You might not know that the iPad has a built-in ability to serve as a digital picture frame. All you have to do is go to the lock screen and tap the flower icon next to the 'Slide to unlock' control. Your iPad will enter picture frame mode, displaying photos from your albums.
By going to Settings > Picture Frame, you can change transitions, determine how long each photo should display, shuffle the order of the photos, choose which albums to show pictures from, and indicate whether the iPad should zoom in on faces in photos automatically. Prop your old iPad on a shelf with a classy case, and your guests will marvel at your creativity.
To turn off the picture frame function, go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and slide the Picture Frame toggle to Off.
5. Read Magazines at the Gym
E-readers, such as the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nook, are awesome if you're seeking to replace physical books with digital versions. However, while electronic-ink screens look cool and are easy on the eyes, they aren't always ideal for every situation--for example, when you want to read a vibrant, colorful magazine in all its eye-popping printed glory.
The iPad is especially useful as a reading device in situations where turning the page isn't always an easy thing to do, such as when you're running on the treadmill at the gym. Unlike a paper magazine, an iPad fits neatly on a treadmill or elliptical stand, and doesn't require page-flipping.
Just download a magazine app--some magazines (such as PCWorld, The New Yorker, People, Self, and Sports Illustrated) have stand-alone apps, while others are available on Zinio, which is sort of like a digital newsstand. The good news: Many magazines with stand-alone iPad apps, such as The New Yorker and Self, let print subscribers access the digital editions for free.
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