Is the iPad too difficult to learn for a 62 year old?

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    I would like to purchase one for my father on Father's day... but I fear he may be too old to jive with the new technology! Any suggestions?
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    I'm 51 and I have no intention of hanging my keyboard up. He will love it.

    Sent from my iPad 4 HD mini
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    No way my friend! My Mom is 71 and my Dad is 68 and they both love their iPads! I did show them a few tricks but after a week or so, they were like iPad pros!

    And....What a wonderful gift for your father:)
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    My mom's 66 and she takes hers everywhere!
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    The iPad is very simple to use. If the point is to stay in touch you will be very happy.

    Email, facetime, skype all easy to use.

    If used, Facebook will need some serious coaching, particulalry Privacy settings. Facebook is pretty evil.

    The hard part will be finding and adding contacts to the various connectivity tools.

    The hardest part will be figuring out wireless settings, especially using hot spots and so on. If they don't have hime wifi someone will likely need to set them up.

    Understanding the app store and iTunes may need a little coaching as well.

    Finally, if not net savvy they will need the same coaching and lectures about scams, phishing and security that any teen needs to hear.

    My brothers 4 yo picked up the ipad and started playing games inlike 5 nano seconds.
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    Hey, I'm 62, and I love my new iPad. I'm making my own magazines with Instapaper, reading RSSs like crazy, listening to podcasts, playing Angry Birds, and I actually put on a new screen protector yesterday without a single bubble. I also just upgraded my whole home network with a new ASUS N900 router, Epson AirPrint inkjet, and a Slingbox. So don't sell us geezers short. I can lick any of you young whippersnappers with one hand tied behind my back (provided my herniated disc is behaving.)
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    I have a two year old that has picked up on using touch screen devices impressively quickly. She'll likely have a much harder time learning to use a mouse and keyboard, since it is much less intuitive than a touch screen device.

    If you dad uses the Internet, Email, and likes technology I think he'll have no issues learning.

    So I think the short answer is, if you think he'd enjoy a tablet in general, he'll have no issues learning how to use the iPad!
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    I'm 64, couldn't wait to get it and I think it's easier than anything else.
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    Ha, I will be 70 this month, and I love mine. Does like to read? it is great for that and more
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    My dad just got an iPad 2 and loves it. He couldn't wait to kick his PC to the curb! He's 63.
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    Not too old.
    Now savvy is your pop with computers? If he is comfy with them it should be relatively ez.
    Are you you near him to train him with the basics?
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    Learning depends on the person. If said person doesn't wish to learn, said person won't. Anyone interested in learning, will. iPad is easy.
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    My dad is 68 and a bit technophobic, nevertheless he got the first gen iPad as soon as it was released and 1 yr later he said to my mom to go buy herself an iPad2 (for she wouldn't let his iPad alone!) She's 62.
    They use those things daily for everything !... It's the perfect gadget for them. Now their iMac stays idle most of the time and mom even dumped her Vaio netbook for lack of use...
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    Am I the oldest here I wonder. I will be 75 next week :eek: but I wouldn't be without my iPad 3 or my iPhone 4s.:D
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    My hubby is 62 & isn't much interested in computers. He has to use them at the hospital he works at & hates them. If he ever wants to send family a message or wants to look up something online he gets me to do it for him. I downloaded a bible app in his native language & the other day finally used that app to entice him to try the IPAD. He likes it! He likes it! It's just so much more intuitive than a regular computer. He's even talking about maybe getting one for himself now! He wants me to show him how to get around on facebook & email now! This was my 1st IPAD & 1st Apple product at 40 yrs old & I was able to get going on it right away easy.
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    I am 60 and never used an Apple product. The iPad could't be easier to use. This will make a great Fathers Day gift.

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    I gave my mom an iPad2 a year ago; she's 81. I practically had to force her to try it as she really wasn't that interested in it. I promised her that I'd take it back if she found she didn't like it during the 30-days I had to return to Best Buy for a full refund.

    Today? I swear that if I tried to take it from her ... she'd hunt me down and beat me up! :D She is on it every day and thoroughly enjoys it (as she was about a week into using it ... it didn't take the full 39 days).

    Oftentimes, it's the "getting it into your/their hands" part that's the key. Once they try it - that's usually all that's needed. But, all you can do is try. If he doesn't like it, just return it. Most stores have excellent return policies.

    Good luck. And what an awesome gift!

    Marilyn
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    My neighbor's mother is 89 and loves her iPad. She has to have it for her games and staying in touch as she tells me. Age is just a number now a days. I say buy it for him, show him how to use it. You will become his favorite child ;)

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