Short for "applications." They are the programs you download and run on your iPad. Can be free, or for sale. Most apps come from Apple’s iTunes App Store but some can be made specifically by and for businesses or schools. Similar to software on your computer, they allow you to get things done, whether it be for business or pleasure. 


Apple ID

An Apple ID is a simple username and password. It doesn't cost any money to create one, but it's a very important part of the iPad experience. Not only is it your identity on your device; it's also your gateway to other Apple services like the App Store, iCloud, select built-in apps, and much, much more. The more you use your iPad, the more you'll understand how prevalent the Apple ID is. 


The App Store

Part of iTunes on Windows and Mac and a built-in app on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, App Store is the only place to buy 3rd party apps and games for iOS. You can access it via the App Store app that comes pre-installed on your iPad or via iTunes on a computer.




Named after a Danish King (seriously), Bluetooth is a wireless technology used for exchanging short-range (under 30-feet) data between electronic devices. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad support Bluetooth.


Copying data from one computer system to another.


iCloud is a complete wireless storage and data synchronisation solution. It stores all your digital data (music, photos, events, contacts, etc) and ensures that it keeps everything up to date on all devices and computers.

Your free iPad account gives you 5GB of data which is enough for most users.

Home Button

The iPad home button is the small, circular button decorated with a small box and located at the bottom of the iPad. Apple's design philosophy revolves around the idea that less is better, which makes the home button one of the few ways to control the iPad outside of the onscreen controls.

The home button has many uses, including waking up the iPad when you are ready to use it, exiting out of applications and navigating to the first page of icons. The home button can also be used in combination with the suspend button at the top of the iPad to take a screenshot of the display, and if you double click the home button, you will be greeted with a list of recently opened applications at the bottom of the screen.




iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple. It was originally named the iPhone OS, but was renamed to the iOS in June, 2009. The iOS currently runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.


Mac and Windows software used to activate and sync iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Also used to manage music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, and other media.


Jailbreak: Breaking open the root jail Apple uses to secure iOS, allowing a user to customize the device and install apps outside of the App Store.

Jiggly Mode

Tap and hold an app and it will begin to "jiggle", indicating you can move it around the Home Screen, from screen to screen, put it into folders, delete it by tapping it’s X badge (App Store apps only), or Force Quit it if it’s in the Fast App Switcher.

Personal Hotspot

Allows you to share cellular data over a Wi-Fi connection with up to 5 additional devices.

Photo stream

The photo stream feature stores up to 1,000 photos from the last

30 days on iCloud and automatically downloads them to all your

devices that have Photo stream. See Settings, iCloud, Photostream.


Apple’s web browser. Allows you to surf the internet.


Viewing information, as opposed to downloading it on your

computer. Ie your stream podcasts, videos, etc.


Apple’s intelligent virtual assistant. Responds to your voice and

attempts to action your commands. Also used to talk and type.


Short for synchronise. Allows different devices and computers to

work together without having to copy and paste or re insert

information. Ie. You synchronise your iPad with your PC through


Mac and Windows software used to activate and sync iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Also used to manage music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, and other media. 


Google's web-based streaming video service. Accessible from iPhone or iPod touch via the YouTube app, or over the internet.

YouTube app

One of Apple's built-in iOS apps that allows searching, browsing, and playback YouTube videos.