Hello all, I apologise if this is a common thread and already answered. I am not that computer savvy. I would like to buy my elderly ( interstate ) parents an Ipad. Xmas present. Keep their minds active. Main tasks would be Skype (video calling ) to keep in contact with children and grandkids, internet browsing, ebook and other simple tasks. If I purchase one and set it up here QLD., and send it down to them ( Vic ) can they keep the Ipad updated through my I Tunes Acc. I will be covering the internet usage fees ( pre-paid ). My father has a basic desk top, in a study. Not apple. I like the idea of them having a tablet in the lounge at the ready. To summarise - Is an Ipad practical ( user friendly ) for them as stand alone unit. Once set up how hard to keep it updated and backed up. ( without another mac in the house. ) Alternatives - macbook air 11 inch. or android tablet. Thanks for any help or suggestions. Johnny B.