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scottcampbell

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Looking for a little advice...

I basically got a free 2018 iPad, and my wife and I have never had one before.

Question 1: What do you do with an iPad? We already have iPhones and share a MBP, so what is it best for? Digital books?

Question 2: What's the best way to share this device between 2 people? I'd rather it not be synched up with our messages, browser bookmarks/history, email, etc. And which Apple ID should the device have?

Thanks for helping a newb.

Scott
 

rui no onna

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Perhaps make a new Apple ID just for the iPad?

I love using my iPad for books, comics and web surfing pretty much everywhere (couch, bed, doctor/dentist waiting room, etc). Also use it for marking up PDFs, etc. for work.
 

akash.nu

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Looking for a little advice...

I basically got a free 2018 iPad, and my wife and I have never had one before.

Question 1: What do you do with an iPad? We already have iPhones and share a MBP, so what is it best for? Digital books?

Question 2: What's the best way to share this device between 2 people? I'd rather it not be synched up with our messages, browser bookmarks/history, email, etc. And which Apple ID should the device have?

Thanks for helping a newb.

Scott

iOS devices aren’t really meant to be shared.

If you’re willing to share a device without syncing with your accounts then you’re basically going to use it for some video consumption and casual browsing plus anything else that you might be willing to share. Like kindle book collection etc
 
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Falhófnir

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Yeah I'd agree creating a joint iPad account (linked with family sharing to give access to all your apps and contacts) would be a good solution.

I find iPad is the best for casual web browsing around the house, it's instant on and easier to lounge with than a laptop form factor (imo). I'm not so into digital books, I prefer to have the real thing - but it's probably a nicer experience than on an iPhone or a mac.
 

scottcampbell

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Update:
Thanks for the advice above!
I created a new Apple ID that is included in our family sharing. The iPad has been really nice for downloading movies, watching YouTube, web browsing, and reading digital library books.
It was especially nice to carry a light iPad while traveling, and made my backpack a lot lighter than with my 2012 MBP.
My wife signed in to some social media apps, so I'm getting notifications for those, but other than that, we're able to share it pretty nicely.
 

Shanghaichica

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Apr 8, 2013
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You can use it for lots of things like web browsing, watching videos, reading books and magazines.
 
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