Can You Save Things to the iPad?

By Spanner Spencer

The iPad is a large-form touchscreen-controlled multimedia device designed and manufactured by Apple. It features built-in flash memory storage, which is shared amongst the games, applications, videos, audio files and other multimedia files loaded onto the iPad. Although the iPad's storage space isn't directly accessible as a mass storage device on a computer, different types of files can be saved to the iPad through iTunes and third-party applications.

Videos

Video files can be saved to the iPad from several different sources. They can be purchased or rented from the built-in iTunes application, after which they are automatically downloaded via Wi-Fi and saved to the iPad's memory for later viewing. Compatible "MP4" videos can be transferred from a computer, with specific folders or files synchronized individually or automatically through the "Videos" tab in the iTunes software. They can also be manually saved to specific multimedia applications using the iTunes "File Sharing" facility in the "Apps" tab.

Audio

The iPad is capable of playing audio files through its native iPod application, which allows music, playlists and album artwork to be saved directly to the iPad's memory. The music can be obtained through the built-in iTunes application and downloaded directly to the iPad, where it will be immediately available through the iPod application. Audio files stored on a computer can be synchronized with the iPad through the iTunes software, which allows creation of playlists on the computer that are then stored on the iPad along with the music.

Images

Although the iPad doesn't have a built-in camera, it has a Photos application used to view and store pictures on the device. Pictures and photos stored on a computer can by synchronized with the iPad through the "Photos" tab in iTunes. Any picture files sent as an email attachment can also be saved directly to the iPad's memory and accessed through the Photos application, as can images seen on a website within the iPad's Safari web browser.

File Sharing

The "Apps" tab in iTunes allows you to drag and drop any type of compatible file directly into its relevant application, and save them to the iPad's memory during synchronization. For example, Microsoft Office files can be saved to the iPad so they can be accessed by third-party word processing applications. E-book files can be saved in the same manner and loaded by any of the iPad's available e-book reader applications. The only requirement is that the file type is compatible with the application you are saving the file to.