Those of you who waited for the iPad 3G, are now taking your iPad home and turning it on. Whoops‚Ä¶
Before getting started, the iPad has to make friends with the computer.
The first thing you will see when turning on your iPad is an image of a USB cable connecting to the iTunes icon. No big deal, the iPad just wants to get to know your iTunes library, so now it's time do that.
Connect your iPad to the computer via the 30-pin connector included with the device as shown above.
When the iPad connects, iTunes will launch as it does with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Users will be prompted to register their iPad and set up their iTunes Store account.
The device should show up on the iTunes sidebar (on the far left side) under "Devices." By the way, make sure the small triangular arrow next to the word devices is pointing down. This shows you all devices connected to your iTunes account.
After confirming to connect your iPad to your iTunes account, you will see the License Agreement. This is a bunch of legal stuff that most people can't be bothered to read that explains the terms and conditions of using your iPad.
If you agree to the terms and conditions, and feel responsible enough to own an iPad, the next step is to enter your Apple ID. Your Apple ID is just a fancy name for the email address you have linked to your iTunes account. However, if you do not have an Apple ID, this is where you will be creating one. You will need this to login to Apple's iTunes store.
Now is the actual registration of the iPad. You must enter your personal information in order to link your name to your iTunes account. If it's your first time to register your name with Apple, keep in mind that this is the email address they will send you iTunes Store receipts and new product information on.
In the image above, an iPad has already been synced to the computer. This may happen if more than one person in the household owns an iPad. You will likely want to set it up as a new iPad, but the option is also there to restore it from a backup of another iDevice. This is most likely in the event that you choose to replace your iPad for any reason and want to restore your iPad to the settings of your previous model.
Now you can name your iPad. Anything You want, such as (Your Name)'s iPad or My Awesome iPad, anything that makes the iPad yours. It also gives you the option to sync various things to your iPad: Songs, photos and Apps. The choice is yours, as it will sync the things you chose everytime you connect your iPad, but more on that in a bit.
In this screenshot, the iPad is set to sync photos and Apps automatically anytime that it's connected to the computer. Click "Done." The default may be ok for some, or those who have less apps. It's also no big deal when just connecting the iPad for a charge, but there is a faster option.
This screen shows a more customized setup. By sliding the the bar at the bottom of the iPad when it's syncing. The user can cancel the sync. Otherwise, you may be waiting a while. Especially when you have any more than 10 pages of Apps.
Once you cancel the sync operation, your iPad will remain connected and you can manually choose the Apps you want to install on the iPad. Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of developers create the same App for both the iPad and the iPhone. The Apps function identically and everything is the same but you cannot tell which is which. The best thing to do is just install both and delete the iPhone version off the iPad once you disconnect.