December 26, 2012, 10:04 PM — Congratulations: You've unwrapped, purchased, or otherwise braved wait times to pick yourself up a brand-new iPad or iPad mini this holiday.
But before you get to playing with your new device, you'll probably want to set it up. Thanks to iOS's step-by-step activation process, Apple's made it pretty simple to get started; but just in case you need some extra help, we've put together a comprehensive guide to your new iPad, activating it, transferring data from an older tablet or your computer, and some suggestions for exploring its new features.
Meet your iPad and iPad mini
Welcome to your iPad. Apple's tablet packs in all sorts of magic depending on what model you've received: If you have an iPad with Retina display, you're looking at a device with a 3.1 million pixel screen, dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics, a Lightning connector, LTE service, two cameras, and up to 64GB of storage; if you have an iPad mini, your device also has a Lightning connector, LTE service, cameras, and up to 64 GB of storage--but it runs a dual-core A5 chip.
Though the iPad mini is smaller and lighter than the iPad--weighing .7 pounds to the iPad's 1.5--they both sport the same buttons and ports. We'll walk you through these buttons, calling out differences where they appear.
The iPad and iPad mini both have a standard 3.5mm audio jack on the top of their casing to let you listen to music. You can use several types of headphones with the iPad, including the Apple earbuds, or alternatively you can use Bluetooth headphones. If you plug in headphones that have a built-in microphone, the iPad senses the mic and allows you to use it with apps that have audio-recor¬ding capabilities. Otherwise the iPad uses its built-in microphone to record sound.
The iPad and iPad mini's internal microphone is on the top center edge of the device, right above the front-facing camera. You can use it to record audio in any app that supports audio recording. Unless you're using an external microphone, you'll use this mic for video chatting, recording voice memos, talking to Siri, and more.