Last week, Apple announced the iPad 2. It’s not a revolutionary upgrade, but a natural evolution of an already great product. I shared my thoughts on the iPad 2 over at BigBlueBall.
I’ve had my iPad since last October, and love it. Now that the iPad 2 is out, the natural question is whether to upgrade.
In my case, the decision is pretty easy. My girlfriend already has her eye on my “old” iPad, so I won’t have any problem finding it a good home. But what do you do if you don’t have a built-in buyer?
One of my co-workers Richard told me about a site called Gazelle where you can resell used electronic devices. It’s a much simpler process than selling direct through Craigslist. They even send you a prepaid Fedex box to ship your device in. He sold two first-generation iPads, and is ready to upgrade next weekend.
Of course, before you ship it off, you’ll want to erase all your personal data.
Restore to factory settings
Here are the steps to follow:
- On your iPad home screen, tap the Settings icon.
- Tap General in the menu to the left of the screen, then tap Reset.
- Here, you will have two options: “Reset All Settings” and “Erase All Content and Settings.” The former will restore all of your app settings to their original status. The latter will reset all app settings and erase all of your data (photos, apps, bookmarks, music, etc.). Choose “Erase All Content and Settings.”
At this point, the iPad will need to be reconnected to iTunes in order to be activated again. Let the new owner take care of that. You’re set!