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    Is There a app to browse files, to move them and to delete them. Just like windows explorer....

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    Not really, because the iPad doesn't have a central file repository. All files are held locally by their respective apps and 'sandboxed' (isolated) there. So it's not really possible for another app to access the files that a particular app uses. Probably the closest app that is available is iFiles.

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    I second ifiles, it is the closest to windows explorer and let's you move/copy, etc. files from all apps.

    Just be aware, that there are two ifiles, the one available from the AppStore does not provide this functionality, only the ifiles from Cydia does. So it requires a jailbroken iPad.
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    Tim already explained the technical stuffs. I use GoodReader as file manager though.
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    Thks! So it is just another way of thinking and working....

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    Yes - a PC is a file-centric system, an iPad is an-app centric system. OK - it means that each app gets to keep its own 'personal' copy of a file that it's working on, but this keeps the iPad immune from viruses.


    Apple took the decision to 'sandbox' the programs (apps) in the iPad. This means that apps have only a very limited ability to interact - and this interaction is *absolutely* controlled by the operating system (iOS). So if you tried to write a 'virus' program for the iPad it would have no effect, because it couldn't interact with any other program or the operating system.

    That, inevitably, has other consequences and places restrictions on what programs can do. In Windows, for example, applications (programs) can interact and this can be very useful. So some (clever) programmers found a way to 'jail break' the iPad and remove this restriction (effectively 'jailbreaking' means your iPad can 'run' non-Apple approved apps from the Cydia website, where they make such non-approved apps available). They can now run 'unauthorised' apps on the iPad that 'take advantage' of the removal of this restriction. The downside - technically a 'jail broken' iPad could be vunerable to viruses.

    But don't worry - a 'regular' (non jail broken) iPad is not vunerable to any 'viruses' that a deviant programmer might write to 'infect' a jail broken iPad. So your IT manager need have no worries - if your iPads are not 'jailbroken' they are absolutely safe from viruses.

    Basically, if you accept the restrictions that Apple place on your iPad and don't jail break, you're completely safe - a virus cannot 'infect' you.

    Additionally, any 'app' that a normal (non-jail broken) iPad can download will have been thoroughly checked and approved by Apple, so could not contain any malevolent code...

    OK - I'll get 'hacked' by the iPad 'jail breakers' - sorry for the 'pun' but, basically, you're safe.

    Apple have a number of 'white papers' and other documents on their web site that address this issue if you'd like the links...

    Tim
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    Thks for this explanenotion, it 's verry helpfull.

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