Step 1 of 7: Intro
One of the most exciting things about buying a shiny new gadget – such as the Apple iPad mini – is exploring its features and functionality, many of which won’t have been available on your older devices. In the case of the iPad mini, that also includes a new way of getting connected, thanks to a slimline port called the Lightning connector.
This new port helped Apple achieve the much smaller construction of the iPad mini, but one drawback is that in order to connect it to an iPad accessory that uses the old-style 30-pin connector, you have to buy an adaptor. For some, that’s going to be an irritating but inevitable extra expense. But if your accessories have wireless capabilities, you don’t need to worry.
Although both the iPad and iPad mini come with wireless connectivity as standard, Bluetooth is a connectivity option that many tend to overlook. For example, an external Bluetooth keyboard makes a great add-on if you prefer traditional plastic keys to those virtual ones on your iPad screen. Hooking up
to one, or connecting to headphones, speakers and other accessories is also a breeze using this option, which is given far more prominence in iOS 6.
Time required: 5 mins
What you need:
iOS 6.0 or later