Gifting an iPad to Mac/PC Neophytes
This is a discussion on Gifting an iPad to Mac/PC Neophytes within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by gentlefury
They can in fact go to the apple store and they actually have classes to learn how to use all their ...
I checked out the website and they appear to have 1 hour classes every other week which is really awesome. And, if they'll set it up for me at the store, I don't have to worry about stumbing around through a setup procedure at my folk's house.
Originally Posted by gentlefury
A VERY good thing.
Originally Posted by Prasius
Well, I'm sold. I figure the worst thing that could happen is they absolutely HATE it in which case I'll pay the restocking fee and return it or (more likely) I'll become the proud owner of a slightly used iPad - not that that's an ulterior motive or anything!
Thanks for the help folks. I'll come back and post an update after they've had a chance to try it out.
08-18-2010 04:18 PM
I would plan to get to use it only when you visit them!
Thought I'd check in with an update:
A couple of weeks ago I stopped by the Apple store near my parent’s place and picked up the 32 GB WiFi only model. I was totally stressed out about this purchase and wanted to get it done. I told the employee that I wanted the iPad to work out of the box, i.e. no mothership connection, so he hooked it up to one of the in-store computers and before you could say the “i" in iPad I was out the door. I also got the Apple case due to its light weight (my mom thought my Kindle was heavy if that’s any indication).
Popped it out for them and gave them the basic tour. Their wireless router showed up immediately which was a relief and setting their email up was beyond simple. We even downloaded and viewed some pictures and PowerPoint slides…piece of cake. The hardest part was getting them set up with an iTunes account – the fields were a bit on the small side and the password criteria was vague (“No it needs to be more than 6 chars…Sorry, it needs to have numbers…Sorry, it needs to have a capital letter”) I didn’t enter a credit card because I knew they’d be suspicious of that. But we spent the next couple of hours playing with it: Youtube, downloaded a couple of free apps (weather, news, the usual). I kept telling them, “You can’t hurt this thing. Don’t be afraid to play with it.”
The next morning after my mom got back from her morning Starbucks run, she immediately powered on the iPad and looked up a website – by herself. She’s going to sign up for the free hour class after she’s been able to play with it for a while and can generate a few questions, but plans to bring it to Starbucks and use it while she’s drinking her latte.
Knock on wood, all the agonizing I inflicted on myself seems to have been for nothing.
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+1 for Apples customer service. Their phone and in store service is exemplary, IMO. Last year, I purchased a MacBook Pro. For an additional $100 I purchased Apple's one to one care. It allows me to go to ANY Apple store for a one hour session on any topic I pick. I feel that is quite a good value.
Two years ago, my wife's Windows XP box died. I purchased an iMac for my wife. I opened the box powered up. connected the DSL and it just worked! She is not tech savvy and now she would not give it up.
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My mom has been asking questions about the iPad - those commercials must have gotten to her, lol. I may get her a 16GB Wifi one for Christmas..
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