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iPad User Magazine Issue 18

iPad User Magazine is the complete companion guide for owners of any iPad model, including the new iPad mini. Published every six weeks you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest things to do on your iPad.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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keep in touch with contacts

SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it IT WILL TAKE 5 minutes YOU’LL NEED iPad, iOS 8 The Contacts app and settings in iOS 8 make it easy to access and organise your address books. You can import details from various sources, then find people from any group, quickly create a correctly addressed email, and more. You can add contacts directly on your iPad or sync them over the internet, using various services. If you’re using iCloud, you can sync with your computer and iPhone just using your Apple ID. If you use Google Contacts or lots of other online services, you can keep your contacts in sync using them – in Settings you can choose to include those contacts. Contacts is now integrated with Facebook, enabling the Contacts app on all your devices to be populated with information…

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Apple and multimedia go hand in hand. With Camera, Photos, Videos, iTunes, iBooks, iMovie, Garageband – the ability to create and enjoy media is just a fingertip away. And that’s just the built-in offerings from Apple. Of course, the App Store is stuffed to the gills with apps that will help you to release your inner artist. In this issue, we’re taking a close look at sketching, drawing and painting apps. You’ll get something different from each, and this will depend on your ability and experience – Procreate, Brushes 3 and Inspire Pro. Procreate and Brushes are free so you might want to try and keep both. Fortunately, creating artwork on the iPad is very intuitive and, with a Retina screen, results can look absolutely amazing. And if that’s whet your…

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stream music and video

SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it IT WILL TAKE 20 minutes YOU’LL NEED iPad, iOS 8, a compatible speaker, video receiver for AirPlay mirroring Your iPad’s portability makes it the ideal entertainment device, whether you want to listen to music or enjoy video content on the move. But there will be times when you want to hear your music through a proper set of speakers, watch your movies on your large-screen HDTV, or view your slideshows on compatible digital photo frames. The great thing about the iPad is that you can do all of this – and all without a single wire in sight… Wireless for sound The technology that makes it possible is called AirPlay. This sends audio or video via your Wi-Fi network to compatible speakers or video receivers such as the Apple TV. Depending on your…

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burst mode

Like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 has a burst mode, meaning that if you hold the shutter button down instead of just tapping it once, the camera will keep taking photos at a very fast speed – many pictures every second – with a little counter in the viewfinder telling you how many it’s taken. Once you’ve shot them, you can review each batch of photos to pick out the best one to keep, though the iPhone will actually analyse them and select the best for you. It’s easy to then delete all the ones you don’t want in one tap, so they’re not taking up space.…

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master the maps app

SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it IT WILL TAKE 10 minutes YOU’LL NEED iPad, iOS 8 Before iOS 6, the Maps app on the iPhone used Google Maps by default. With iOS 6 Apple released its own maps app, which got off to a shaky start (thanks to some initially inaccurate data and some wonky 3D) but this has steadily improved and offers some useful features, notably satnavstyle turn-by-turn navigation. You still don’t get the Street View feature which is part of Google Maps, but if you do want that feature, that app is available to install as well if you wish – it’s free from the App Store. Here we’ll look at the main features of the built-in Maps app. One thing to note is that the search functionality is less helpful than that of Google…

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sound speaker: the airplay advantage

The benefits of AirPlay are numerous. Obviously, as you can see from the walkthrough opposite, setting it up is simple. More importantly, you get fantastic audio quality, which is superior to that of audio streamed over Bluetooth because the files aren’t compressed. The range is also a great deal better – with Bluetooth technology you need a speaker placed within around 30 feet (10 metres) of the audio source. But with AirPlay the range is as far as your network extends. You can also stream to multiple speakers, which is great if you’re having a party and want music pumping throughout your house. And you can even use your iPad as a remote control for iTunes on a computer. When buying a speaker, consider your budget. You can get online deals…