Hi Chris –
Apple releases news about the iPhone 5 tomorrow.
No, earphones do not come with the iPad. It does have built-in speakers. Apple does make earbuds (among many others). Personally, I prefer the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones. They are more comfortable than buds and the sound quality is noticeably better.
You are correct – you do not need the 4G/Verizon/ATT capable iPads if you have WiFi internet. ATT & Verizon charge an additional cost per month to use their cell-based internet (this does not replace the WiFi but rather takes over when there is no WiFi available).
Cases are very popular (of which there are a plethora), as they not only protect the iPad but also double as stands.
I can see the iPad as an excellent tool for improving poor motor skills. We have installed dozens of them at local schools for special needs students.
The larger capacity models – 32GB and 64GB models are only needed if your brother plans to store thousands of hours of music or dozens of full length HD movies. Otherwise, the 16GB model is perfect.
There is some very basic setup required – you have to create an Apple ID for purchasing (even free content like Apps and Movies). Do you plan to bring the iPad out to him? Or does he have someone to help him with the basics?
Music is a tough one. Honestly, I think the Pandora App (pandora.com) is an easier way to listen to music these days.
I sometimes order them from Apple. Or BH Photo (bhphotovideo.com). BH is in NYC was they are usually available within a day or two.
On Sep 11, 2012, at 3:41 PM, Chris wrote:
> P.S. I forgot to mention the iPhone. I am interested as soon as it is out. I would love to be able to carry my address book and calendar with me. > > Also, do earphones or buds come with the iPad. To listen in the hospital, he will need them. And am I correct that the only reason he would need an AT&T or Verizon account for his iPad is if he is not near a wireless internet connection? Otherwise can he access everything on the internet? I want to purchase everything he would need to use his iPad fully. > > Begin forwarded message: > >> From: Chris >> Subject: iPad and iPhone >> Date: September 11, 2012 3:36:14 PM EDT >> To: Hunter Greene >> >> HI Hunter, >> >> As you may know, my brother recently had a major stroke. We have recently learned that an iPad would be good for his therapy and wish to give him one for his birthday. He may be house-bound for months after he leaves the hospital in mid-October, so it would also be a source of e-mail, music, entertainment, and possible a tool for working remotely. Given all that, what model and features would you suggest I buy? Could you also help set it up and load it with music if I send it here? >> >> Chris