The best of iPad (2022) happens before you use it

The best of iPad (2022) happens before you use it

of Apple iPad (10th generation, 2022) it hasn’t gained many fans despite a well-deserved redesign and the addition of a USB-C port. It has its fair share of advantages, but the corners Apple has cut are frustrating, especially considering the premium we’re paying for it. No simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi? Seriously, Apple!

I was skeptical about the machine ever since I laid eyes on the press release detailing its features, but I still splurged on it and even went the extra mile to get the new magic keyboard. It feels like a computing machine, but it’s not really ready for it.

iPad 2022 first configuration.
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At best, you can call it a fancy companion computer. However, despite all its pros and cons, the best of iPad comes before you get to try all of that. iPadOS 16 goodness. I’ll cut right to the chase here: it’s the hassle-free setup process. I wasn’t prepared for such a seamless experience despite transferring all the apps, contacts, messages, and even settings from my iPhone to the iPad.

I didn’t have to touch a wire for data transfer. I was not asked to enter a Wi-Fi password. Or create a Wi-Fi hotspot for pairing. Or even play with the Bluetooth settings. All I did was hold my iPhone close to the tablet, verify my identity with Face ID once, and I was using my new iPad within minutes like it was my iPhone transferred to a bigger screen.

Gently sailing into the walled garden

iPad (2022) setup with an iPhone 14.
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When you turn on your iPad for the first time, it will ask you to move your iPhone or older iPad closer. The two devices communicate wirelessly on their own and there is no need to go through any manual Bluetooth or Wi-Fi pairing issues. Your iPhone will automatically display an on-screen prompt that an iPad is nearby waiting for setup, prompting you to biometrically authenticate and begin the process.

To start the setup process, the iPad displays a beautiful sphere of moving blue dots, which actually serves as a kind of code that you need to scan with your iPhone’s camera to link the two devices. You will now see another message asking if you want to set it up yourself or add a new account for your sibling or ward.

Once you agree to set up the device yourself, you’ll need to enter your iPhone’s passcode into the iPad. After the pairing is complete, you are prompted to set up Touch ID on the iPad. You can choose to add another fingerprint at this stage if you want another family member to be able to use this device.

iPad and iPhone paired for setup.
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Next is the Apple ID setup part. Tap the I Agree button for the terms and conditions, and then the tablet will automatically set up the same Apple ID account as the one registered on your iPhone. If you have a Mac nearby, it will also show a pop-up indicating that a new device is using the same Apple ID for setup.

On the next screen, Apple offers to import all the settings and apps from the companion iPhone, or you can choose to restore a backup stored on iCloud and Mac. You can also transfer directly from an old iPad, move data from an Android phone, or choose set it all up again.

iPad 2022 configuration.
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The Siri setup screen will appear next, but you can choose to skip it. iPad will now sync all data, including apps, iMessage, contacts, and even your phone’s preference for light or dark mode, to iPad. A minute after that splash screen with the Apple logo, the beautiful Hello screen appears.

The iPad now tells you that all data will be downloaded in the background, and after one final hassle on the terms and agreements page, you can start using the iPad. The whole process takes about five minutes to finish.

Another neat touch is that as all the app icons appear on the screen and start downloading App Store assets, you can choose to prioritize which apps to download first. I had an unhealthy amount of games on my iPhone 14 Pro taking up more than 50GB of storage space, so I had to stick with communication apps like Teams, Slack, and Discord to get on with my work.

Sell ​​the dream of comfort

ipad setup using an iphone
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The whole process is extremely convenient without any technical jargon. The security protocols are also strong and the guided pipeline is simple enough that even a non-technical person can easily get through the setup procedure.

I’ve been using the iPad for a while now as my main computer and have faced quite a bit of frustration with the limitations on the software side. I love AirDrop more than any other Apple convenience, but the easy setup is one of my favorites.

It’s a prime example of how Apple makes it devilishly easy to jump into its ecosystem and get used to conveniences you won’t get with Android or Windows. Once you get used to that solid mesh of connectivity and synchronization across devices and platforms, it’s hard to leave. Welcome to the famous walled garden!

iPhone scan code on iPad.
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I’m usually wary of setting up my laptop or phone from scratch every time I check out a new device, as the whole process is unstable, complicated, and takes a long time before I can start using the new machine.

With the iPad, it was so easy that I didn’t have to think twice about a hard reset to replicate the entire process in this article, and within 30 minutes of installing the app in the background, it feels familiar and like In the old times.

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