Introduction to iOS8 for iPad

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iOS8 was released in September 2014 for all iPads except the iPad 1, and all iPhones from the 4S on. If you're upgrading yours, this video will fill you in on the new iOS 8 features and changes.

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The video is by David A Cox of PCClassesOnline.com. We very much appreciate his fine tutorials and feature a number of them here. This is a 46-minute class, so I have listed the starting points of the key areas he discusses so you can skip to them when you review the tutorial.

1. Starting Advice on Upgrading to iOS 8

I don't entirely agree with David's advice here, but also iOS 8 has had some new releases since this video was made in September that might change your opinion. So be sure to read our Extra Points to Note at the bottom of the page before you decide whether or not to upgrade, and also our article, iPad & iPhone: Should You Upgrade to iOS 8?

 2. Settings - 3:00

Settings is how you get your iPhone to do just what you want it to. This is the longest section of the tutorial, and even so, is just a quick walk-through of the highlights. We'd suggest that you also watch the Complete iPhone Tutorial for iOS8. The iPhone and iPad settings are very similar, and in the other article, David covers some of the common settings that he doesn't get to here.

3:30 - Siri Setup

4:40 - Handoff & Suggested Apps -- this is only available on the newest iPad Air and iPhone 6 models, and is mostly designed for people who also use a Mac computer.

5:00 - Keyboards - the iPad now supports multiple keyboard types,

6:09 - Display and Brightness

7:00 - Wallpaper

8:18 - iCloud

9:00 - Family Sharing - If you have a family with several iPad and iPhone users with their own devices, you can now share apps and music purchases.

10:40 - iCloud Drive

11:45 - Share My Location - more useful on the iPhone than the iPad, and you want to consider carefully before turning this on.

13:35 - Facetime Settings

3. Spotlight - 14:10

Spotlight is how you can fiund things on your iPad, and it has some nifty new capabilities.

4. Photos - 16:12

The iPad with iOS 8 now has some new photo editing features.

20:30 - Camera options

22:21 - Social Sharing with photos

5. iMessaging - 23:06

24:20 - Voice Messaging

25:35 - Predictive Text

27:00 - Using the mic for dictation

27:49 - Demonstration of selecting and using different keyboards

31:40 - Group messaging

6. Notificaton Center - 32:58

7. Email - 35:25

8. Multitasking - 38:44

9. Extensions - 41:33

Extra Points to Note

That said, there are a few extra points that I would like to make for our users with iPads, because many of them don't have a computer and don't have a choice of which Internet service (DSL, cable, etc.) to use.

1. Should you update your iPad or iPhone?

If you have an iPad 1, or an iPhone prior to the 4S, the answer it that you can't. If you have an iPad 3 or later, and an iPhone 5 or later, the answer is definitely -- for one thing, you'll want the additional security features, and the apps are all being updated to work best on iOS 8. But if you have an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4S, read our companion article iPad and iPhone: Should You Upgrade to iOS8?  before you decide (in fact, read in even if you are going to upgrade).

2. Connecting to a computer to back up and install iOS8? Not necessary.

This is a fine thing to do if (1) you have a computer with iTunes already, and (2) your iPad or iPhone was set up initially with that iTunes. But if it wasn't, iTunes will treat your iPad as a new device and want to set it up for you. Nooooooo! Don't mess with my iPad and iPhone!

And you don't need to have a computer at all (many of our members with iPads and iPhones only have that device). The article we mention above has instructions about how to install over the air (without a computer), and also how to back up your device and free up some memory if you need to.

3. Don't install over DSL? We disagree.

The one other place that we disagree with David is his advice to install over cable broadband rather than DSL. Lots of us don't have any choice, and DSL will be fine as long as you have a good connection, even if it does take a little bit longer.

What you don't want to use to download and install is cellular broadband, even if it's fast LTE. It's not continuously stable and, worse, it will use up a lot of your data allowance for the 1GB download! If you use a cellular hotspot or just use the cellular connection of your iPhone or iPad, find your nearest library or Starbucks and use their fast, stable broadband for your download.

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