on the go—grocery lists, brilliant ideas. Send them in mail. Sync notes to Mail or
Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. See Chapter 15, “Notes,” on page 76.


Organize your life with due dates and lists. Reminders work with iCal and Microsoft Outlook on
your computer. You can keep your reminders up to date across all your devices using iCloud or a
Microsoft Exchange account. See Chapter 16, “Reminders,” on page 78.


See a standard, satellite, hybrid, or terrain view of locations around the world. Zoom in for a
closer look, or check out Google Street View. Find your current location. Get detailed driving,
public transit, or walking directions and see current highway traffic conditions. Find businesses
in the area. See Chapter 17, “Maps,” on page 81.


Play videos from YouTube’s online collection. Search for any video, or browse featured,
most viewed, most recently updated, and top-rated videos. Set up and log in to your
YouTube account—then rate videos, sync your favorites, show subscriptions, and more. See
Chapter 12, “YouTube,” on page 66.


Play movies, TV shows, podcasts, videos from your iTunes library or your movie collection.
Buy or rent movies on iPad using the iTunes Store. Download video podcasts. See
Chapter 11, “Videos,” on page 63.


Organize your address book on iPad and keep it up to date on all of your iOS devices with
iCloud. See Chapter 14, “Contacts,” on page 73.

Game Center

Discover new games and share your game experiences with friends. Invite a friend, or request
a match with an opponent. Check player rankings on the leaderboards. Gain achievements for
extra points. See Chapter 23, “Game Center,” on page 104.

iTunes Store

Search the iTunes Store for music, audiobooks, TV shows, music videos, and movies. Browse,
preview, purchase, and download new releases, top items, and more. Buy or rent movies and buy
TV shows to view on iPad. Download podcasts. Read reviews, or write your own reviews for your
favorite store items. See Chapter 19, “iTunes Store,” on page 90.

App Store

Search the App Store for apps you can purchase or download. Read reviews, or write your
own reviews for your favorite apps. Download and install the apps on your Home screen. See
Chapter 20, “App Store,” on page 94.


Keep all your app subscriptions in one convenient place. Newsstand automatically downloads
whatever’s new for each of your app subscriptions. It all happens in the background, so you
never have to interrupt what you’re doing. See Chapter 21, “Newsstand,” on page 97.


Make video calls to other FaceTime users over Wi-Fi. Use the front camera to talk face to face, or
the back camera to share what you see. See Chapter 8, “FaceTime,” on page 55.


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Take photos and record HD videos. View them on iPad, mail them, or upload them to your
computer or the Internet. Tap to set the exposure. Trim and save video clips. Upload videos
directly to YouTube. See Chapter 7, “Camera,” on page 51.

Photo Booth

Use the front or back camera to take a snapshot. Add a special effect, such as twirl or
stretch, before you take a snapshot. Snapshots are saved in an album in the Photo app. See
Chapter 9, “Photo Booth,” on page 57.


Personalize your iPad settings in one convenient place—network, mail, web, music, video,
photos, and more. Set up Picture Frame, mail accounts, contacts, and calendars. Manage your
cellular data account. Set an auto-lock and a passcode for security. See Chapter 25, “Settings,” on
page 120.

Note: App functionality and availability may vary depending on where you purchase and use iPad.

Viewing in portrait or landscape

You can view iPad‘s built-in apps in either portrait or landscape orientation. Rotate iPad and the
screen rotates too, adjusting automatically to fit the new orientation.

You may prefer landscape orientation for viewing webpages in Safari, for example, or when
entering text. Webpages automatically scale to the wider screen, making the text and images
larger. The onscreen keyboard also becomes larger, which may help increase your typing speed
and accuracy. Lock the screen orientation if you want to keep the screen from rotating.
Lock the screen in portrait or landscape orientation: Double-click the Home button to view
the multitasking bar, then flick from left to right. Tap to lock the screen orientation.
You can also set the Side Switch to lock the screen orientation instead of silencing sound effects
and notifications. In Settings, go to General > Use Side Switch to, then tap Lock Rotation. See
“Side Switch” on page 127.


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