Getting my mom an iPad. I need simplicity!
October 15, 2011 10:34 AM Subscribe
I'm getting an iPad for my (aging) mother -- what am I missing? How can I make this as simple as possible for her? If it's at all complicated, she won't go for it.
posted by cgg to computers & internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have, rather unexpectedly, been given $1000 or so from a relative to get and setup my aging mother a new computer -- for tomorrow. I've pretty much settled on a tricked-out iPad instead; she's shown interest in mine, the tech support will be much easier on me, and all she really does on the computer is light email, MSN, view cat videos and play games. All of this is getting harder on her ancient PC. Plus, an iPad would allow her to listen to audio books and read ebooks with the font cranked up to a ridiculous size.
It'll be a 32GB wifi, but I'm planning on getting the smart cover, the apple keyboard, component cables (no HDMI in sight here) and an iTunes gift card. Are there any other accessories you think would be useful?
The trick is -- I need to make this is as painless as possible for her. I'm going to go the apple store and purchase everything, but I'd like her to:
a) not ever have to deal with iTunes on the PC. This is the most important thing -- her computer can't handle it. My dad has a computer that would, but it will end up in an argument, trust me. Can I get the Apple store to set it up initially, or can I do it? (Any chance an iPad bought at an apple store today will have iOS 5 already?) I already have my iPad and iPhone on my iTunes, will this get messy if I do it?
b) My mom panics when asked to give out her credit card online. I'd like to pre-populate an iTunes account for her with a gift card so she can get apps, etc -- without ever needing a credit card. Is this possible?
c) What is the best MSN chat app available? Ease of use is paramount here!
d) What else am I missing?
My parents have expressed an interest in (Canadian) Netflix. They do not have a TV with HDMI (ie Apple TV won't work). Can I use the Apple component cables with the iPad to get the Netflix to their TV? (They'll use my netflixt account -- see the aforementioned credit card issues.) What about iTunes movie rentals?
Extra Bonus question -- how hard will it be to buy all this today/tomorrow with all the iPhone craziness?
Thanks guys. These are all questions I feel like I should know already as a bit of an Apple fangirl myself, but this is really sudden and has to be taken care of ASAP.