ipad user manual1.  iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4

Most manuals that Apple releases for the iPad are specific to a version of the iOS, rather than the device itself. That’s likely because a lot more changes from version to version in the iOS than it does in the hardware of each iPad model. Still, the company releases some basic hardware information, such as this PDF for all currently sold models of the iPad as of Fall 2015.


ipad ios 9 user guide2.  iOS 9

The latest version of the iOS “iOS 9” adds all kinds of impressive and useful features. Besides things like low-power mode, better security, and a refined user interface, iOS 9 brings cool iPad-specific features like picture-in-picture viewing for video, split-screen multitasking, and an iPad-specific keyboard.


ipad user guide ios 8.43.  iOS 8.4

It’s a good thing these manuals for iOS 8 exist. When Apple released that version of the iOS, it made major changes to the platform. Things like Handoff, which connects your devices and computer, HealthKit, third-party keyboards, and Family Sharing all debuted in iOS 8. Below is iPad user guide for iOS 8.4


ipad user guide ios 74.  iOS 7.1

iOS 7 was notable both for the features it introduced and for the major visual changes it ushered in. It was this version of the OS that changed from the look and feel that had been present since the iPad was released to the new, more modern, more colorful look we know today. This iPad manual guide covers those changes and new features like Control Center, Touch ID, and AirDrop.



5.  iOS 6.1

The changes introduced in iOS 6 feel pretty standard these days since we’ve been using them for a few years, but they were pretty cool at the time. This manual covers new features like Do Not Disturb, Facebook Integration, FaceTime over cellular networks, and an improved version of Siri.


ipad 4 user guide6.  4th Generation iPad and iPad mini

Apple doesn’t publish documentation for every individual iPad model it releases. It generally only provides it when there’s a change so big that the previous version is outdated. That’s the case here, where the iPad mini made its public debut (the 4th gen. iPad did, too, but it was relatively similar to the 3rd).


ipad user guide ios 57.  iOS 5.1

There can’t be many people if any still running iOS 5 on their iPad, but if you happen to be one of the few out there, this PDF can help you master features new in iOS 5 like syncing over Wi-Fi, iMessage, iTunes Match, and new multitouch gestures for the iPad.


ipad 3 user guide8.  3rd Generation iPad

The 3rd Generation iPad doesn’t have a manual dedicated to the versions of the iOS it can run, but it does have some basic product information guides. There’s one each for the Wi-Fi-only model and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.


ipad 2 user guide9.  iPad 2 with iOS 4.3

In the early days of the iPad, Apple released manuals that combined details on both the latest version of the iPad and the iOS. When it released the iPad 2 running iOS 4.3, it also released a combined user guide and a standalone product information guide.


ipad user guide ios 410.  Original iPad with iOS 4.2

Version 4 of the iOS was the first called by that name, while 4.2 was the first to bring the features of iOS 4 to the iPad (there was no 4.0 that supported the iPad). Previously, the operating system had just been referred to as the iPhone OS, but as the iPad and iPod touch became increasingly important parts of the line up, a name change was warranted. These manuals cover features like AirPlay, AirPrint, and more.


ipad user guide ios 311.  Original iPad with iOS 3.2

These are the original iPad user guide released by Apple when the first-generation iPad debuted back in 2010. There’s probably not much here for day-to-day use at this stage, but both documents are certainly interesting from a historical perspective.


This iPad User Guide is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.

Note: To view on iBooks, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.