5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your iPadPosted by: The Stairlift Company · on 27th October 2017
Tablets are growing in popularity amongst the older generation, most likely because they are light, portable and easy to operate. Whatever you use yours for, whether it’s Skyping the grandchildren, checking email, or taking photographs, you might be surprised to learn that iPads can do a whole host of tasks you may not have even considered. With that in mind, I’ve created this handy guide to 5 things you didn’t know you could with your iPad.
1. Twin with iPhone for gaming: If you possess both an iPad and an iPhone, the two devices can be used together to play entertaining arcade-style games. Your iPad acts as the screen, whilst your iPhone acts as the joystick or controller. Both of the required pieces of software can be downloaded for free; Joypad Game Console for iPad and Joypad Game Controller for iPhone.
2. Edit your photographs: Simple edits of your beloved photos can be done easily on the iPad. A few options are available to you, including the existing free Photos app, but for a few extra pounds you will be able to download more specialist apps that allow you to do that little bit more. Examples include Photogene, which I personally use myself; for just £1.99, you are rewarded with access to powerful editing tools that make editing a simple process. A cheaper, but also very comprehensive editing platform, is Luminance, available at the bargain price of £0.69. Numerous other options are available as well, and with a bit of research, you’re sure to find the best application to suit you.
3. Invert screen colours to improve visual accessibility: If you’re colourblind, have a sensitivity to brightness, or have any other sort visual impairment, then inverting the screen colours on your iPad can help to alleviate some strain. It can also be a useful trick when you’re winding down at bedtime and don’t want to look at a bright screen. To access this feature, click on the ‘Settings’ button on your iPad’s homepage. From the list, select ‘General’, and then select ‘Accessibility’. On the displayed list, there should be an option entitled ‘Invert Colours’ with a switch next to it – turn this switch to the ‘on’ position so it displays green.
4. Text shortcuts: This handy feature has made form-filling so much easier for me, and has saved a lot of time. For example, it was always a hassle to repeatedly type in my email address, but with text shortcuts, all I have to do is type ‘lh’ and my full email fills itself in. Some shortcuts already exist on iPad, but there is an option to create your own personal ones too. To do this, launch the ‘Settings’ app from the iPad homepage. Then tap on ‘General’. On the next screen, tap ‘Keyboard’, and then ‘Text Replacement’. You should see a plus symbol in the upper right hand corner; select this. The next screen will allow you to make your desired changes. Simply fill in the long version of text in ‘Phrase’ and the shortcut version in the ‘Shortcut’ field. Click the ‘Save’ button in the upper right hand corner when you’ve finished.
5 .Display your iPad screen on the TV: There are many reasons why displaying your iPad screen on a bigger TV screen is useful, such as showing your holiday snaps, playing games, or watching YouTube videos. You can do this a few different ways. One way is to purchase a Lightning Digital AV Adapter from the Apple Store, which carries a price of £49. Another option is to invest in Apple TV and stream any footage via AirPlay. If your TV does not support AirPlay, you could use Mirroring instead.
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