Do you have to own a computer to use this?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Yr Blues, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking about buying one for an older relative. Is it a self contained device?
     
  2. skubish macrumors 68030

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    It is but if you want to backup the device you need a computer. You also need a computer if you want to put your own music.

    If you just want to do email, web, and buy music, videos, books from Apple then you can go without the computer.
     
  3. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So I could buy it—bring it home and turn it on and it won't ask me to plug it into a computer first....that would be great
     
  4. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Well, we don't know, because it hasn't been released, but you don't need to connect an iPod Touch to a computer to use it, so I'd assume the iPad is the same. However, to update it you'd presumably need to connect to a computer, or to put any of your own media on it.
     
  5. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    We simply do not know enough. With iPod and some other devices, users had to connect to iTunes before they could fully use their device.

    Not having a computer means that you won't be able to update the software operating system and manage music [using iTunes].
     
  6. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I didn't know that about the Touch.....I would've given more out as gifts if I knew
     
  7. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Let me quote from the iPod Touch manual:

     
  8. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So maybe the Pad isn't a computer. It's an accessory, like the iPhone and iPod.
     
  9. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Yes :)
     
  10. goobot macrumors 603

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    well the iphone doesnt need to connect to the computer before hand.

    any way just ask apple to do when you buy it.
     
  11. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Erm, yes you do...
     
  12. goobot macrumors 603

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    um well i bought my 3g from apple and i didnt need to connect it to the computer. i dint even have itunes till 2 month later.

    and i bought my 3gs from att and still the same case.
     
  13. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    A bit different here in the UK, (I activated mine at home) but your device was still connected to a computer.

    I'd rather put my digitally purchased music onto my iPhone than download everything again.
     
  14. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    If it turns out you do need a computer, then presumably this forum should move into the iPhone and iPod Touch Forums area with its other close relatives ;)

    Common sense would say that when it's shipped, it should not need to be activated in iTunes, so no computer needed. However, that's a bit of an unknown, since you wonder why activation was ever needed with the iPod Touch.
     
  15. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Stock Record Keeping?
     
  16. NeuralControl macrumors 6502a

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    It's not a computer. Apple is not marketing it as a computer, either. The device needs to be connected to iTunes for initial set up. All software updates will be done through iTunes on your Mac/PC. Installing music, photos, and videos will be done through your computer, as well as downloading directly from the iTunes store.
    However, it WILL replace the typical computer for many users. Just realize a primary computer is occasionally necessary for this device.
     
  17. iVoid macrumors 65816

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    I'd assume that if you buy it from an Apple store, they'd let you set it up on one of their store computers before you leave.

    Of course, updates will be an issue. And we KNOW there will be a 4.0 before too long. (3.2 seems a 'get it out the door' release to me, 4.0 will probably really be tweaked for the iPad).
     
  18. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    To use an iPod Touch it does not have to be connected to a computer first. It can be turned on and used straight out of the box (much like a factory unlocked iPhone). Apple just want you to connect to register but you don't *have* to.
     
  19. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on what you want to use it for. If you are wanting to use it as a media device, you probably will want to hook it up. But if you are just using it as an e-reader, then I see no need to hook it up.

    Of course, this is just my WAG. No one will know until they start shipping.
     
  20. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    It could be. I mean it would be better if you had a computer to sync it up with, but no, not really. You can download music/movies straight from iTunes on the device itself. So if it's a senior citizen and they don't really care for stuff like that, then they should have no problem
     
  21. King Mook Mook macrumors 6502

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    You'll probably need to connect it to the computer for first use, to name it etc. So if I were you, buy it for the relative, get it shipped to your house, connect it, activate it, and then ship it onto them (or give it to them).
     
  22. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Interesting, my brother recieved an iPod Touch for Christmas, it wouldn't let him do anything before he "registered" it first.
     
  23. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So I keep hearing in podcasts and radioshows where the host suggests an iPad as a computer. C'mon....even Leo Laporte said it. Gets on me nerves :mad:

    it's not a computer!
     
  24. aarong50 macrumors regular

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    If you are planning to give this as a gift just set it up on your computer before you give it away.

    Has to be atleast one person who the ipad owner would know that has a computer.
     
  25. marksman macrumors 603

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    yes it is.
     

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