Unfortunately, the iPad is not invincible. Far from it: it’s fairly easy to break Apple’s new toy, especially if you’re not particularly careful with it.
Here’s a look at four common habits of iPad users that can easily break the shiny new computer.
1. Leaving It In The Heat – Heat is especially bad for the iPad, because that big, beautiful screen can get discolored or unresponsive when subjected to extremely high temperatures. Nobody really puts their Apple iPad in an oven, but leaving it in the car during a hot day is essentially the same thing. Get a soft case for your iPad, which can help to disperse heat, and keep the iPad at room temperature whenever possible.
2. Taking The iPad Into The Bathroom – Oh, yes, we’re going there. But I’m not really talking about using the iPad as a replacement for your, er, morning newspaper–what you should really worry about is leaving the iPad in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower. This is a bad idea, because water and electronics aren’t good for one another, and all of that steam from your shower is, well, water. Given enough exposure, an iPad may start malfunctioning due to water damage. There’s worse news–your iPad’s warranty might not be honored by Apple if this is the case, because water damage isn’t generally acceptable under their terms and conditions. Keep your Apple iPad out of humid environments if you want it to last.
3. Keeping It Completely Full – Computers should have a bit of free space, to allow the operating system to write information when it’s opening, closing, and accessing different programs. Keeping a few gigabytes of spare space on your iPad is a good idea. If you keep it loaded up, you’ll notice slow performance, and the chances of data corruption will skyrocket. This is true with any computer, not just the iPad, but many iPad users tend to ignore this given the device’s limited storage. While data corruption won’t completely ruin or break your iPad, it could force you to restore it, and you could potentially lose data.
4. Suddenly Unplugging The iPad – If you sync your iPad up to another computer via USB, be sure to let it complete the process before you unplug it. If you unplug it too early, you’ll risk serious data corruption. The iPad’s reading and writing a lot of data during a sync–it’s in your best interest to let it finish. If you really can’t wait, “unlock” it and cancel the data sync. This is much safer than simply ripping the USB cord out of either computer.
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