Chapter 6. Use the iPad’s Built-In Apps

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Apps, also known as “programs that run on the iPad” (and iPhone and iPod Touch), make Apple’s tablet a versatile device, beyond its role as a Web window and portable email reader. As mentioned back in Chapter 1, the iPad gives you a few of its own apps right on the Home screen, alongside the previously discussed Safari and Mail apps.

Three of these apps handle personal organization tasks: Calendar (for keeping your appointments), Contacts (your address book), and Notes (for jotting down bits of text to yourself). One app, Maps, helps you find yourself and chart your course, and two other apps (iTunes and the App Store) point the way to shopping Apple’s online stores.

Aside from the Settings app (described in Appendix A), the rest of the iPad’s Home screen icons are there to entertain you: YouTube, Photos, Videos, and iPod. And if you have a second-generation iPad, you have three other fun apps to play with: Camera, FaceTime, and Photo Booth, all devoted to creating pictures and video clips right there on your tablet, wherever you may be.

And remember, these are just the apps that come with the iPad. Once you get to know these built-in apps, you’ll be ready to tackle any of the gajillion other goodies in the App Store. But that’s for another chapter (7, to be exact).

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