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New Member from Arkansas


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Apr 5, 2012
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Tell us a bit about yourself, for example:

  • Why are you interested in the iPad?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What other gadgets are you using?

This will help us to better answer your questions as we will have a rough gauge as to your knowledge level.

I say that I am a new member even though I joined the forum over a year ago because this is my first time actually participating in the forum.

My wife and I were attracted to the original iPad for our severe autistic granddaughter Emily. When we realized how much she liked it we decided to get her a new iPad 3 because of the camera and I swapped it with her for her old iPad. I was impressed with the durability of the iPad in that in spite of her dropping it numerous times she never broke it in almost 2 years.

Eventually she dropped and broke the iPad 3 and thanks to Apple care plus it was replaced very inexpensively.

Emily's iPad got my wife and me hooked. Her iPad ended up with our other granddaughter, we ended up buying our son an iPad 2, and last Christmas I bought myself and my wife iPad 3's. This year I added an iPad 4 and my wife bought herself an iPad mini.

The iPads also led to iPods, iPhone 4's iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 and eventually MacBook Pros and Mac Minis.

I thought we were going to make a complete conversion from Windows XP and Office 2003 to 100% Apple but it turned out there were too many programs that simply were not available (or comparable) without Windows so there have been some Windows 8 computers as well.

The above is to answer the question about how we use the iPads and my knowledge level but, while I would say that I may be an advanced amateur with Windows XP & Office 2003, I am an amateur when it comes to iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Mac Minis. The "World of Apple" has been a difficult transition to make but the Apple Store personnel (50 miles away) and Apple Care have helped a great deal.

My main hope for the forums is to fill the gaps not covered by Apple Care (mainly software and how to questions).

Hobbies are aviation, model railroading, railroad history, photography, shooting sports and I guess you could say computers.

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iPF Noob
Mar 11, 2011
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Cranbrook, Kent, UK
Hi there Jerry and welcome.

That is a great intro, glad to have you here.

There is lots of good advice and info on here plus plenty of members all too willing to help with any problems.

Remember, search is your friend. If you can't find the answer you need and you post a question then give as much info as you can to help members help you i.e. iPad 1 or 2, etc. and iOS version and name of app if the problem is with a specific app........and please don't forget to read the forum rules http://www.ipadforums.net/forum-rules-help-info/2119-forum-rules-everybody-please-read.html

These are the hacking section rules for all you jail breakers (and would be jail breakers) http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-hacking/2892-hacking-section-rules-please-read.html

We also have an app for this forum. The link to download the app is: Discussion Forum for iPad Users for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store and a great tutorial/guide for using the IPF App here http://www.ipadforums.net/new-membe...sistance/107524-ipad-forums-app-tutorial.html

You can download the manual for your iPad here http://help.apple.com/ipad/7/ and here http://support.apple.com/manuals/ and in iBooks search for "iPad user guide for" and you will find free comprehensive manuals for iOS 4, 5, 6, etc. the guide for iOS 7 is here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/ipad-user-guide-for-ios-7/id709634245?mt=11

If you have other Apple products or are interested in other Apple kit then why not join our sister forum too at http://www.appleforums.net/ and for iPhone users, come and join in the discussion over at http://www.iphoneforums.net

The Archangel


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Apr 24, 2011
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Apr 26, 2011
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North Carolina
Hi Jerry - welcome to the forum! My brothers (and parents before their passing) live in Hot Springs - so I've been into the Little Rock airport many times and driven to & back from their town.

I started w/ an Apple II+ in 1980 but by mid-decade switched to PCs (mainly a work situation for compatibility), but retired in 2011, and now back to Apple (iPad 2, iPad Mini, iPod 2G, iMac, & MBPro) - after 6 months w/ the new Apple computers, I'm still finding ways to 'replace' (or even improve) on the Windows programs (like Office) that were so familiar to me - just have my old Dell PC in a back room on Wi-Fi.

Hope that you enjoy - there are many people here w/ different levels of experience & knowledge and plenty already available - check out some of the links given in the previous responses - looking forward to your postings - Dave :)

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