The first generation of Apple’s iPad failed to take into consideration the value of communication. However, the latest generation of iPad already has several features that will enable its users to communicate. Not only that, just like the latest version of iPhone, iPads also get to have virtual assistants now!
The question now is: Is your regular data service provider, such as AT&T or RingCentral business telephone, and personal mobile phone comparable with Apple’s iPad? Below is a quick review of what the latest generations of iPads can do for you.
If you are the kind of person who likes to send messages to your friends and family, then iMessage feature is right for you. This feature will help you send text messages to iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod touch and other Apple products. If you are sending over Wi-Fi, then you get to send it for FREE!
Aside from that, you can also attach photos, videos, contacts and locations to your messages. You will even get a delivery receipt, which means that you will know if your messages have been read already. iMessage also enables you to text in groups. All you need to do is add their names in the recipient list to start the group messaging session. If somebody from your group replies, everyone will get notified.
Another very important feature of the iPad is FaceTime. By having a Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, you can call your loved ones and talk to them face to face. How do you make the video call? Just tap ‘FaceTime’, and then select the name of the person you want to call.
Moreover, you can actually switch cameras while on call! Remember that an iPad has two cameras, the iSight camera at the back, and the FaceTime HD camera in front. You can switch between those during your call! You can let your loved one see you, and then you can let them see what you see! Don’t forget to keep your Apple ID though because you will need it to start the FaceTime video calls.
Siri, the Virtual Assistant
If you buy an iPad today, you will get the most intelligent virtual assistant out there, the ever-witty Siri. Most of the time, Siri understands what you say. If you ask questions, it gives you the answer you need. If you want to get things done, just say it and Siri will do it for you. For example, if you say “Text my mom… Be there in 20 minutes.” It is done! Meanwhile, if you ask Siri to “find a good Thai restaurant in the vicinity,” it will immediately provide the proper response.
For the record, Siri can make FaceTime calls, send messages, set reminders, schedule meetings and more. Also, are you a fan of movies? Siri can get you show time schedules, research movie facts and play trailers. It can also link you to Rotten Tomatoes where you can see movie ratings and reviews. If you are a fan of sports, Siri can help you find scores of past and present games, provide you schedules of your most-awaited games and matches, and show you team rosters, player stats, etc. There are many things that Siri can do for you.