Step-by-step: Setting up the iPad mini

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    Step-by-step: Setting up the iPad mini

    Setting up the iPad mini is a reasonably straight-forward process, and as it comes armed with iOS 6 it is a PC-free setup process, so you donít need to attach the iPad mini to a Mac or PC running iTunes to get it up and running.

    The iPad mini typically has a charge in the box (unless itís been sitting on the shelf for a while and the charge has run flat). Even so we advise you to use the supplied Lightning cable and adapter to plug the iPad mini into the mains to ensure the setup process is uninterrupted. Itís also a good idea to ensure you have access to a WiFi connection before doing the setup so you can access online features such as iCloud, Find My iPad, and activate the iPad online.

    Step-by-step: iPad mini setup

    1. Choose language

    The first thing the iPad mini will ask you to do is choose a language. iOS devices have previously come armed with English as the main language, while the iPad mini we got was set to Traditional Chinese as the default language (this is the language commonly used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, hit tip to Sung Chik our Financial Controller for the identification). Itís easy enough to choose English as the main language though, click Show More, choose English and click the blue Next arrow.

    2. Select Region

    Ah, hereís why the language defaulted to Traditional Chinese. Our iPad mini thinks itís in Taiwan. Click Show More and choose the location nearest to you.

    3. Connect to Wi-Fi

    The iPad mini will scan for nearby Wi-Fi networks. Choose a network to join and enter your password. Tap Join and Next.

    4. Location Services

    Location Services is a feature that lets the iPad mini, and apps, determine where you are. This is used by apps such as Maps to pinpoint you on a Map, and other apps offer customised information local to you. Some people donít like being tracked by apps though. Click Enable Location Services if youíre happy with this feature, or Disable Location Services if you donít want to use localised information. Click Next.

    5. Setup as new or Restore?

    You can choose to setup your iPad mini as a new iPad, or Restore information (such as apps, data, and services) from a backup. This can either be an iCloud Backup or one you have performed locally on a computer. As this is our first iPad mini, and we intend to keep using our iPad and iPhone devices, weíve elected to set this one up from scratch. Choose the option you want and click Next.

    6. iPad mini Backup

    The iPad mini can be either backed up to iCloud (Appleís remote servers) or locally to your computer. We typically choose iCloud because the iOS device will be backed up automatically whenever we connect it to the power (and it has a Wi-Fi connection). But some people still like to keep their backups locally in a copy of iTunes. You canít choose to not backup your iPad mini. If you donít want to backup youíll need to Choose Back Up To My Computer but not perform the backup when you connect to iTunes.

    7. Find My iPad

    Find My iPad is an app (that you can get from the App Store) and it allows you to locate lost or missing iOS devices from a computer (using the web services) or from another iOS device (using the Find My iPad app). To use this service select Use Find My iPad. The iPad will broadcast itís location to Apple who track its movement, then they can tell you where it is at any given time. If youíd rather keep this information from Apple choose Donít Use Find My iPad and click Next.

    8. Say hello to Siri

    Siri is Appleís language interaction feature where you can speak requests (such as send a message to a person, dictate a note, or ask what the weather is going to be like). Siri is great fun, although itís still a little haphazard at times. Siri sends your voice input to Appleís server, where it is crunched by a supercomputer and the information is sent back. Click Use Siri to use this feature or Donít Use Siri if you donít; click Next.

    9. Diagnostics and Usage

    You can help Apple keep an eye on your product by allowing the iPad to send Diagnostics and Usage data to Apple. Apple points out that this helps it improve its products, although it also enables them to keep an eye on what you use your iPad for, where, when, how long, and so on. So itís a lot of info youíre sending to them. Take your choice and click Next.

    10. Registration

    You should register your device with Apple to get support and product information. This is handy if something goes wrong with the device. Registration is far easier on iOS than any other product, there are no forms to fill out or serial numbers to put in boxes. Just tap On and click Next.

    11. Update the Software

    The iPad mini is now good to go. We found that Apple had released a Software Update to 6.0.1 as soon as we started using the iPad, so you should update. Click Details and Update to go to the latest software. From here on in youíll be good to go.

    12. Start using the iPad mini

    Youíre now good to start using the iPad mini. Tap on app icons to see what they do, and the Home button to go back to the home screen.


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