Savannah Groeneveld asked:
Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 devices can be intimidating pieces of technology, especially if you have never owned any type of Apple device. iPhone user learn to use the iPad quickly because it is very similar to the iPhone. One of the most misunderstood aspects of the iPad and iPad 2, which creates heaps of questions from iPad users, is the topic of internet connectivity. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and discuss the answers to them! Get your pencil out – because you will want to take notes.
1. Does the iPad allow you to make phone calls or video calls with it?
This question as two possible answers, which depend on whether you have an iPad or an iPad 2. Put simply, the original iPad has no video calling capability. The iPad 2, on the other hand, is equipped with two cameras and now comes with the “FaceTime” feature, which allows users to make video phone calls. You may need additional apps to do this.
As for making voice calls, both generations of the iPad are equipped with a speaker (an external speaker can be hooked up through the audio jack for increased audio)and a microphone so that making voice calls is completely possible.
2. Can I get my iPad to connect to the internet by tethering it to my iPhone?
If you don’t know what tethering is, you’re not alone. This is one term that causes a lot of people to shrug their shoulders. In simple terms, this is when you have one device that is connected to the internet and connect an additional device to the internet through the original device’s connection. Tethering is not “legal” in the world of Apple, because it would allow users to pay for one internet connection but give them the capability to use that connection for all of their devices.
3. Can I travel with my iPad and connect to the internet from international locations?
There is one thing that you should always keep your eye out for when traveling – Wi-Fi hotspots. These are areas where you can access an internet connection for free. These are becoming more and more common, especially at places like McDonald’s and Starbucks. If the country you are in has 3G coverage, then you will be able to connect to the internet from anywhere (assuming you have a 3G enabled iPad). Don’t be quick to fire up the 3G though – check out how much it will cost you first!