iPad for Grandma & Grandpa

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by cart16, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. cart16 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2009
    My mom has ordered an iPad for my grandparents and I am looking for advice on which apps I should sync it with and how to present it to them in a way that isn't intimidating.

    As for apps the only ones that I can think of off the top of my head that I should download are The Weather Channel App, Etrade Pro, a gardening app, and also a recipie app. I bought the camera connection kit so my grandpa can upload his outdoor photos easily onto the ipad and I was wondering if there was an app that could he print his photos from.

    They have pretty generic senior citizen interests which include the news, gardening, cooking, outdoors/hunting, and excersise/health. Any app suggestions would be very helpful.

    I was thinking as far as teaching them how to use the device I should download and sync the apple tutorials onto the iPad.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on how to get them to love their ipad and hopefully throw their netbook in the trash.

    Edit: Found out I cant download the tutorials.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You can download the Apple iPad User Guide in iBooks

    Your Grandma might like Words with Friends if she knows other users
    And Skype if she wants to make long distance calls to family

    The Groupon app will get her some deals for her area too

    Also she might like the Yahoo Entertainment app or the ABC player app

    Check out the restaurant apps too
  3. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    be prepared to spend some time with yr grandparents. help them through the basic apps. don't add too many apps too soon.
  4. Red5403 macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    My father bought my 88 year old grandmother and iPad on day one. She LOVES being able to touch the screen to do what she needs.

    Email and photos are wonderful for her. Compared to the webtv that she had before, it is just so much more intuitive for her.

    She loves words with friends, and plays it with me, my brother, my dad, and I'm not sure if with any the family members.

    My dad also gifted her the $9.99 (forgot the name) crossword ouzzle app.

    She is a HUGE sports fiend (go K-State!) and my dad also gifted her the MLB app. I'm sure she now has whatever college football app that meets her needs.

    Not sure what else she has, I should ask her.

    I agree with a previous poster, go slow, don't download too many, but do download a few key apps that they would love, as that will give them the motivation, energy, and interest to learn the iPad. But, they might just fall in love with it regardless of anything.

    I think my dad went over to her house to show her how to use it and get around. He also got her the keyboard dock, and I think she uses it, but I'd have to ask her about that tool.

    I think the iPad has been the BEST computer/tech tool ever invented for my grandmother and probably for others her age or with other limitations.
  5. StevenT42 macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    Don't forget to download iBooks, and since Amazon's selection is better, the Kindle app.

    For news, you can try NYT Editor's Choice, USA Today for iPad, and ABC News for iPad.
  6. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Help them set up itunes account. After that, sign up for the training at apple store. Either that, or you can train.
  7. rubbernecker72 macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2010
    Dont forget the weather app

    If they are anything like my grandparents were (always concerned about the weather), i would definitely have weather bug on there for them.
  8. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Your grandparents sound cool. I hope they enjoy it!
  9. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    i got an ipad for mom and she took to it in like a week. i taught her the basics and she learned the rest by herself. that might not compare but it will be great for the elderly.
  10. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    The things that are going to mess your grandparents up are the iTunes synch process, and god forbid, it is not uncomplicated to download photos from your iPad to a PC...

    I would highly recommend if you are in the same geographical area as them to download iTunes on their computer, and sync their iPad up yourself.

    The learning curve is bad enough (my mom and dad are techno-noobs). There is a lot to learn on the iPad, although a lot is intuitive but when you start dealing with WIFI and passwording their WIFI etc it can get really bogging for them.

    Advice recapped: you set them up with the iTunes, let them play with their new toy, help them set up their email etc, show them how the App store works and have them buy or go over or find the apps they might be interested in in the store with you.

    I have had do do that with my mom. It has only been a month since she has had it and I don't live nearby to help her with the iTunes part, but I will walk her through on the phone.

    New toys are intimidating enough without figuring out how to integrate iTunes at first.

    Good Luck. Sorry if my post was too long.

  11. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    I would say for grand mom and grand pa just forget about iTunes syncing. Create an account at the store and forget about iTunes.
  12. cliegal macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2010
    That's a bit of aegism there isn't it? ;)

    This grandma wants play around with iOS 4.2, buy apps, rip her movie collection with subtitles and sync them along with some of a 40 year collection of music. Oh yeah, and when bored and/or tired of reading tech magazines, blogs, forum posts and the Stieg Larsson trilogy, strive to get 3 stars on every Angry Birds level.

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