iPad Care 101


While the iPad is predominantly known for its sleek looks and loads of applications,
most iPad owners seem to have little knowledge about how to care for their iPad. It should be noted that the iPad is among the more expensive of computing devices and getting it repaired isn't a cheap affair. Most iPad owners have realized this through bitter experiences. Thus, it makes sense to have a basic understanding of how to care for your iPad using the following tips:

Taking Care of iPad Screen

The iPad screen is among the best in the niche of PC tablets. This screen has a special coating that makes it immune to fingerprints. This essentially means that the screen is resistant to grime and dust found on our fingers. However, over a period of sustained usage, the screen can become a bit vulnerable. Thus, it is advised to properly clean the iPad screen.
• It is always better to wipe the iPad screen in circular motion to avoid any kind of scratching.
• Ensure that the cloth you use is free from any sand or debris. If the wiping cloth is contaminated, the dust can get impacted upon the screen, disturbing clarity of images.
• It is better to wipe the screen every two or three days with a dry piece of cloth. Don’t rub too hard when cleaning it.
• The best kind of cloth to use for the iPad screen is lint-free fiber cloth that should be slightly damp.
• If you find the screen smudged due to something on your hands, clean it immediately.
• Don’t use harsh cleaning solutions like all-surface cleaning compounds, car screen sprays or glass cleaning compounds.
• Some retailers have introduced screen protectors specifically for iPads. Ensure that you buy one from a reputed retailer of i-Accessories.

Taking Care of iPad against Moisture

You need to protect the iPad against possible entry of moisture. The device is quite sturdily built and leaves little room for entry of moisture. However, it is better to be cautious.
• Ensure that the device is kept away from wet surfaces.
• Wipe the openings like the connection ports. These might make way for moisture into the machine.
• If the device gets wet, don’t use it. Wipe it slowly. Allow it to dry under the fan. Leave it for a few hours until all traces of moisture have been eliminated.

Taking Care of iPad against Temperature Extremes:

• Don’t leave the device in the sun or in sunlit areas for too long.
• Don’t leave your iPad locked inside a car—the internal temperature of a vehicle can shoot-up pretty fast with closed windows.
• Try not to place the iPad next to extremely hot or cold objects, like when seated at the dining table.
• Placing the iPad near dishes from which vapor is emanating is not advised.

Understanding Screen Protector Usage in iPad Care:

• There are two, basic types of screen protectors recommended for iPads. The first one is called the ZAGG protector. This is more comprehensive. It covers the entire device.
• Most people are happy using the front-only or the exclusive screen protector that doesn’t cover the rest of the device.
• You can order these from home too via online retailers like Amazon or eBay.

Caring for iPad Batteries

Standard batteries for the iPad are rechargeable Lithium Polymer Batteries. Though these have a long life, they are prone to wearing-out. You can prolong their life with:
• Keeping yourself on-board with all the iPad updates. Apple makes smaller tweaks to its software that might help to increase or impair the battery life.
• Experts recommend doing one whole charge cycle, once, every month. For this, you need to recharge the device to 100% capacity and then use it until it is completely exhausted. This is supposed to augur the battery’s recharging capacity.

Taking Care of iPad with iPad App

This had to happen considering that Apple has introduced an application for virtually everything that we need. Thus, creating an app for taking care of its most revered creation, the iPad, was inevitable.
There are apps that update you about the iPad’s performance, including system information and software-related things. This information is updated more frequently than the inbuilt update mechanisms within the iPad. For instance, the System Activity Monitor application is like an inspector for the iPad, checking every bit of its performance. Obviously, it cannot help you if you drop your iPad from the terrace!
Basic IPad Maintenance: External Protection is Vital You have many options to consider, including the:
• Standard case
• Folio case
• iPad Sleeve
• Bag made from mesh or leather or both
The number of options keeps increasing in this niche but this is the basic categorization. Ensure that you buy a kind of iPad case that has good consumer reviews. Don’t buy cheap replicas that might look stunning but offer much less in terms of actual protection.
• The case ensures that the device survives accidental drops that are likely to happen.
• It is better to move around with a shoulder-slung iPad bag when traveling during rush hours as people are more likely to bump into the device.
• iPad cases that provide enveloped protection are the best bet. Those that offer shield-like protection or act like mere fancy covers are more of a style thing.

iPad Maintenance Tips

Best charging practices for the iPad:
• Connect the iPad to the power outlet using the Dock Connector linked to the USB Cable.
• iPad retailers recommend Power Adapters with 10W USB ratings and this should be followed.
• The iPad battery isn't meant to be charged by a PC in Standby or Sleep mode.

Tips to Handle iPad Freezing:

• The best way to handle this situation is doing a Forced Restart.
• This method doesn’t cause deletion of data except for what hasn’t been saved.
• You need to hold down upon the Sleep/Wake button that is located along the right, upper side of the iPad. Simultaneously, press down upon the Home button too. Do this until the iPad is properly shut down.
• This induces a reboot that neutralizes the freezing in about 30 - 45 seconds.

More Tips to Take Care of Your iPad:

• Don’t try to jailbreak or unlock your iPad in an unauthorized manner since this makes it more vulnerable to security risks and nullifies the warranty.
• It is better to use the latest version of iTunes so keep checking for updates.
• When the message “Do Not Disconnect” appears on the screen, heed to the warning. You need to Eject the iPad before you Disconnect it from the PC. This is vital to ensure longevity of the data saved on the drives.

General Maintenance & More Cleaning Tips for iPad:

• It is better to invest in a cleaning kit that is retailed specifically for iPads.
• It is better to keep a microfiber cloth within your iPad case. This should be used for frequently cleaning the entire surface.
• Switch off your iPad before you start cleaning it.
• Don’t buy random cleaning solutions being marketed as “recommended for iPads” unless the retailing brand has some sort of global reputation.
• All tablet cleaning solutions are not recommended for cleaning iPads since every tablet has a slightly different screen composition.
• For cleaning the ports, you can use an Air Can. This contains compressed air. However, don’t use blow dryers. Air Cans are useful for cleaning smaller crevices found within headset jacks and SIM slots.
• Invest in a new screen protector if the old one seems to be wearing-away.
• Don’t try to force things into the port connections. Every peripheral in the device is compatible with a particular range of devices and you shouldn’t experiment with the recommended connectors. Doing so can eat into your warranty!
Please let us know if we have missed upon something important. You can also contribute with some handy tip that you believe most iPad owners don’t know!

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