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iPad Mini Guide
iPad Mini 2013
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The iPad Mini, announced in the Fall of 2012, is the smaller version of
the Apple iPad which is a
tablet computer. A tablet computer or simply tablet, is a flat
screen hand-held device which allows the user to do much of which you
using a larger personal computer only doing it mobile, outside the
home, on the go. The iPad also has built-in capabilities such as
cameras and wireless communications, which make all the traditional
computer features available on the go. You can take photos, videos,
surf the web, and much more all in a hand-held computer. The screen
will rotate to portrait or landscape mode automatically depending on
how you hold the iPad. Just touch the screen or move your finger across
the screen to execute programs or type text, move things around, change
settings, enter data, take photos, videos, listen to music or chat
online with friends.
The iPad Mini falls between the full size iPad (9.7 inch screen) and
the iPhone as far as
screen size. The iPad Mini (7.9 inch screen) fits in a smaller carry
case than the iPad, is thinner and weighs less to carry around. The
iPad does have the Retina display while iPad Mini does not, so the
full-sized iPad has better resolution for images.
You can get the iPad Mini in Black or White (White and Silver). All the
visible portions of the computer are color coordinated for a pleasing
The iPad Mini is
available in several models. The lowest price model is
around $300 and gives you 16GB of memory and Wi-Fi only communication.
You can get the cellular data communication model for about $100 more.
The 32GB model adds $100 and the 64GB model, another $100.
The iPad Mini has a microphone, stereo speakers, headset jack, volume
control, home button, two cameras, multi-pin connection port for
charging the battery and connecting to other devices, touch screen and
Wi-Fi and cellular are available. With Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on
2.4GHz and 5GHz), you can surf the web in hot spots or on your home
broadband setup. Hotels, airports, libraries, shops all offer Wi-Fi hot
spots, but for trips outside these hot spots, cell data wireless is
available with a data plan from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. These
are data only, not voice. Plans start at $15 per month for around 250MB
and go up. $50 per month gets you 5 or 6GB of data.
4G, 3G - With the ongoing wireless technology race, 4G LTE is the
latest cellular standard. The iPad Mini supports 3G and 4G standards.
Check your carrier's coverage map to see if your location has 4G or 3G.
The iPad will show a status icon indicating 3G or 4G when connected to
the internet. The iPad Mini also has Bluetooth connectivity.
Apple's iCloud stores your content, music, videos, calendar, contacts
so you have a backup and portability to other compatible devices. With
Apple products you live in Apple's world so compatibility usually means
other Apple products and devices. The good thing is if you buy a song
on iTunes with your iPhone, iCloud makes it available on your iPad or
other Apple device through the internet.
The iPad Mini has an on-screen keyboard for typing text or you can use
a wireless keyboard.
Most of the interaction with iPad is done with your fingers touching
Siri is an assistant that recognizes speech. When you stop talking Siri
displays what it heard. Setup a meeting, set a timer or any
question you might ask. You must be connected to the internet. You can
also dictate text so you could speak an email instead of typing.
Apps are computer applications or programs and there are an almost
limitless number (over 300,000) of them, many free. Twitter for example
allows you to interact online with friends or family. The iPad Mini can
contain apps you download and then execute.
With optional cables, the iPad Mini can connect to your TV so you can
view photos or videos on the big screen.
It is easy to set and view events. Keep track of activity and future
Local or worldwide clocks are available for displaying the time.
Store your contact information on the iPad Mini.
Notes and reminders:
Play different sounds to remind you of upcoming events.
eRead books on the iPad Mini. You can organize all your electronic
It is possible to play games with your friends online.
Battery Type Lithium polymer
Battery Run Time Up to 10 hours
Installed RAM 1GB
Rear Camera Resolution 5 megapixel
Front Camera Resolution 1.2 megapixel
Display Technology LED
Display Max. Resolution 1024 x 768
Touch Screen Technology Multi-Touch
Processor Manufacturer Apple
Processor Type A5
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Supported File Types: AAC, AAC-LC, AAX, AAX Plus
AIFF, AVI, Apple Lossless, Audible Enhanced Audio, Audible Format 2,
Audible Format 3, Audible Format 4, DOC, DOCX, GIF, H.264, HE-AAC, HTM,
HTML, JPG, Key, M4V, MOV, MP3, MP3 VBR, MP4, MPEG-4, Numbers, PDF, PPT,
PPTX, Pages, Protected AAC, RTF, TIFF, TXT, VCF, WAV, XLS, XLSX
Can I make phone calls
with the ipad?
No, not in the sense that an iPhone makes and receives phone calls,
however you can use the internet and apps to send text messages, chat,
voice and video over a networked IP connection. There are many software
tools available to communicate with people, just not using standard
Can I connect my iPad
Mini to my HDTV to view screen content?
YES. You need an adapter cable available from Apple, Amazon.com or
others (cost $39) which plugs into the iPad's Lightning port and on the
other end of the cable, plug in an HDMI cable. Then plug the HDMI cable
into your HDTV's HDMI input. On the TV select the HDMI source and you
can view the iPad's screen on the HDTV. Also works with iPhone5, late
model iPods and iPads.
Mini Protective Case:
When you are out on the go you need some protection for your iPad Mini
so the bumps you encounter do not damage your iPad. In addition, the
case will allow you to prop up the screen at a viewing angle so you do
not have to hold the iPad in your hand all the time. The case will help
protect the iPad from rain, dust, and spills. Cases are available in
all colors and styles with some even customized with your personal
The Amazon Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy and the Google Nexus 7 are
all tablet computers like the Apple iPad. Android is the operating
system on the competitors while Apple runs iOS 6 as its OS.
Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile
devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed
by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in
2005, Android was unveiled in 2007. Android is open source and Google
releases the code under the Apache License. This open source code and
permissive licensing allows the software to be freely modified and
distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast
developers. Additionally, Android has a large community of developers
writing applications ("apps") that extend the functionality of devices.
is a mobile
operating system developed and distributed by Apple Inc. Originally
released in 2007 for the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms, it has been
extended to support other Apple devices such as the iPad and Apple TV.
Unlike Google's Android, Apple does not license iOS for installation on
non-Apple hardware. The current version of the operating system is iOS
6.1.3. iOS currently runs on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV.
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