Current generation iPads have been on the market very recently ̵
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But there are many reasons for keeping the old iPad around. The obvious, at least for parents: Fill it up with educational games, e-books and the like, give it to the kids.
You can also devote an old iPad to a certain task or set of tasks. Let's take a look at some practical ways to turn more life from the aging tablet.
first Full-time photo frame
Last year's digital photo frames were small, low resolution and neck pain. But your iPad can deliver an excellent photo frame experience that rotates through hundreds or even thousands of images in an endless slideshow.
Unfortunately, Apple has removed the iOS Picture Frame mode several years ago, which was specifically designed for this purpose. But you can accomplish more or less the same thing by creating a dedicated iCloud photo album and then customizing your iPad settings to continue displaying a slideshow of this album.
It's an option; You may also want to consider some apps. For example, LiveFrame displays images from not only your photo library, but also your Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other accounts. It's free, but if you want to remove ads it will cost you $ 2.99.
See it on the App Store
I also like the Framee, an app 2 $ that was really meant for. (It is also available for Android, not just iOS.)
It works like this: You install the app on both your phone and your tablet. (This can also be a relative tablet – a good option if you want to share photos with, for example, puppies who own grandparents.) The phone delivers the pictures: Just select one from the Framee app and presto, it will be delivered to the tablet. Bam. Clear.
All these options require a little more than a good iPad stand (or even a wall mount if you want to go that way) and a nearby outlet so that it has full time effect. Trust me: When you start using a photo frame, you will never want to live without it.
2nd Dedicated music server
You may not think of your iPad as a music machine, because the big screen seems to lend more to books, movies, games and the like. But let's not forget that it is an iOS device and can therefore offer endless music options.
Your own library, yes, but also Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and lots of other great music apps.
Just pair your iPad with an AirPlay or Bluetooth speaker, then press to run up some songs. And if you leave it on a side table sitting in a stand, you can enjoy some fine wrapping art while listening. (It also saves you having to run and find the phone when you want some music.)
3rd Dedicated eBook and magazine reader
For hard disk readers it is difficult to hit an iPad – especially the easier to hold the iPad Mini ($ 393 on Amazon) . It gives you access to almost every e-book reading app (and ecosystem) under the sun, from Kindle to Kobo to Nook to iBooks. Make your old iPad with books and keep it at your bed for an endless supply of night time.
And do not forget magazines. The mini feels a bit small for them, but a full sized iPad works beautifully.
Many print subscriptions come with digital editions that you can access via their respective apps. There is also Texture, recently acquired by Apple, and offers unlimited magazine reading for a fixed monthly rate.
Finally, do not forget. They are free, which means you can turn your iPad into a full blue tray.
4th Kitchen helper
iPads and cooking go together as peanut butter and jelly. Or maybe it should be olive oil and balsamic. Anyway, an iPad makes a big combo companion – not just for searching and viewing recipes, but also for watching demonstration videos (like this one for a simple baked chicken parmesan, a favorite in my house).
In fact, you can install a submerged tablet mount and keep your iPad at eye level while protecting it from frying.
And don't forget all the good cooking apps that(important around Thanksgiving), and the ever popular .
5th Secondary Display
A dual monitor installation can be a great blessing for your productivity, but working with a laptop doesn't make it easy to get an extra LCD screen anywhere.
Ah but guess what? Your iPad can charge display fees. Just install one app like Air Display, then use the tablet as a second screen next to the computer. Place your mail client there or a stock ticker or anything else you want to refer to throughout the day.
See it on the App Store
The desktop client is available for Windows and Mac; The IOS app costs you $ 10.
6. The Ultimate AV Remote Control
If you've ever tried to use your phone to control your TV, you know it's not a great experience. Know why? The small screen.
However, an iPad is pure home cinema luxury. You can use it with dedicated apps for your Apple TV ($ 179 at Walmart) Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and / or Logitech Harmony Hub system. The large screen makes it much easier to navigate program guides, menus, virtual buttons and other things that feel extra cramped on a phone.
Okay, these are my choices for restoring an iPad. Let's hear yours! Or tell if you think that the smarter move is to sell it to cash.
Originally published October 21, 2013.
Update, March 11, 2019: Added new information.