AMITIAE - Friday 27 April 2012
Latest iPad: Bangkok Arrival, Unboxing and Setup
By Graham K. Rogers
UnboxingThis has been done so many times before -- I have done this so many times before -- but Apple packaging is part of the experience. I used to have a colleague who used my old Apple boxes for a course in Industrial Engineering as they are an object lesson in how to do the job right.
Setup 1I pressed the button at the top and the shiny Apple appeared. After the initial welcome screen I was walked through the initial setup process. The language was already English, but the Country or Region was shown as Namibia (Africa). I selected Thailand in the full list, then agreed to enable location services. I had to wait a while for a wi-fi link. I was so keen to start on the new iPad that I had forgotten to plug in the router when I had come home. I also needed to find the password (all locked away safely).
I decided to set it up as a new iPad, which included entering the Apple ID (or registering if there isn't one). For some reason I have two, so hope I used the right one. I elected to use iCloud, but selected the option to back up to the computer (not to iCloud). I also turned on Find my iPad. This has proved so useful with the iPhone and the other iPads, even without them being stolen (try forgetting the iPhone in shorts that are put in a laundry basket). During the set up, I also elected to send diagnosis data: some one has to help Apple.
The final task in this initial setting up was to register the device automatically. ON/Off were the options, with the default at ON. I was then ready to use the device. There were 20 apps already installed with iOS, but I was soon going to change that.
Before the first connection with the computer, I ran through the settings on the iPad, adding the Emoji keyboard to the default English and Thai ones already set up and turning on PhotoStream (in iCloud). I left Mail off. I have never used this on either of the two iPads I have had before and prefer to check mail on the iPhone or the computer. I also added Automatic Downloads. Then it was time to connect the iPad to the Mac.
Setup 2I reached for the cable for the first connection. I will use wifi sync for all future synchronisation (except when iOS is updated). The device was recognised as a new iPad in iTunes and I had the option of setting it up as a new device or restoring from the backup of my iPad 2. This had been done in the morning, so was up to date and would have the advantage (if it all worked OK) of giving me an installation that had all the apps placed in a familiar array. Isn't this how it is all supposed to work anyway, rather than going through all that tedious process of starting anew?
However, as I now had two iPads with the same name (iTunes knows the difference) a name change was in order. That had to wait until the transfer of apps and other data was complete. The final step here was installing the photos.
CommentsIt is perhaps ironic that this latest iPad arrived in Bangkok the week the authorities decided to cancel -- or at least delay (again) -- the drawn out tablet project for schools in Thailand. Even more ironic is that the politicians cited the risks of pornography as one delaying factor on the way, while this week one MP was forced to apologise not for having a naughty image of a young lady on his smartphone, but for being caught.
I had a quick look at the new iPad. It does feel slightly thicker and a little heavier, but this is not significant. Actions when using the device are quicker as they should be with the faster A5 processor and its increased memory. Retina display? Better of course. I tried with a number of screen displays and photographs. As the image is enlarged, so the difference is more pronounced.
All installations appear to be correct and the data with them is OK as well. I was especially pleased to find that a Keynote presentation I had added earlier in the week had also been synchronised. A couple of apps, like iStat, needed passwords or passkey numbers entered as the device is recognised as new.
After changing some of the settings, importing more books and photographs, I was left with 37.4GB of space which will do fine for what I want. At least for the time being.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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