You’ve finally got your hands on the brand-new iPad mini with Retina display and now it’s time to get it set up and ready for use. The excitement of buying a iPad has, over the years, been tempered by the fact that to get your device up and running you were first required to plug your tablet into a computer. Whether you stood in line for two weeks to get your hands on one, or preordered for it to be delivered to your house, the rush of delight was often held in check by the necessity to wait until iTunes told you that your shiny new tablet was ready.
The iPad mini with Retina display no longer needs to be physically connected to a computer first for it to work. As you might expect from Apple, the process is simple and quick; about the most technically difficult part is inserting the nano SIM card into the iPad mini (you need this only if you have a Wi-Fi + Cellular model). In typical Apple style there’s even a SIM-card Replacement Tool included in the box to make this task even easier.
We’ll assume that you have all the boring stuff such as your tablet price plan sorted out and have unboxed and inserted the SIM card into your new iPad. From here on in it’s no more than a five-minute process. Wire-free setup is a breeze and all you have to do is follow the simple steps here to make sure that you and your tablet are ready to go as quickly as possible.
After that, there’s a whole world of calling, texting, tweeting, internet browsing and taking photos, as well as all the apps to enjoy.
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Step 1: Turn on - Press and hold the button on the top of the new iPad until you see the Apple logo on screen. After a few moments you’ll see the above screen. Slide to your finger to the right to start.
Step 2: Pick your language - The first screen lets you choose what language to use on your iPad. Tap on the language you want, then move on to the next step.
Step 3: Where am I? - Select your country next. It’s likely that the new iPad will have your location as the top choice. If it’s not, tap on ‘Show More…’ Pick your location and then tap Next.
Step 4: Connect to Wi-Fi - If you have a wireless network at home or at work you can connect to it here. Tap on the wireless network name. Alternatively, choose ‘Use Mobile Connection’.
Step 5: Location tracking - If you want your new iPad and apps to know where you are – handy for mapping and social-media tools, enable this by taping ‘Enable Location Services’ and then Next.
Step 6: Activation - If this is your first iPad, choose ‘Set Up as New iPad’ and click next. Otherwise you can use iCloud or iTunes to transfer the data from one iPad to another.
Step 7: Sign in - You need an Apple ID to make full use of your iPad. Click Sign In if you already have one, or ‘Create a Free Apple ID’ to go through the process of signing up with Apple. You’re now good to go.
Step 8: Terms and conditions - Take time to read the terms and conditions. Click the blue Agree button to continue. You’ll need to agree to each service (Siri, iCloud and so on) you want to use.