iPad Features in iOS 6

iPad Features in iOS 6
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Published Date:27-10-2017
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Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to The new iPad, released in March 2012, took the iPad 2 and gave it a Retina display, twice the screen resolution, a dual-core processor, and 4G LTE wireless data capability. In addition, the new iPad is lighter and thinner than its predecessor. Comparing it with the iPad 2, these upgrades equate to a richer, more beautiful display, faster processing, and access to a faster data network in a thinner, lighter package. But what makes an iPad an iPad? Its apps This tablet comes with 21 built-in applications, designed specically f fi or the device. Now, with iOS 6, these applications have improved and come with more features and better integration with the operating system. In the following recipes we'll explore some of the applications that illustrate the new iPad's features. Some of these applications are native to the device, and others are premium, available in the App Store. New iPad features and native applications (Must know) We're going to identify some of the applications that come built-in to the new iPad. The applications designed by Apple for the iPad are Safari, Mail, Photos, FaceTime, Maps, Siri, Newsstand, Messages, Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, App Store, iTunes, Music, Videos, Notes, Camera, Photo Booth, Clock, Game Center, and Settings. Let's get started by exploring these applications. www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to Getting ready f Locate the Mail, Photos, App Store, iTunes, Music, and Settings apps f For details on each app, visithttp://www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/ How to do it... These apps form the base of the iPad and by themselves can satisfy most of our media and communication needs. We'll delve deeper into each of the following apps in the upcoming recipes. f Mail f Photos f App Store f iTunes and Music f Settings 6 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to How it works... The applications can work together to provide a unifying experience. From the Photos app, we are able to share photos via the Mail application. Purchasing music in iTunes will allow us playback in our Music app. Ubiquity is what makes this device and its apps so useful. There's more... In the next recipe, we'll dig deeper into Mail, setting up accounts, and getting the new features enabled. Working with the Mail application (Must know) The Mail application could be one of the most-used applications on iPad. It's full of customizable features and makes handling multiple e-mail addresses a breeze. Many of us have at least two e-mail addresses, work and personal. Let's set up our mailbox. Getting ready You must have an e-mail address to proceed. How to do it... 1. Open up the Settings application and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars from the left- hand menu, as shown in the following screenshot: 2. To the right, we see Accounts. Select Add Account…, as shown in the following screenshot: 7 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 3. We're taken to a menu with a variety of options as shown: 4. For this example, we're going to select Gmail. Setting up other e-mail addresses is very similar and requires the same information. The exceptions are setting up iCloud, Exchange, or Other accounts. The task of setting these up is a bit more advanced. 5. Let's set it up for a Gmail address. After selecting Gmail, we're taken to a screen with the fields Name, Email, Password, and Description, as shown in the following screenshot: 8 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 6. We'll enter our name as we'd like it to appear in our outgoing messages. Then, we'll enter our e-mail address, password, and a description of the account. Hitting Next will finish up the process, verifying the e-mail address. 7. When complete, we're given the options of turning this address ON or OFF. Keeping it ON will allow our e-mail messages to appear on the iPad. We definitely want this e-mail address ON; whether or not we decide to enable calendars and notes isn't relevant to this task. Having either turned on will sync our Calendar and Notes data associated with this e-mail address. Tap Save: 8. Now that we've got an e-mail address, let's set up a VIP inbox. New in iOS 6, this filtered inbox is a mix of contacts from all of our e-mail addresses allowing us to create a special inbox with contacts we deem important. This ensures that they don't get overlooked when going from device to device and e-mail address to e-mail address. How it works... The Mail app organizes multiple e-mail addresses, e-mail threads, and adds the feature of a VIP inbox for our most important contacts. The setup is fairly simple. 9 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to We begin by tapping Add VIP…, as shown in the following screenshot: This brings up all of our contacts associated with our e-mail address. Selecting a contact adds them to the VIP List, as shown in the following screenshot: There's more... Within the settings for Mail, we saw iCloud as an optional e-mail account. Setting up an iCloud e-mail address is important for all of our future iCloud usage. iTunes, iBooks, App Store, and other apps where content can be auto-synced to iCloud all require an iCloud e-mail address that's tied to one master Apple ID. 10 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to In the following recipe, we'll learn all about iCloud and will set up our very own iCloud e-mail address. Adding an iCloud.com e-mail address (Should know) iCloud is an all-encompassing term for Apple's SyncServices. Meant to keep files ubiquitous across all Apple devices, the service acts as a backup, leaving our files in the cloud where we'll have access to them on our iPhone, iPod Touch, or Mac. We can also access our files viawww.iCloud.com. Why enable this? Aside from the anytime, anywhere access, the backup feature is one that should not be overlooked. We may not need to access our documents or photos from everywhere, but having a backup of our contacts, photos, calendars, and documents is pretty great, especially when it happens automatically. We'll begin by setting up iCloud on our iPad. Getting ready An Apple ID is required in order to proceed. You most likely already have an Apple ID, but if not, you can get one from the setup screen, as shown in the following steps. How to do it... 1. From the Settings app in Mail, Contacts, Calendars, select Add Account…, and then select iCloud. 11 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 2. We're prompted to enter an Apple ID and password. If you don't have one, tap Get a Free Apple ID and follow the ensuing steps: 3. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then tap Next. The following screen appears, and we're prompted to turn on or off various iCloud sync features. Turn them all on, including Photo Stream (which does not default to ON, so double check that it's enabled): 12 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 4. Tap Save and we're done. We've got iCloud enabled We were also automatically given an iCloud e-mail address. We now see our account listed in the Accounts list view, as shown in the following screenshot: 5. Now tap iCloud to view all of our settings one more time. Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Storage & Backup, as shown in the following screenshot: 6. Now we need to make a decision. Do we want to enable iCloud Backup? Enabling this will avoid the need to manually back up our iPad using the cable, our computer, and iTunes. iCloud allows us to do this when our iPad is locked and connected to Wi-Fi. Flip the switch to ON; we're given a prompt alerting us to the changes we've just made, as shown in the following screenshot. This is telling us that when we plug our iPad into our computer, it will not sync automatically. This is because it will have been syncing via iCloud Backup and there is no need for the sync when you plug in your device. Everything will already be backed up, up to 5 GB. 13 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to How it works... We are setting up the foundation of iCloud, enabling it in mail and using iCloud Backup to sync our Contacts, Camera Roll, Calendars, and Documents & Data apps. In the next recipe, we'll go into the Photos app, looking at Photo Stream. We'll also cover the editing powers of iPhoto, a premium app used for editing images captured on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Photos – editing, sharing, and Photo Stream (Should know) The Photos app is native to the iPad and is a great way to organize, sync, and share your photos. We'll begin by exploring the interface and then dig a little deeper into editing, sharing, and Photo Stream. Getting ready Let's make sure we have a few photos in Camera Roll. If you don't have any photos, take a couple of pictures with the iPad, using the Camera app. How to do it... 1. Open the Photos app and tap on a photo. In the upper-right corner, we see the Edit, Slideshow, and the share icons. 2. Tap Edit and the edit menu is displayed at the bottom of the screen, as shown in the following screenshot: ‰ Selecting Rotate will rotate your photo in counter-clockwise, 90-degree rotations. ‰ Enhance will adjust the lighting of the photo automatically. There are no added options for more control of the enhancements. It's a one-tap fix. 14 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to ‰ Red-Eye will correct red-eye with a simple tap on the eye. At the bottom of the screen, the following message appears: ‰ Tapping Crop brings up a grid that is scaled by touching the corners or any of the lines encompassing the gridded area. We can move the image around, behind the grid, by touching the image and sliding it around. 3. Tap Crop to begin editing an image. 4. Note that a new menu appears at the bottom of the screen. We see Constrain and Reset, as shown in the following screenshot. Constrain will crop the image to a common set of dimensions, and Reset brings the entire image back into the grid. 15 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 5. Tap Crop in the upper-right corner of the screen, and the menu will change, as shown in the following screenshot. Tap Save, and we will have successfully edited a photo. 6. Now that we've successfully edited a photo, let's share it with Photo Stream. What is Photo Stream? It's a section in the cloud where we are able to save photos and access them from other Apple devices. To share, tap on the share icon. A menu pops up with a variety of options. We'll be selecting Photo Stream, as shown in the following screenshot: 16 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 7. Sharing to Photo Stream brings up our options. You'll notice a To: field. This will share to an e-mail address, something we won't be doing in this exercise. We'll be creating a Photo Stream folder called My Edits, as shown in the following screenshot: 8. Tapping Next will allow for a comment and the ability to finalize your share by hitting Post. Your photo is now in the cloud and available in the Photo Stream tab, in the Photos app, shown in the following screenshot: Photo Stream images will be available on other iCloud-enabled devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, or Apple TV. In the following recipe we'll take our photo editing skills a bit further by exploring iPhoto. iPhoto – editing, sharing, and importing (Should know) Part of Apple's iLife suite, iPhoto, is a premium app selling for 4.99 in the App Store. With multi-touch gestures, you can edit photos using a huge variety of tools. As part of the Apple suite, the app is compatible with iCloud, making your photos editable from any device that has iPhoto installed, including your computer. In the previous recipe on the native Photos app, we covered basic photo editing such as rotating, cropping, enhancing, and red-eye removal. In iPhoto we've got so much more. Now we'll explore some of the gestures and some advanced features. 17 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to Getting ready In order to continue the following set of instructions, you must download iPhoto for 4.99 from the App Store. We already have some photos in the Camera Roll app from the previous recipe, and those are fine to use for this exercise in exploration. How to do it... There's a lot going on in this app, and we could easily devote an entire book to it. Let's cover some of the basics of the interface first. Then we'll use some of those tools. 1. Open the app and tap the Camera Roll album shown in the following screenshot: 2. Tapping Camera Roll will open up the folder and give us a slew of editing options. Take some time to look at all of the icons appearing in the upper and lower portion of the screen. Focus on the tools in the upper-left corner and tap the question mark icon. Tapping that icon will reveal a description of all the tools appearing on the page. The following screenshot shows the upper menu with descriptions: 18 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 3. Take a look at the options on the lower menu, shown in the following screenshot. Some of the options are familiar, based on our use of the Photos app. Crop & Straighten, Auto-Enhance, and Rotate are here, but you'll notice that they're more refined and provide more options. This lower menu is where all of the magic happens. ‰ Crop & Straighten allows us to straighten out images using gestures and a guide. Rotate offers us more, allowing us to rotate the image in increments using a two-finger twist gesture or the rotator at the bottom of screen, as shown in the following screenshot: 19 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to ‰ Exposure and Color are pretty detailed and can make our reds redder and blues bluer. If we want to enhance a photo, these are the best tools do to so. You can see what these options are capable of by tapping on areas of the photo and adjusting the sliders, as shown in the following screenshot: ‰ Brushes offers many options from color correction to sharpening an image. Effects are fun extras to make your photos unique. Both are shown in the following screenshot: 20 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to 4. Let's select an effect for our photo. Tap Black & White. Now we see even more options appear in the lower menu. This will help us refine the effect. Tap one of the options shown in the following screenshot. The option farthest to the right in the following screenshot will bring up the menu of effects again. Give it a try. 5. Now that we've applied the Black & White effect to our photo, let's save it by using the share icon in the upper-right corner, as shown in the following screenshot: 6. Here we see many different options. To save this photo to our iPad, we'd tap Camera Roll and choose the selected image. ‰ Sharing to iTunes is a quick tap, and the image will be available in iTunes when we plug our iPad in to the computer 21 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to ‰ Journal is an extra feature in iPhoto that allows you create photo journals using a variety of templates ‰ Sharing via social media such as Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook is intuitive and never more than a few taps away 7. Let's focus on the Beam option. Beaming allows us to send a photo to another iOS device. To do this, both devices must be on the same wireless network and must be running iPhoto. Once you tap Beam and select the photo, iPhoto will begin searching for devices in range, as shown in the following screenshot: How it works... iPhoto is a hefty application. Aside from the well-designed interface and editing capabilities, its strongest feature is the ubiquity it offers when using multiple Apple products. It saves us from being tethered to our computers while managing and editing our photos. There's more... In the next recipe we'll explore another app from Apple's iLife suite, iMovie. 22 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to Importing photos into iPhoto If we've got Photo Stream enabled on our iPhone and iPod Touch, the act of importing is moot. Any photo taken on devices with Photo Stream enabled will automatically sync those photos to iCloud, making them available on our new iPad and in iPhoto on our computers. Suppose that we have photos on a non-Apple digital camera that we want to import into iPhoto on our iPad. For this, our best option is to plug our digital camera into our computer and import the images into iPhoto. If we don't have iPhoto on our computer, we can purchase an iPad Camera Connection Kit, and that will get the job done for us. iMovie – capturing, editing, and sharing your footage (Should know) iMovie is another application in Apple's iLife suite. It's 4.99 in the App Store and offers multi-touch editing capabilities and lots of share options. In this recipe we'll learn some of its basic features and familiarize ourselves with the common iconography. Getting ready In order to continue and follow the instructions in this section, you must download iMovie from the app store. Remember, it's a premium app for 4.99. How to do it... 1. To start a new project, tap the plus icon. This brings up a menu where we can select New Project or New Trailer, as shown in the following screenshot: 23 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-to ‰ New Trailer creates a short video trailer using pre-made templates and sets it up in the manner of a storyboard. We can use video from the Camera Roll app, photos stored on our iPad, and music stored in the Music app. ‰ Like iPhoto, iMovie has a lot of features, so we're going to be focusing on New Project. A project allows us to make a movie of any length, using the same sources, video, music, and photos. We also have a variety of templates we can use. 2. Tap on New Project. We're taken to the editing interface with a media browser, timeline, and a video viewer. ‰ The media browser shows us the available media on our iPad. The following screenshot shows the Video tab in the media browser. Sliding your finger within a video will preview it in the video viewer. Double-tapping a video will bring the video into the timeline: 24 www.it-ebooks.info http://itbookshub.com/

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