It is faster, sleeker and smoother, which are just three reasons for the huge list of why the iPad has to be regarded as the pinnacle of the tablet market! Not to mention the huge array of re-installed features and applications of iOS 5 that will expand your vision and expectation of interaction you can achieve on a tablet device.
Our goal over the following pages is to introduce you to the unbeatable iOS 5 features so you can realize the full potential of your hardware straight out of the box.
Wi-Fi Sync – Link And Sync Across Your iDevices
Connect to your Wi-Fi network to back up and sync all iDevices! The stunning feature enables you to wirelessly sync your iPad to your desktop computer via your wi-fi network, by simply connecting your iPad to your mains battery charger. All content will be backed and also synced via iTunes so you will always have the most update content no matter which iOS powered device you are using. Wi-Fi Sync also has the huge added benefit or creating up-to-date back ups without a need to manually connect to iTunes, meaning should you need to restore your iPad, very little information will be lost!
Two Cameras — One big picture.
The most obvious difference of the new iPad 2 design and the current generation of iPhone when seen on these pages or in the flesh, is the addition of a camera at the top middle of the face. Yet there are in fact two cameras, one on the front and one on the back. They’re have been added to enable use of the FaceTime video calling application.
Multitasking Gestures ‑Let Your Fingers Do The Talking.
An amazing addition to the iPad iOS that changes how we control everything! Using gestures – movements over the iPad’s touch screen using a specific number of fingers of directions – brings a whole new level of control when using your iPad. These movement based interaction allow you to take huge short cuts when navigating your iPad and various applications. With iOS 5 you can now reveal the multitasking bar by swiping the screen with four or five fingers, swipe left or right scroll through running apps and finally perform a pinch motion to return to the Home screen. Multitasking just got a lot easier.
Enhanced AirPlay New ways to play.
Airplay, the wireless tech that enables streaming content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your HDTV via Apple TV, has been enhanced so you can now stream your photo slide-shows or photography apps as well as your music and movies. You can film a home video and now instantly share it with everyone in the room via AirPlay or view AirPlay-enabled apps and websites on your HDTV thanks to iOS 4.3.
iMessage ‑iPad Users Can Finally Text!
At long last we can text from the iPad to any other iOS 5 device! With iMessage, Apple have opened up a world of communication for all iPad owners, with this unique messaging service that is accessible across all iOS 5 devices and users. Having linked to a Wi-Fi network or 3G we can send unlimited text messages from your iPad to any other iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch user. The iMessage app allows you to send not only text messages but also photos, videos, GPS locations, and even forward contacts to individuals or to numerous contacts via group messaging. Yet what really impresses are the levels of accessibly that iMessages offers, from optional read receipt requests, to ensure your message was received to digital encryption to ensure your messages remain private. You can even begin a conversation on your iPad and end it on your iPod touch or iPhone, amazing!
iTunes Home Sharing - Sharing and share alike.
You can now access your entire Tunes library (Music, Movies, TV Shows or Podcasts) from anywhere in the house, on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch even over a shared Wi-Fi network. Play your iTunes files anywhere and without the need to Sync between devices first.
AirPlay – Your Entertainment Stream.
With your iDevice and the AirPlay app you can now stream the music, photos and video from your iPad and iPhone 4 wirelessly to your HDTV and any external speaker set up via the multimedia Apple’s impressive streaming device Apple TV sold separately.
To set up simply ensure your iDevice and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and the AirPlay icon will automatically appear on your home-screen. Then tap the button to link your iDevice directly to your home cinema set-up linking your media to your HDTV, to share your visual and audio experience with everyone in the room.
PC Free‑Initial Set-Up Anywhere!
Break the bounds of your desktop computer and iTunes forever… For new adopters the inclusion of PC Free set-up for the iPad will completely remove the need for a home computer! Allowing first time owners to activate their iPad directly out of the box, requiring only a wireless internet connection and nothing more. Removing the previous need to link all new hardware to your iTunes account on your desktop computer, is revolutionary for first time owners. While existing users will reap the rewards that come with being set free from our desktops, such rewards as iOS software update downloads direct to your iPad and the ability to upgrade from anywhere.
Center ‑ Take on the entire world!
Gaming has never been more popular on the iOS than now and the new Game Center app will bring you and your friends and family both deep into the game and closer together as you play. Add your own picture to your Game Center profile, use the app to meet with new matched friend recommendations – based on shared gaming tastes and abilities, while still allowing you to you play with your exsisting friends. To top that Game Center will now even recommend new games which can be downloaded directly via the app itself. Game on…
Reminders — Never Forget Those Important Things.
Could this be the best way to do those to-dos you can’t forget to do! To-Do applications litter the App Store and for good, reason! Our iPad’s are perfect to organise our daily lives, and a perfect To-Do list application is now integrated into iOS 5. Reminders allows you to grab your iPad and enter a reminder note directly into this app. Giving us a location based service where you can set reminders to appear when you reach a pre-entered location, want to make sure you don’t forget an important birthday? Set your Reminder to alert you about the required gift when you reach your local shopping mall!
iCloud integration allows you share your notes, memos and reminders across your iOS 5 devices ensuring you never miss out again! From the basic memo to location specific to-dos, you want need a reminder to use the Reminders application.
FaceTime for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 is activated with a single tap, allowing you to finally make video calls from your IPad 2 hardware to other iPad 2, iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod touch or Mac users using your Wi-Fi connection.
Using this app couldn’t easier, to start a video call with one of your contacts, simply locate them from your “Favourites list” and then tap the “FaceTime” button. This will send an invitation to their Facetime compatible device asking them to join you for a chat. Upon receiving an acceptance from your contact, the FaceTime call begins.
This new app uses both cameras as they work together to enable you to talk to your friends and family via one to one video chat. Face to face chat uses the the front mounted camera and switching to the back camera during your call enables you to share what is happening around you. Adding a whole new dimension to calls and literally enabling you to share the world and events that are happening around you.
NOTE- You require an accepted Apple ID and an email address to access this application.
Recording HD Video Capture Everything!
If you are a budding film maker or wish to capture memories on your iDevice, your hardware comes with a pre-loaded HD video camera. Now whatever happens you can capture the moment in glorious 720p High Definition with high quality audio captured and sinked via the iPad’s and iPhone’s powerful internal microphone.
Calendar — Schedule your iLife Without Missing A Thing.
Organize, plan, create and share, your schedule can become everyone’s! Enhancing the Calendar App, iOS 5 brings new functionality and gesture control, tap to add a new event, swipe to change the date and time, view event attachments from within the app itself and link to iCloud to share your calendar with others and to sync events across your iDevice.
The iPad’s Dual-core A5 chip – x2 Speed.
Essentially with two powerful cores contained within a single A5 chip, the iPad 2 can perform double the tasks as the previous model. This new found power will be noticeable whatever your usage be it if you’re web browsing, watching movies, gaming or simply switching between apps when multitasking,
Safari — Safari So Goodie!
With iOS 5 and your iPad you now have the perfect way to go (web)site seeing! iOS 5 adds more web-browsing features to Safari on your iPad. New features include Safari Reader which displays web articles without ads or distractions making for an easier reading experience. While Reading List allows you to save pages to read later when your schedule allows, link to the iCloud to share your Reading List across all of your iDevices. Tabbed browsing lets you switch between numerous web pages as you wish, using only a single tap of the screen, so simple but so useful!
Battery life — Powering Your iLife.
The iPad 2 maybe slimmer and lighter but the new hardware has retained the same highly level of battery life as the original hardware, offering a total 10-hour in use lifespan, thanks to the power-efficient A5 chip.
Graphical Enhancements - Gamers Rejoice.
With the new internal hardware allowing graphics performance to be increased by up to nine times, gaming on iPad 2 is even smoother while increasing realism. Yet these faster graphic processors won’t simply improve your gameplay, this will increase application performance, if you’re scrolling through your photo library, editing video with iMovie, watching videos or viewing animations when using Keynote.
Photo Booth ‑ Photography gets twisted!
Takes snapshots of yourself, your friends and family and unleash your creative juices in a whole range of artistic to bizarre ways with the Photo Booth application. This app uses the front-facing camera to take your picture, yet before capturing your photo, the in-app flash will activate to add light to your face. Having previewed your picture to ensure you are happy to proceed, you can then add one of eight built filters to create a whole new you! Twist up your face, double your head or make yourself look like an alien, a comic book character or an X-ray. The results range from hilarious to downright scary!
You can now share your warped snapshots via email, add them to a contact or simply add to your photo library for later use or display as a fun slide-show. Photo Booth adds some fun factor to the iDevice and will provide much amusement to all ages.
Instant On – Quick Start!
Pick up your iPad or iPhone, press the Home button and it wakes from sleep instantly. That’s because iPad Thanks to the fast, efficient and reliable flash e a quick tap of the central Home button wN1 awaken your sleeping iPad 2 and your iPhone 4 so you access data within seconds.
Wi-Fi and 3G – Stay Connected
Your iDevice comes fitted with advanced 802.11n wireless technology, which will automatically connect you to any open Wi-Fi connections in your area. The 3G iPad offers 3G connectivity, which allows online connections without the need to be tied to a Wi-Fi network.
Mail – Emailing Enhancements.
The Mail app has gained a host of new features, from formatting text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts, creating indents in the text of your message to the ability to flag important messages with a few taps of the screen. Overhauling the previous apps, you can add and delete mailbox folders with greater ease, and then using iCloud add an additional free email account that is linked via all your iOS hardware.
Gyro, Accelerometer and Compass – On The Move.
This generation of iDevice features the built-in accelerometer, enabling you to rotate you device between portrait and landscape modes, adjusting to fit the most suitable display. Yet your movement works far beyond this simple positional shift. Using the accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope and compass together the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 literally knows which direction it’s facing and how it’s moving in a full 360 degree field of movement. Gaming will never be the same again!
Lights, camera, iDevice!
Your HD video capture isn’t limited by a need for a strong light source thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor which enables you to capture video in all conditions, even low light. Having captured your mini-movie you can edit the results, using a number of video editing packages but most recommended being Apples iMovie app, and then share via YouTube or email directly via the iDevice and without the need to link to another hardware source. Yet your creative skills using the iPad 2 and Phones cameras doesn’t end here.
LED-backlit display ‑ Check out the views on iPad 2!
The iPad 2 offers you a 9.7 inch high-resolution display which will bring your viewing experience to life, from viewing photos to watching films it has never looked better on the iPad 2. The use of LED backlighting in the hardware makes your display remarkably crisp, vivid and bright, even in low light or in portrait and landscape viewing mode. The display technology titled IPS (in-plane switching) offers a wide, 178° viewing angle ensuring everyone around you gets to share your view.
Airport Express – You Are The Music
First connect your iPad or iPhone to any suitable speaker set up which is linked to your Apple AirPort Express – sold separately – wireless adapter or simply link to any factory AirPlay enabled speakers which are currently available from manufacturers like Denon, Marantz, B&W, JBL and iHome, Secondly tap on the music you wish to share and your iDevice will automatically detect and link to any local speakers and fill the house with your favourite sounds.
Twitter — Tweet To The World With Ease.
Twitter has been integrated directly into the core of iOS 5. Tweeting from your iPad has never been a more simple task, simply sign into your Twitter account via the Setting options, you can now Tweet directly to your account, from the following applications, Maps, Safari, Photos, Camera and YouTube. With a few taps you can link a Tweet to one of your current contacts or reply directly to them, or add your location to any Tweet via the simple user interface. Twitter has found a new home on our iPads!
AirPrint – One Tap Printing
Using the AirPrint application for your iDevice makes it simple to print your email, photos, web pages and documents, without the need to download addition software or drivers or even connect a single wire! AirPrint is 100% wireless which removes the need to physically link your iPad or iPhone to your printer or your home computer. AirPrint will simply access your home wireless network and instantly connect to any compatible printers that are also linked to the network.
A few taps on your screen, you take you from viewing your desired print source on the screen to printing a hard copy from your home printer. AirPrint will even select the correct paper source for you! For example should you find yourself printing photo’s the app will select the gloss photo paper as your output, this is a truly impressive piece of software. The printing process itself is instant, simply click print and then return to using your iDevice, while your home printer does all the work for you. You can even set up a print queue which will be automatically run in the background, printing multi-able jobs while you enjoy your iPad 2 or iPhone 4.
AirPrint can be accessed when using any of the following iPad 2 and iPhone applications, from Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork, PDFs in !Books to any third-party apps with built-in printing options.
Notification Center – Stay In Touch All The Time.
Keep all of your messages and alerts in one easy to access location. With the introduction of iMessage. iPad users now have a welcomed addition to their notification formats, from emails, Game Center friend requests to new multi-media messages your access to the world has never been more open. Hence the need to keep close control on our personal interactions, we need Notification Center! Simply swipe the top of your iPad screen and you will call up the drop down Notification Center display, containing quick links and short samples of your latest messages, emails and all other notifications you have received. Tap an individual notification to open the full message in the relevant application. This home screen also contains a stock ticker and even the current weather forecast for your location!
Yet this instant notification accessibility isn’t limited to your iPad home screen, any new notification you receive when using apps will appear as a non-obtrusive message at the top of the screen which do not effect the app itself. Only when tapped will take you directly to the full message, ending your current interaction! Even if your iPad is locked new notifications will appear on your lock screen, and can be accessed with a single swipe.
If you want to keep up with your iPad social life and network you need Notification Center.
Video Mirroring The iPad 2 got Bigger!
Making a business presentation at work? What to share photos and videos with your family? Or simply interact with your favourite app on your HDTV? Now you can do all of the above with style with your iPad 2! All you have to do is attach the Apple Digital AV Adapter (which is sold separately) and then you can mirror the content of your iPad 2′s screen directly to your HDTV via the best possible HD connection via the 30-pin HDMi adaptor and a HDMI cable. If you wish to interact with the footage on the big screen simply use your IPad 2 as normal and all your interaction will be smoothly reproduced on the mirroring screen. Try to imagine for a moment, playing the Infinity Blade gaming app on a 50inch HD screen? Now it is possible and it looks stunning!
From gaming to presentations to simple social interaction video mirroring takes the iPad 2 to all new heights, quite literally!
AirPrint-enabled Printers Listings
Below you will find a list of the current generation printers from HP that are AirPrint enabled and will work seemlessly with your iPad 2 and the AirPrint App:
HP Envy eAll-In-One series (D410a)
HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)
HP Photosmart Premium e-Aio (310a)
HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a)
HP Photosmart e-A10 (B110)
HP Photosmart eStation (C510)
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Colour Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Colour Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Colour Primer
HP Officejet 6500A e-A10
HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-A10
HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AIO
HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-A10
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-A10
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-A10
Newsstand – Read All About It On Your iPad!
Access this custom newsstand which holds all your digital subscriptions.
Subscription digital publications – newspapers and magazines — are gaining huge popularity and the iPad is the perfect home for your favourite titles. Using the Newsstand application all of your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions finally have a home, which links directly to the Digital Subscriptions specific area of the App Store. Using the Newsstand all current and future purchases appear directly within the app. With all your titles in one place and alerts to notify you when the latest editions have hit the shelves, Newsstand doesn’t simply bring you the news as you are able to purchase new subscriptions or renew current purchases all without leaving the app.
Originally posted 2012-11-22 00:00:16.