iPad Basics

Basic iPad Terminology, Interface, and Buttons

Airplay: Let's you stream video from iOS devices or iTunes on a Mac or PC to an Apple TV and audio to an Airport Express or other compatible speaker system.

AirPrint: Let's you print from any iOS device from an AirPrint compatible Printer.

App: Short for Application. The programs you download and run on an iOS device. Can be Free, or Paid.

App Store: Is where Apps, Free and Paid, are purchased and downloaded to your device.

Apple ID: An email address registered with Apple, used for purchasing and tracking purchases of all types of media content from Apple stores- App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, NewsStand. 

Dock: Special row of icons or folders along the bottom of iOS devices. This row does not change when you swipe from page to page.

Facetime: Apple's video calling service. 

Flash: An application/plugin for developing and using interactive web content. Currently not supported on any iOS device.

Folder: An icon representing a group of Apps. They are created by dragging one app on top of another. They can be individually named for better organization of apps.

Home Button: The physical hardware button on the front bottom of all iOS devices located in the middle just below the screen. Used to wake, return to home screen, cycle mulitasking bar, and cycle the optionally enabled Accessibility features.

Home Screen: The front first screen of Apps. When home button is clicked once, you will always return to this screen.

iBooks: First and foremost it is the name of Apple's eBook App, downloaded from the App Store. The App has a library section and an iBookstore section. The library section holds books both Free and Paid purchased from the iBookstore using an Apple ID.

iBookstore: The Apple store for eBooks.

iCloud: Apple's online services, that integrates and syncs all iOS devices and Mac OSX computers with a single Apple ID. Options can be set so that documents created or purchases made from stores are automatically synced and pushed to other devices using the same Apple ID.

iMessage: An SMS/MMS like system for sending free text and multimedia messages from one iOS devices or Mac OSX computer to another. Works on WIFI or Cell Data.

iPad: Apple's Larger Tablet device originally released in April 2010.
iPad Mini: A newer smaller version of Apple's iPad, yet still larger then iPod touch or iPhone.
iPhone: Apple's Tablet Phone Device.
iPod: Apple's MP3 player line. (Shuffle, Nano, Original all non-iOS devices)
iPod Touch: Apple's top end iPod, which runs iOS apps and stores. Very similar to an iPhone, simply without Phone calling and Data plan capabilities. WiFi required.

iOS: Apple's mobile operating system and the software the powers iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch (All otherwise known as iOS devices).

iTunes/iTunes Store: iTunes is Apple's Music and Video management application. Can be used on Mac, Windows, or iOS device. iTunes store is Apple's store for purchasing and downloading free/paid music, tv shows, movies, podcasts, and music videos all using an Apple ID.

Newsstand: An App found on iOS devices that holds Free/Paid digital Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions/downloads.

Notification Center: Pull down list of recent notifications accessible from iOS Home screen or from within any iOS app.

Photo Stream: Part of iCloud, Photo Stream stores your last 30 days or 1000 photos online and on your iOS devices, and all your photos on your Mac. Make sure to sync to a Mac if possible in order to never lose photos.

Safari: Apple's Web Browser for both Mac OSX and iOS devices.

Siri: Apple's intelligent virtual assistant. (Only available on newest versions of iPad/iPhone.)

Sleep/Wake Button: Physical Hardware button on top right corner of all iOS devices. Used to power on, wake from sleep, put to sleep, and power down iOS devices.

WiFi: wireless networking. If you are an iPhone user, always try to connect to WiFi networks when possible to save Data charges.

YouTube: Google's web based video streaming service. Download the App from the Apple App store, or use safari and browse to youtube.com.