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22 Really Useful iPad Tips

by on April 14th, 2010

As I’m sure most of you are, I’m very disappointed about the delay in the iPad coming to Canada. I was actually planning a trip that was booked around the release of the iPad. Oh well, one good thing about the delay is that we have more time to learn about how to use the iPad, and who knows maybe all of the “bugs” will be worked out of the iPad before we get it!

The TidBits website has posted a very good article about some really ingenious ways of making your life easier when working (or playing) with the iPad.  There are some new techniques and hidden shortcuts that maybe you don’t know about. For those of you who already own an iPhone you may be familiar with some of them.

One really neat tip I learned from the article is that there is an iBooks Easter Egg within the iBooks application.  For those of you who don’t know what Easter eggs are, they are hidden programming surprises that developers sometimes include in software.  Here is how to find the Easter Egg – in the iBooks app, touch and hold the shelves that display your library, then drag down as far as you can to reveal a little surprise hidden behind the faux wood. How cool is this! I can’t wait to try this out…..now if only I had an iPad!

Hey, could someone try this and let me know if it works for you and if so what is the Easter Egg?

**Edit** Here’s a picture of the Easter Egg taken off Gary’s iPad:


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  • Francois
  • John P

    If you buy an iPad in US can you load iPad apps in Canada?

  • gizhola

    Yes you can, but you'll need a US iTunes account and a US iTunes card to add funds to that account.

  • TeenWolf

    Can you post the link to the article?

  • @TeenWolf Here is the article – http://db.tidbits.com/article/11167

    I found some of the tips really helpful, like the apostrophe one. Basically you can hold the comma key for ~ 3 seconds and you'll get an apostrophe – instead of hitting “.123” and having to switching between the 2 screens everytime you need an apostrophe for words like I'm, we're, don't, etc..

  • It works! Cool!

  • TS

    You don't need a US account. I registered mine on my Canadian account – everything is available for purchase/download there except the American apps (Netflix, ABC, etc) and the Apple apps (Pages, Notes, Keynote, iBooks) – those will show up here once iPad is launched in Canada. Unless you can't wait for those apps, just use your Canadian account because once you want to switch back to your Canadian account, all your apps you purchased and/or downloaded will be tied to your US account and that will be less than convenient once iPad shows up here. Just a suggestion.

  • Yup, it's definitely a pain to update apps and you're required to login to
    your US/Canada accounts to do so. But for those who can't wait, a US account
    is required to download apps straight from the iPad on the fly, versus
    syncing every single time.

  • Andre

    After obtaining a free app from the US store, you can eliminate the hassle at update time. When it gives you the error form your Canadian account, just choose the 'buy' option. Your US copy will be replaced by the Canadian copy.

  • rorypiper

    Has anyone else discovered this? – Press and hold your volume down, on the side, for Mute!