App: Short for “application.” The icons on your iPad’s screen each represent an “app” or program that performs a specific function, such as email, internet browsing, etc.
Apple ID: A unique username and password using your email address and a password of your choice. Required to set up your iPad and to download apps, including free apps.
Bluetooth: A wireless method for connecting tools to the iPad, such as keyboards, speakers, Apple pencil, headphones, or other accessories. Bluetooth items can be connected to your iPad in the Settings menu, then in the “Bluetooth” tab.
Headphone Jack: A small, circular opening at the upper-left edge of the iPad where a headphone cord connects to the iPad.
Home Button: A circular, dime-sized button at the bottom center of the iPad’s face that is used to click out of the screen you are in and return to “home” – the page where your apps are laid out. It can also be clicked once to ‘wake up’ the iPad when the screen is off or ‘asleep’. The home button is also where you will place your finger when you use Touch ID to unlock your iPad.
Internet/Web Browser: A program or app that allows you to search on and use the internet/web. The most common browsers are Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox.
iOS: The Apple Operating System for iPads and iPhones is called iOS. An operating system is the name for the software package that powers your computer or device, and often has numbers at the end which tell you which version of the system you’re using. For example, right now the most current version of iOS is iOS 14.2. You should occasionally update your operating system in the Settings menu under “General.”
Lightning Port: A small, flat opening at the bottom center edge of the iPad where the charge cord connects to the iPad. Newer Apple wired earbuds can also be connected here.
Lightning Connector: A cable used to charge the iPad or connect it to other devices such as a computer. One side is small and flat and fits into the iPad’s lightning port. The other side is a larger rectangular USB connector that fits into the charger or into a USB port on a computer or other device.
Phishing: A type of email or internet scam. A phishing scam is usually a link or attachment in an email or webpage that can steal your personal user information if clicked on. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, or from an email list you don’t remember signing up for, be cautious. Do not click on any links or attachments that seem suspicious.
Power Button: A flat rectangular button on the upper-right edge of your iPad. This button can be used to turn your iPad on/off, by holding it down until the screen shows the power off/on screen. A single click will wake or sleep/turn off the screen of your iPad.
Siri: A program in your iPad where you can use your voice to ask questions and give directions. Siri can receive questions verbally and perform actions including opening apps, placing phone calls, dictating or reading text messages and emails, or answering questions through the internet.
Touch ID: An Apple security setting that allows you to open your iPad with your fingerprint. See setup instructions above. After you set up your iPad, you can add additional fingerprints if you would like.
Wi-Fi: (short for ‘wireless fidelity’) A service that is purchased to allow devices like iPads, smartphones, computers, and printers access to the internet and to communicate with each other when connected to the same Wi-Fi service/network. You may set up Wi-Fi in your home or you may see it at a coffee shop or large store (such as a grocery store.)