So, congratulations! Perhaps you're the owner of a new iPad this holiday season. If so, you've come to the right place. Apple's tablet is incredibly easy to use, but there are still plenty of ways to set up and optimize your iPad to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Some of these suggestions may be obvious; others might not. Regardless, here's what I do when I take a new iPad out of its crisp white box. I think you should do the same. At the least, these tips should help you get on your feet.
Set up your new iPad
By the way, none of this involves ever connecting to a PC or Mac to sync. In fact, I'm going to encourage you to live as sync-free as possible to save a little sanity and have a little more fun.
iCloud settings control everything from Calendar syncing to cloud documents and photos. I keep most on.
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1. Restore your old backup, and get to know iCloud. If this is your first iPad, you have nothing to restore. But, if you have an iPad already and are upgrading, you can get your basic settings and saved data on your new iPad by restoring from a backup on iTunes, or wirelessly via iCloud if you've already set that up.
If this is your first iPad but you have an iPhone or a Mac, iCloud is your easy setup. Apple guides... [Read more]