iPad Tips – Page 7 – iPad Lessons for Seniors

Are you still using Windows XP? Be warned!

Despite years of notice about Microsoft ceasing support for Windows XP as of April this year there are still more than 26% of Windows computers using the discontinued software.

If you are an XP user should you be worried? The answer is yes. Whilst you should not panic, you should exercise more caution than ever before as the security threat to Windows XP users is much higher than any other operating system.

Just one week after Microsoft ceased supporting the platform a major security flaw was publicised. Thankfully Microsoft decided to fix this one but we do not expect to see them fix any more.

So what should you do? Upgrade your existing computer’s software? No. A computer running XP is already very old and slow and will not run new software very well. Buy a new computer? Maybe. There will be a learning curve thanks to the totally different look with Windows 8 but you will be safer.

Or why not look at replacing your computer altogether with an iPad. They don’t need anti-virus software, are light, portable and much easier to use. Technology is not beyond you. Everyone is capable of using these new devices and your don’t have to look far to see how many of your friends are already doing more than they ever dreamed of. Far more than they ever achieved on a computer.

For free advice as to what device may be best for you contact the iPad Man Colin Dunkerley from iPad Lessons on 5444 5338

iOS7 Update Available

The update for Apple’s new iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch operating system has been released and its by far and away the biggest change Apple have ever made to the way your devices look and work.

As of last week 93% of active Apple idevices were operating on Apple’s iOS6 operating system. After just one day it is estimated that more than 20% of those have updated to iOS7 – that would make it the fastest uptake of any new operating system in the history of computers.

Should you update? Yes. Should you update today? No.

It is inevitable that you will update to the new look operating system, in fact if you buy a new iPhone or iPad today you can only get it with the new operating system however as a minimum I suggest waiting until the first update comes out for the new operating system.

iOS7.1 is rumoured to be just weeks away fixing some bugs that exist in this first new release. Not one to follow my own advice I have experienced issues by downloading this update on the first day that I would not want you to go through.

What has changed?

When Apple first released the iPhone, and then the iPad, they had to get us use to touching a piece of glass. They encouraged us by creating “buttons” that simulated the type of button we might push on a tangible item. Then last November they decided it was time to take another step forward.

“When we sat down last November (to work on iOS 7), we understood that people had already become comfortable with touching glass, they didn’t need physical buttons, they understood the benefits,” says Ive. “So there was an incredible liberty in not having to reference the physical world so literally. We were trying to create an environment that was less specific. It got design out of the way.”

The result. A new operating system that gets out of the way leaving more screen space for the things you want to do and less space for menus and buttons. Like anything new it takes some getting use to but the payoff is a seamless user experience that seems more logical.

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