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iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 7. Organize Your Life With the iPad’s Apps

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You’ll learn to:

  • Sync contacts, calendars, and notes to your iPad

  • Keep time with the iPad’s new clock app

  • Set reminders for tasks and appointments

  • Give nosy apps the boot

  • Get turn-by-turn directions

  • Post to Facebook from apps

APPS, ALSO KNOWN AS “programs that run on your iPad” (and iPhone and iPod Touch), make Apple’s tablet a versatile device beyond its role as, say, a Web window or portable email reader. As mentioned in Chapter 2, the iPad comes standard with several built-in apps, including the previously discussed Safari and Mail apps.

Later in this book, you’ll learn about the iPad’s entertainment apps, including the Music (Chapter 14), Videos (Chapter 15), and Photos (Chapter 16) apps. But this chapter focuses on the apps that let you navigate your daily life and the world around you. Yes, this part of the book is all about personal organization.

For starters, you’ll find apps for calendars (for appointments), contacts (your address book), and notes (for jotting down bits of text). Then you have a four-function Clock app, Reminders (a to-do list), and Notifications (an app that pipes up when your other apps have something to tell you). And finally, there’s Maps, which helps you find yourself and chart your course to other places.

And these are just a few of the programs that come with your iPad. Once you get to know these babies, you’ll ...

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