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iPad Q&A (iPad FAQ)

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EveryiPad.com's iPad Q&A answers questions about all iPad models. Questions range from "What are all the differences between the iPad Air and the Retina Display iPad mini? Which is best for me?" to "How do you print directly from the iPad without transferring files to a computer first? Is it even possible?" and everything in between.

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Most Frequently Asked iPad Q&As:

What are all the differences between the iPad Air and the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen)? Which is best for me?

Can the iPad be used to type documents? Can it open and save Microsoft Office files? Can it open and save PDF files?

How fast are the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) compared to one another? How fast are they compared to their predecessors?

How do you connect an iPad to a television or projector to display photos or video? What formats and resolutions does it support? What are the video out differences between the iPad models?

What are all the differences between the iPad Air (5th Gen) and the iPad 4th Gen replaced?

How do you print directly from the iPad without transferring files to a computer first? Is it possible?

What are all the differences between the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) models?

Do the iPad models have a SIM card? Which iPad models use which types of SIM Cards? Micro? Nano?

Can you connect a camera to the iPad to transfer photos? How do you connect a camera to transfer photos? Does it have an SD card slot? Does the iPad work with the iPod Camera Connector?

What are all the differences between the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) and the original/1st Gen iPad mini? Which is best for me?

iPad "Basics" Q&As:

What is the iPad, exactly? What is the iPad used for?

What market is the iPad designed to reach? What type of needs does it address? Who is expected to buy it?

Can you make phone calls with the iPad?

What is Micro SIM? How is it different from regular SIM cards? Which iPad models use a Micro SIM card?

What is Nano SIM? How is different from Micro SIM or a regular SIM card? Which iPad models use a Nano SIM card?

Do the iPad models have a SIM card? Which iPad models use which types of SIM Cards? Micro? Nano?

How do you cut down a Mini SIM card to the size of a Micro SIM or Nano SIM card?

Do the iPad models support an external keyboard? Do the iPad models support an external mouse?

Do the iPad models support pen input? Do they support handwriting recognition?

Do all the iPad models have a camera? What are the differences between the cameras on each iPad?

How do you print directly from the iPad without transferring files to a computer first? Is it possible?

iPad Software & Software Compatibility Q&As:

What operating system do the iPad models use? Which iPad models support iOS 7? For models that "partially" support iOS 7, which features are and are not supported?

Will operating system updates for the iPad models be free like the iPhone or will they cost money like the iPod touch?

Can applications that run on the iPhone and iPod touch run on the iPad models? Can the iPad models run Mac OS X applications?

Can the iPad run Linux?

Can the iPad be used to type documents? Can it open and save Microsoft Office files? Can it open and save PDF files?

Do the iPad models support Flash?

Do the iPad models support Voice Control?

Do the iPad models support Siri?

Do the iPad models support Skype? Can they be used to make VOIP calls?

iPad Air Comparison Q&As (Current):

What are all the differences between the iPad Air models?

What are all the differences between the iPad Air (5th Gen) and the iPad 4th Gen replaced?

What are all the differences between the iPad Air and the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen)? Which is best for me?

How fast are the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) compared to one another? How fast are they compared to their predecessors?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad Air? Is it the iPad for me?

iPad mini Retina/2nd Gen Comparison Q&As (Current):

What are all the differences between the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) models?

What are all the differences between the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) and the original/1st Gen iPad mini? Which is best for me?

What are all the differences between the iPad Air and the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen)? Which is best for me?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

How fast are the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) compared to one another? How fast are they compared to their predecessors?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen)? Is it the iPad for me?

iPad mini Original/1st Gen Comparison Q&As (Current):

What are all the differences between the original iPad mini (1st Gen) models?

What are all the differences between the iPad 4th Gen, the iPad 2, and original iPad mini (1st Gen)? Would one of these models meet my needs or should I buy a newer iPad?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

How does the performance of the iPad mini compare to the iPad 4th Gen? How fast is it compared to earlier iPad models?

What are the "pros and cons" of the original iPad mini (1st Gen)?

iPad 4th Gen Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What are all the differences between the iPad 4th Gen models?

What are all the differences between the iPad 4th Gen (Late 2012) and the iPad 3rd Gen (Early 2012) that it replaced?

What are all the differences between the iPad 4th Gen, the iPad 2, and original iPad mini (1st Gen)? Would one of these models meet my needs or should I buy a newer iPad?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

How does the performance of the iPad 4th Gen compare to the iPad 3rd Gen and earlier iPad models?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad 4th Gen?

iPad 3rd Gen Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What are all the differences between the iPad 3rd Gen models?

What are all the differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad 3rd Gen?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

How does the performance of the iPad 3rd Gen compare to the iPad 2? How much faster is the iPad 3rd Gen?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad 3rd Gen?

iPad 2 Comparison Q&As (Current):

What are all the differences between the iPad 2 models? Which should I buy? Should I still buy an iPad 2 or should I buy a newer iPad?

What are all the differences between the original iPad (1st Gen/iPad 1) and the iPad 2?

What are all the differences between the iPad 4th Gen, the iPad 2, and original iPad mini (1st Gen)? Would one of these models meet my needs or should I buy a newer iPad?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

How does the performance of the iPad 2 compare to the original iPad? How much faster is the iPad 2?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad 2? Does it make sense for my needs?

iPad Original/1st Gen Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What are all the differences between the original iPad (1st Gen/iPad 1) models?

What are the main differences between the iPad and the 11-Inch MacBook Air? Which makes the most sense for my needs?

How does the original iPad compare to the Amazon Kindle 2, Kindle DX and B&N nook that were available when the iPad was introduced?

How does the original iPad compare to the Axiotron ModBook?

What are the "pros and cons" of the original iPad (1st Gen/iPad 1)? Is it right for me? Is it "worth" buying?

iPad Expansion, Battery & Connectivity Q&As:

How much internal storage do the iPad models have? Can storage be expanded? Does the iPad have a MicroSD slot?

What is the battery life of the original iPad in "real-world" tests?

What is the battery life of the iPad 2 in "real-world" tests?

Do the iPad models support Bluetooth?

Do the iPad models support an external keyboard? Do the iPad models support an external mouse?

How do you connect an iPad to a television or projector to display photos or video? What formats and resolutions does it support? What are the video out differences between iPad models?

Can the iPad models be used as an external display for a Mac?

Can you connect a camera to the iPad to transfer photos? How do you connect a camera to transfer photos? Does it have an SD card slot? Does the iPad work with the iPod Camera Connector?

iPad Functionality Q&As:

Do the iPad models support pen input? Do they support handwriting recognition?

Do all the iPad models have a camera? What are the differences between the cameras on each iPad?

What are the differences between the displays on different iPad models? What is the viewing angle of the iPad? Is the screen visible from the sides or does it have to be held immediately in front of one person?

How do you connect an iPad to a television or projector to display photos or video? What formats and resolutions does it support? What are the video out differences between iPad models?

Can the iPad models be used as an external display for a Mac?

Can you connect a camera to the iPad to transfer photos? How do you connect a camera to transfer photos? Does it have an SD card slot? Does the iPad work with the iPod Camera Connector?

How do you print directly from the iPad without transferring files to a computer first? Is it possible?

iPad Cellular & Wireless Q&As:

Can you make phone calls with the iPad?

What is Micro SIM? How is it different from a regular SIM card?

What is Nano SIM? How is different from Micro SIM or a regular SIM card? Which iPad models use a Nano SIM card?

Do the iPad models have a SIM card? Which iPad models use which types of SIM Cards? Micro? Nano?

How do you cut down a Mini SIM card to the size of a Micro SIM or Nano SIM card?

Do the iPad models have a SIM card? Which iPad models use SIM, Mini SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM cards?

Can you purchase the iPad "unlocked" or is it tied to a wireless carrier?

What is 3G? How much faster is 3G than EDGE in real-world tests?

What is A-GPS?

Do the iPad models support Bluetooth?

iPad Design & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the iPad?

What font does the iPad interface use?

What are the "pros and cons" of the original iPad? Is it right for me? Is it "worth" buying?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad 2?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad 3rd Gen?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad 4th Gen?

What are the "pros and cons" of the original iPad mini (1st Gen)?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen)? Is it the iPad for me?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPad Air? Is it the iPad for me?

Where is the iPad available for purchase? Can it be purchased from Apple Authorized Resellers?

Can you purchase the iPad "unlocked" or is it tied to a wireless carrier?


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