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How to activate a 3g iPad without a computer?

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AlumCreek Calculating status...
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May 25, 2010 7:31 PM
My wife and I bought her mother an iPad 3G but we do not want to sync it to our computer since we live in different states (and it won't sync anyway but that is another thread . How do I activate it without hooking it to a computer and not being at an Apple store?

Thanks!
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  • Alan Abentrod Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    May 25, 2010 7:40 PM (in response to AlumCreek)
    you must sync with itunes at least the first time
    Mac Mini Duo Core 2GB Ram 500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6), Windows 7RC
  • EmbeddedGeek Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    May 25, 2010 8:07 PM (in response to AlumCreek)
    Take it to the apple store and they said they would do it - call first to be certain they are honoring this still.. They change their minds often.
    You'd have to ask - the list is too large
  • EmbeddedGeek Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    May 25, 2010 9:03 PM (in response to AlumCreek)
    Na! as long as the check clears they generally don't care at some stores.

    They will give you a lecture about reading the system requirements and such.
    You'd have to ask - the list is too large
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    May 26, 2010 4:56 AM (in response to AlumCreek)
    I don't understand why you don't just plug it in and activate it with your computer. It's very simple to do.

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPad_UserGuide.pdf - page 27 has the info you need.
    MacBook , Mini, Airport Express, iPhone 3G x 2, Air, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
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    May 26, 2010 8:45 AM (in response to AlumCreek)
    The computer is only necessary to back up files and to update the iPad OS. If your mother-in-law doesn't need to do those things, it doesn't matter what computer it is "linked" to.
    PowerMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    May 26, 2010 9:04 AM (in response to AlumCreek)
    Nope...I had mine activated at the apple store so I could use it immediately...then I got home and actually synced it with my computer without having to do any extra steps...
    13" MacBook Pro, 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 64GB iPad 3G (OS 3.2); 32GB iPhone 3GS (OS 3.1.3); 30GB HP iPod Photo
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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    May 26, 2010 8:51 PM (in response to AlumCreek)
    Yes...it's still really a "peripheral" device that needs to sync to a home notebook or desktop like a big Ipod. I guess they presume that most people have a home computer. Perhaps future Ipad generations will be less "tethered"

    I played with an Ipad in an Apple store the other day and was very tempted to buy it because of it's UI, but then decided I would prefer to wait for future generations, in part because of your issue.

    Best,

    M
    Mac Book Pro (Nov 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo,7200 rpm HD, 4GB SDRAM, 6Mb cache, 160GB Ipod Classic
  • Lauren L. Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
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    May 26, 2010 9:14 PM (in response to AlumCreek)
    To clarify, you do not have to sync to activate the iPad. Connect it to your computer and wait until the slide to unlock screen appears. At that point, if you disconnect the iPad from the computer, it should now be functional. Hope that helps and I hope she likes her iPad!
    24" 2.8ghz iMac, iPad, other Macs, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 16gb iPhone 3G, iPods
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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    May 26, 2010 9:59 PM (in response to Lauren L.)
    So then how do you update to new versions of the OS or have automatic updates? How do you back up your purchases? Does Mobile ME work for this?

    Just curious?
    Mac Book Pro (Nov 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo,7200 rpm HD, 4GB SDRAM, 6Mb cache, 160GB Ipod Classic
  • Lauren L. Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
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    May 26, 2010 10:04 PM (in response to marconiusrex)
    I believe the original poster mentioned that his mother would then set it up fully on her machine, I just wanted to offer a way for him to get the ball rolling without an actual sync. It will still require a computer for updates and backups, but he could at least set it up and get her started.
    24" 2.8ghz iMac, iPad, other Macs, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 16gb iPhone 3G, iPods
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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    May 26, 2010 10:14 PM (in response to Lauren L.)
    You are probably right Lauren. Perhaps I misread or "read" my own dilemma into this post. My completely computer illiterate 70-something mother the other day expressed an interest in looking into an Ipad. She pretty much wants to read books and magazines, and to get on a browser to research her interests and load and manage pictures - but of course she would still need at least a net book to sync to for updates and to save/back up any books she purchased - etc. I am hoping that future iterations of the ipad will be less computer "home base" dependent.

    M.
    Mac Book Pro (Nov 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo,7200 rpm HD, 4GB SDRAM, 6Mb cache, 160GB Ipod Classic
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