Got a new iPad for Christmas? Get started using your iPad with these 4 tips for new iPad owners.
1. Get an iPad cover.
The first accessory any new iPad owner needs is an iPad cover. The choices range from book-like covers (like Pad & Quill's Graduate Edition iPad case) to sleeves, bags, clear protectors, and skins.
Save money by waiting on other accessory purchases until you figure out how you'll be using your iPad the most. Docking stations, keyboards, stylus pens, and other accessories can all come in handy depending on what you want to do with your iPad.
2. Accident prone? Sign up for AppleCare+.
Accidents happen to the best of us. Be prepared for them with AppleCare+. The standard warranty for a new iPad is 90 days of complimentary support and one year warranty on the hardware. AppleCare+ extends your support and hardware warranty to two years, with up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage (each with a $49 service fee).
Compared with the cost of replacing your iPad twice, the cost of AppleCare+ may be worth it. Keep in mind that once your iPad is damaged, it's too late to sign up for AppleCare+.
3. Set up your iCloud account. First 5GB are free.
iCloud is built in to every new iOS device and Mac that Apple makes. It syncs all your devices so that you can access a photo you uploaded on your iPhone from your MacBook or view a document you created on your Mac on your iPad.
Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage for storing and sharing music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents, and other data.
4. Browse free apps.
Now for the fun part. The iPad has unlimited potential for customizing your perfect workspace, play space, or reading corner—or all three. Download free apps from the Apple store for starters. You can upgrade to paid apps later for the ones you use the most.