Took a while but I finally updated the iPad to iOS 5.0.1. Talk about being an “early adopter”! This update took a little time as the iPad had to be essentially restored to the new version of iOS and then all the content (applications, music, videos, books, and such) had to synchronised back on. All went well until I noticed that the memory usage bar on the iPad summary page in iTunes said 10.9 GB of space had been overrun by “Other” - and on a 64 GB iPad too! I was certainly perplexed by this occurrence and on searching the Apple Support Communities and on Google, found that a simple re-sync of the iPad would suffice, and indeed this fixed the case. Phew… Got back to 17 GB of free space - what it was before.
gigaom: Secrets of the Camera Connection Kit
Apple: iPad: Using iPad Camera Connector with unsupported USB devices
However sometimes you might get the dreaded “Accessory Unavailable: The attached accessory uses too much power”. What to do? Well I found that plugging a powered USB hub into the Camera connection kit USB adapter and then plugging the said USB device into the USB hub will allow the iPad to recognise the device! My reasoning was that if the accessory needs power, then make the USB hub supply that power instead of the iPad. Simple, no?
Morals of the story:
- Inserting a micro sim does not mean that you’ll get immediate connection
- In most cases you’ll need a portable Mac with your iTunes library
- There are some carriers which have over the air activation, but you’ll have to look for them
I am dumbstruck at how difficult it is to just take the iPad out of the country and get data access via cellular networks. We almost take ubiquitous data access here in the US for granted.
On another note, Katie Floyd and David Sparks over at the Mac Power Users podcast (Episode #36) talked about Katie’s recent travel to Blog World Expo with just her iPad.
One important fact I took away was that she brought along her Airport Express! This is precisely what I did on our driving trip along Route 66 – and it came in handy once in a hotel which had just the RJ-45 ethernet connector in the wall. I’ll need to get another as the one we have is now serving double duty as a wireless extender and audio streamer.
Re: the iPad, overseas travel, and cellular data – Apple, carriers, can we do better? Over the air activation, really, pretty please...
This BT keyboard, an old Motion Computing job, had paired nicely up with the iPad before. Little did I know that jostling the bag woke up the keyboard which then woke up the iPad and kept it awake, draining the battery. I would not have discovered this had the music not been playing - the keyboard’s media keys must have been pressed to activate the iPod functionality. I now recall the several cautionary articles I had read or heard about MacBooks being drained and becoming hot when the BT keyboard with which they were paired kept the laptops awake.
Learnt a new thing! I now keep the iPad’s BT turned off until I need it and have removed a battery from the keyboard.