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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks for New iPad and iPad Pro Owners

Get a new iPad or iPad Pro for the holidays? If so, you may want to check out our extensive collection of iPad how tos and guides to learn all of the ins and outs of your new tablet.

Even if you've had an iPad before, if you got one of the new 2018 iPad Pro models, there are a lot of new features to get acquainted with due to the new Face ID feature and the removal of the Home button, which introduces a whole new swipe-based interface. Below, we've organized many of our iPad-related how tos into categories for quick access.


Beginner Tips

Useful iOS Features

Hidden Tricks

Important Security Tips

Advanced Functionality

The Apple Pencil

Must-Watch Videos


We've also created several iPad-related tutorial videos that are well worth watching if you have one of Apple's new devices.






Selling Your Old iPad


If you're planning to sell or give away your old iPad now that you have a new model to play with, make sure to check out our detailed guide on how to cleanly erase your old devices to get rid of all your data.

More Info


Have any useful iPad-related tips and tricks that other MacRumors readers should know? Share them in the comments!

If you want to know more about Apple's 2018 iPad and 2018 iPad Pro models, make sure to check out our full roundups with complete details on the different tablets: iPad Pro and iPad.

Related Roundups: iPad Pro, iPad


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13 weeks ago
Exactly, how about:
- How to copy a large file from your Mac to your iPad (without any "cloud")?
- How to open a file saved in one app by a different app?
- How to copy your images to your Mac without using iTunes?
- How to connect an SD card and use it to store your file?
etc, etc
You know, some simple things like that...
Rating: 10 Votes
13 weeks ago
Moderator Note:

Please take all the bent iPad comments to a relevant thread. It is off topic to this thread.
Rating: 7 Votes
13 weeks ago
First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the MacRumors staff! I appreciate what you guys do all year long bringing us all Apple news and relevant information. I just wanted to take a break from the negativity and spread some positive sentiments.

Thanks..
Rating: 5 Votes
13 weeks ago
I notice this trend not only with Apple products, but also with macOS and iOS software. Gone are the days where you just knew how to do things. It's getting more and more difficult to use.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 weeks ago
I keep waiting to see some kind of tip or trick that will make these things more useful to use as my daily machine. These tips are sad compared to something with a real OS.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 weeks ago
This is an excellent guide. Well done and thanks.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 weeks ago

Who remembers when the iPad boasted portability, intuitiveness and practicality. Now? Now you need a series of online courses to get the best from this behemoth of a beast (iPad Pro) which has now reversed the qualities of even its first concept. Now it costs twice as much. At least! Twice as heavy and twice as big. The desk computer has its place and hopefully always will. The iPad was the complete opposite. A pick up and go, instant action, hybrid of internet, camera, games and casual usage. It was never really meant to be a computer alternative. That was its ISP. Apple have lost that concept. The iPad Pro is a folly. An excuse to prove Apple have t lost their way. In fact it symbolises that they clearly have. I saw one yesterday in an Apple reseller outlet. Neglected. Overseen. Aimless. I immediately felt sorry for it and was tempted to take it home. Luckily common sense kicked in just in time and I did what everybody else did - made my excuses and left!
What was the question again?


Merry Christmas to you too. The iPad is still as intuitive as the first day it was released. It now simply has a more in depth OS. Which doesn’t need to be utilized by most people to get what you want out of it. Tutorials like this are meant to show people what’s now possible. Stop overreacting.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 weeks ago
Who remembers when the iPad boasted portability, intuitiveness and practicality. Now? Now you need a series of online courses to get the best from this behemoth of a beast (iPad Pro) which has now reversed the qualities of even its first concept. Now it costs twice as much. At least! Twice as heavy and twice as big. The desk computer has its place and hopefully always will. The iPad was the complete opposite. A pick up and go, instant action, hybrid of internet, camera, games and casual usage. It was never really meant to be a computer alternative. That was its ISP. Apple have lost that concept. The iPad Pro is a folly. An excuse to prove Apple have t lost their way. In fact it symbolises that they clearly have. I saw one yesterday in an Apple reseller outlet. Neglected. Overseen. Aimless. I immediately felt sorry for it and was tempted to take it home. Luckily common sense kicked in just in time and I did what everybody else did - made my excuses and left!
What was the question again?
Rating: 3 Votes
13 weeks ago

The iPad Pro is a folly.


The iPad, "Pro" or otherwise, is what it is. It's an iPad. Nothing more. It has all its flaws and limitations brought on by iOS and that's just the way it is.
I think where a lot of people get all bent out of shape is when Apple tacks the moniker "Pro" after the name of a product. "Pro" is a marketing term. It doesn't imply or really mean anything. The "Pro" sticker could just as easily be replaced with "GX" or "SS" or "Premium".
Yes. Replace "Pro" with "Premium" and then there shouldn't be any misconceptions.
It's just an iPad ... no matter how much Apple tries to convince us it's not.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 weeks ago

I use my iPad Pro more and more over my $4200 MBP every day. There IS an audience apparently. Surprised even myself.

Now, yes, I wish it did those few keys things we all have written about.

if i may ask, what do you do for work that needs a 4K mbp that you also can do on an iPad?
honestly asking because i have almost zero overlap with same setup (bbubt normal iPad)
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