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There are only a few hours left before the iPads start hitting owner’s hands, so it’s a good idea to make sure everything is ready for the new addition to the family. Here are 5 things you can do to be ready for your iPad.

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I know, you’re sick of hearing about the mythical, magical iPad. Don’t fret, soon the hubbub will blow over and we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. Until then, there are only a few hours left before the iPads start hitting owner’s hands, so it’s a good idea to make sure everything is ready for the new addition to the family. Here are 5 things you can do to be ready for your iPad.

Update OS X. If you’re a Mac user, make sure you have updated OS X to the latest version (10.6.3).

Update iTunes. Both Mac and Windows users need to update to the latest version (9.1) of iTunes, as that enables syncing with the iPad.

Update iPhoto. Mac owners will want to update to iPhoto 8.1.2. It addresses sync issues with iPod, iPhone and most likely the iPad.

Download iPad apps. You don’t have the iPad yet but you can go ahead and download apps for it through iTunes. There are many apps already available in the App Store so grab the ones you need. I’ve already downloaded 18 apps for my iPad, so when I bring that baby home I just plug it into iTunes and let it suck my music, photos and apps over to the new slate.

Create a home for the iPad. Whether you get the dock to go with the iPad or not, you’ll need a clear, safe space to leave it when it’s not with you. Yes, sometimes you have to charge it so you will indeed put it down. It’s not that big but it will need some space near a charger to rest between caresses.

I’m already getting asked which apps I am grabbing for my iPad, so here’s the list (so far):

  • ABC Player
  • AccuWeather
  • AP News
  • iBooks
  • Keynote
  • MobileNoter WiFi
  • NPR for iPad
  • Numbers
  • NYT Editors’ Choice
  • Pages
  • TweetDeck for iPad
  • Twitterriffic for iPad
  • WSJ
  • Evernote
  • LogMeIn Ignition
  • Pandora Radio
  • SugarSync
  • WordPress

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  1. Games-wise, definitely give Geometry Wars a shot. I’m kinda jealous that it’s out on the iPad and am looking forward to a version that’ll work on tablet PCs with multitouch.

    Also, I noticed that the Netflix app isn’t on your list. You should consider trying that as well (it’ll only cost you $8.99 for 1 month), seeing as they have their library of “Watch Instantly” movies. ^_^

    You’re in the home stretch! The anticipation’s coming to an end!

  2. Still mysterfies me why people seem excited about this product. I saw it demoed on Bloomberg tv and the product looked pretty underwhelming. It might turn out to be a useful product but probably not for a couple more iterations and a big price drop. It is just difficult for me to see what use cases it covers that can’t be covered by cheaper and more powerful existing devices.

  3. Dude, if you’re going to install the WSJ app you need the subscription to go with it! Got mine setup today. Then canceled my Kindle WSJ subscription. :-)

  4. Shara Karasic Friday, April 2, 2010

    Check out curated lists of the best iPad apps from at Appolicious: http://www.appolicious.com/curated-apps?curated_term=ipad

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