To use the iPad for anything, you will need to run an “App”. A number of Apps are already installed on your iPad when you purchase is but many, many more are available through the App Store.
The App Store is like a marketplace for all the Apps that you run on your iPad. Some are free, some are a small charge (like $0.99 or $2.49) and others can cost more. The purchasing process for getting the Apps onto your iPad, whether free or not, is the same.
In general, the Apps that are needed for use at Danebank are in the free to low cost range.
To purchase Apps, you need to register for an “Apple ID” with Apple. If you already have an iTunes account for an iPod or iPhone, then you already have an Apple account and can use it in the App Store. To use the App Store on the iPad, the iPad must be connected to the internet. When you register an Apple ID, you can do so with either an iTunes gift card number or with a credit card. For those people wary of using their credit cards on the internet, an iTunes card is a good alternative.
To register for an Apple ID, follow the steps shown here – Apple ID Support.
There are 2 ways to access the App Store:
- through iTunes on your PC or Mac
- through the App Store on your iPad
Both use your Apple ID and anything you purchase one way, is available to the other. In general, though, it is easier to purchase Apps through the App Store on the iPad (see the picture left). Anything purchased through the App Store on your iPad is available immediately and is backed up to through iTunes.
Next to each App, you will see the price. To Purchase an App, tap on the price button and you will be asked for your Apple ID password. If the App is free, it will be downloaded straight to your iPad. If there is a price for the App, your Apple account will be charged.
Across the bottom of the App Store you will see 5 icons – Featured, Genius, Top Charts, Purchased and Updates. Most of these are self explanatory but the Updates button is worth mentioning here.
Once you have purchased Apps and they are loaded onto your iPad, that is not the end of the story. Many App developers release updates to their Apps and the “Updates” button will show you a list of Apps you have installed that have been updated. You can choose to update 1 App at a time by clicking on the “Update” button next to the App or you can update all installed Apps (that have updates available) at once by clicking on the “Update All” button.
Working your way through a list of Apps by Category can sometime take some time, so you have the ability to search for Apps by name. If you tap in the search field in the top right of the screen and type in “office” and press “Search”, you will see a list of Apps that have “office” in their name. This is sometimes a faster way of locating the App you need (try typing shakespeare as a search!).
There is more information on iPad Apps and the App Store available at Apple by clicking here.