Ask The Nice Guy - USB Hubs, GPS App For iPad, Apple Warranty

This is the 9th post in a series called Ask The Nice Guy. In this series I will attempt to provide answers to the various questions I get asked throughout the week.

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in this blog post, boiled down to five word (or less) summaries.

  1. More UBB Ports
  2. GPS App For iPad
  3. Apple Warranty

QUESTION 1: How To Get More USB Ports?

Is there a way to get more ports for USB drives, printers, etc.?

If you find yourself running low on USB ports you can purchase a USB hub. I would recommend the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 4-Port Ultra Mini Hub because it won't take up too much space on your desk and it cost less than $10. It will give you three additional USB ports.

QUESTION 2: GPS App For iPad?

Is there a GPS app for the iPad that we could buy? Our son (in San Diego) mentioned it the last time we were out there, and we were wondering if we could have something on the iPad instead of buying a separate GPS system for the car. Our son thought it would cost about $40. We don’t know anything about it but think it might come in handy for traveling.

There are numerous apps available on the iPad that could provide turn by turn directions like a dedicated GPS device. If your iPad or iPad mini has an active cellular connection (most iPads do not), then I would recommend you download Waze. It will provide complete voice-guided navigation.

If you have a Wi-Fi only iPad (most iPads are Wi-Fi only), then you will need to go a different route (pun intended). You will need to download an app that has the ability to download map data directly to the iPad since you won't have an internet connection while in the vehicle. I would recommend CoPilot Live Premium HD USA - Offline GPS Navigation & Maps. The app costs $12.99.

You will also need to have a GPS adapter for your iPad. I would recommend the Dual Electronics XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver. It costs $99.

So, if you have an iPad or iPad mini with a cellular connection it won't cost you anything to get turn by turn directions. If you don't have a cellular connection on your iPad, you will be spending approximately $113 to get everything setup.

You could purchase a nice TomTom for less than the cost to get your non cellular iPad setup for GPS. If you want to go that route, I would recommend the TomTom START 45TM 4.3-Inch GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic & Maps and Roadside Assistance.

QUESTION 3: Do I Have Extended Warranty On My iPad?

I checked my serial number as your blog suggests, and it says I have a one year warranty only. When my kids gave me my iPad for Christmas, they said the had bought the extended warranty, What do reccomend I do to check if I do have the warranty?

I would recommend that you check the receipt! There is a chance that they purchased the iPad at Target, Best Buy, or other retailer and purchased a non Apple warranty. If that is the case you will have to deal with the company that sold you the non Apple warranty for any repairs or issues after the first year warranty is over.

If the receipt shows that they purchased AppleCare you should contact Apple Care by calling 1-800-275-2273 and they can help get things straightened out.

If you want to learn how to check the warranty status of your Apple device check out my blog post title, 30 SECOND TIPS - CHECK WARRANTY (APPLE).

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