How to Download the iPad Manual

A List of iPad Manuals for all Models

The iPad has undergone a number of changes since its original release in 2010, including the ability to create folders to organize your apps, multitasking, FaceTime support, AirPlay, AirPrint and Voice Dictation among many other features. Feeling overwhelmed? This list provides the official iPad manuals from Apple.

Note:  These operating system manuals are marked alongside the iPad model with which they debuted, however, you should use the manual that corresponds with the version of iOS you use rather than your iPad model.   Most iPad users are now on iOS 9, so if you are unsure of your version, download the iOS 9 manual. These manuals are geared more towards the operating system than the actual device.   If you haven't updated the operating system, find your iPad in the list and use the manual appropriate for that model.  Find out how to upgrade your iPad to the latest version...

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iPad Pro / iOS 9

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro
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The two big features added to the iPad "Pro" lineup are the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, but perhaps the biggest feature in iOS 9 is the multitasking capabilities.  If you have an iPad Air or more recent iPad, you can do slide-over multitasking, which lets you run an app in a column to the side of your iPad.  If you have at least an iPad Air 2, iOS 9 supports true split-screen multitasking.  But perhaps the best feature of the update is the virtual touchpad, which lets you use the on-screen keyboard like a laptop's touchpad.   

If you don't want to download this manual to iBooks, you can check out the interactive online version of the manual.  

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iPad Air 2 / iPad Mini3 (iOS 8)

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The iOS 8 update made a big splash because of the inclusion of widgets, which makes replacing the on-screen keyboard with a third-party keyboard possible.  It also includes Family Sharing and the ability to handoff a document from your iPad to your MacBook or your iPhone.

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iPad Air / iPad Mini 2 (iOS 7)

The biggest visual change to the operating system since the iPad's introduction, iOS 7 featured a brand new user interface.    Included among the many new features were iTunes Radio, a service similar to Pandora, and AirDrop, which allows wireless sharing of photos and files.

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iPad 4 / iPad Mini (iOS 6)

 The iPad 4 was released alongside iOS 6, which added Siri to the iPad.  This version also replaced Google Maps with Apple's Maps, though Google Maps is still available on the App Store.   iOS 6 also introduced a new look and feel for the App Store.   

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iPad 3 (iOS 5.1)

The iPad 3 added a number of new features like voice dictation and an improved camera.  It also integrates Twitter into the operating system, making it easier to tweet to your friends. This updated manual is appropriate iPad 3 owners using iOS 5.1. 

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iPad 2 (iOS 4.3)

The iPad 2 was released with a new version of the operating system. The features of iOS 4.3 are similar to 4.2 but include support for new features on the iPad 2 like the front-facing and back-facing camera.

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The Original iPad (iOS 3.2)

The original iPad does not contain all of the features of the iPad 2 or iPad 3rd generation. If you bought the iPad when it was first launched and have not updated the operating system, this manual will give you accurate information on how to use all of the features.

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iOS 4.2

The first major operating system update after the original iPad release, the iOS 4.2 update brought the ability to create folders to better arrange your applications into categories. It also included AirPlay, AirPrint, multi-tasking and fast app switching.

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iPad Product Information Guide

This guide includes important safety and handling information, how to keep the iPad clean, the frequency rates used and an FCC Compliance Statement.

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Apple TV Setup Guide

Apple TV is one of the best accessories you can buy for your iPad, with AirPlay and Display Mirroring allowing you to send both audio and video to your TV or to AirPlay-compatible speakers. The above link leads to the 3rd generation guide. You can also download a guide for the 2nd generation Apple TV and the 1st generation Apple TV. Read more about connecting your iPad to your TV.

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